Keisha McKinney: Mr. McKinney’s Biscuits


Mr. McKinney's Morning Biscuits

One of the first gifts I gave my husband was a Tervis with candy in it. Yes, I felt like I was in middle school. I mean, what gift do you give a boy who you know you really, really like, but you don’t have an official “status” with?  I love giving gifts and I couldn’t image his 30th birthday in a new town with new friends coming and going without some kind of birthday present.  I knew he had a 2 hour commute each day, so I thought it was an easy option without being too invasive. And, even better, it had the mascot logo of our alma mater   on it.

Then, came Christmas.  As if buying for a birthday wasn’t hard enough, what do you do get for a 30 year old man for Christmas that won’t make him run away?  I went with the milk frothier and biscuit cutter.  Both were related to inside jokes and I thought it would remind him that I was listening.  Plus, on my limited budget at the time, I could get each with a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Little did I know that both of those gifts would eventually sit in my kitchen cabinets and work to my advantage on a Saturday morning!

Our favorite thing around our house is a lazy, unplanned Saturday.  And, if I’m smart enough to notice one is coming early in the week,  I’ll grab a few extra ingredients for  a lazy Saturday morning breakfast.  But, my favorite is when that impromptu moment happens and Mr. McKinney decides it is his turn to cook breakfast.  Sometimes that involves some cheesy scrambled eggs.  Sometimes an opened can of cinnamon rolls.  And then there is the Saturday mornings I get to sit at the counter with a fresh cup of coffee and frothed creamer and watch him make biscuits. (yes, I finally used one of those BBB coupons and bought him a pastry cutter for the cold butter)

Now, I can’t thank his previous roommate for all the habits he taught him.  But I am oh so grateful that this biscuit recipe was on the list of things he picked up in bachelorhood!


Keisha McKinney: Mr. McKinney’s Biscuits

Keisha McKinney: Mr. McKinney’s Biscuits


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening, chilled
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a glass bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Cut butter and shortening in to tiny cubes.
  4. Drop in bowl around the edge of the dry ingredients.
  5. Using your fingers, incorporate the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients.
  6. Continue to mix with your fingers until the mixture is the texture of breadcrumbs.
  7. Pour milk and honey on top of dry ingredients.
  8. Stir together all ingredients until fully incorporated.
  9. Dust counter top with flour.
  10. Turn dough out on to floured counter.
  11. Sprinkle top of dough with flour.
  12. Knead dough by turning edges into middle and pressing into center.
  13. Sprinkle with more flour and continue kneading until mixture no longer sticks to your fingers.
  14. Once dough is no longer “super sticky,” press out, on counter with your hand to a ½-inch thickness.
  15. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or use a cooking stone to bake biscuits.
  16. Dip biscuit cutter in flour and cut out biscuits.
  17. Combine and re-knead together scraps until they are all used to cut out biscuits.
  18. Melt ½ stick of butter and brush tops of biscuits before placing in the oven. Bake at 350 for 12-15 min or until golden brown on top.

Now, if you are really feeling crazy you can make these biscuits savory.  On one particular Saturday, we found ourselves hosting the Posey women (Mr. McKinney’s mom and aunts).  After he made these delightful treats for breakfast, I just insisted that he show off and he made a second batch for lunch.  We folded in cheddar cheese and dried rosemary and used the smallest biscuit cutter in the set to have a basket full of fluffy delights for our luncheon.  Let me tell you, they were more than impressed with his domestic skills.

I really should just thank @unashamedpanda <> for his domestic skills and patience in helping us figure out the recipe with no instructions!


Keisha (PKeisha Pittman McKinney Big Pitt Stop #ARWBittman) McKinney is settling in to her new married life in South AR after she #becamemrsmckinney.  A Digital Media Director by day for a church in Northwest Arkansas, Keisha is remembering what its like to plan ahead for shopping trips to “the city,” getting resourceful at her small town Walmart and creating online shopping personas everywhere.  She blogs @bigpittstop about daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats and the social justice cases on her heart.

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