A couple of years ago, I started to notice that our family would regularly request to have “Dad’s famous pancakes/fried chicken/prime rib….”  I thought, “Wait a minute, Dad’s famous??  What about me?  I cooked night after night for all of you and I have nothing that is requested and considered ‘famous.’ Well, that is just not fair.” Dad’s famous pancakes – yes, they are amazing I will admit.  Dad’s famous fried chicken – here again, it is definitely worth writing home about.  I guess I even encouraged this because I was so excited when someone else was doing the cooking. 

Hmmmm……. surely I made something that was famous-worthy.  My biscuits! That was it!  Yes, they are embarrassingly easy to make, but everyone loves them. One time, a friend of John’s from college was spending a holiday with us and got to have “the” biscuits. Justin requested the recipe and now makes them for his family every special occasion. Our boys have actually competed on who could eat the most. Sidebar: remember, house of boys, EVERYTHING is a competition.

They are called Adelaide’s Rolls in the Atlanta Cooknotes cookbook.  I like that name because although they are much more of a biscuit than a roll, I have a beloved Goddaughter named Adelaide. But I want to bequeath this recipe to you and suggest YOU start calling them “Mom’s Famous Biscuits.”  I realized my husband, Jay, was the main promoter of calling the dishes he liked to make his “famous” dishes. So it is up to you, ladies.


2 cups self-rising flour (I use White Lilly)

2 sticks of regular (salted) butter (I use Land ‘o Lakes)

1 small container of sour cream – 8 oz. (full fat)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease two mini muffin pans (12 each) – I use Crisco.  Let the butter sit in a bowl on the counter for an hour or all morning with the flour thrown in there.  When butter is softened (melted butter won’t work), mash the two ingredients together with a fork.  Stir in the cold sour cream. Scoop dough into the muffin tins – they should be pretty overflowing and don’t roll or smooth them at all. I think all those peaks make them better.

Bake 20-25 minutes.

They are quite buttery but some like to add jam or honey. Allow a couple per person. Christmas dinner is coming – impress your guests!

Bottom line: “Yay, we’re having Mom’s Famous Biscuits tonight!”