Jan 17

Homemade Bisquick Mix Recipe

Bisquick Recipe

Once you try this homemade Bisquick recipe, you won't want to go back to the store bought version! I sure don't at least... and I'm guessing you won't either after you get a taste.

I've always enjoyed cooking from scratch, so I can't believe it never occurred to me just how simple it would be to make some of my own mixes to keep on hand for convenience. Plus I love that I can control exactly what ingredients go into the mix -- no more label reading.

I used real butter for my homemade Bisquick recipe because I like the added richness that it imparts, but you could substitute vegetable shortening or lard to customize it to your own preferences.

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Yield: 6 cups

Homemade Bisquick Mix


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter


  1. Measure the sifted flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend thoroughly.
  2. Cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter until thoroughly incorporated. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 months.


Perhaps you're wondering just how well this homemade Bisquick recipe will work in your traditional Bisquick recipes. I've successfully substituted it for store bought Bisquick in all of my favorite recipes, including these quick and delicious 15-minute homemade biscuits and this easy homemade shortcakes recipe.

What are your favorite homemade mixes to have on hand? I'm eager to try new varieties after being so successful with this one.

by Tara | 150 comments

  • This is great to have on hand for busy mornings :) Thanks so much!

  • Marcie

    I was looking for organic baking mix when I found your website. Thank you SO much! I can make this recipe using organic ingredients and save a ton of money ;)

  • Jozie

    Thank you for taking the time to make us all healthier and save us time too....one question, how long will this last if I keep it in the freezer rather than in the refrigerator? let me know....

    loving your site!

    • Hi Jozie! I'd think it should last at least 9 months in the freezer, and possibly up to a year.

  • Kerrie

    Hi Tara - I recently tried the Red Lobster cheese biscuits and wanted to try and make them but we don't sell Bisquick in Australia - so when I googled a bisquick substitute, I ended up at your recipe! I've never made biscuits before, so just want to clarify with you - does the bisquick mix as purchased use a shortening ingredient in it? The Red Lob recipe says to use the bq mix then add more butter, so just want to clarify that I'm not adding too much butter. And one more thing, is all purpose flour self-raising flour or plain? Hope you can help with these questions as I really want them to turn out right on the first go :)

    • Hi Kerrie! Yes, store bought Bisquick has shortening already in it, but I prefer the butter in my homemade mix. You could substitute an equal amount of shortening in your homemade mix if you like.

      All purpose flour would be equivalent to a plain flour. I haven't tried it, but you might be able to substitute an equal amount of self-rising flour in a pinch if you omit the salt and baking powder. Without trying it, I can't guarantee results though.

      Hope it all works out for you!

  • Trudy

    I haven't bought bisquick in years. The last 2 times it was full of bugs. After the mix what do you put in it to make biscuits?

  • karen

    Thanks! You're a lifesaver. It's Christmas Day, and my daughter had a recipe she wanted to make for dinner at grandma's tonight, but forgot to buy Bisquick and of course all the stores are closed. I did an internet search for homemade Bisquick, and I found your recipe. Thank you for saving Christmas! LOL

  • Melissa

    Thank you for this recipe!!! I'm a Bisquick snob. My family eats A LOT of pancakes. i tried this recipe today and I'm hooked!!!! The taste is even better than Bisquick. THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Edy

    Amazing! Thank you!

  • Zilla

    Thanks Tara.
    I live in the UK and have never come across Bisquick here. I searched the net because I wanted to try the quick chicken/veg pie and came across your site which helped to solved the mystery called Bisquick!!!
    Once again, many thanks.

    • Tara

      I too live in the UK but originally from America, most of my cook books are from the states and I always skip over the bisquick ones until now. Thanks so much! Tara x

  • I have been wondering if there was a recipe out there for Bisquick! This is fantastic! I love cooking & baking from scratch. I like the idea of using butter instead of shortening. I think I'll try to see if using whole wheat flour could be substituted or do half & half. Thanks so much for posting this!

  • Destiny

    If we use lard, do we still have to refridgerate it?

  • P Mibb

    What about substituting whole wheat flour for all or half of the flour?

    • Cassie

      I have made this using only whole wheat pastry flour and it turns out amazing!

