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How to Make Perfect Scones

Learn how to make perfect scones with this easy recipe tutorial. Based on my favorite scones at Raging Sage in Tucson, AZ, this scone recipe allows you to mix and match fillings and topping for every palate all in one baking session.

Course baking
Cuisine American
Keyword scone
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 317 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed + COLD
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 1 egg
  • toppings of your choice (jam, brown sugar + nuts, candied ginger)


  1. Cut butter into cubes and place back into refrigerator.

  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cloves, baking powder and salt together.

  3. Add cold, cubed butter into the flour mixture. Cut in with a pastry tool or fork until the mixture resembles coarse gravel.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together half-n-half + egg. Add to flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. The dough will be shaggy + not too sticky.

  5. Place dough on floured work surface and press out to a rough circle. The dough should be about 1/2" thick, circle diameter of 9".

  6. Cut into 8 triangle shaped pieces like a pie.

  7. For jam filled scones, make a indent in the middle of each scones, add about 2 Tbs of jam and fold one corner over the triangle so that the jam is in the middle.

    For other flavors: press on nuts, candied ginger, etc.

  8. Bake at 400F for 14-16 mins on aluminum foil until golden brown. The foil catches the spillover on the jam scones.

  9. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. The flavors really come out when the scones are warm - not hot.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Perfect Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 317
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.