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Bisquick Substitute

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There are many times that we have went to have breakfast for dinner and were missing that all important Bisquick Baking mix box in the pantry.

We desperately try to keep it on hand because its so easy to whip up pancakes quickly, but occasionally we run out. If you still want pancake night (or any other recipe you are planning on making) you can use this super easy and simple recipe with common household ingredients to make a homemade baking mix substitute in mere minutes.

easy baking mix in dry container

Bisquick Homemade Mix

You can easily double or triple this recipe as needed, but please note that there is no need to cut in the butter till just prior to usage in a recipe.

This allows you to store the baking mix in the pantry over the fridge and add butter later (for extra long term storage). However, you can cut in the butter at the creation of the recipe just note that it must be kept in the fridge or freezer and NOT the pantry. 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cold
baking mix ingredients laying on a table

Baking Mix Recipe 

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

whisk mixing up pantry baking mix

Store in an airtight container, label, and place in pantry.

PRIOR TO USING IN A RECIPE: Cut in 1 tablespoon butter per 1 cup of baking mix with a pastry blender.

Makes 1 cup baking mix.

homemade bisquick kept try in a jar

Storing Homemade Bisquick in Pantry

The recipe above is meant to combine your ingredients to be stored in the pantry WITHOUT butter. This is just for combining the dried ingredients for quick usage later. Prior to using the mixture, you cut in 1 tablespoon of butter PER 1 cup of mix. 

The dry mixture can be put in an air tight container, labeled, and kept where you store flour as long as it does not have the final step of butter, shortening or lard cut in.

Storing Homemade Bisquick in Fridge

If you would like to create the entire copycat Bisquick through the butter portion, it must be stored in the fridge or the freezer and can be kept in an air tight container for up to 3 months. 

scooping out Bisquick mix

Can shortening be used over butter? Yes, you can substitute shortening in this baking mix. While some people say its fine to store in the pantry, I always put my premade and homemade baking mix in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Can lard be used over butter? Yes, you can substitute lard for butter in this baking mix. Again, while some say it is fine to put lard in the pantry as a full mix, I personally prefer to store all mixes that are fully made in the fridge. 

What type of recipes use baking mix?  In our house, we typically make pancakes with baking mix. However, homemade Bisquick is also common in biscuits, toppings for casseroles, and quick cobblers.

Can Bisquick Substitute for Flour? No, they are not the same thing. You would need to convert the flour –learn how here.

Can Bisquick be Substituted for Flour in Gravy? Actually….this one is a yes. Baking mixes should still thicken gravy (which is the entire role of adding a flour based mixture) and not alter the taste. 

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Bisquick Substitute in 5 Minutes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Never run out of Bisquick Baking Mix again by using simple household ingredients to create a perfect copycat substitute for homemade Bisquick on the fly.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter cold


  • Mix together flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk.
  • Cut in 1 tablespoon butter per 1 cup of baking mix with a pastry blender.


  • If you want to store this baking mix as a dry ingredient, simply leave out the butter, put dry ingredients in an air tight container and only cut in butter when ready to use.
  • Butter can be substituted with lard or shortening but if you add butter, lard or shortening in mix, any extra must be stored in an air tight container and placed in fridge or freezer for up to 3 months


Serving: 1 | Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1598mg | Fiber: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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