Scones are little nuggets of golden brown goodness known for accompanying your afternoon tea. Scones usually get a bad reputation because they are dry and tasteless. So to turn that around, I’m featuring full flavor flaky tender scones that you can’t wait to make for your next brunch or afternoon tea.
Scones are not known for being the prettiest pastry, but that’s okay because it’s all about the taste. You can choose different flavor combinations like Dark Chocolate Cherry, Gruyere & Prosciutto, and Maple Bacon.
Here are some basic tips before baking scones to guarantee you get perfect scones every time.
- First, make sure the butter is really cold. Simply place the butter into the freezer for a 5-10 minutes before using in the dough. Cold butter = flaky layers.
- Next, chill the dough before baking this helps prevents the scones from spreading and keeps the layers flaky.
- Do you best not to overmix the scone dough, we want flaky, tender scones not dense. To avoid overmixing, mix the dough by hand and mix just enough so the dough comes together.
- Finally, to get the golden brown crust to add an egg wash on top. Just mix a whole egg and a little bit of milk or water and mix together. Then brush on top of the scones before baking.
Here are 20 Flaky & Buttery Scone Recipes You Should Totally Try at Home!
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1. Raspberry Lemon Scones
Found from Flour Arrangements
These raspberry-lemon scones have the perfect balance of tart and sweet. The scones are made with tart raspberries and zesty lemons that aren’t as sweet compared to the lemon glaze that’s made with lemon juice and powdered sugar. These scones are highly addictive, you’ve been warned!
2. Ham & Cheddar Scones
Found from Countryside Cravings
Here’s a scone recipe that will be a great addition to your weekend brunch menu. The ham and cheddar scones are light and tender with a slight crunch on the outside. These scones are a little smoky from the ham and have the cheddar folded inside that’s nice and melted. Add some scallions or green onions for a fresh bite that brings everything together.
3. Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones
Found from Domestically Blissful
Dark chocolate and cherry is a beautiful flavor combination that never gets old. Its usually sweet and tart with a burst of cherry juice in each bite and these dark chocolate cherry scones are no different. I like to use a higher percentage of dark chocolate like 80%, so it balances out the tart cherries and sweet glaze icing!
4. Blueberry Lemon Scones
Found from Belly Full
These blueberry lemon scones will make a great brunch or dessert recipe because of their light and flaky nature you can enjoy these scones all day long. The brightness of the blueberries and lemon make this a beautiful spring or summer treat! Tip when baking with any blueberries roll them in a little bit of flour, so they don’t collect or sink to the bottom when baking.
5. Triple Chocolate Scones
Found from Sally’s Baking Addiction
If you love chocolate, you will fall for these triple chocolate scones. There’s chocolate in the dough, chocolate chunks baked inside and chocolate drizzle on top. These triple chocolate scones are super tender and moist. They will really hit the sweet spot!
6. Savory Scones with Gruyere Prosciutto & Green Onion
Found from Kitchen Confidante
Have yourself a European inspired brunch with these gruyere and prosciutto scones. The prosciutto is a nice smoky bite while the gruyere is the saltiness that brings balance to the flaky scone. Mix in some green onions for fragrance and a little onion flavor!
7. Strawberries and Cream Scones
Found from Baker By Nature
These strawberries and cream scones are packed with fresh strawberries and has a creamy vanilla glaze that’s drizzled over the top. Before baking these scones, you’ll have to brush them with an egg wash and sprinkle baking sugar over the top. The sugar bakes into the scones perfectly and helps develop a light crust on top!
8. Bailey’s Irish Cream Scones
Found from The Suburban Soapbox
Here’s a scone recipe that let you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all year round. Put Bailey’s in your coffee, and in your scones even the glaze drizzled on top is spiked. For most scones recipes you’ll need heavy cream, but in this case, we are swapping out the heavy cream for Bailey’s Irish cream! It’s beyond delicious and always a special treat!
