Classic Scones

This classic scone recipe is the perfect base for any flavors that you would ever want. However this recipe is perfect just the way it is. These scones go very well with some tea and jam or honey. 

Scones are such a great treat for breakfast or any time you want to have a cup of tea. These scones have just a slight hint of sweetness and are sure to start your morning off well every time. One of the cool things about this recipe is that it can be your go to recipe for scones. Just add in any flavors that you want.

In this recipe

Unlike my blueberry lemon scones these do not use sourdough starter. They are made with some very simple ingredients and the best part is you can add all kinds of flavors to them. 

Heavy cream: adds fat to the scones keeping them nice and tender.

Baking powder: this is the leavening agent and will give you a nice fluffy scone. 

Butter: the higher in fat this is the better. This will help keep the scones tender.

Ingredients for scones on a wooden cutting board
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Cold ingredients for scones

Like with making biscuits it is important to make sure that all of the liquid ingredients and butter are cold. Once the butter gets warm it starts melting into the dough and you will not get the fluffy layers that you want inside. Those layers are caused by the steam the water makes when it is released from the cold butter. If it has melted the flour as been able to absorb it. 

Dry ingredients in a metal bowl
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Liquid ingredients in a metal bowl
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Scone dough in a bowl
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Sliced scone dough on the counter
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Uncooked scones on a baking sheet
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Baked scones on a sheet pan
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Don't mix too much

You want to work with the dough as little as possible. I like using a fork or spatula  to mix up my dough in the bowl before turning onto a floured surface. This is a great way to help keep your hands clean and without heating up the dough too much with your fingers.  By working the dough less you will help prevent gluten formation and that will keep the scones nice and soft. 

A pile of scones on a white platter
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Mix it up

Here are some ideas for to mix it up and make this recipe your own. 

  • Chocolate chip – 3/4 semisweet chocolate chips
  • Raspberry – 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • Cranberry – 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Almond – 3/4 cup chopped almonds and a tsp of almond extract
  • White chocolate and macadamia nut – add 1/2 cup of chopped macadamia nuts and 1/4 white chocolate chips
scones on a platter
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The Best Classic Scone Recipe

Scones make with heavy cream and milk perfect for breakfast or tea.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 8 scones
Calories 251 kcal


  • Food processor or pastry blender
  • Lined sheet pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter unsalted, cold


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F or gas mark 4.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. With a pastry blender or food processor blend in the butter until the the mixture takes on a pebbly consistency. Not all of the bits of butter and flour will be the same size.
  • Mix the eggs, cream, and milk together until combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and with a spatula gently fold and mix the ingredients until all contents stick together.
  • On a lightly floured surface create a mound of dough and shape into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Using a knife or bench scraper cut the dome into 8 pieces.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat and place in the refrigerator for 30 min.
  • Bake for 20-25 min until the tops are a nice golden color. Cool on a cooling rack.


Serving: 1sconeCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 479IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword Classic Recipe, Quick and Easy, Tea
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2 thoughts on “Classic Scones”

  1. I see the butter in your picture of the ingredients, as well as the instructions, but I don’t see it in the list of ingredients. 😉

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