Grandma’s Old Fashioned Cookie Bread Recipe Has Only 4 Ingredients | Bread/Muffins

Grandma's Old-fashioned Biscuit Bread Recipe Has Just 4 Ingredients

Tender, flaky buttermilk biscuits are a staple in the South. Some people may be intimidated by making homemade cookies, mixing, rolling, cutting and baking. But what if you could make cookie bread in about 20 minutes in a skillet? You can!

This simple cookie bread recipe has just four simple ingredients, is easy to prepare, and cooks to tender, moist perfection in a cast iron skillet. Make sure the skillet is hot before adding the dough and lowering the heat so it turns really golden brown. If you don’t have bacon bits, you can use vegetable shortening. To always have bacon bits on hand, pour the bacon grease into a container after cooking bacon. I keep mine in the freezer.

Serve this biscuit bread recipe with butter, jam, jelly, honey or syrup for breakfast or brunch or at dinner with roast chicken, chicken breast or your favorite southern meal.


Cuisine: American

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 8 to 12 minutes (approximately)

Total time: 18 to 22 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 2 teaspoons bacon drippings
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, diced
  • 3/4 – 1 cup buttermilk (I used the whole 1 cup)
  • melted butter, for the top

This is how you make it:

  1. Melt the bacon drippings in a cast iron frying pan on medium heat. Place the flour and butter in a mixing bowl. Cut in the butter.

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  2. Add the buttermilk and mix until a “rough” dough forms.

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  3. Place the dough on a floured surface and shape into a disk. Turn it over in the flour and shape it into a tighter disk.

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  4. Place the dough in the hot frying pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until bottom is golden brown. Carefully turn the dough over with a large spatula and continue baking until the bottom is golden brown and cooked through. This can take between 8 and 12 minutes (approximately), depending on the thickness of the dough and the heat of the pan.

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  5. Finish with some melted butter.

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