Maryland Biscuits

In former First Lady Julia Grant’s personal memoir, she refers to the deliciousness of Maryland Biscuits and how they were a favorite in the Grant household. So…I thought I would make something that Julia Grant and her family enjoyed very much – especially since today is her birthday!

Here’s what you need:
Flour, Milk, Salt and Butter
After adding the salt to the flour…cut the butter into the flour. Use your hands if you have to!
Adding the milk to the flour mixture
Mix the dough really well. Then put onto a floured work surface.
Get those muscles ready to work out with a rolling pin 💪
Use a biscuit cutter to cut the circles
Place on a well greased baking sheet
Maryland Biscuits are fresh from the oven! 😋

Maryland Biscuits Recipe


4 cups unbleached flour*
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup lard or butter
1 ½ cup water, milk or cream


1: Place flour, salt and lard/butter in a mixing bowl. Cut (mix) lard into flour using finger tips until lard in mixed into flour.

2: Mix in a little of the water or milk at a time, mixing to create a stiff dough. Note, if dough is too dry, add a little more liquid. Too wet, add a little more flour.

3: Place dough on a work table that has been lightly floured.

4: Using a mallet or a rolling pin beat the dough until it begins to blister. This takes about a half hour.

5: pat out dough and cut into rounds or pinch dough off to make small balls about the size of a small egg and flatten a little before placing on baking sheet.

6: Place biscuits on a greased baking pan. Using a fork poke a few holes in the top of each biscuit.

7: Bake at 425 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes – until brown. Serve hot

Makes about 2 dozen biscuits.

*I used regular flour for this recipe. The biscuits came out fine – delicious!

(Recipe from The National Park Service at


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