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How to Make Scones

Ah, scones—the darling of coffee shops and high tea! Make your own scones with minimal fuss and maximum results. Use our tips and tricks to make perfect scones and make sure to check out our scone recipes.

Tips for Making Scones:

  • Preheat the oven 10 minutes ahead.
  • For the best scones, make sure shortening and leavening (baking powder and baking soda) are fresh.
  • Measure ingredients carefully with standard measures to ensure your scones rise well and don’t have a coarse or crumbly texture.
  • Cut shortening into the flour using a pastry blender, two table knives, or a wire whisk. Look for pieces that are the size of small peas.
  • Want tender, evenly baked scones of equal thickness? Place dough between 2 dowel rods, 1/2 inch thick and 14 inches long. Roll or pat dough to an even thickness without over-handling.
  • Push scone cutter (dipped in flour) straight into the dough. Try not to twist as you cut so that scones are of equal size. Cut scones as close together as possible.
  • Lightly press—but don’t knead—leftover scraps of dough together to squeeze out a few more scones (they may be slightly uneven, but will taste just as good).

Homemade Scone Recipes:

Chocolate-Almond Scones
Orange-Currant Scones
Cinnamon-Oat Scones (Lighter Recipe)
Dried Cherry-Lemon Scones
Cranberry-Maple Nut Scones
Chocolate Chip Scones