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Homemade Bisquick

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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Gale bowering

Friday 26th of February 2021

Hi. This looks like it can be kept in the freezer also. Have you stored it this way?

Earlene

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Will this freeze well?  Can’t wait to try it!

Jamie

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Sure, you can freeze the mix.

Ritzy

Sunday 1st of November 2020

This was a totally annoying read.  I gave up, 25 minutes in, and went out to buy actual Bisquick.  It was faster than reading through your life history.  God, almighty. 

Jamie

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Yes, indeed. My life history is all about Bisquick and how to make a substitute.

D Burke

Sunday 1st of November 2020

I’ve never used bisquick before but needed a quick way to bake when the grandkids are here. After a few google searches I found this. IT iS PERFECT! . Quick pancakes or biscuits....I love it!  Thank you. 

Angela Winter

Friday 2nd of October 2020

Thank you for the recipe. I never use shortening so I substituted cold, cubed, butter for the shortening. So delicious! Works just like Bisquick in the " impossible pie " recipes. :)

Jamie

Sunday 11th of October 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. -Jamie

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