Homemade Bisquick Mix

You can make homemade Bisquick Mix for much less than packaged mix.

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Homemade Bisquick mix is great for baking, biscuits, cakes, pancakes, waffles and more!

All-purpose baking mix, mostly known because of the Bisquick brand, is simply a flour mixture with the leavening agent, salt, sugar, and fat built in. It’s popular because it’s convenient – you’re more than halfway there to any number of baking or cooking projects. Typically, all you need to do is stir in some milk, eggs, and perhaps oil. (If dry milk powder is included in the mix, you can rely on water as the added liquid.)

A homemade version of Bisquick also gives you the convenience factor and a whole lot more. The big selling point for me is the quality of the foods you make with your DIY Bisquick mix. The biscuits, cakes, waffles, breads, and such that you make will taste authentically homemade because they are homemade. What’s missing is the hydrogenated oil, artificial sweeteners, and the on-the-shelf stabilizing preservatives. 

Following this homemade Bisquick recipe is, hands down, one of the best things you can do for yourself. The more time I spend in the kitchen, the more I realize that many of the old boxes of processed food I used to use can be easily created from scratch, just like this homemade Bisquick mix. Also, you can make Bisquick at home for much less than what Bisquick costs.

Luckily, homemade Bisquick comes together in a food processor in less than 5 minutes and requires simple basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry – all-purpose flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, powdered milk, vegetable shortening. That’s it! All you need to do is place everything in your food processor and pulse until it’s combined and looks like cornmeal.

How to Store Your Homemade Bisquick 

Homemade Bisquick doesn’t have the added chemical stabilizers to make it safe for keeping in the pantry. However, it will keep in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three months.

How to Use Your Homemade Bisquick 

Use homemade Bisquick mix in any recipe that calls for all-purpose baking mix or Bisquick. It’s perfect for biscuits, pancakes, muffins, and more. This homemade baking mix will become a favorite cooking shortcut.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

Use as you normally would use Bisquick. In this recipe, I use shortening, but you can also use lard, butter, or coconut oil in similar proportions. 

  • Omit the salt if someone is on a low-sodium or salt-free diet.
  • You can even make a healthier version of Bisquick from scratch using part whole wheat flour.
  • Make vegan Bisquick with spelt flour and a vegetable oil of your choice. 

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Here’s a list of what you need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Cream of tartar
  • Powdered milk
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable shortening

How to Make Bisquick Mix

Simply, mix all ingredients together and store it in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Use this DIY Bisquick mix as you normally would use store-bought Bisquick.

The mix will last approximately a month.

You can cut this recipe in half.

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Homemade Bisquick Mix

It's easy to make Bisquick mix with a few simple ingredients.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bisquick Mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 955kcal


  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/8 cup baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pound vegetable shortening


  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.


Use as you normally would use Bisquick.
This mix will last approximately a month.
You can cut this recipe in half.


Calories: 955kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 5.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Bety Taylor

    How about the use of Self-Rising Flour instead of All-Purpose? With self-rising you can leave out the other dry ingredients except the sugar and cream of tarter.

  2. Richard L Walker

    5 stars
    I was going to suggest a Bisquick recipe but you beat me to it.
    I needed it for another of your recipes.

  3. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    I tried this mix and used it to make pancakes. They came out great! I will keep some of this on hand!

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