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Homemade Bisquick

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Homemade Bisquick comes together in less than 5 minutes and can be used in any recipe that calls for Bisquick mix or all-purpose baking mix. It’s perfect for things like pancakes, biscuits, and diner-style muffins.

Homemade Bisquick mix in a glass jar with a stack of pancakes and a carafe of orange juice in the background

Most of the time I’m all about baking and cooking from scratch – until I’m not. Like those Sunday mornings when I don’t set an alarm and the whole family sleeps in until 10:00.

I know that sounds pretty blissful, but…

The problem is, I’m a creature of habit and sleeping in always throws me off my game in a big way.

I love waking up early and sipping coffee at my desk in complete silence. It’s when I make lists and online shop for things I don’t need – like lipgloss and mason jar cocktail shakers.

And when I don’t get that time? I feel flustered and out of sorts.

Jar full of homemade bisquick mix next to a stack of homemade pancakes

Eric and Elle love a late breakfast with all the fixins’, like pancakes drenched in maple syrup, bacon and fresh berries. This kind of Sunday morning feast is their jam and ranks almost as high as their love for chocolate glazed donuts.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a stack of Homemade Banana Pancakes or biscuits with jam and butter as much as the next guy. But sometimes, Mama needs a shortcut – especially when she wakes up 3 hours later than usual. And that shortcut is Homemade Bisquick.

Ingredients for homemade Bisquick mix in the bowl of a food processor

WHAT IS BISQUICK?

Bisquick mix was a staple in our household growing up. If you’ve never had it, Bisquick is simply a premade baking mix made of flour, fat, leavening, and salt.

It’s traditionally used to make pancakes or waffles, biscuits, and muffins. But you’d be surprised at all of the ways you can use an all-purpose baking mix like this.

Biscuits made from homemade bisquick mix on a baking sheet

Now, I have no problem buying the original Bisquick now and then. But honestly, I often forget to add it to my shopping list.

Luckily, Homemade Bisquick comes together in a food processor in less than 5 minutes and requires 4 ingredients that I’m betting you already have in your pantry. And it keeps within the refrigerator for up to 3 months!

Side view of ingredients for homemade bisquick mix in the bowl of a food processor

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BISQUICK MIX

Homemade Bisquick is so easy to make. Go take a look in your pantry – you probably have everything you need already:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

That’s it! All you have to do is add everything to your food processor and pulse until it’s combined and resembles cornmeal.

Pop it into an airtight container and it’ll keep in the fridge for 3 months.

Glass jar of homemade bisquick mix on a white countertop in front of a canister of flour

CAN I MAKE HOMEMADE BISQUICK WITHOUT A FOOD PROCESSOR?

Technically, yes. You could whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and use a pastry blender to cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until well combined.

But be warned that the large volume of flour and the need to get the shortening really well blended makes this really tiring work.

If you’re up for the arm workout, go for it, but I highly recommend using the food processor instead.

Homemade bisquick mix in a glass mixing bowl on a marble surface surrounded by milk and eggs

HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE BISQUICK

Don’t forget about keeping your homemade baking mix in the fridge.

Homemade Bisquick doesn’t have the added chemical stabilizers to make it safe for keeping in the pantry. It’ll go rancid quickly if left at room temperature – which won’t hurt you, but it won’t taste good either.

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE BISQUICK

Use Homemade Bisquick to whip up a stack of amazingly fluffy Bisquick pancakes or in any recipe that calls for Bisquick or all-purpose baking mix.

The uses don’t stop there, though!

From Potato Quiche and Banana Coffee Cake to those Cheddar Bay Biscuits that we all devour by the basketful – this homemade baking mix is going to become one of your favorite cooking shortcuts.

Homemade Bisquick mix in a glass mixing bowl on a marble surface

Jar full of homemade bisquick mix next to a stack of homemade pancakes

Homemade Bisquick

Yield: 7 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Bisquick comes together in less than 5 minutes and can be used in any recipe that calls for Bisquick or all-purpose baking mix. It’s perfect for things like pancakes and diner-style muffins.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening, cubed

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse ingredients for about 15 seconds.
  3. Add in the vegetable shortening and pulse the processor until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  4. Place homemade Bisquick into an airtight container and store within the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Karen Loy

Wednesday 1st of February 2023

The Bisquick mix has some sugar in it...this recipe does not have sugar in it. Also, the Bisquick mix has baking soda in it...this recipe does not. I understand how baking powder and baking soda differ.

So...why is this recipe missing sugar and baking soda?

BettieC

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

Love this recipe been using it since 2019!!! Taught it to my boys as well:)

Jamie

Wednesday 1st of February 2023

I love that, Bettie! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking! Jamie

Claire

Friday 27th of January 2023

Thanks for a terrifically handy “recipe” - it’s more like a formula. I don’t buy shortening, so I’ve made it with butter, coconut oil and home-rendered lard. They all work great. Also works to replace one-third of the AP flour with whole wheat. I change it up depending on what I’ll be using it for.

Jamie

Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback, Claire! Happy baking! Jamie

Debi M.

Wednesday 21st of September 2022

I use this recipe all the time!! Have you priced Bisquick lately?? This is a goto for me monthly. Couldn't be much easier. Thanks for putting it out here. I've tried a few of your recipes and my they've all been winners!!

Jamie

Thursday 22nd of September 2022

I'm so glad you love this recipe! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your feedback, Debi!

Debra

Sunday 21st of August 2022

Thank you for the Bisquick recipe I will try it!!

Jamie

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Thanks for taking the time to comment, Debra! Happy baking – Jamie

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