Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

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Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

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These slightly-sweet Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits are a perfect substitute for a dinner roll on your Thanksgiving table!

Ready in 40 minutes

Now that it’s September, you guys won’t mind if I start unloading all kinds of fall recipes now, will you? I hope not, because even though we’ve had the hottest week of the summer this past week (phew), I’m seriously jonesin’ for some scarves, boots, and a pumpkin-flavored goodie or two. So please don’t mind me if I jump on the cool-weather train a bit early this year—I’ve held out as long as I can.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

I’ve talked about it before here (actually, multiple times), but it’s worth repeating—biscuit-making is a rite of passage in my family. Us kids spent our Sunday mornings with stools pulled up to the kitchen counter patiently watching as my Dad made his world-famous biscuits. And then we’d steal the scraps of leftover biscuit dough. Because, yum. And then, one day, Dad would finally invite you to the other side of the counter and show you the tricks to making the fluffiest, most delicious biscuits on the planet. That’s how you knew you were growing up. You were old enough to learn how to make biscuits.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

I still love a good ol’ regular buttermilk biscuit (preferably smothered with my Mama’s sausage gravy), but I’ve also had a lot of fun over the past few years playing with interesting mix-ins and flavor combinations. It’s hard to beat a perfectly-crafted classic buttermilk biscuit, but man, this slightly-sweet pumpkin spice version certainly gives it a run for its money.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

These pumpkin spice buttermilk biscuits are just a touch sweet, but not so sweet you couldn’t serve them with dinner. In fact, I think these might have to become my go-to bread for Thanksgiving dinner. Southern Indiana is right smack on the dinner roll/dinner biscuit regional divide, and we usually fall to the dinner roll side for Thanksgiving dinner, but these biscuits might make us switch teams. Especially when they are hot out of the oven and spread with just a touch of melty, rich butter.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

Whenever we served biscuits solo growing up, there was always a smorgasbord of spreadable condiments to adorn the biscuits. We had numerous jams (usually at least cherry and strawberry made from the crops of the summer before), apple butter, pumpkin butter, and honey. And as much as I loved all those delicious toppings, I always stuck with just a nice smear of salted butter. It was just rich and creamy enough to complement the flaky biscuit without overpowering the flavor. Honestly, these pumpkin spice buttermilk biscuits are tender enough to be eaten naked, but a little bit of butter takes them from delicious to out-of-this-world!

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

I’ve always struggled with finding a spreadable butter product that I liked. Most of them are packed with so many preservatives and additives that it felt like I was reading a novel when I skimmed over the ingredients list. And as much as I enjoy cooking with butter, we all know the toast-destroying capability of butter straight from the fridge. That’s why I was really eager to try LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil. I was happy to find out it only has three ingredients—sweet cream, canola oil, and salt. That’s an ingredient list I can get behind! And it was spreadable and delicious right from the fridge, perfect for topping biscuits.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

I’m really happy to know that there is a good-quality spreadable butter product on the shelves with recognizable ingredients that is available to everyone—no need to run to a specialty grocery store. That means more folks get access to better-for-them food, and that’s always a good thing in my book. Happy (early) fall, friends! Enjoy.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

Yield: 12 biscuits
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

These slightly-sweet Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits are a perfect substitute for a dinner roll on your Thanksgiving table!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for kneading)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup chilled butter, cut into ½" chunks
  • 1½ cup pumpkin puree (about 1 15-ounce can)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg until well-mixed.
  2. Using a pastry blender, two forks, or your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are a touch smaller than a pea.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. Gently stir in the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix. The mixture will (and should!) be very sticky and liquidy—about the texture of a thick cake batter.
  5. Heavily flour a work surface, and dump the dough onto the flour. Flour the top of the dough well, and then pat out until ½-inch thick. Fold the dough in half horizontally, then pat down again until ½-inch thick, adding more flour to cover sticky parts if necessary. Fold the dough in half vertically, then pat down again until ½-inch thick. Repeat this process 5-6 more times (this is creating the delicious, delectable layers that make the final biscuit so awesome).
  6. Flour a circle biscuit cutter or a drinking glass, and press straight down to cut the biscuit. Do not twist the cutter! Twisting “seals” the sides of the biscuit and stops it from rising. Just push straight down and bring the cutter straight up. Try to get as many biscuits out of this first cutting as possible, because when you re-gather the scraps, those won’t rise as nicely as the first go ‘round.
  7. Transfer the biscuit rounds to an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 biscuit
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 557mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

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Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Biscuits

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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236 Responses
  1. meredith

    1. those biscuits just might become my new favorite thing about fall!
    2. i do really love the fall weather and extra enjoy being outside 🙂

  2. Chelsea

    My favorite part of this fall is that I just moved to the midwest so I feel like I’m getting to experience it for the first time after growing up in Southern California!

