Butter Swim Biscuits (VIDEO)

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  • Then I saw it. Raw dough floating in a pool of melted butter. While some might have found this image unappealing, I fell in love instantly and I didn’t even know what they were yet!

    spatula holding a slice of butter swim biscuit

    A little research and I had several common names. Apparently these buttery buttermilk biscuits are actually quite common. It is a wonder I hadn’t run across them before. I mean two of my favorite things: butter and carbs.

    These are a no knead, no yeast and no roll biscuits. Seriously, the easiest ever.

    biscuit dough floating in melted butter

    Butter Swim Biscuit Recipe

    These devine fluffy biscuits have several names:

    • Butter Float Biscuits
    • Butter Swim Biscuits
    • Butter Dip Biscuits
    • Easy Butter Biscuits

    Rumor has it they are the result of one lazy Texas woman who lacked the motivation to make rolled, cut and then butter biscuits. Then one had to wonder why we spent so much time doing it the hard way when you can just literally bake the dough IN butter.

    unbaked butter float biscuits in a blue baking dish

    Hats off, mysteriously lady in Texas who I now idolize.

    The trick is not having to add too much flour in order to roll out or even drop the biscuits. Instead, you just transfers the lumpy and very sticky dough right into the baking dish with butter.

    lumpy biscuit batter in a glass bowl

    Buttermilk Biscuits

    These buttermilk biscuits are a thick, chewy and very rich Southern Style biscuit. Perfectly hearty for a runny egg sandwich and thick cut bacon.

    The edges turn into lacy, crispy, buttery pieces of biscuit that might crumble off.

    buttery buttermilk biscuits in a blue baking dish

    There are a couple of changes I’ve made while making these recipe. I used a rectangular baking dish instead of square. I felt like the biscuits cooked more evenly instead of having a center biscuit be all doughy.

    Secondly, it was impossible to cut the biscuit dough while raw. It is too sticky and won’t hold. So I took the biscuits out after baking for 15 minutes and cut them then, swishing around the butter to get into the cracks.

    A close up of butter swim biscuits

    Buttermilk in Recipes

    What is buttermilk?

    Buttermilk is the liquid byproduct spun off of cream during the process of making butter. The solids make butter and the liquid is buttermilk.

    butter dip biscuit on a white and blue plate

    I rarely have buttermilk in the fridge. I don’t use it that often, it is expensive and I never need the whole jug. So I keep powdered buttermilk in the pantry, which I used today. I honestly can’t tell the difference when it is baked into the recipe.

    ingredients for butter swim biscuits

    If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use these substitutions.

    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar + 1 cup 2% or whole milk
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + 1 cup 2% or whole milk
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar/lemon juice + 1 cup skim milk + 1 tablespoon melted butter

    Do not use cream. It not the same thing.

    Measure Flour Correctly

    I would venture to say that about 75% of people aren’t measuring their flour correctly. Too much flour can lead to dry and brittle baked goods and thick, clumpy sauces. Too little can make for doughy and loose recipes.

    Here is how to measure flour the correct way.

    1. Stir flour to loosen it in the canister or bag.
    2. Spoon flour into measuring cup. Do not pack it down.
    3. Use the back of a butter knife to even off the top.
    4. Add to recipe.

    Simply dipping the measuring cup into a canister of flour packs it down and can result in up to 3-4 ounces more flour than what the recipe calls for.

    self rising flour in a wood spoon

    Butter for Biscuits

    These easy biscuits really don’t need any additional butter after literally taking a butter bath. But if I were to serve them with something, it would be honey butter or molasses butter.

    Check out all of our flavored butters to find your best match!

    What You’ll Need

    Large Mixing Bowl– Use a mixing bowl a little larger than you think you’ll need. There is less pressure to keep it in the bowl. You can always transfer it to a smaller serving bowl later. I personally look for ones with lids so I can cut down on plastic wrap and aluminum foil waste.

    Measuring Cups and Spoons – stainless steel, these are dishwasher safe and easy to use.

    Silicone Basting Brush– Truth time! I used a pastry brush with boar bristles for the photos because it looks prettier, but I generally used a silicone basting brush. They don’t absorb as much of the liquid being basted, are easier to clean and dry better so they don’t carry as much bacteria.

    butter swim biscuits for pinterest

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    A close up of butter swim biscuits
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    4.44 from 37 votes

    Butter Swim Biscuits

    No rolling, no cutting, no kneading. Just the most buttery buttermilk biscuits you've ever had and the easiest biscuit recipe you've ever made.
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time23 mins
    Total Time28 mins
    Course: Bread, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: butter swim biscuits, buttermilk biscuits
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 193kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    • Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Place in a large mixing bowl.
    • Hand mix with buttermilk until just combined. Batter will be lumpy and super sticky.
    • Pour melted butter into 11×7 baking dish, then spread sticky batter to the corners of the dish. Butter will float above in some areas and not in others, that is fine.
    • Place into the oven for 15 minutes.
    • Remove and cut into 8 large biscuits. You can use a basting brush to getting the butter bubbling up the edges on to the top of the biscuits and in the crevices, or you can skip that, whatever works.
    • Return to oven for 7-8 minutes or until tops are brown.
    • All to sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was.



    Do not use a 9×13 pan, it is too shallow and biscuits will be overcooked.


    Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2mg

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