The Best Scone Recipe (with Video!)
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This is the best scone recipe, showing you how to make the very best scones! Tender, flaky, buttery, and with plenty of tips on how to add your favorite mix-ins, this is the only scone recipe you’ll ever need!
For the best, flakiest scones, I recommend using a food processor, though I also include tips on how to make scones using a pastry cutter or box grater if you don’t have one handy. Today’s recipe also includes a video walking you through every step of the process and showing you how I make scones in my own kitchen!
I always thought that scones were unapproachable. I don’t know if it was the name, their unusual wedge-like shape, or what, but something about them just seemed too fancy and high-brow for my humble kitchen.
It wasn’t until college when I was procrastinating from writing a particularly tedious Psychology paper that I decided to first try my hand at them and was shocked to find that, hey, scones are actually really, really simple.
In fact, they’re just about the furthest thing from unapproachable. Scones aren’t much different from biscuits , you know how humbly straightforward that recipe is), their fluffy, buttery interiors are just slightly sweeter and their shape is just a bit more pointed.
Let’s dig in to today’s scone recipe so you can learn everything there is to know about how to making scones in your own kitchen.
What are the Ingredients to Bake Scones
I’d bet you already have most of these in your kitchen already, am I right?
Can You Make Scones in Advance?
Yes, you can store unbaked scone dough!
Make your scone dough as instructed in the recipe, cut it into wedges, and then wrap each scone in cling wrap and store in an airtight container in the freezer until you are ready to bake. Be sure to bake your scones within 3 months of freezing.
These scones can be baked from frozen , and may need just a minute or two longer in the oven. I always wait until just before baking before brushing them with cream and sprinkling with sugar.
For this scone recipe, I really recommend eating your scones the same day you make them, preferably still warm soon after coming out of the oven.
You can store them in an airtight container for 1-2 days, but in my opinion scones are always best enjoyed the same day that they are made.
Yes! To freeze baked scones, let them cool completely after baking. Once they’ve cooled, transfer them to an airtight container .
To defrost your frozen scones, you can microwave them from frozen. The time required will vary depending on the power of your microwave. Frozen baked scones should also be enjoyed within 3 months of freezing.
Can I make Scones without a food processor?
Absolutely, and all of my previous scone recipes that I’ve shared ) were made by cutting the butter into the dough using a pastry cutter or grater. Just be prepared to do a bit more manual work cutting the butter into the dough, and making the dough cohesive will take a little more effort and more working together .
However, scone dough is pretty dry, and a lot of people had trouble getting the dough to cling together doing this manually. Even my sister and mom use their KitchenAid mixer to work the dough together until it’s cohesive, which is fine but does tend to make your butter softer than is ideal.
By using a food processor instead, the machine does all of the heavy lifting for us without overworking our dough, so I recommend using one if you have it!
This is the I used for this scone recipe . It was a bridal shower gift 4 years ago and it’s a workhorse, I use it all the time!
Pictured above are these perfect scones made with a lemony twist, I included notes in the scone recipe below on how to make your own lemon scones, too.
How Do You Make Homemade Scones Recipe
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How to make the easiest ever BEST scones -- these come out perfectly every time and you can add your favorite flavors or add-ins to customize your own!
- 1/2 cup very cold unsalted butter I like to place my butter in the freezer 15 minutes before beginning to ensure it is cold
- 1/2 cup your favorite add-ins optional: frozen berries, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
- Additional heavy cream for brushing over scones optional
- Additional sugar for sprinkling over scones optional
- Preheat your oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the basin of a food processor and pulse to combine.
- Cut butter into Tablespoon-sized pieces and scatter over flour mixture, pulse until butter is cut up into the flour mixture and butter pieces are no longer visible.
- Combine the heavy cream and vanilla extract in a measuring cup and pour heavy cream over your flour mixture.
- Pulse until dough begins to clump together.