9. Cheddar Scones with Rye, Caraway, and Caramelized Onions
Found from Feasting at Home
Most people are scared to work with rye flour and caraway seeds because of their deeper color and earthy flavor, but that’s what makes me so excited about this scone recipe. The rye flour has a beautifully rich and earthy taste that goes well with caramelized onions. The caraway seeds are a little nutty and fragrant. Although this scone is a fantastic pairing with soups and stews especially in the cold months!
10. Snickerdoodle Scones
Found from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Now your favorite cookie is transformed into a tender, flaky scone that goes well with a cup of coffee or your afternoon tea. The snickerdoodle’s signature cinnamon sugar is addicting baked on top of the scone, and you’ll be licking your fingers when we’re all done!
11. Spinach Feta Scones
Found from Sweet Little Bluebird
These scones remind me of the Mediterranean with the spinach and feta studded throughout the dough. The feta is tangy and goes well with the delicious spinach. I would definitely serve these with an olive tapenade and greek olive oil for a real Mediterranean experience.
12. Jammy Thumbprint Scone Bites
Found from The Merchant Baker
Just like it’s cousin the jam thumbprint cookies these scone bites have a delicious homemade jam baked in the center. These scone bites are perfectly tender and stay moist because of the jam on top. Plus you don’t have to serve jam with these scones since they already have them!
13. Salted Caramel and Apple Scones
Found from Pretty Simple Sweet
These salted caramel and apple scones are just genius. This scone recipe takes all your favorite fall flavors and its all baked inside. To make these scones really special, you’ll add the homemade caramel sauce and chopped apples inside the scone dough. Then drizzle more caramel sauce on top of the golden brown scones.
14. Bacon, Pepper Jack, and Jalapeno Scones
Found from Baker By Nature
These bacon, pepper jack, jalapeno scones have everything you want in a savory baked good. The scones have a smokiness from the bacon, spiciness from the jalapeno and pepper jack cheese. It all comes together perfectly in these tender, flaky scones!
15. Basil Goat Cheese Wild Blueberry Scones
Found from Domestically Blissful
I love the combination of basil and goat cheese, it’s fresh and tangy. The goat cheese acts like an acid which pairs nicely with the sweet wild blueberry preserves.
16. Roasted Pear & Vanilla Bean Scones with Salty Honey Glaze
Found from Cloudy Kitchen
The roasted pears have a deeper caramelized flavor that works perfectly in this vanilla bean scone. These vanilla pear scones are baked until their golden brown, and then you drizzle a salty honey glaze that helps offset the sweetness of the scone itself!
17. Blackberry Walnut Brie Scones
Found from Sweet Peas and Saffron
Brie cheese with fresh fruit and nuts is a widely popular combination that just makes sense to put all three together in a flaky scone. The blackberries are tart and sweet while the walnuts have a deep nutty flavor. Before you’re done, melt the brie cheese over the top for a buttery finish.
18. Molasses Scones with Candied Ginger and Pecans
Found from Hungry Girl Porvida
These molasses scones have a dark caramel taste that’s studded with toasted pecans and candied ginger. The scones are a little chewy because of the candied ginger, but they also have a beautiful golden crust that perfectly crunchy as well!
19. Carrot Cake Scones
Found from Confetti and Bliss
Carrot cake scones is a brilliant idea where you take a widely favorite cake flavor and turn it into a delicious pastry to enjoy anytime. These scones taste just like a carrot cake especially with this homemade cream cheese icing drizzled over the top.
20. Bacon Scones with Maple Glaze
Found from Baking Mischief
Maple and bacon is just a no brainer. I love it as a cake, pancakes, cookies and now scones! It’s sweet from the maple syrup and salty from the smoky bacon pieces studded throughout the scone. The results are entirely delectable.
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Whether you go for a more sweet recipe or a savory one you’ll be satisfied with any of these scones. Remember these basic scone tips like keeping the butter cold before mixing, don’t overmix and use an egg wash over the top and you’ll get perfect golden brown scones every time.
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