Chocolate Chip Scones

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Sweet, tender and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within – children (and let’s not forget husbands) absolutely love these scones. They’re wonderful served warm out of the oven, especially on a lazy weekend morning when you feel like spoiling everyone.

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The recipe is a variation on last week’s traditional cream scones. The difference is that these are sweeter, chock full of chocolate and flavored with vanilla. They also disappear faster, at least at my house.

Last week, I showed you the food processor method for scones. This week, I’m making them by hand. It’s easy to do, and therapeutic if you like that sort of thing.

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Begin by whisking your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

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Toss in the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles very course crumbs.

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Don’t worry about getting a uniform consistency. All those little pea-size clumps of butter create structure in the scones and make them tender and fluffy when baked.

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Combine the cream, egg and vanilla in a small bowl.

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Add the chocolate chips to the flour mixture, then stir in the wet ingredients.

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When the dough comes together, dump it onto a work surface dusted with flour. It should be sticky.

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Gently knead the dough into a ball, then press it into a flat circle about 3/4-inch high.  Cut the circle into 8 wedges.

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Transfer the wedges to prepared baking sheet, then sprinkle with course sugar.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden and firm to the touch.

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Serve scones warm out of the oven and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Scones

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Servings: 8 scones
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled with knife
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, best quality such as Guittard or Ghirardelli
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup heavy cream (do not substitute milk or light cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar (also called raw sugar or turbinado)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add pieces of cold butter. Use your fingertips to rub butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles course crumbs with pea-size clumps of butter within. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 2/3 cup heavy cream, egg and vanilla. Make a well in center of dry ingredients, then add cream mixture. Use a rubber spatula to mix until dough comes together. It should be a bit sticky. If it seems dry, add remaining 2 tablespoons of cream.
  4. Dust work surface lightly with flour, then dump sticky dough on top. Knead very gently a few times until dough comes together into a ball. (Sprinkle more flour, little by little, if dough is too sticky to work with.) Press dough into a circle about 3/4-inch high, then cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, and then sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden and firm to the touch. Serve warm.
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  • Hi! These look amazing, I cannot wait to try them. Maybe this Saturday morning! I’ve been baking a ton lately and there have been a few recipes that call for parchment paper and I’m wondering if I can substitute wax paper? I’ve never tried it because I’m afraid it will melt on my cookie sheet, but parchment paper is a little expensive…

    • Char

      Wax paper won’t melt onto your pans, I use it all the time…

  • I love scones! Definitely will be trying these :)

  • Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve never baked on wax paper but you could just use a lightly greased baking sheet. The parchment is just for easy clean up. Hope you enjoy the scones. They are a definite favorite at my house!

  • Kelly

    These are delicious (and pretty easy to make)! Terry said they are the best scones he has ever had :)

  • Cynthia

    Thanks for a “hand-made” recipe…I find baking therapeutic to begin with, so this is right up my alley! I have a feeling these will disappear quickly at my house, as well. P.S. Your daughter is adorable! :)

  • I love scones and chocolate chip are my favorite. They looked like they are baked to perfection!

  • Kathy

    Most amazing scones ever! More tender and flaky than any other scones I’ve tried. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • So, so good! I made these this morning- they were perfect for a chilly November morning. I thank you, and so does my husband.

  • Wendy Lind

    I’ve never been successful with baking; however, this looked pretty easy, so I thought I’d give it a try. I made a beautiful mess in the kitchen and was feeling rather proud of myself when I put them in the oven – until I realized I forgot to sprinkle the sugar on top. I buy in bulk, so I had my sugar in a little plastic bag and waas opening the oven and frantically trying to sprinkle the sugar without letting too much heat out, not realizing I was resting the bag on the oven door – which, of course, put a hole in the bag and sugar went everywhere in the oven. I was ready to cry! But, aside from the drama, they turned out AMAZING! This is the first baking item I am going to be proud to share. Thank you so much!!

  • Karma

    I’m a scone lover, but never attempted to make them. Two things made me try your recipe. First, what you wrote about what a perfect scone should be, totally agree with you. Second, your recipe looked so easy. I want to thank you so much for sharing this recipe, they were PERFECT! I’m using this as my basic recipe for different flavors.

  • Karen

    Interesting. I do not use egg in mine (allergic to same) and use buttermilk, so mine are little more like biscuits.

  • We LOVE scones, they are so easy to make and so much cheaper than buying them and this recipe is a keeper!! Thanks!

  • Jen

    Can’t wait to try these this weekend. Always looking for good scone recipes.

  • Eliana

    Are they bad if made with regular flower, or just not as amazing?

    • Jenn

      Eliana, They’ll still be good, just not as tender.

