Honey-Butter Glazed Flaky Biscuits

Glazed Flaky Biscuits Made with Whey (or Buttermilk)

  • Author: Paula Rhodes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 biscuits
  • Category: Quick Breads
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: American


An ultra flaky biscuit made with whey (or buttermilk), then glazed with honey-butter as they come out of the oven


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons butter + 1 tablespoon melted butter for brushing tops
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup whey + 1 tablespoon extra if necessary OR 3/4 cup buttermilk

Honey-Butter Glaze: (Double or triple this glaze recipe if you want to serve additional honey-butter with the biscuits.)

  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, silicone baking mat, or lightly grease.
  2. Place dry ingredients together into food processor bowl. Pulse 3 times.
  3. Add cold butter and shortening, sliced into small pieces. Pulse 8 times to cut into flour until you have pieces of various sizes resembling oatmeal, peas, and cornmeal all mixed together.
  4. Pour whey over mixture and pulse about 8 times just until mixture starts to stick together.
  5. Turn out onto floured surface. (I like to use a silicone baking mat because clean-up is easy in the dishwasher.)
  6. Knead about about 3-4 times until you have a cohesive ball of dough. Use your hands to gently push dough into a square shape.
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough about 1/2 inch thick. Fold up one-third of the dough over on top of the dough and then the other third on top of that one. See picture. Turn dough 1/4 turn and repeat folding process two more times.
  8. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thick and cut into 12 squares with a sharp knife. Use a greased cookie sheet or one covered with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  9. Slice into 12 biscuits and use tip of sharp knife to lift onto prepared pan.
  10. Brush with melted butter, if desired. (I personally desire it.)
  11. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 400 degrees for another 12-15 minutes.
  12. Brush warm biscuits with honey-butter mixture.


If you don’t have a food processor, these can be mixed by hand. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add butter and shortening and cut in with your fingers or a fork. Add liquid and continue as directed in step 5.


  • Serving Size: 1 biscuit
  • Calories: 169 kcal
  • Sugar: 3.6 g
  • Fat: 9.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.8 g
  • Fiber: .6 g
  • Protein: 2.4

Keywords: breakfast breads, biscuits, whey, yogurt, flaky