Simple Scones


This sweet scone recipe will make a holiday breakfast or afternoon tea special.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 scones

You don't have to be a professional baker to make perfect scones! This super simple scone recipe is as approachable as it is irresistible.

Simple Scones

What Is a Scone?

The word "scone" can mean slightly different things depending on where you're located. American scones (like the ones this recipe makes!) are typically sweet, dense, and dry. They're usually triangular and can contain mix-ins like chocolate chips, berries, or nuts.

Scone Ingredients

This bakery-worthy scone recipe is easy to make with basic ingredients you likely already have on hand. If not, here's what to add to your grocery list:

· Flour: This scone recipe starts with all-purpose flour.
· Sugar: You'll need white sugar for the dough and to top the scones.
· Leaveners: Baking soda and baking powder act as leaveners, which means they help the scones rise.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor of the scones.
· Butter: Make sure the butter is frozen before you incorporate it into the dough for the flakiest results.
· Raisins: You can also use dried currants.
· Sour cream: Sour cream lends moisture and subtle tangy flavor.
· Egg: An egg adds moisture and helps bind the scone dough together.

How to Make Scones

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make scones at home:

1. Mix the dry ingredients, then work the butter into the dough using your fingers.
2. Add the raisins.
3. Whisk the sour cream and egg together.
4. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture.
5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and pat into a circle.
6. Sprinkle the dough with sugar and cut it into triangles.
7. Bake the scones in a preheated oven until golden brown.

simple scones on a white plate with a glass in the background

Scone Variations

Mix it up with one of these variations on the basic scone recipe:

· For Cranberry-Orange Scones: Add a generous teaspoon of finely grated orange zest to the dry ingredients and substitute dried cranberries for the raisins.
· For Lemon-Blueberry Scones: Add a generous teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest to the dry ingredients and substitute dried blueberries for the raisins.
· For Cherry-Almond Scones: Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract to the sour cream mixture and substitute dried cherries for the raisins.

How to Store Scones

Store the cooled scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to one week.

Can You Freeze Scones?

Flash freeze the scones on a baking sheet for a few hours or up to overnight. Transfer the frozen scones to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great and easy recipe," according to one Allrecipes community member. "I used almond flour and no fat Greek yogurt as substitutes and it came out really good!"

"This is my go-to scone recipe and I don't think I'll find one that's any better," says noahjr1980. "They always turn out flaky and buttery, and the base dough is versatile. You can use almost any dried fruits, add in nuts or seeds, swap in non-dairy fats and liquids."

"This is a great recipe," says Mary Blubaugh. "Super easy and the scone is moist … not dry at all. It's the perfect 'base' recipe. I will be making all the variations!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen

  • ½ cup raisins (or dried currants)

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C); adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater. Use your fingers to work in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, then toss in raisins.

  3. Whisk sour cream and egg together in a small bowl until combined.

  4. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture using a fork until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to shape dough into a ball. (Dough may seem dry at first but will come together as you work it.)

  5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 equal triangles; place on the prepared baking tray, about 1-inch apart.

  6. Bake scones in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes; serve warm or at room temperature.

    Simple Scones on a white plate
    Deana J

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
16g Fat
41g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 143mg 3%

* 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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