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Homemade Bisquick biscuits with freezer jam
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5 from 3 votes

Master Mix

Here it is, my homemade version of Bisquick—which is so much cheaper and better than Bisquick. This recipe makes 30 cups of mix so make sure you start with a really big container.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 min
0 mins
Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Servings: 240 2 biscuits
Calories: 79kcal


  • Very large bowl or container with lid


  • 5 pounds all-purpose flour, about 17 cups
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered dry milk
  • 3/4 cup double-acting baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 2/3 cups solid vegetable shortening like Crisco


  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Cut in shortening until the mix looks like cornmeal, using a pastry blender or two butter knives.
  • Store at room temperature in a large container that has a tightly fitting cover (like Snapware or Tupperware) in a cool dark place like the pantry, for up to six months. Makes 30 cups.


You can substitute Master Mix for any recipe calling for Bisquick. Just make sure you substitute water for any milk required in the recipe (because the milk is already in the Master Mix!)

One dozen biscuits

  • 3 cups Master Mix
  • 3/4 cup water
Blend and knead a few strokes. Roll out and cut biscuits with a round biscuit cutter, into squares or diamond shapes. Bake 10 minutes at 450 F.


Use the same measurements as for biscuits. Drop into hot liquid of choice. Cook 10 minutes uncovered and an additional 10 minutes covered.

One dozen muffins

  • 3 cups Master Mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of water
Mix water and egg; add dry ingredients. Add optional items such as blueberries, chocolate chips, nuts, and so forth, as desired. Bake in muffin cups for 25 minutes at 450 F.

Four dozen drop cookies

  • 3 cups Master Mix
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips
Place Master Mix, sugar, egg, water, and extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Fold in nuts and or chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on a prepared greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 F.

9-inch round coffee cake

  • 3 cups Master Mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup water
Blend all ingredients and pour into a greased 9-inch cake pan. Cover with topping: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Optional: Add 1/2 C nuts or raisins to the topping mix. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes.

18 medium pancakes or 6 waffles

  • 3 cups Master Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 egg
Blend only until barely incorporated. Prepare pancakes or waffles as usual.

One 8-inch square gingerbread

  • 2 cups Master Mix
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Beat the egg together with the water and molasses. Mix well with dry ingredients until all are incorporated. Pour into a greased 8-inch square cake pan. Bake 40 minutes at 350 F.

One 8-inch square cornbread or muffins

  • 1 1/4 cups Master Mix
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients until fully incorporated. Pour into greased pan or muffin cups. Bake 25 minutes at 400 F.


Serving: 0.0625cup | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg