Basic Scones


Basic Scones
(Courtesy: Arty Garland)


1 ¾ cups flour

3 tbsp sugar

2 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

⅓ cup cold butter

1 egg

4 – 6 tbsp half-and-half

1 beaten egg for brushing (optional)

Coarse sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400℉.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter with fork or pastry blender until it resembles fine crumbs. Stir in egg and just enough half-and-half to allow dough to hold together.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface or pastry mat and knead lightly 10 times. Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet and pat or roll into 2 circles, each ½“ thick.

Use a sharp knife to cut each circle into 8 triangles and separate triangles slightly. If desired, brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake until golden brown, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove immediately from the baking pan to a cooling rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 16 scones, 110 calories per scone


  • Add 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, 4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon and ½ cup minced jalapeno pepper (2-3 peppers) to dough before kneading.
  • Mix heaping ¼ cup peanut butter and 1 cup chocolate chips into the dough before kneading.
  • Gently fold in 1 cup of raspberries into the dough while kneading. Top with Nutella after removing from the oven.
  • Cut half-and-half to 3 tbsp and mix 5 tbsp (2.5 oz) softened cream cheese. Gently fold in 1½ cups blueberries while kneading.
  • Glaze: Mix ¼ cup confectioners sugar and 1½ tbsp half-and-half. Drizzle over scones while still warm

Hack: Scones can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.



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8 Replies to “Basic Scones”

  1. Thank for so much for sharing this amazing scone recipe! This will be perfect foe both coffee and tea. This recipe is so simple and I love the fact that it can stay fresh without refrigeration! What if I did not finish them in time (i doubt it), should I just throw them in the freezer?

    1. You can tightly wrap and freeze them for up to 3 months.  Please let me know which variations you tried and how you liked them!

  2. Well, Cynthia, I will be visiting your site more often from now.  What you’ve presented in making basic scones is an obvious step and easy to follow. In fact, I’ve just shown the recipe to my wife, and she can’t wait to put the theory into practice. I like cooking, but I must admit that I’m not a good cook, and for this reason, I find your post very entering and helpful indeed. Thanks for sharing these amazing tips.

    1. Thank you for your comments!  I really can’t take credit for this one as it was given to me by a friend but I have eaten many a scone at her house.  Please let me know which variation your wife decides to make.

  3. Thanks for sharing this easy-to-follow scone recipe. Since I have more free time during this pandemic period, I love to cook my own snacks and dinner. Basically, I can imagine how to cook it. However, is there any problem if I add more variation to the scones with fruit jam? I just worry it will melt too much and ruin the scone. Thanks

    1. Jam would make a great variation!  To do this, roll the scone dough into 4 rounds (instead of 2).  Spread jam over 2 of the rounds, then top with the plain rounds. Cut and bake as directed.  Enjoy!

  4. Hi Cynthia

    Thanks for this simple recipe. I like how you can make both savoury and sweet scones. I would definitely try the one with bacon, cheese with spice.

    It is nicer to eat scones warm, but it is also good to know they can be frozen if you make one too many.

    I am going to share this with my sister. Thanks again. Marisa 

    1. My friend Artye gave me this recipe and all the variations.  I’ve had both the sweet and the savory and they’re all delicious!  Please let me know which flavor you like best.

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