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basic scone recipe

Here is my basic scone recipe, I use it to make all different kind of variations. Both savory and sweet. Its a great jumping off point.
Course Breads, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword biscuit, Breads, savory, scone, Sweet things
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 scones


  • hand grater


  • 3 cup AP Flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks (very cold)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Variations Cheddar Jalapeno

  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeno


  • 1 cup cinnamon chips

Variation Cranberry orange

  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange juice

Variation Raspberry Almond

  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees or 400 degrees convection.
    Line a sheet tray with parchement paper, or spray with non stick spray.
    Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Grate your cold butter and add it to your bowl
  • Work the flour and butter together just until butter is small pea sized, then add your add ins ( in this case I added cheddar and jalapeno)
  • Mix together with a fork, until evenly distributed. Make a well and add your buttermilk. Bring it together in the bowl with a fork until it starts to come together. If it looks too dry add a little more buttermilk a tablespoon at a time. ( I added 1 more tablespoon) then dump out onto your board (counter).
  • I used parchement paper to fold over the ingredients. It keeps warm hands from melting the butter to much. Fold it over about 5 - 6 times and then shape into a cirlcle. Cut into 8 pieces. Place it on your lined sheet tray.
  • Brush the tops with heavy cream and top with desired topping (I chose a jalapeno ring) (If I was doing a sweet scone I may top it with coarse sugar). A little bit of cheese would be nice as well.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes, I check it after 15 and rotate the sheet pan.


For the  Cranberry Orange : add orange zest and craisins to the dry mixture before adding the buttermilk. While the scones are baking make the orange glaze with the powdered sugar and orange juice. Drizzle onto the warm scones.
For the Raspberry almond: mix your almond extract in with your buttermilk and make the scone without any add ins. Once you dump your mixture onto your board, add the raspberries, incorporating them as you fold them in. Shape and cut as normal and after you brush with heavy cream sprinkle on your sliced almonds to the top. While the scones are baking make your vanilla glaze. Drizzle onto the warm scones.
For the cheddar jalapeno: I often add a 1/2 cup of chopped cooked bacon to this. If I do I reduce the cheddar to 3/4 of a cup.