3-Ingredient Easiest Sour Cream Biscuit Recipe


If you’re looking for a simple side, these 3-ingredient sour cream biscuits are perfect. This easy recipe is fluffy, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth good!

Sour Cream Biscuits

When I need a side fast, this is my go-to recipe. These are the best biscuits I know how to make — they come out flaky and fluffy every time, and they only take 20 minutes from start to finish. They’re the perfect recipe for novice bakers, and your family and guests will never know how easy that delicious biscuit was to make!

What’s in these homemade biscuits?

 Once you taste them, you’ll hardly believe that there’s only a few simple ingredients in these flaky biscuits. The base of these is the infamous Weight Watchers 2-ingredient dough, but we’ve taken a few liberties with the dough, adding a secret ingredient to get that incredible texture!

  • Self-Rising Flour: Here’s how you get those biscuits mile-high! Self-rising flour is made from all purpose flour with baking powder and salt pre-mixed in, so that you can simply measure once and get both flour and leavening agent. If you want to make your own, King Arthur Baking has a great recipe
  • Sour Cream: Typically, the Weight Watchers dough is made with greek yogurt, but we’re subbing it here for sour cream. I recommend full-fat sour cream for the best results, but lower fat options can work as well. The sour cream adds a tang and a tenderness to the texture that greek yogurt just can’t match. That said, if you want to cut calories or increase protein in this recipe, greek yogurt works as a substitution in a 1:1 ratio. 
  • Butter or Margarine: I’ve tested this recipe with both unsalted butter and margarine, and both work well. I do not recommend using salted butter as the self-rising flour already has a ton of salt — it was just too salty for me!
Sour Cream Biscuit Ingredients

How do I make 3-ingredient biscuits?

Step 1 | Make the Dough

This dough is ridiculously easy — just put the flour, sour cream, and softened butter or margarine in a large mixing bowl, and mix it together. You can do this with a wooden spoon, hand mixer, or stand mixer. This is going to make a very shaggy, sticky dough.

Shaggy Dough

Step 2 | Knead, Roll, and Cut

Next, turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface. You can either use just self-rising flour or regular all-purpose flour for this part. You’re going to knead your dough 3-5 times, or until it’s no longer sticky and looks like a happy little dough ball. 

Then, use a rolling pin to roll your biscuit dough out to about 1/2″. You can go thicker if you want thicker, more fluffy biscuits — just be aware that you might have to adjust your baking time. Then, use a biscuit cutter or a circular cookie cutter (or the top of a glass, or a mason jar lid) to cut circles from the dough. Place the circles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Rolled and cut

Alternately, if you want to skip the rolling and cutting, you can simply break pieces of the kneaded dough off and stuff them into the cups in a muffin tin. 

Step 3 | Bake and Enjoy!

You’ll bake your biscuits at 400° for 10-12 minutes. They’re done when the top of the biscuits are golden brown. As a finishing touch, you can brush a bit of melted butter over them to add to their delicious butteriness. Serve these biscuits warm with butter, your favorite jam, or cream cheese!

Biscuits with butter


  • Add grated cheddar cheese to make cheesy cheddar biscuits. 
  • For more tender biscuits, use full-fat sour cream.

How to Serve Sour Cream Biscuits

While these are fantastic all on their own, they can also be turned into the base of delicious meals and desserts with minimal effort!

  • Biscuits and Gravy: You can create a hearty breakfast by serving these warm with sausage gravy spooned over the top. This is a fantastic use for leftover, as a dry biscuit tastes great smothered in gravy!
  • Strawberry Shortcake: My family has always used angel food or pound cake for this recipe, so I was surprised to find that many people use biscuits as the base of strawberry shortcake, but once I tried it, I understood why! Top these perfect biscuits with fresh strawberry sauce and whipped cream for a delicious dessert for summer.
  • Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches: Slice these biscuits in half and add your favorite breakfast sandwich foods. Fried eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, or scrambled egg whites all would be the perfect addition. 
  • Biscuits with Ice Cream: Here’s another one I’d never tried before but will absolutely be eating again. A warm biscuit makes the perfect base for an ice cream sundae. I love mine with vanilla ice cream and fruit topping. It’s like eating a deconstructed cobbler!


Can I make the biscuits ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the biscuit dough ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

Can I freeze the biscuits?

Yes, you can freeze the biscuits after they are baked. Allow them to cool completely, then store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply thaw them at room temperature or warm them in the oven.

How should I store leftover biscuits?

Store leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also refrigerate them for longer freshness, but keep in mind that they may become slightly denser when chilled.

3-Ingredient Sour Cream Biscuits

Make fluffy, buttery biscuits with only 3 ingredients!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cost: $3.00
Servings: 8


  • 1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sour cream, and butter or margarine. Mix until it creates a shaggy dough.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until it forms a smooth dough.
  • Roll dough to 1/2" and cut into circles. Place circles on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake biscuits for 10-12 minutes at 400°. Biscuits are done when the tops are golden brown.
  • As an optional final step, you can brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.


Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Sour Cream Biscuits
Serving Size
1 biscuit
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    There’s been plenty of times when I wished I had biscuits or rolls for dinner but forgot to buy them. This recipe is perfect because these are ingredients I usually have on hand plus it’s a fast, easy recipe to make. Thank you!

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