  • Karie

    This looks so YUMMY! Can not wait to try them….

  • Erin

    I made these last weekend. They were so delish right out of the oven! Thanks for all of the great recipes! :)

  • Jan

    Love scones! Best thing to have with a cup of good coffee. Bet they would be great with a few white choc. bits added as well!

  • I have never made scones…..I don’t think I have ever eaten them either…But, I am seriously considering giving these a try, they look tender and sound sweet and with chocolate how could you go wrong!?!?!?! :)

  • Elaine

    Haven’t tried this yet, but they look so good! I certainly want these for breakfast!

  • Marissa Pacelli

    I have made these scones a few times now and normally I’m not a scone person, but these were the best! Very tender and with just the right amount of sweetness from the chips! Love them,

  • I have never made scones and always wanted to – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lisa

    Very good scone recipe. My daughters (ages 12 and 8) beg me to make these. Definitely a favorite in our house!

  • Cindy Nelson

    Took these to work and everyone wanted the recipe!

  • Heather

    These are going to be made this weekend. Fabulous!

  • crystal heckel

    I love scones! I’m going to make mine with cinnamon chips.

  • These scones were soo good right out of the oven.
    I always keep heavy cream in the refrigerator just for good eats like this. Cream lasts longer than most folks think especially towards the back.

  • Chrissy

    Baking is not my forte’ – I never have any luck with it. BUT these scones were easy to make and delicious! They were a hit with the kids and the adults. We had surprise visitors who raved about how good they were. THANK YOU!

  • Meghan Finley

    I’ve never had them with chocolate chips before but I wasn’t disappointed. Still uncertain with St. Pat’s coming up if I can go without or back to the staple with berries. You may have ruined me forever

  • Donna Soriano

    Can these be made the night before?

    • Jenn

      Hi Donna, These are really best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. Sorry!

  • Hanna Hutcheson

    Oh my goodness, these look delicious! Hopefully I can try them soon…

  • Kyle

    This recipe is perfect when looking for alternative to the traditional chocolate chip cookie.

  • Lynsy

    FINALLY, a recipe to use up my cake flour. :D

  • Tonya J Day

    These are fantastic! I have made them several times. They just melt in your mouth if you eat them still warm from the oven.

  • Julie Backas

    Made my 2rd batch of these tonight at the request of my son. Dropping them off to him at college. Used dried cherries instead of chocolate chips and they are D-licious!

  • your daughter is so cute! must try these

  • kathleen

    Wow! These were fantastic! I made them for Easter breakfast. My son loved them. He asked me the next day what happened to them. I had taken them to work and they were gone in a flash ! I have some baking now. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  • Kayla

    My family and I love scones, I made these for them and they were gone before they were fully cooled. Gonna make them again,

  • Eliana G

    Made these once and loved them, definitely going to make them again! Highly recommended (but much easier in a food processor!!)

  • Heather

    These scones look fabulous and easy. My kids will love them! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sherrie

    I used to love munching on freshly baked scones when I worked in a coffee shop in my 20′s. This brings me way back! I will have to give this recipe a try. But, since I’m a nut lover, I’ll also have to throw in some chopped pecans for a great crunch amid all that sweetness.

  • Shelley Thomas

    I was on a hunt for a good chocolate chip scone recipe and tried several different versions – these were the clear winner. Fluffy, moist, melt in your mouth scones!

  • Tessa

    These are on the list of things to bring to our breakfast meeting. Can’t wait!

  • Sally Davenport

    I have always wanted to try scones..I am glad I did these were delicious and easy to make. My brother in law loves scones and he enjoyed these. I’m glad I tried them.

  • Lucy Schwartz

    I have been looking for a good scone recipe and I like the hint about the cake flour. All scones are not made alike.

  • Amy

    Looks great! Love the site!

  • Sandra

    My family loves these scones. The only change I made to the recipe was to substitute mini chocolate chips in place of regular chips. Mouth watering!

  • I love these scones. They are light but still substantial. I like to use the mini-chocolate chips so you get a little chocolate in each bite.

  • robin

    My boss gave me her scone recipe that I am sworn to not reveal…however, she doesn’t think it is a real scone recipe if it has an egg in it.
    I prefer, rather than the heat of my hands having an impact on the dough, using a pastry blender to mix the butter and flour. A while back either I got very tired, or discovered my cream had expired…so I put the flour butter mixture (no egg) into a zip lock in the fridge…where it stayed for 2-3 weeks. And when I finally got around to making them (I figured it would be an experiment, with low expectations), I also figured since I was experimenting…why not…and I used a large cookie scoop and plopped them on the cookie sheet…(on a silpat) and then patted them down before brushing with cream and sprinkling with sugar. Came out fine!

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