  • Meagan M

    How would you make waffles using homemade Bisquick substitute?

    • Hi Meagan! Start with 2 cups of the homemade Bisquick mix. Add 1 1/2 cups milk (or buttermilk if you prefer), 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of butter that has been melted and cooled. You could also add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract if you want. This should make between 10-12 waffles depending on your waffle maker. Thanks for reminding me that I haven't posted this recipe yet -- will have to do so soon!

      • Laura

        Is the melted butter instead of the oil in the regular recipe? Could you use oil instead? Just as a time saver.

        • Yes, you could, Laura. One of the reasons I like to make my own mix is to avoid the shortening and oils, but you can absolutely substitute both in the actual homemade Bisquick recipe and the waffles recipe.

  • Jenny

    Thx.... I'm highly allergic to corn and soy and their byproducts so going back to my roots of from scratch cooking....this helps alot.

  • Rhonda

    I was wondering...could I use almond or coconut four? And maybe butter flavored Cisco? Oh, and THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!!!! I am HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY...LOL


    • Hi Rhonda! You can definitely substitute shortening for the butter. I've not tried substituting almond or coconut flour, and I don't bake with either enough to give an educated guess as to whether they would have any negative effects when substituted.

  • Saranah

    Can I use this mix for all the recipes on the bisquick box? Would I substitute it in equal amounts? I love cooking from scratch and I generally make all of my biscuits and breads at home. However, my boyfriend was raised on bisquick and prefers the taste. I'm hoping this recipe can satisfy both of us. Thank you so much. I can't wait to give it a try!

    • Yes, it should substitute well in equal amounts for any recipe calling for Bisquick.

  • Lorraine

    This was a life saver. Husband said to keep making this recipe. Thank you!

  • Erin

    Question...if all I have on hand is salted butter would that be okay to substitute?

    Thanks for your help! Hope I won't screw this up (as I'm still a newbie). :)

    • Yes, you can substitute it. If you're concerned about the salt, you can reduce the amount in the mixture by about 1/8 of a teaspoon, but really it's such a small amount that it shouldn't make much of a difference.

  • Catherine

    Thank you for this tasty alternative to chemical-laden Bisquick! It not only saves money on the mix, but it's acceptable for my specific health issues. Keep up the great work.

  • Callie

    Do I measure the flour before or after measuring? This always confuses me in recipes. :)

    • Good question! You sift first and then measure.

      • Callie

        Thank you. Of course the question should have said before or after sifting. LOL. Glad you understood what I was asking.

  • Chris

    Just checking. All the other recipes I looked at had 1 cup of oil or shortening, but yours has 1/2 cup butter... Is it correct that use 1/2 as much butter. I just want it to come out perfect. Thanks so much.

    • Yes, this is the mix as I make it. Thanks, Chris!

      • Chris

        Thanks. I made it & it worked perfectly. I made Ruby Tuesday Biscuits. Want to see the pictures? By the way...I made it with 1/2 White-Whole- wheat flour and 1/4 Regular Whole-wheat flour and 1/4 regular white flour. I love it and can hardly wait to make something else with it. Thanks again.

  • amberlyz

    how many do they usually make and I have another question if I am making a bundt cake and it has 1/4cup of butter already how much do I need for the mix?

    • It makes about 6 cups of mix. Does your bundt cake recipe call for Bisquick? If so, you'd just follow the recipe as written, substituting the same amount of this homemade mix for the Bisquick.

  • Hi Thank you so much for the substitution for Bisquick Is it possible to mix the dry ingredience and then the butter when needed? I am loathe to mix butter and store, even in fridge for months. I live in Qld Australia .... It can be hot!
    Could you suggest how much butter per cup perhaps.
    Thanks again Sue

    • Rosie

      Yes, I would like to do this as well. Thank you.

  • Virginia

    Thank you for this recipe! I've made the switch to almost all from scratch cooking for the health of my young girls & was so pleased to find this recipe. I needed a bisquick substitute for a cheese biscuit recipe & this filled the bill!

  • Sarah B

    I'm so excited to find this! I have a soy allergy so will use the butter. Yum! Anyone tried this with the 7-up biscuit recipe successfully?

