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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.

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

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

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.

Recipe 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

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


  1. hi sally!
    may i know if i can make the scones in single round shapes, instead of laying it out in a pizza pan like yours? 🙂

    thankyou! 🙂

  2. didnt have heavy cream so I used low fat yogurt  and dried cranberries
    they look yummy 

  3. I need to make a bunch and freeze. Have you made them in individual servings? How long would you bake them?

    • My sister-in-law freezes unbaked scones all the time. She lays them on a cookie sheet loned with parchment and puts it on the freezer and then transfers them to a freezer bag once frozen. She bakes them frozen for an extra 4-5 minutes and they come out great every time.

  4. Will it affect the quality of the scones if I double the recipe?

  5. Hi,

    It is Friday, pouring rain and dusting and vacuuming to do, so, that means it is a perfect time to bake!!! I would love to make these scones unfortunately my oven is on the fritz. Would you know if I can cook these on the stovetop? I had a recipe many moons ago for scones that I did in a fry pan on the stove.

    Thanks in advance.

    Enjoy the day!

  6. Hi Sally! I love scones and was so happy to see so many recipes on your blog for them! I just made these last night with subbing out vanilla for fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest. Absolutely delicious recipe, with the orange they taste like Christmas in July! Thank you for all of your awesome recipes.

  7. Can I pre-make the dough and bake it the next morning?

  8. Hi Sally!

    If I am making these the day before serving, how long would you reheat in a microwave? Also if I cut these smaller than into 8, do I need to adjust the bake time or temperature! Thanks!

    P.S. Your scones are my FAVORITE, I have made them a million times and they never get old 🙂 My freezer is never without butter now!

    • Hi Orma! I’m so happy you love my scone recipes 🙂 If you make them smaller, the bake time will be a little less. Temperature stays the same. Reheat until warmed– maybe 20-30 seconds.

  9. Hi Sally!  I’ve made these probably half a dozen times and everyone is IN LOVE. From husband to parents to kids to my friends, it’s all they request now. I want to make them for my son’s birthday party, but I was wondering if I could refrigerate the dough overnight. The party is at 11 and I’m making all the food, so it would be great to make one less mixture the day of and just pop them in the oven.  Thank you!

  10. Just took a batch of these out of oven, i can’t wait to try one. If they taste as good as the smell they will become a go to favorite

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