In bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Make a well in dry mixture; add milk all at once.
Stir with fork just till dough clings together.
Knead gently on lightly floured surface (10 to 12 strokes).
Roll or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness.
Cut with 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter; dip cutter in flour between cuts.
Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 450° till golden, 10 to 12 minutes.