A simple butter biscuit recipe on Food.com calls for basic ingredients such as flour, salt, milk and butter. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and can be tweaked by adding cheese or fresh parsley to the dough.
In a bowl, sift 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and sift again. Cut 4 tablespoons of cold butter into small pieces, and use your fingers to rub them into the flour. If you find that your hands are too warm and the butter is melting before it becomes incorporated into the flour mixture, use a pastry cutter or two knives slicing crosswise to work the butter into the flour.
Add about 3/4 cup of milk to the mixture slowly, stirring gently. Stop pouring in the milk when the flour has come together into a ball. Place the dough on a floured surface, and knead softly, just enough to incorporate all of the milk. Gently pat the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick layer. The less you handle the dough, the more tender the biscuits will be. Cut the dough into squares or rounds and set close to each other in a buttered pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.