Jalapeno-Cheddar Scones


Caution, only for those who like scones with a strong cheese presence and a little jalapeno pepper bite. This is for my friend Patrick. For bolder flavor, dust lightly with jalapeno chile powder.

Jalapeno-Cheddar Scones
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 scones


  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed

  • 16 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 4 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

  • 1 cup buttermilk, or more as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk egg and water together for egg wash.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until pea-sized lumps remain. Add Cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers; toss in the flour mixture to prevent the cheese from clumping. Add 1 cup buttermilk and mix until a sticky dough forms. Only add additional buttermilk if absolutely necessary.

  3. Form dough into a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half and form each piece into a 3/4-inch thick circle. The circles should measure about 8 inches in diameter, but the thickness is more important that the diameter. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 1/2 inch between each one. Paint the top of each wedge with egg wash.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 22 to 23 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Note:

When preparing the jalapeno pepper, you may want to wear gloves. Don't wipe your eyes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
16g Fat
20g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 479mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 265mg 20%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 90mg 2%

* 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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