Chocolate Chip Scones

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Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of warm chocolate, chocolate chip scones are a kid favorite.

Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within, kids absolutely love these chocolate chip scones. They’re wonderful served warm out of the oven, especially on a lazy weekend morning when you feel like spoiling everyone. This recipe is a variation on my traditional cream scones. The difference is that these are a bit sweeter, dotted with chocolate chips, and flavored with vanilla. They also disappear faster, at least at my house.

What You’ll need To Make Chocolate Chip Scones

ingredients for chocolate chip scones

The secret to these scones is cake flour, a finely-milled, delicate flour with a low protein content that makes ultra-tender scones. It is sold right near the all-purpose flour in most supermarkets and is worth adding to your pantry.

Step-by-Step Instructions

dry ingredients for making chocolate chip scones in a mixing bowl

Begin by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then whisk to blend.

whisked dry ingredients for making chocolate chip scones in a mixing bowl

Add the pieces of cold butter.

dry ingredients and chunks of butter in a mixing bowl for making chocolate chip scones

Use your fingertips to rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles very coarse crumbs. 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.

butter mixed with flour in mixing bowl for making chocolate chip scones

Stir in the chocolate chips.

butter, flour and chocolate chips in mixing bowl for making chocolate chip scones

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

cream, egg, and vanilla in mixing bowl for making chocolate chip scones

Whisk to blend.

liquid ingredients whisked together for making chocolate chip scones

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the cream mixture.

adding liquid ingredients to dry ingredients making chocolate chip scones

Stir with a rubber spatula until blended.

chocolate chip scone dough in a bowl

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

chocolate chip scone dough on a work surface dusted with flour

Gently knead the dough into a ball.

chocolate chip scone dough gently kneaded into a ball on work surface

And then press it into a flat circle about 3/4-inch high.

chocolate chip scone dough flattened into a circle on work surface

Cut the circle into 8 wedges.

chocolate chip scone dough cut into wedges before baking

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

chocolate chip scone dough wedges sprinkled with coarse sugar on baking sheet

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

chocolate chip scones fresh out of the oven

Serve scones warm out of the oven.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of warm chocolate, chocolate chip scones are a kid favorite.

Servings: 8 scones
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled with knife (see note on substitution)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, best quality such as Guittard or Ghirardelli
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ - ¾ 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 the oven to 400°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, salt, baking powder and granulated sugar. Add the pieces of cold butter. Use your fingertips to rub butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-size clumps of butter within. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ⅔ cup heavy cream, the egg and the vanilla. Make a well in center of dry ingredients, then add the cream mixture. Use a rubber spatula to mix until the dough comes together. It should be a bit sticky. If it seems dry, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream.
  4. Dust a work surface lightly with flour, then dump the sticky dough on top. Knead very gently a few times until the dough comes together into a ball, sprinkling more flour as needed if the dough is too sticky to work with. Press the dough into a circle about ¾-inch high, then cut into 8 wedges. Transfer the wedges to the prepared baking sheet, and then sprinkle evenly with the demerara sugar. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the scones are lightly golden and firm to the touch. Serve warm.
  5. Note: If you don't have cake flour, you can make your own: simply whisk together 1¾ cups all-purpose flour and ¼ cup cornstarch.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: To freeze before baking, place the raw scones on a baking sheet, let set in the freezer, then place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) To freeze after baking, let the scones cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Before serving, remove the scones from the container and let them come to room temperature. (If you have the option to freeze the scones before or after baking them, you will get the best results if you freeze before baking.)

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 scone
  • Calories: 364
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Sugar: 16 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 217 mg
  • Cholesterol: 70 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • These are great! I’ve tried to make scones 3 times with other recipes, this is the first time they came out perfect. I added some dried cherries, but they’re good as is.
    Question – would it make a difference if I used a Cuisinart to crumble the dry/butter mixture next time?

    • — Laurie on June 26, 2022
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    • Glad you had success with these! Sure, you can use a food processor if you’d like. 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2022
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    • An update: I froze half of them, and they baked up beautifully! With only 2 of us, it’s a real help when you add freezing instructions. Next up – trying your lemon bars, and I’ll freeze half.

