So Simple, You'll Never Go Back to the Box

Mother and daughter whisking Bisquick Mix in a bowl
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You reach for your box of Bisquick mix to make your family-pleasing chicken and dumplings and soon realize that you're out of Bisquick and will have to serve chicken, gravy and peas sans dumplings. The kids are ready to eat and you don't have time to run to the store or make the dumplings from scratch. As frustrated as you might be, you could quickly fix the issue if you have the four common pantry items you need to make your own Bisquick mix: flour, baking soda, salt and vegetable shortening.

This recipe is simple and fast, as well as a time- and money-saver. And now that you know the "secret" to your favorite baking mix, you'll always be ready for weekend breakfast pancakes and weekday dinner biscuits without having to make that last minute trip to the grocery store.

Total Time: 10 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 24


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening


  1. In a sifter over a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. With a pastry blender or two butter knives, cut in the shortening until the mix resembles bread crumbs.
  3. Use as much as you need, and pour the rest of the mix into an airtight container and store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to 8 months. 


  • To speed things up, use your food processor to cut in the shortening. Start by sifting the flour mixture into your food processing bowl, evenly distribute small pieces of shortening onto your flour, pulse a few times, and then blend for 10 seconds until combined. 
  • Substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour for the regular flour to make gluten-free homemade Bisquick mix.