(To the tune of Carol of the Bells)…
Hark, smell the scones,
Sweet and savory scones,
All seem to smell,
Really, really swell!

Gayly I mix, Working magic tricks,
Turn a crumbled mess,
Into fluffy dough.

Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy, SCONES
Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy, SCONES!

Ok, so, I’m a wee bit excited about this scone recipe.  Here’s why.  Because it’s a basic recipe that you can tweak a hundred different ways.  I love recipes like that!!

This scone is a savory cheddar scone.  But if you add sugar to the mixture, you can make sweet variations of this same scone.

Sweet Ideas:

  • Chocolate-cherry scones (stir in 1/4 c. dried cherries and 2 oz. chopped chocolate)
  • Apricot-ginger scones (stir in 1/2 c. finely chopped dried apricots and 2 T. chopped crystallized ginger)
  • Cranberry-pistachio scones (stir in 1/4 c. sweetened, dried cranberries & 1/4 c. chopped pistachios)
  • Brown sugar-pecan scones (Substitute brown sugar for gran. sugar and add 1/2 c. chopped pecans)

Savory Ideas: (Omit sugar)

  • Bacon, cheddar, and chive scones (stir in 3/4 c. shredded cheddar, 1/4 c. chopped bacon, 2 T. chopped chives, and 1/2 t. black pepper)
  • Ham-and-swiss scones (stir in 3/4 c. shredded swiss cheese and 3/4 c. chopped ham)
  • Pimiento cheese scones (stir in 3/4 c. shredded cheddar and 3 T. chopped pimentos)
  • Rosemary, Pear, and Asiago scones (stir in 3/4 c. chopped fresh pear, 1/2 c. grated asiago cheese, and 1 t. chopped rosemary)

Let me know what variations you come up with!

Best-Ever Scones
Makes 8 scones

2 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. cold butter, cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1 c. whipping cream, divided
wax paper

1.  Preheat oven to 450.  Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas.  Freeze 5 minutes.  Add 3/4 c. plus 2 T. cream, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

2.  Turn dough out onto wax paper; gently press or pat dough into a 7-in. round (mixture will be crumbly).  Cut round into 8 wedges.  Place wedges 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.  Brush tops with remaining 2 T. cream just until moistened.

3.  Bake at 450 for 13-15 minutes or until golden.

Recipe Source:  Southern Living Magazine, December 2010

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