Homemade Bisquick Mix

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Want to make your favorite biscuits or pancakes, but you don’t have any Bisquick? Has this ever happened to you? You go to the pantry because you’re craving pancakes or homemade biscuits, you grab the box of Bisquick baking mix and right away by the weight of it, you know you don’t have enough. Never fear! There’s no need to go to the grocery store. In just a few minutes, you can make your own Homemade Bisquick Mix with common pantry ingredients and my simple recipe.

Preparing homemade Bisquick mix is so easy, you will wonder why you never did it before!


If you are familiar with Bisquick, then you know it works for various recipes. Of course, Bisquick biscuits and pancakes are top on the list, but you can create many other great recipes with Bisquick mix as well.  Use your Bisquick baking mix to make dumplings, chicken pot pies, corn dogs, coffee cakes, and even donuts!

DIY homemade Bisquick baking mix is so simple. You will wonder why you never made before. Plus, you can make this easy Bisquick substitute at literally a fraction of the cost of any pre-made store-bought mix. 


Bisquick is a Betty Crocker food product that was invented in the 1930s. An executive from Betty Crocker learned about it during his morning commute on the train. The chef in the bar car of the train told him how he was able to make fresh biscuits daily because the pre-made the batter. 

The lightbulb went off and a mega-million-dollar idea was born!

The thing that makes Bisquick so convenient is that it contains premixed dry ingredients – but uses hydrogenated oil instead of lard or shortening. In this recipe for homemade Bisquick, I suggest shortening, but you can also use lard, butter, or coconut oil in similar proportions. Any of these options will work just fine and keep similarly in terms of storage and shelf life. 

You can make a healthier version of Bisquick from scratch by using part whole wheat flour or spelt flour. Or lighten up the oils using canola, sunflower, or safflower.  


Ingredients To Make This Homemade Bisquick Recipe

Ready to make this easy recipe? You will find the list of ingredients here – but the complete measurements and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post in the printable recipe card. 

Flour – I used all-purpose flour but you can also use a combination of flour like spelt or whole wheat. 

Baking powder – One of the other simple ingredients is baking powder, the leavening agent to help your baked goods rise. 

Vegetable shortening – I prefer vegetable shortening but you can also use lard or coconut oil.  Cold butter also works well but make sure to buy unsalted butter. 

Salt – Just a touch of salt to enhance the flavor. 


How To Make Your Own Bisquick Mix

First, In your standing mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. 

Next, Add in shortening, in small increments, and continue whisking until completely incorporated. A minute or two is all you need.

Alternatively, you can combine the flour mixture and shortening in a large bowl and use a pastry cutter to mix it together. 

Finally, Store in an airtight container, I like to use a mason jar in a cool and dark place for up to 3 months.

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  • How do you make Homemade Bisquick? Homemade Bisquick is really easy. It’s just a combination of flour, baking soda, shortening, and salt. 
  • What can I use if I don’t have Bisquick? If you don’t have any Bisquick you can use pancake mix instead or combine flour, baking soda, shortening, and salt like in this recipe. 
  • Is Bisquick just flour and baking soda? No, Bisquick has baking powder, not soda, shortening, and salt in it. 
  • What are the original ingredients in Bisquick? The original Bisquick recipe had bleached white flour, cornstarch, dextrose, palm oil, leavening agents, canola oil, salt, sugar, DATEM (an emulsifier), and distilled monoglycerides. 
  • Is Bisquick just flour and baking powder? No, Bisquick has flour, shortening, and salt as well. 


What is shortening?

Shortening is a generic term for a form of hydrogenated oil. Shortening has a high burn point and works like lard in recipes, meaning it won’t burn like butter would at similar temps.

Hydrogenated oil, without going into an entire chemistry lesson, is an oil that has been turned into a solid or semi-solid form its usual liquid form. That is why it can be used in a dry mix of ingredients or used in things like margarine. 

Why use shortening for homemade Bisquick mix? Vegetable shortening keeps for a while at room temperature, so there is no need to worry about storage. Kept at room temp, this mix will last for up to three months. In the fridge, it will keep for up to six! 

The hydrogenated oil in a box of Bisquick is even more hydrogenated so that is why it appears to be a powder. 

Shortening is great for baked products like biscuits and pancakes because it helps create more of a lighter and fluffier consistency than using a “wet” ingredient like vegetable oil.


  • Instead of using all-purpose flour, you can use a combination of flours like spelt of whole wheat. You can even make gluten-free Bisquick with gluten-free flour. 

  • In place of shortening use butter, lard, coconut oil or canola, sunflower, or safflower oil.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you don’t have a stand mixer handy, you can also use the food processor method of combining all the ingredients and processing them together.  You can also use a pastry blender, or even two forks or your fingers to mix the baking mix if desired.  

How to store homemade Bisquick

  • When using vegetable shortening, coconut oil, or lard, you can store your homemade baking mix in a cool dark place, like your pantry for up to 3 months. Since there are no added chemical stabilizers it won’t keep as long as the store-bought mix. 

  • If you are using butter, the mix will have to be stored in the refrigerator and will be good for about 3 weeks.

Banana Bread Pancakes topped with bananas and walnuts on a blue plate

Recipes that Use Bisquick Baking Mix

Not quite sure what to do with this substitute for Bisquick flour? Here are just a few of my favorite recipes using this homemade mix:

Next time you need Bisquick for a recipe, don’t run to the store! Make your own!



Homemade bisquick up close on a measuring spoon
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Make your own Bisquick

Want to make your favorite Bisquick biscuits or pancakes, but you don't have any Bisquick? Making homemade baking mix like Bisquick is so easy, you will wonder why you never did it before! It's simple, sensible and economical!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: "How To"
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baking mix from scratch, Homemade Bisquick, How to make a Bisquick baking mix substitute, Make your own Bisquick
Servings: 7 cups
Calories: 657kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon salt


  • In your standing mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add in shortening, in small increments and continue whisking until completely incorporated. A minute or two is all you need.
  • Store in an airtight container, in a cool and dark place for up to 3 months.


You can also use a food processor, pastry blender or even two fork or your fingers to mix the baking mix if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1535mg | Fiber: 3g

This recipe was originally posted on September 30, 2015.  It was updated to improve user experience on April 18, 2023.

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  1. We don’t get Bisquick here in the UK but I have always wanted to try it so I am going to give your recipe a try! Will let you know how I get on!

  2. I have used Bisquick for decades to make Biscuits and of course Dumplings for my chicken & Dumplings. I can’t wait to try this!!! Thank you so much. I am a huge fan of your site and I have only been here for about 30 minutes!!!

  3. I have made this using shortening powder by substituting 2 cups shortening powder for the one cup regular shortening. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Back in the 80’s I bought a small book at the check out line. It had a recipe to mix bisquick and shortening and you can store it. in book had recipes for different breads you can make. All you do is use like 2 cups and whatever else it call for. There was a recipe for chocolate bread. My son is grown and still wants that bread, I can find it. Can you please HELP me.

  5. This is a great recipe that I’ll use so much. Thanks for all of the ideas for using homemade Bisquick, too – can’t wait to try your Bacon and Swiss Cheese Impossible Pie!

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