  • Kiera

    I came across your recipe and I was wondering if I could substitute coconut oil instead of the butter, and if I used coconut oil would I have to refrigerate it? Also wondering if you have tried it with the dumpling recipe on the Bisquick box?
    Even if I have to use butter I am excited to try it. I am tired of store bought stuff with all those chemicals!

    • Julie

      I have tried it with coconut oil and it tastes great! Thats what I always make it with.

  • Andrea Vaughan

    I made up a batch of this a couple days ago..I used lard, and way less salt (just a touch) anyway I just made Banan Bread using a quick reg bisquick recipe and it turned out perfect...I added a mixture of cream cheese (I had a small bit left-over) and a few tbls of peanut butter and dropped by spoon into batter and swirled before baking...it came out amazing...

  • Dee

    Instead of butter I used 1/2 cup minus 1 tsp Organic Coconut Oil, and 1 tsp of Grassfed Ghee Butter Oil to equal 1/2 Cup of Oil. I was worried that the coconut would flavor it too much but it was fine! It kept a wonderful rich butter flavor because of the Ghee. You can probably substitute with even more Ghee Oil to make it even more buttery if you want to, but I haven't tried it. Because all of the ingredients are shelf-stable I just store it in my pantry in an airtight container. I also used 1/2 tsp Sea Salt instead of table salt and unbleached flour. Turned out great on my chicken pot pie! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

    • I love to cook with coconut oil but was also worried about the flavoring. Will try your workaround when I need to make another batch -- thanks!

  • Barb

    I only use bisquick for Stew and Dumplings. Would this work for Dumplings? What about Impossible pie? Would love to have on hand come fall and winter.

    • Absolutely, Barb -- it should work well in any recipe that calls for Bisquick. I can't remember the last time I've actually purchased Bisquick at the store!

  • Andrea Vaughan

    lol funny just this morning I was thinking of looking up the recipe again as my last batch is about done, and a notification popped in my mail about a new comment (bringing me right back to ther recipe) Karma me thinks :) btw I have been making scones using just the mix and flavoured yogurt, and nothing else....works great andd super easy

  • Jenn

    This was a great recipe! Used it for multiple things and they all turned out great. Pancakes were the best! Thanks so much.

  • Corinne Walker

    I wanted a Bisquick mix that does not contain the aluminum baking powder which is in Bisquick. I can't wait to try this!
    Thank you, Corinne

    • Great -- hope you like it, Corinne! I always use Rumford aluminum-free baking powder.

  • Johbru

    A one third recipe yields very nearly the amount required for breakfast biscuits. I recommend baking soda and cream of tartar substitution (1/4 and 1/2 to 1 of baking powder) to eliminate the slight metallic flavor. I find using butter flavor Crisco adds more "buttery taste" than does butter.

  • Alastair

    Hi all, I am so happy to find this recipe. I live in Thailand so many ingredients and most prepared mixtures are not available and since I enjoy eating European food occasionally have had to start cooking and baking. Fortunately I enjoy the challenge since recipes from scratch are a must.
    My first attempt with the mix, Mini Meat Loaves, which all the family enjoyed. A cross-culture success, thanks Tara.

  • Nanny

    My husband was sure this was bisquick, that is the best proof that they are identical. Thanks for this recipe I will use it often.

  • Andrea Vaughan

    There is only one picture that I can see (except for the ads) and it is loading fine for me on my pc

  • KateD

    Your website used to show the comments - I've tried on two different browsers (IE and Chrome) and can't see them. All I get is the option to add my own comment, so I am. Looking for the previous comment you provided on how to use this homemade bisquick to make waffles. I love this recipe and lost my notes on how to make waffles. Can you please provide??

    • Sorry about that, Kate! A software update caused a glitch with the comments on my site, and I need to find someone to fix it. To make waffle batter, use 2 cups of the homemade Bisquick mix, 1 1/3 cups milk, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil (vegetable, coconut, etc.) or butter. This should make about 12 waffles.

  • Route66Kicks

    Is there an organic wheat version, that does not include enriched wheat? Health restricts reduced iron/enriched wheat. I'm hoping there is - have been searching for awhile. Thank you.

    • Are you looking for a prepackaged mix with these qualities? I'm not sure if there's one available, but it seems like you could try substituting this flour in the recipe I've provided.

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