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Idiot-Proof Scone Recipe

These easy to make scones can be made plain, but when you add sprinkles, chocolate chips or even cranberries, they taste even better.  They taste best eaten on the same day they are made, right out of the oven with a cup of hot tea or coffee makes for the perfect afternoon snack.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: scones
Servings: 10
Author: In My Own Style


  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbs. 1 stick of cold unsalted butter, cut up
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Optional: colored sanding sugar chocolate chips
  • Heat oven to 425 F.


  • Makes 6 - 8 scones
  • Heat oven to 425 F
  • Put flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; mix well. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub in with your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine granules. Add sugar; toss to mix. Add milk and stir with a fork until soft dough results.
  • Form dough into a ball, put onto a lightly floured board and knead 10 to 12 times. Roll dough to about 14 x 5 1/2? and cut out 6-8 scones with a 2-1/2 cutter; re-roll and cut scraps.
  • Bake 10 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Don’t over bake.
  • Put a linen or cotton dish towel on a wire rack; cover loosely with the cloth and cool completely before serving.