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Flaky Honey Butter Biscuits with Thyme Compound Butter

stack of 5 biscuits with honey dripping down the side

With so many buttery flaky layers, these honey butter biscuits are simply the best! Adding a little bit of savory thyme balances out the sweetness of the honey. And brushing the tops with honey-butter helps create a beautiful golden brown color and glossy sheen.

They're delicious on their own, or served with a homemade thyme compound butter that's quick and easy to make (recipe below).

Ingredients

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For the Honey Butter Biscuits

  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or sub ¾ teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled, separated*
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled
  • 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey, separated

For the Thyme Compound Butter

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt (or sub. any salt to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Make Thyme Compound Butter (optional): Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or combine by hand using a spoon.

Notes

Tips for Grating the Butter:

  • Freeze the butter for about 15 min before making biscuits.
  • Coat the stick of butter lightly in the flour mixture before grating. It will create a barrier from the warmth of your hands so it won't melt as easily. Less messy!

Tips for Folding and Rolling Biscuit Dough:

  • Coat everything in flour to prevent sticking-- your hands, the rolling pin, the bench scraper, and the countertop/ surface.
  • For more details on the folding process, see photos and explanations above in the "How to Make" section.

Keywords: flaky honey butter biscuits, thyme compound butter