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Baking Powder Biscuits: Large Family Style

Tucker and Tilly making baking powder biscuits for breakfast.

Meet the breakfast crew: Tilly (13) and  Tucker (6). They get up and fix the morning meal for our family while I sip coffee and direct traffic.

Tilly teachers Tucker to make baking powder biscuits.

Making breakfast is officially Tilly’s job, but she has taken it upon herself to train Tucker as her apprentice. This works out beautifully. Not only is Tucker learning to cook and bake, but it keeps my very rambunctious, loud six-year-old busy in the morning. A blessing to the whole house.

Tucker uses a jar l lid to cut out biscuits.

Busy, productive hands are staying out of trouble hands.

And just in case you’re wondering, I’ll share the recipe.

Baking Powder Biscuits for Large Families

Preheat oven to 425

Mix together:

8 cups of flour

4 Tablespoons of baking powder

2 teaspoons of salt

Cut in:

1 cup of butter

Add all at once, stirring until soft ball is formed:

3 cups milk

Turn dough onto to floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out dough 1/2 inch thick and cut into circles with glass or biscuit cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.


  1. Tonymasons

    It’s great to see kids learning such a vital and healthy life skill. I have some friends who have never used a cooker(stove) in their lives and survive on microwave meals and take-out. I’ve been cooking/preparing meals since I was young, but unfortunately it was for rather negative reasons…cook myself, or starve. So it’s even better to know that Tilly and Tucker enjoy it.

  2. jo

    My kids love to cook, though I am the teacher and they are the apprentice’s. They both are pretty accomplished now, my daughter more than my son. Thats a huge biscuit recipe!!! We only use 2 cups of flour… I feel sad about that. I do wish I had a bakers dozen of my own to prepare foods for. I use honey powder in my biscuits, and crisco and butter half and half. The honey powder, doesnt make them super sweet they are just a little different.

  3. Mary

    Yum, they look delicious ! I would have liked to have seen the finished product. I’ll bet that they all ate them up before you thought to take a photo. It’s so important for children to learn things like cooking. I once baby sat for a woman who never learned to cook because her mother worked full time outside the home and never cooked dinner, She had always had rolls and cold cuts in the house and just told the kids to “fix yourself something.” In one generation the ability to shop healthfully, plan menus and cook dinner had been lost. Sad. What do you serve with the bisquits for breakfast?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Mary, I fully intended to get photos of the finished product, but got distracted. I didn’t know how to cook when I got but married, but quickly learned on the job.

  4. Jessi Glauser

    I did not know how to cook 8 years ago when we got married,I would burn biscuits just like these.Now I am rather accomplished and believe I can give my children the same skill.All four love to bake/cook and simply allowing our 21 month old son to ”stir” the pot is giving him a life skill.He is not going to be like his father and not be able to cook!I was taught to cook via my in laws,father in law was a chef in Geneva then here in Australia and my mother in law has a passion for Asian foods.So we have a variety here in our home,but mostly focused on Italian and Swiss/German foods.

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