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I love it when a vintage recipe becomes my favorite, my go-to recipe. This is the best biscuit recipe I’ve ever tried. It is super easy and super quick-it literally took me five minutes to mix up.  I am reminded of that Rice Krispie commercial from the 70’s-you know, where the mom takes 10 minutes to mix up some treats and then puffs her face with flour as she glides out of the kitchen, trying to make it seem like she’s been slaving over a hot oven all day?  These biscuits will have the same effect for you!

The recipes gets the moniker “Emergency” because of it’s speed-you don’t have to roll it out and cut the dough. Just drop on the cookie sheet and bake! It comes from the Boston Cooking School Cookbook, published in 1896.

I love this paragraph in the cookbook before the recipe: “The ability of the housewife as a cook is very often judged by the biscuits she makes; but they are really very simple to make, and if recipes are followed carefully and measurements are made accurately, only a little experience is required to produce excellent ones.” Here’s how to make them like you’ve been making them all your life!

• 2 cups flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon shortening
• 1 tablespoon butter
• ¼ cup water
• 1/2 milk
• ¼ cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix the dry ingredients together well in a large bowl. Using a fork, mix the shortening and butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, milk and buttermilk and mix well.

Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes. Serve!

This recipe is fool-proof. If you’ve never made biscuits before, no worries-I promise, you won’t screw it up. Toss out those refrigerated biscuits in a can and do some home baking! Enjoy!