  3. Shoshana

    These look so good that I may just have to get over my fear of working with dough and make them!
    I find myself most looking forward to eating all of the delicious fall produce!

  4. Oh man, fall means so many things to me! While I am ALL ABOUT the boots/scarves/hats that we all love so much, I think my favorite part is the return of football! I cannot get enough of watching my Hokies play – and the Packers, too!

  5. Emily

    I’ve been using butter with canola oil added to make it spreadable straight out of the fridge for probably a year or so and I love it. My favorite part of fall? Picking apples and making and canning homemade applesauce.

  6. Kat

    My favorite part of fall is all things pumpkin flavored–pumpkin beer, donuts, and your buscuits look amazing! Plus this fall we’ll be welcoming our first baby so I guess that trumps all!

  7. Chaley

    My favorite part of fall are the smells. I just love stepping outside and smelling the changing leaves, the harvested hay, and the wood smoke smell.

  8. Jenny S.

    My favorite part of fall is apples. Apple crisp, making applesauce and simmering apple cider on the stove so the entire house smells fantastic.

  9. Katie Wilmot

    Apple Hill! It’s the best place in the world to me and it definitely means fall for me. All the smells, sights, fresh air–I can’t wait for the first trip up because it means it’s fall. I love warm days and cool nights. And pumpkin everything. Yah! It’s September!! 😀

  10. Shayla B.

    My favorite part of fall this year is that our 3rd child will be joining our family! But generally…I love enjoying all pumpkin steamers and hot chocolate!

  11. Alaina

    I love fall for lots of reasons! It’s my favorite season. Beautiful fall colors on the trees, crisp air, camp fires and s’mores, lots of family birthdays (including mine :), pumpkins, Halloween, being able to wear cute scarves, cornucopias (because it’s an awesome word and I like filling them with fun fall things like gourds and sunflowers and leaves), anticipation of and prepping for the upcoming holiday season… I could go on and on!

    Thanks for the recipe! Will have to give that a try ASAP!

  12. Maggers

    I think my favorite part of fall is being able to run outside without looking like I took a shower by the time I get home. Followed very closely by pumpkin spice lattes and beer. Mmm.

  13. Lauren

    I love, love, love fall! Pumpkin flavored everything, walking on crunchy leaves, drinking fresh hot cider, and decorating the yard with pumpkins and pansies are my favorites!

  14. LeesaB

    My favorite part of fall is the cool crisp days. Such a lovely change from all the hot humidness of summer.

    By the way, this post was a perfect blend of true-to-youness and product promotion. I’ve not looked at butter spreads because I assumed they would be packed with additives, but knowing that this spread is only 3 ingredients means I might be willing to give it a try sometime. So good job!

  15. Naomi

    Autumnal flavor has no comparison. I know it’s fall when I step outside in the morning and the crisp aroma of decaying leaves permeates the air, when I can hear the delicate crunch of dead foliage under my converse, when my leaf pile grows taller than me. Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, pumpkins…they all retain the same colorage as the falling leaves, and somehow their scent is intermingled or at least implicated in the surrounding air. Autumn brings me joy. It is a celebratory season of change — the obvious seasonal change, yes. But there’s something more, something more obscured. With the apparent death of the trees lies hope — hope whispered by the wind before the storms of winter come that even though we must walk through the cold and bitter drudgery of winter, there is still a promise of spring to come, and that even though the trees lie dormant for a time, they will swing freely again, singing in the wind and adorned with new leaves, new life.

  16. Julie

    My favorite part of fall is being able to wear all my warmer clothing again, especially my boots. Here’s hoping that time comes sooner than later!

  17. Erin L

    My favorite part is the cool weather (I live in Texas), and all the fall-themed food 🙂

    I am SO making these biscuits this weekend…they look amazing!!

