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Homemade Baking Mix – a Bisquick TM substitute

Keeping homemade biscuit mix in a jar is a great way to stock your pantry with make ahead mixes. This easy 5 ingredient baking mix is for more than just biscuits, it can be used for scones, dumplings, and even shortcake or pancakes….just like Bisquick.

cast iron skillet of baked homemade biscuits with a jar of homemade make-ahead baking mix in the background


One of the things I love about this biscuit baking mix is that it uses ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Dry ingredients: The dry ingredients are flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Fats: Shortening is usually used in an all-purpose Bisquick substitute because it will make the biscuits a crumbly texture. However, butter or lard can also be used for very similar results. I prefer butter but if I raised pigs, I’d render lard to use for baking.

food processor with 5 ingredients to make a Bisquick substitute recipe

How to Make Homemade Baking Mix

  1. Combine dry ingredients and butter, shortening, or lard in a food processor until crumbly. If you don’t have a food processor, you can cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter. The mix should stick together when pinched (see photo below)
  2. Store the biscuit baking mix in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. It might last longer than that, but ours is always gone way before the 3 months is up.
  3. Use to make biscuits to serve with jelly or jam (or whipped honey) scones, pancakes, dumplings for chicken soup, or make a rustic apple cobbler using home canned apple pie filling…the possibilities are endless.

The recipe for making biscuits is below. If you want more recipes for using your homemade Bisquick substitute, just fill out the form below and we’ll email them to you.

mason jar of homemade baking mix showing how the flour sticks together

How make biscuits with homemade biscuit mix

  1. Combine 3 cups homemade biscuit baking mix with 1 cup milk or buttermilk. Mix until all the dry ingredients are blended in. The dough will be lumpy, and that’s okay, but there shouldn’t be any visible dry spots.
  2. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface and use a biscuit cutter or jar to cut into circle. Or make drop biscuits by scooping out the dough in spoonfuls.
  3. Bake at 425F until golden brown.

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Yield: 7 cups

Homemade Baking Mix - Bisquick Substitute

cast iron pan of homemade biscuits and a jar of homemade biscuit baking mix

This 5 ingredient homemade biscuit baking mix is a perfect substitute for Bisquick. It takes just 5 minutes to make and will last up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, shortening, or lard


  1. Using a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and butter, shortening or lard until well mixed and crumbly. The mix should stick together when pinched.
  2. Put the crumbly biscuit baking mix into a jar with a well fitting lid.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.


To make biscuits, combine 3 cups baking mix with 1 cup milk or buttermilk. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut with a biscuit cutter. Or make drop biscuits but scooping out dough by the spoonsful. Bake at 425F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Make Ahead Mixes

This homemade Bisquick Substitute isn’t the only make-ahead mix that can make your life easier. Keeping things like homemade cake mixes, cornbread mix, and brownie mix can be a huge help in the kitchen. And unlike store bought mixes, you’ll know exactly what is in these make-ahead mixes.

This recipe would also make a wonderful gift in a jar, especially for a new mom or someone who needs quick, versatile meals.

cast iron pan of biscuits and a jar of bisquick substitute

Thanks for sharing!

Jordan C

Sunday 19th of March 2023

Hello! I’m excited I found this recipe after I read the ingredients on a box of bisquick. Can you sub coconut oil for butter or lard? If so will it make it last longer in the fridge?

Thank you!!

Angi Schneider

Monday 27th of March 2023

I've not ever made that substitution so I can't speak to whether it is a good substitution or how long it will last in the fridge. That being said, if you prefer coconut oil, it's certainly worth a try.


Sunday 29th of January 2023

Hi & thank you for these recipes!

Is there any way to make the mix without butter or shortening and add it when making the item? Living out of the country where electricity comes and goes makes it not possible to store in the refrigerator.

Thank you!

Angi Schneider

Monday 6th of February 2023


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