Chocolate Chip Scones.

Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip scones. Tender and moist inside with a slight crunch on the edges, these buttery scones are sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip scones! Tender and moist inside with a slight crunch on the edges. By

We’re headed home today, leaving with a ton of exciting Colorado vacation memories, like seeing this beautiful view of the world at 14,043 feet high.

(Mount Sherman in Fairplay, CO.)

Mount Sherman Fairplay CO

Time to face reality, the 3 month wedding countdown, bridal showers, dress fittings, workouts, a big move to Philadelphia, and all of the other craziness summer brings.

I’ll need another spa day (or 5) during all this madness.

Question: how do you stay calm and composed when life gets a little overwhelming? I need all the advice I can get this summer!

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Before the trip, I made two batches of strawberry lemon scones and today’s scones. The two recipes start with the same basic ratio of ingredients, with only a few changes. I have many more ideas for different varieties of scones, too.

I’m officially the crazy scone making lady these days. Don’t send help.

I told you before that I’ve never really been a fan of scones. Too dry, too bland, too boring! It wasn’t until recently that I realized scones have the potential to be nothing short of amazing. Find the right recipe (or bakery to do it for you) and you’ll have tender, moist, melt-in-your mouth pastry goodness.

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Please take a moment to read through a few chocolate chip scone MUSTS.

Through my endless scone testing the other week, I learned that I much prefer a scone made with frozen butter compared to just cold butter. Why? It’s imperative to use cold butter in this scone recipe because when the little crumbs of butter melt as the scone bakes, they release steam and create little pockets of air – this makes the scones a little airy on the inside while remaining flaky and crisp on the outside.

You can shred the frozen butter with a grater or process a couple times in your food processor. I use 8 Tablespoons (1 stick; 115 grams) in my scone recipe, which gives the scones that incredibly tender, rich texture and buttery taste.

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The trick to a plate of light-textured scones:

Avoid over working the dough. After the flour/butter mixture resembles coarse crumbs then it is time to add your wet ingredients: egg, heavy cream, vanilla. The vanilla gives flavor and the cream adds SO much moisture! Don’t think about substituting the cream. Gently add these ingredients in and mix very gently together. When you overmix a dough it will over develop the gluten making it tough. Trust me, you don’t want that.

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Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip scones! Tender and moist inside with a slight crunch on the edges. By

My chocolate chip scone recipe is sweetened with brown sugar, not white sugar. If there is an opportunity to use brown sugar, I do. It is by far my most favorite ingredient in the kitchen. Its slight molasses flavor pairs wonderfully with all the chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and buttery flavors inside each bite.

I compare these scones to a chocolate chip muffin, only less cakey and a little more dense. The centers are soft and tender, the edges are slightly crunchy, and there is so much chocolate in every bite. That’s why I use mini chocolate chips – more bang for your buck!

I do not glaze my chocolate chip scones because I feel it would take away from the brown sugar, cinnamon goodness. I do top them with a little coarse sugar before going into the oven and a very light dusting of confectioners’ sugar after baking. You’ll love the slight crunch the coarse sugar adds on top, so don’t leave it out. But the confectioners’ sugar is optional– trust me, these scones are amazing served warm and plain with a giant mug of steamy coffee, hot chocolate, chai tea, etc.

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Creamy and tender, it is impossible to only eat one!

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Yield: 8 scones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip scones. Tender and moist inside with a slight crunch on the edges, these buttery scones are sure to please even the pickiest eaters!


  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (careful not to overmeasure)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons (115g) unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup (180g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips1
  • coarse sugar for sprinkling on top before baking
  • optional: confectioners' sugar for topping after baking


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Adjust baking rack to the middle-low position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Grate the frozen butter (I used a box grater; a food processor also works - here is the one I own and love). Toss the grated butter into the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter, your fingers, or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla together. Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together with a rubber spatula until everything appears moistened. Slowly and gently fold in the mini chocolate chips. Try your best to not overwork the dough at any point. Dough will be a little wet. Work the dough into a ball with floured hands as best you can and transfer to the prepared baking pan. Press into a neat 8″ disc and cut into equal wedges with a very sharp knife. Top with a sprinkle of additional mini chocolate chips (optional) and coarse sugar.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar, if desired.
  5. Make ahead tip: Scones are best enjoyed right away, though leftover scones keep well at room temperature for 2 extra days. Scones freeze well, up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up to your liking before enjoying.

Additional Notes:

  1. I prefer mini chocolate chips because you get more in every bite! Regular size is just fine, though you may want to increase the amount to 1 and 1/4 cups.

I adapted this recipe from a combination - both Tyler Florence and The Joy of Cooking.

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Try my Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones next!

Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Or my favorite Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Jumbo Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

See more breakfast recipe ideas.


Tender, melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Chip Scones

172 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Scones.”

  1. #
    felicia | Dish by Dishposted August 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Hi Sally! 

    These scones look delicious! 

    I’d love to include your chocolate chip scones in a scone round up I’m preparing for Parade Magazine to be published sometime this month (Aug).

    If you’re fine with it, could I use one of your photos with a linkback to your original post (

    Let me know your thoughts!



    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for wanting to share my content, Felicia– you may use a photo w/ linkback to this post for your readers to obtain the written recipe. Please see my FAQ page if you have any questions.


  2. #
    Candice Riccaposted September 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I just made the scones today and they came out delicious!!The only change I would make next time would be to lessen the amount of cinnamon and add a little bit of granulated sugar. I felt that they weren’t sweet enough and that it was a tad too much cinnamon for my taste(not a fan of a lot of cinnamon) Thank you for this delicious scone recipe!! 


  3. #
    Nicoleposted December 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly, but my dough was still dry after adding in the wet ingredients. Do you have any suggestions? I noticed others had this problem too. The taste was fine but they didn’t come out as pretty as yours 


    • Sallyreplied on December 6th, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Nicole, try reducing the flour by 3-4 Tablespoons. This should help.


  4. #
    Nathaliaposted December 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Sally!
    This is one of my favorite recipes! I’ve made it several times. Recently, I’ve started halving the batter before adding the additions so I can make two different kinds. Then, I place both scones in one big baking (or pizza) pan and leave it in the oven for about 16 minutes! Wonderful. Just got  (1) caramel apple scones and (2) chocolate chip scones out of the oven! They both taste great.


    • Jenniferreplied on December 28th, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Can you share your caramel apple recipe?? 


  5. #
    Devikaposted December 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Wow, these were amazing, everyone in my family loved them! Will definitely make again for breakfast :) 


  6. #
    Margot Fernandezposted January 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Suggestion: not a thing wrong with the recipe, but to protect the dough from over-handling, as the author says, you could use a pastry blender to work it together and just knead briefly into shape before baking.


  7. #
    Sammiposted January 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Hi! I’m so excited to make these but I was wondering, if I use regular milk or skim milk instead of heavy cream will that dramatically change how they come out?


  8. #
    Joey Flowersposted January 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I just made these for the first time.  They are yummy (though not as pretty as yours).  Thank you for the recipe


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