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Chocolate Chip Scones

October 26, 2018

These chocolate chip scones are rich in flavor and so tender, they almost melt in your mouth. They are slightly sweet and loaded with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Scones

Scones are quick to make, and when made right, they are slightly sweet, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The addition of chocolate chips makes them delicious on their own and a satisfying snack.

Make them round or wedge-shaped

There are 2 common methods for cutting scones. The first is traditional rounds, which are made by patting the dough into a 3/4-inch thick circle (the shape doesn’t really matter) then cutting out pieces using a biscuit cutter. This method will leave you with some extra dough that you’ll then need to press back into another piece and repeat the process.

The second method leaves you with no leftover dough. Simply tap the dough into a circle, then cut it into 8 wedges, like a pizza. This yields 8 large scones. For 12 smaller scones, you can cut the dough into two, then pat each half into a circle and cut into 6 wedges. The only rule is that each circle should always be 3/4-inch thick.

Chocolate Chip Scones

Use cold ingredients

It’s hard to work with the dough if the butter starts to melt and the dough gets warm, so it’s always best to work with cold ingredients. If after mixing the ingredients, the dough is hard to handle, place it in the fridge until it’s cold.

Add the liquid gradually

Different brands of flour absorb different amounts of liquid, so you may not need all the liquid in the recipe, or you may need a bit more. If the dough doesn’t come together easily or if it’s too dry and crumbly, add more cream, a little at a time, until the dough starts to come together. If the dough is too wet and sticky, making it hard to handle, add a bit of flour. It’s important to avoid overworking the dough as much as possible, because the less mixing you do, the softer the scones will be. The dough should be soft but not sticky.

Use a fresh baking powder

This is important for the scones to rise nicely. As it ages, baking powder loses its efficacy. If you wonder why your scones don’t rise, check your baking powder.


Scones are best served on the day of baking. If you have leftovers, freeze the scones in a sealed container for up to 1-2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, at room temperature for a couple of hours, or reheat in a preheated oven.

Chocolate Chip Scones

5 from 9 votes
Chocolate Chip Scones
Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 36 mins
YIELD: 8 large scones

  • 2 cups (280 g/10 oz.) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup (50 g/1.7 oz.) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 g/2.6 oz.) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream , plus 1 tablespoon, for brushing the tops
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Toss the butter into the flour mixture and mix it with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal and there are small uneven pieces of butter throughout. Mix in chocolate chips. In a small bowl mix the egg, heavy cream and vanilla extract. Add most of the mixture to the flour mixture, leaving a bit for adding if needed. Stir mixture with a spatula or fork until dough begins to form. If dough is too crumbly, add more of the cream mixture as needed. Don’t overmix.

  3. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead gently until a ball forms.
  4. For round scones: Pat dough into a 9×6-inch rectangle about ¾-inch thick. Using a 2.5-inch (6.5 cm) biscuit cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Press the leftover dough into another ¾-inch thick piece and repeat the process to get 2-3 more biscuits.
  5. For triangular scones: Pat dough into a 8 or 9-inch (23 cm) circle about ¾-inch thick. Cut circle into 8 even wedges.

  6. Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with heavy cream. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  7. Scones are best eaten the same day they are made, but can be frozen for up to 1-2 months. If you want to serve them warm, reheat in the oven before serving.

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    December 13, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Great recipe. Just made it.

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    December 24, 2018 at 2:12 am

    looks and sounds delicious!!!!

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    Tara Wilkinson
    April 10, 2019 at 7:07 am

    This is now my go to recipe. Just tried it with self raising flour as I had no baking powder though and it still worked great. I pop these in the freezer and they defrost brilliantly

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    July 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you, very simple recipe and they turned out beautifully. So delicious and light.

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    Narayan Mali
    April 15, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Nice post supar recipe

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      Narayan Mali
      April 15, 2020 at 10:46 am

      Sorry renting to five star

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    June 30, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Love it! So soft and well balanced with the chocolate

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    September 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    So soft and a delicately sweet flavor. Will be making these often!

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    December 16, 2020 at 2:02 am

    looks delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing easy to understand and actionable.

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    Eric James
    March 4, 2021 at 4:04 am

    Amazing! looks very delicious i shall try this.

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    March 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve made these so often, one of my favorite recipes! They are a perfect dessert, gift, or warm breakfast if you need a little something sweet! They are so easy to make, and the result is amazing!

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    March 25, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Your recipe was very good, I will definitely follow the recipe made by you at your home. I was looking forward to making them for Christmas and they turned out very good.

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    Valerie Varhaug
    April 5, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    After a recent trip to Dublin, I was inspired to bake a batch of scones. Feeling a need for chocolate at the same time, this recipe fit the bill. Easy and pleasing (hubby said these were my best yet), I topped them off with a simple orange glaze and will be making these again and again!

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    July 30, 2022 at 5:40 am

    Absolutely delicious! My family loves them 🙂

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