Eat Skinny: Low-fat Diner Style Biscuit

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I have many weaknesses when it comes to food. Like bacon, salted chocolate and goat cheese, to name a few. However, there is one food in particular that I, literally, have absolutely no control over when it’s around me. That food? Diner style biscuits.

[Trendy diner shot! Source]

I just can’t resist the flaky, buttery allure of a true diner biscuit. This is further proven by the fact I ate 4 of them this past weekend.  I know, I have a problem. Of course, you’d think that satisfied my craving but no. I woke up salivating at the mouth for a flaky, diner biscuit. Instead of running into the loving arms of a diner, foaming at the mouth, I decided to make my own, this time lighter and lower in fat.

Friends, believe me when I tell you, these biscuits are EFFING AMAZING.

Fluffy, flaky, moist and  oh-so buttery. BUT, guys! The kicker? These lovely biscuits are made with just a bit of butter and no shortening. I don’t know about y’all, but shortening freaks me out. That’s why I don’t use it. But don’t worry, no taste was compromised, these taste JUST LIKE the biscuits you’d get in a diner.

And much like I do at diners, I woofed down 3 straight outta the oven biscuits as I was photographing. That pretty little biscuit on the plate? It suffered a pretty gruesome fate. It was ripped open and then slathered in homemade jam. Friends, it didn’t stand a chance.

These are the PEFECT biscuit to make for Mother’s Day brunch because they are pretty easy and incredibly delicious. Not to mention each beautiful biscuit has less than 135 calories and 7 grams of fat! That only means one thing, you can either eat more biscuits or enjoy an extra mimosa! [I picked more biscuits, clearly].

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

Low-fat Diner Style Biscuits

Yields: About 12 biscuits
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 – 12 minutes


  •  2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium size mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, add the butter and cut into the flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. It’s okay if you have small chunks of butter, that’s what you want! Cover and chill for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Once chilled, add in light cream and sugar and mix until just combined. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead about 4 times. To roll them out, use a rolling pin and roll out to about the size of a 9 x 5 rectangle. Then fold the dough, vertically, in thirds. You should have a thinner, taller rectangle of dough. Roll dough back out to a 9 x 5 rectangle and then fold again crosswise in thirds. Then, roll the dough out to about 3/4 – 1 inch thickness. Using a small circular cookie cutter (or 1/3 measuring cup dusted with flour) cut out biscuits.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place biscuits about an inch apart on the baking sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until they’ve puffed up and are golden brown. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutritional information per biscuit: 

Calories: 132 calories 
Fat: 6.8 grams 
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 4 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points: 4

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  1. Posted by Amanda on
    Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    to make this healthier, can I use whole wheat flour? 
  2. Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    These pictures are gorgeous, Claire! Of course, they are of a beautiful subject. These biscuits look so amazing! 
  3. Posted by Bunny6269 on
    Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    I may be in love with you now. *wipes away tear of joy* Thanks for sharing!
  4. Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    Now Claire, can you invent low fat biscuit gravy for me to mop up with these?? :)
  5. Posted by Dinnersdishesdessert on
    Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    I think I love you!  Biscuits are one of my favorite things in this world!  Love this recipe!
  6. Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    I love biscuits too. LOVE, I could have them for every meal. 
  7. Posted by healthyfoodietravels on
    Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    I am noooot a biscuit fan, but my wife is addicted and I am sure would love a lower fat version :)
  8. Posted by Kristina on
    Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    Mmmm....! Buttery flaky biscuits are one my serious weaknesses... need to make these asap!
  9. Posted by Anonymous on
    Friday, April 27th, 2012
  10. Friday, April 27th, 2012
    I might substitute some earth balance for the butter, and some soymilk/cashew cream for the cream! 
  11. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Friday, April 27th, 2012
    LOVE IT!! I am the same way when it comes to biscuits. It is almost grotesque at how much I cannot control myself haha...SO glad you shared this!
  12. Posted by on
    Monday, April 30th, 2012
    Yay! I love my carbs and try to eat healthy versions whenever I can find them. Thanks for sharing this wonderful comforting recipe.
  13. Posted by Harrriet on
    Friday, July 20th, 2012
    HI, i;m not sure where you got your nutritional information from, but in adding up the fat calories  just from the cream and butter, and thendividing by 12, I get well about 34 grams of fat per serving...r 
    • Posted by Realistic Nutritionist on
      Friday, July 20th, 2012
      Hi, not sure how you got 34 but I calculated it just 3 more times and got 6.8. I updated the fat grams to reflect that but I'm not sure where you could have gotten 34 grams. I use My Fitness Pal. 

      Did you make sure you added LIGHT cream? Regular cream has about 3x the amount of fat as light. 

      Sorry for the mix up! Please email me if you have any more questions.
  14. Posted by Kimmy on
    Monday, April 8th, 2013
    Do you use salted or un-salted butter? Thanks.
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    Sunday, October 13th, 2013
    Great recipe, thanks! I made this and then rolled it out and filled it with ham and cheese. They came out delicious and I will try freezing them for lunches!
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