Big Mama’s Biscuits and A VIDEO!

My big mama’s biscuits have always been a staple in my life.  Every visit to Winona, Mississippi is complete with biscuit breakfasts every morning  Whenever she visits us in Chicago, she also makes biscuits.  I can’t think of any other food in my family that has such a rich history.

Last Thanksgiving while in Winona, my husband and I taped a how-to video with Big Mama making her famous biscuits.  We got our entire family, including a special cameo from Big Daddy, involved and ended up having a blast!  She makes it look so easy but the truth is I am still trying to master them.  I think the video will not only help all of you but help me as well.  I am so excited to finally share it.   Feel free to share the link the video here:

I can’t tell you how special the experience of making this video with my family was.  It was a moment I will never forget nor take for granted.  If there are any family recipes or historical information you want to know about the elders in your family, I suggest you sit down and record it or write it down.  We take their stories, knowledge and wisdom for granted sometimes, and an experience like this is worth a lifetime. 

Big Mama’s Biscuits and A VIDEO!


  • 4 cups self-rising flour (Big Mama's brand of choice is Martha White)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add flour and sugar to medium sized bowl and mix to combine. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  3. Add shortening to the middle of the flour and begin cutting into the flour.
  4. Next, add buttermilk to the biscuit mixture and begin working together with your hands to bring together. There will be some flour left so don't worry about this.
  5. Turn the biscuit mixture onto a kitchen board. Work together with your hands on the board until a dough consistency forms and add flour as/if needed.
  6. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to preferred thickness of 1/3-2/3 inch. I prefer about 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Cut biscuit dough into circles using round cutter or back of a can.
  8. Place cut biscuits onto greased baking pan.
  9. Bake biscuits for about 12 minutes or until they have risen and are nice and brown. Watch the oven and take them out once they are browned to your liking.
  10. Brush melted butter on the tops of biscuits and serve warm.
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  1. Your biscuits look so fluffy and happy! (Mine always look like sad hockey pucks.)
    Can’t wait to watch the video and learn the secret…:D

  2. I love biscuits and everytime I made them they weren’t as flaky as I wanted. Yours look so good, going to try your recipe, love it!
    Thanks for sharing and thank you for the lovely comment left on my guest post on Aimee’s blog

  3. These biscuits look amazing! I cannot wait to try them. Also, this has to be your best post yet. The video is great!

  4. She is so cute! I loved the tablespoons of shortening hahaha just like my grandma… that is why I have to watch her do stuff instead of just take notes over the phone. I am so glad you had that bonding experience with her. Looked like a wonderful family time.

  5. Totally agreed about playing around in the kitchen with our elders. Watching them cook is so interesting, and you hear great stories. Love that she’s all about the shortening in biscuits!

  6. This video brought tears to my eyes. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have my own great grandma on video now that she is no longer with me. Treasure your “Big Mamas” always, for they are the true jewels of our lives.

  7. Jocelyn, I think of my Southern grandmother every time I make biscuits. How I would have loved to make a video with her! This was such fun watching you with your grandmother. What a treasure!

  8. Jocelyn, I think of my Southern grandmother every time I make biscuits. How I would have loved to make a video with her! This was such fun watching you with your grandmother. What a treasure!

  9. Jocelyn, what a wonderful thing to have. This video will only become more treasured as time goes on. Your grandmother seems so sweet. I loved watching her make biscuits with you. I always think of my Southern grandmother when I make biscuits.

  10. these moments are priceless. i don’t the point is to make your biscuits just like hers… it’s putting your own spin on them using her a perfect guide… and letting the experience really seep through your own baking! Good, good post!

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed your video. Reminds me so much of how my grandmother cooked and taught me. Blessings!!

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  13. That has got to be one of the most precious videos I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to make these biscuits for my boys, compliments of Big Mama of course! You are so lucky to have her in your life. Love your blog and look forward to trying many of your lovely southern recipes.

  14. Loved the video
    I am going to try my hand at making these biscuits

  15. I never have buttermilk in the house. Is it possible to substitute something else and have them turn out like yours?

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Hi Sharyn, it won’t have the exact same flavor but you can always add lemon juice or vinegar to milk to create a buttermilk substitute to use in a pinch.

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