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Aug 25, 2015


Dessert Biscuits

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Dessert Biscuits
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Yield Servings
Author Eileen Talanian, author Chewy Cookies
Prep time 45 minutes
Cooking time
Total time 45 minutes


Dessert Biscuits


  • 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, unsalted, chilled cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups half and half, chilled


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 ºF
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Process briefly to combine.
  3. Add the chilled butter and process off and on until the butter is finely cut into the dry ingredients.
  4. Turn the mixture out into a large bowl and gradually add the chilled cream, cutting through the mixture with a large fork to combine. Do not stir the dough, or your biscuits will be tough.
  5. Add enough half and half to make a soft dough. You may need a little more or a little less than 2 cups, depending on how dry your flour is.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead the dough five or six times. Re-dust the surface with flour if needed, and roll the dough to 1/2 inch thick. Use a 3-inch cutter to make the biscuits.
  7. Place biscuits on an unlined baking pan. If you would like the surface to have a sparkled effect, lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with just a bit of half and half, and sprinkle some sugar on them. Otherwise, bake them plain. (They will rise a bit more if you do not brush and sprinkle them.)
  8. Immediately bake the biscuits on the middle rack of oven for 9-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool.