Chocolate Chip Scones

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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!

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

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, and all of the other craziness summer brings.

Question: how do you stay calm and composed when life gets a little overwhelming?

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

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’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.

Take a moment to read through a few chocolate chip scone MUSTS.

Scone Baking Success!

Through my endless scone testing the other week, I learned that I 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.

Chocolate Chip Scones by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The trick to a plate of light-textured scones:

Avoid over working the dough. My goodness, this is KEY! 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. 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 sallysbakingaddiction.com

My chocolate chip scone recipe is sweetened with brown 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 crunchy and crackly, and there is so much chocolate in every bite. That’s why I use mini chocolate chips – more bang for your buck!

I didn’t top the chocolate chip scones with an icing or glaze because I feel it would take away from the brown sugar and cinnamon goodness. I did, however, 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!

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

Basically crispy chocolate chip cookies in scone form. 🙂

Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for hands and work surface
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream, plus an extra 2 Tablespoons for brushing
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup (180g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips1
  • optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on top before baking
  • optional: confectioners' sugar for topping after baking

Directions:

  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, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together. Grate the frozen butter (I use a box grater to grate it; a food processor also works for grating - here is the one I own and love). Toss the grated butter into the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup heavy cream, the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract together. Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together with a rubber spatula until everything appears moistened. Mix in the chocolate chips. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can and transfer to a floured surface. Press into a neat 8″ disc and cut into 8 equal wedges with a very sharp knife. Place scones at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Brush scones with remaining heavy cream, then sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. (Adds some nice crunch!)
  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.

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

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

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

    1. 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.

  3. 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!
    Carolyn

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. Hi Leslie! I’m so glad you love the scones! The baking powder is initially activated once wet so I do not suggest making the batter ahead of time.

    2. I didn’t read reviews (so unlike me! lol) and I experimented with making them the night before and baking. I haven’t made them the regular way so I can’t compare height/rise, but they still had good taste and texture to me! So it won’t be a total fail if you try it. 😉

  7. 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

  8. I made these tonight and followed the recipe exactly and they are just delicious! I love the addition of the cinnamon.. and the brown sugar gives them a taste reminiscent of a chocolate chip cookie. They are light and fluffy and absolutely perfect!! I will keep this recipe forever and use the proportions for all my scones from now on.

  9. I have made many of your recipes and so far loved each one! If I’m looking up a specific dish and I see it is from you, I choose that one. I made these scones for church coffee and goodies before and after service, and they went fast! How I have to make more because my family was upset I didnt keep any at home! Haha! Thanks for being awesome!

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  1. Hi, Sally! I’ve just received a request for orange chocolate chip scones. Do you think I could just add the zest from an orange to this recipe? Could it possibly be that simple? Hoping that the answer is yes 🙂

    1. Hey Sarah! It really is that simple. 🙂 If I were making orange chocolate chip scones, I would reduce the heavy cream by 2 Tbsp and use 2 Tbsp orange juice instead. Then add the zest of 1 orange. (So you will use 6 Tbsp heavy cream and 2 Tbsp OJ)

      1. They turned out great! I’ve never made any of your scones, so there was the simple joy of a new recipe working out well. Plus the hacking together of the orange and chocolate chip varieties worked like a charm. Thanks so much, Sally. You’re the best!

  2. These look delicious and perfect to have with tea while we watch the Royal Wedding! Quick question- if I want to do a Cinnamon and Sugar Scone do you think just omitting the chocolate chips in this recipe would work? Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. Hello…..I want to make a batch of these amazing sounding scones …..problem the only butter I have contains salt . Could I use less table salt and make the recipe work ? Thank you

    1. Hi Charlotte! You can use salted butter in these scones. I recommend reducing the salt to 1/4 teaspoon, though keeping it at 1/2 teaspoon won’t make that much of a taste difference. 🙂 The scones won’t be too salty.

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