      • — Laurie on July 10, 2022
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  • I have never made scones before. My only experience with scones are what Starbucks sells. Dry & hard things. I get your newsletter and the plain scone recipe caught my eye. Of course, I wound up looking at the variations, and I decided to make the chocolate chip recipe. I think they came out well even though I don’t have much to compare them to. They are pretty fluffy, but still a little crumbly. Not too sweet. They resemble online descriptions of scones. Overall tasty. I have never had a recipe tell me to mix the butter into the flour with my fingers. I gave that a try, but think I will stick to my pastry blender. It was very messy. The other thing was how sticky the dough was. I probably had to add at least a 1/2 cup more flour to make it workable. I didn’t measure. I just kept using a spoon to put flour in the dough with my sticky flour-covered fingers. More mess. I think I might make them again if for no other reason than now I have cake flour and heavy cream. It was certainly an interesting endeavor!

    • — Jo Ann Schlott on June 25, 2022
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  • Jen, I want to try both the cream and the choc chip scones but why does this choc chip scone recipe have 1 less egg?

    • — Laurie on June 18, 2022
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    • Hi Laurie, I’m confused, because they both contain one egg. Let me know if I can clarify anything else. 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 20, 2022
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    • This puzzled me as well until I actually made both of them and realized that the plain scones are brushed with an egg wash (2nd egg) before sprinkling the sugar on top. They are both delicious!

      • — Kathy on June 25, 2022
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  • Best scones that have come out of our kitchen. Kids (and us) couldn’t get enough!

    • — Ricky on March 28, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn! You’ve brought back my confidence in scone making- thank you for that! I have a bag of cinnamon chips that I don’t know what to do with in my pantry. Do you think they would work in place of the chocolate chips in this recipe? Or any other suggestion? Thanks so much 😊

    • — Kathy on January 29, 2022
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    • So glad you’re enjoying making scones again! Sure, the cinnamon chips will give the scones a different flavor profile, but they will definitely work. Please LMK how they come out!

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2022
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  • I made 64 scones, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin, Cranberry Orange and Blueberry with Tart Lemon Glaze. Made them, froze them, and cooked them all the morning of our craft fair in my community. Only had 3 chocolate chip left at the end of 3 hours and some people came back to order more for the Thanksgiving weekend! I must say your scone recipes are the absolute best I have ever used. Just made more blueberry and cranberry to put in the freezer for the upcoming winter mornings! Love, Love, Love your recipes. Also made your coffee cake, pumpkin muffins and blueberry muffins; banana, cranberry orange and pumpkin breads which sold out almost immediately. Biscotti, whoopie pies and cupcakes galore. It was a good day!! Thank you Jenn for your inspiration in baking!

    • — Nancy L Norris on November 26, 2021
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    • Sounds like a very productive day — I’m flattered you used so many of my recipes! 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 28, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Would this recipe work if I replace the chocolate chips with blueberries?
    Sincerely,
    Jason

    • — Jason on July 11, 2021
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    • Hi Jason, I wouldn’t recommend it as blueberries would add too much moisture. I have a blueberry scone recipe on page 189 of my first cookbook. If you have the cookbook, you can find it there. If not, email me at jennifer@onceuponachef.com and I’d be happy to send you the recipe.

      • — Jenn on July 12, 2021
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  • Just made your Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze from your first cookbook, DELICIOUS!! Had to jump online and see what other variations I can make in the coming months. Love your recipes! I have already preordered and can’t wait for the next cookbook this fall!

    • — Shannan on June 13, 2021
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  • i want to try out my new nordic ware mini scone pan (makes 16) – how should i change the recipe’s cook time or other elements, or is it basically the same? thank you, i love your recipes.

    • — Anna-Lynne Long on February 11, 2021
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    • Hi Anna-Lynne, It should work. The bake time will be shorter, but I’m not sure by how much so keep a close eye on them. Please LMK how they turn out (and glad you like the recipes)! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 11, 2021
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  • Another great newsletter suggestion and just in time for The Crown and Downton Abbey. One must have scones with the tea. We had tried a couple of other recipes, but the results were not worthy. This recipe jumped out and I convinced my wife we had to try again. Yes, success. I must admit that we used pastry flour and once Italian “00” pastry flour. It seemed to make all the difference in our light, tasty scones. We have tried fruit also (don’t push in the fruit) mix it in. Too bad we will have to wait for the next episodes of the Crown and our scones.

    • — Tom in CP on February 2, 2021
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  • These scones are delicious! I’ve made them multiple times. It seems to double well too, which is perfect for my big family. Love them!

    • — Hannah McAllister on January 29, 2021
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  • These were so yummy! Very easy to make and so fun! I forgot the sugar on top and they did need the sugar on top, so don’t leave that out!

    • — Morgan Kenley on January 28, 2021
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