The Very Best Homemade Scones

I’ve included a few variations on these, the best homemade scones out there. I would love to know:  What’s your favorite scone flavor?

Best Homemade Scones

Best Homemade Scones

(Courtesy: Arty Garland)
Course afternoon tea, Breakfast, Snack
Servings 1 scone
Calories 110 kcal


  • cups flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 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 a fork or pastry blender until the dough resembles fine crumbs.
  • Stir in egg and just enough half-and-half to allow the dough to hold together.
  • Turn dough onto a 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.
  • Variations:
    - Add 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, 4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon and ½ cup minced jalapeno pepper (2-3 peppers) to the dough before kneading.
    - Mix heaping ¼ cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of chocolate chips into the dough before kneading.
    - Gently fold in 1 cup of raspberries into the dough while kneading. Top with Nutella after removing it 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 of 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.
Keyword afternoon tea, bacon, biscuits, blueberry, breakfast, brunch, cheese, chocolate chips, cream cheese, hazelnut spread, jalapeno, Nutella, peanut butter, raspberries, raspberry, scone

Did you know?  While the scone is most often associated with British Afternoon Tea, they were originally a Scottish treat.  They officially came to the tea table around 1840, thanks to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford.

Suggestion:  If you love scones, try these lemon barley scones by Lily Rose Kindergarten Cook!



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