Scone Recipes

How to Make All Kinds of Scones

Nine scones with raspberry jam and cream
Consider dressing up your scones with some jam and cream. StockFood/Getty Images

Scones are a staple of afternoon tea in many parts of the world. It's no wonder, then, that there are countless styles of scones, ranging from cinnamon-raisin to cheddar-herb to white chocolate chip to gingerbread. Explore the many styles of scones with this scone recipe collection, which includes basic scones tips and tutorials, as well as an exhaustive list of scone recipes.

Plain Scones

Plain scones can be a fantastic way to showcase lemon curd, homemade jam, or Devonshire cream.

Although we usually think of scones as something you pair with tea, plain scones are delicious with paired with Costa Rican coffee.

  • Buttermilk Scones are an ideal accompaniment to a complex cup of coffee or tea.
  • These Irish Scones can be made plain or with nuts or dried fruit.
  • Simply Scones are just waiting to be spiced up with additional ingredients. Get creative with them!
  • If you're looking for a basic, start-to-finish recipe for topped scones, check out Scones With Jam & Cream.

Dried Fruit Scone Recipes

Dried fruit scones are enormously popular, in part because they are incredibly easy to make and they can be made any time of year. These dried fruit scone recipes range from classic to avant-garde:

  • These Easy Ginger-Orange Scones are made with crystallized ginger and candied orange peel, and can be prepared in about 20 minutes.
  • Berry Vegan Scones can be made with a variety of berries, including dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins and dried black currants.
  • Raisins are a classic scone ingredient. These Raisin Scones are made with buttermilk and a touch of nutmeg. These Cinnamon Raisin Scones are portioned for those cooking for two and these Golden Raisin Scones are made with brown sugar for an extra-rich flavor. 
  • Sweet Apricot Scones with Streusel Topping are decadent, easy to make and ideal with Darjeeling Second Flush black tea. For fluffier scones, try making them with cold butter instead of melted butter.

    Other Fruit Scone Recipes

    When fresh fruit is in season, it can be a splendid addition to scones. From strawberries to pumpkins, there are all kinds of fresh ingredients you can incorporate into your scones.

    • Pecan-Pumpkin Scones and Pumpkin Scones With Orange Icing are perfect for fall. They can be paired with a wide range of black teas and are delicious with​ rooibos tea.
    • Vegan Pumpkin Scones use pureed pumpkin in lieu of buttermilk and other dairy products. They're great with spiced black tea blends.
    • These classic Cranberry Scones include fresh cranberries and walnuts or pecans. Try them with a dried fruit herbal infusion, hibiscus "tea" or a Ceylon black tea.
    • Lemon Blueberry Scones are a slight twist on classic blueberry scones. Pair them with Earl Grey or Ceylon black teas.
    • Strawberry Almond Scones are versatile summertime scones. To shake things up, pair them with a vegetal Japanese green tea. 
    • Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Scones use dairy-free soy margarine and coconut milk in lieu of dairy ingredients. They're fantastic with Mexican and Ethiopian coffees.

      Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Chip Scone Recipes

      Chocolate scones are a fan favorite amongst adults and kids. They're often delicious with coffee or tea.

      • These Chocolate Orange Irish Soda Scones are vegan scones with fresh clementines. Try them with strong black tea in the wintertime.
      • Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones are a good choice for vegan or lactose-intolerant eaters.
      • Raspberry White Chocolate Scones are ideal for breakfast or afternoon tea. If you want pink scones, try pureeing the raspberries before you mix them in.
      • These kid-friendly Cinnamon Scones include orange zest and chocolate chips. Yum!

      Other Sweet Scone Recipes

      I mean, really... What kind of a scones recipe collection would this be if it didn't include cinnamon scones, almond scones and maple scones?

      • Classic Cinnamon Scones and Pecan-Cinnamon Scones are great with cinnamon black tea blends (such as masala chai).
      • These kid-friendly Cinnamon Scones include orange zest and chocolate chips. Yum!
      • Rose-Walnut Scones are a Persian-inspired treat that's great with many black teas or with Spiced Turkish Coffee.
      • Fluffy Yoghurt Scones are an innovative twist on buttermilk scones. Try them with a delicate Shincha or a Nilgiri black tea.
      • Butterscotch Scones include brown sugar and butterscotch chips for a decadently rich flavor. Try them with a bold black tea with or without milk.

      Savory Scone Recipes

      Usually, when I think of scones, I think of sweet scones. However, there's a whole world of mouthwatering savory scones out there. Here are a few of my favorites:

      • Tattie Scones are a classic Scottish scone made with mashed potatoes. They're also known as "fadge" or "potato bread" in Ireland.
      • These versatile Cheese Scones can be prepared with any type of cheese and with varying amounts of chives, cayenne & dry mustard.
      • Cheese Mustard Scones have a pleasingly pungent flavor that pairs well with bold teas, coffee or other foods.
      • Pesto Cheese Scones use whipping cream in lieu of butter and buttermilk. They're very easy to make.
      • Onion Scones are a wonderful savory dish for afternoon tea (and they pair well with many black teas).

      Scone Recipes for Special Dietary Needs

      If you're preparing scones for someone with Celiac disease, lactose intolerance or vegan dietary restrictions, check out these scone recipes:

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