Cheddar and Chive Scones


This lovely, easy recipe makes the perfect light and savory scones. They're great with butter or chutney.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 scones


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried chives

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded aged Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, chives, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rubbing between your fingers until flour mixture resembles pea-sized lumps. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Whisk 1/2 cup milk and sour cream together in a measuring cup. Pour all at once into flour mixture, and stir gently until well blended. Avoid overworking the dough.

  3. Pat dough into 2- to 3-inch balls, depending on what size you want, using floured hands. Place on the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly, letting scones barely touch each other. Brush tops with remaining milk. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly; break scones apart before serving.

Cook's Note:

Sprinkle scones with a pinch of cayenne pepper before baking, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
11g Fat
15g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 218mg 17%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 61mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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