Chocolate Chip Scones

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Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within – children (and grown-ups!) absolutely love these chocolate chip scones.

Chocolate Chip Scones

Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within – children (and let’s not forget husbands) 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

As you can see, I use cake flour to make these scones. Cake flour is 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 for sure.

How to make Chocolate Chip Scones

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.

finished chocolate chip scones

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within – children (and grown-ups!) absolutely love these chocolate chip scones.

Servings: 8 scones
Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • 2 cups cake flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled with knife (see note on substitution)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated 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)


  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 2/3 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 3/4-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 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup cornstarch.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months: Place the dough wedges on a baking sheet, let set in the freezer, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. 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 separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 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 them 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

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn,

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

    • — Jason on July 11, 2021
    • Reply
    • 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 [email protected] 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
    • Reply
    • 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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