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Scones Recipe

scone recipe

Learn how to make classic scones. These tender, buttery baked treats are perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea, or a delicious snack.

Hey there 👋. If you’re looking for a simple and delicious baked treat, scones are the answer. They’re quick to make and oh-so-satisfying.

Let’s bake some together!

Utensils You Need

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up some delicious scones:

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. Pastry cutter or fork
  3. Baking sheet
  4. Wire rack (for cooling)

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The Recipe

scone recipe


Buttery, slightly sweet baked treats perfect with your morning coffee or tea.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Calories 200 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • cup cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined (don’t overmix!).
  • Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  • Transfer scones to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.


  • Keep it cool: Cold butter is key to flaky scones.
  • Don’t overwork it: Overmixing the dough will result in tough scones.
Keyword baking, breakfast, easy, scones, tea time

Alternative Ingredients

These ingredients can easily replace the ones above.

All-purpose flourGluten-free flour blend, whole wheat flour
Unsalted butterCoconut oil, shortening
MilkButtermilk, heavy cream

What to Serve with Scones

1You can pair this delicacy with these:

  • Clotted cream and jam
  • Butter
  • Fresh fruit
  • Honey
  • Lemon curd

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make scones ahead of time?

Yes! You can prepare the dough, shape the scones, and freeze them unbaked. Bake them straight from frozen, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

How do I store leftover scones?

Scones are best eaten fresh but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Can I add mix-ins to my scones?

Of course  you can. Get creative with additions like dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or fresh herbs.

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