  18. Elizabeth

    Fall is a great time to make new resolutions, as we celebrate the harvest and summer joys and look forward to the new season. It always reminds me of my first year of college and the sense of awesome possibility I felt that year. Also, soup!

  19. Christina

    Since you like to hear from your readers I just thought I’d slip a big huge ‘this sucks’ comment in as your contest is only open to those in the US.

    The biscuits look yummy though!

  20. barbara n

    I love to take the kids to our local farm market to pick out their pumpkins! I love all the pumpkin treats – pies, breads and pumkin spice lattes!

  21. Kay

    I know I’m weird but one of my favorite parts of Fall is that the weather is becoming colder! I love being outside when it’s cold and dressing in layers….so Fall is my gateway to even MORE cold weather. And I live in massachusetts so I’m not talking 50 degrees being considered cold.

  22. Kristin Q

    I’m looking forward to everything about fall. It’s my favorite season; pumpkin picking, hay rides, cider, decorating for fall, Halloween 🙂

  23. My favorite part of fall is pumpkin. I know, I know….Everyone says that, but I really love all things pumpkin. Even the thought of it – it’s just so warm and inviting and makes me think of pretty leaves and cooler temps (even though not really here in Florida), and sweaters and boots. Yes, I love pumpkin.

  24. Dana

    My most favorite part of fall is the weather. I just love how cool it gets, I love wearing sweaters and sandals (probably not a fashion “DO”, but I don’t care!) I just love the leaves, the smells, everything about fall!

  25. Nichole Goodrich

    My faovrite part of fall is the extra cuddle time I get with my loves. I love playing outside and daylight, don’t get me wrong, but the selfish person in me loves that everyone comes in an hour early for some “inside” family time. 🙂

  26. Katherine

    My favorite part of fall has become our annual pumpkin beer tasting. We select various pumpkin beers throughout the season and taste them all on Halloween!

  27. Living in Florida, I don’t really get the “fall” most people are used to. But my favorite part has got to be the drop in temperature from 90s+ to a perfect 70-80 degrees. Just right for me to hang in the porch hammock and read a new book!

  28. Carly

    I am with you–boots, scarves and pumpkin flavored everything! I too am experiencing some serious jonesing after 90 degree weather all last week in New England.

  29. Kim B

    My favorite thing about fall is raking a huge pile of leaves and jumping into them with my son! Also apples, pumpkin and crisp morning walks!

  30. Katherine D.

    The weather! It’ll take a couple more months, but eventually the South will get to that lovely 60-70 degrees that means pants and light sweaters and not sweating plus having the windows open all day!

  31. Kimmy Ripley

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I love getting together with family and enjoying a delicious feast. Great memories are always made that day!

  32. Janice Cooper

    I will say my wedding anniversary is in October. It will be 20 yrs for us this year. I also enjoy going to the cider mill for some warm donuts, caramel apples and delicious cider.

  33. Anne

    With the coming of autumn, I really love ramping up the baking, especially with apples. I find the flavors of this time of year to be really inspiring, both for baking and for cooking.

  34. Rosie

    I’m so glad I found this recipe looking for biscuits – I make them almost every day early in the morning, and I have to say, I haven’t found a recipe like this I’m soo excited to try! My favorite part about fall is baking and using my favorite spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice, they seem extra special when it gets cool and the leaves start changing! Wonderful recipe!!

  35. Gina M

    My favorite part of fall are the wonderful scents…like cinnamon and pumpkin!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  36. Betty C

    To me fall is FOOTBALL! No kidding, my daughters and I are football fanatics, the guys don’t care about it. I love going to a game, layered in wonderful warm sweaters and smelling the scent of wood burning in fireplaces on the way.

  37. April V.

    My favorite part of fall is the cooler weather. I live in Florida and just getting down below the 80s is such a relief! Fall ends up being like paradise!

  38. katherine

    Hello! Can you fix this recipe? It is only showing 3 cups of flour in the ingredient list! I want to make these for thanksgiving and I had saved the link from last year!
    Thank you 🙂

  39. Emma

    I want to make these, but it looks like the recipe is messed up. The only ingredients listed are 3 cups of flour, 3 times. Any way to fix that so I can try making these? 🙂

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