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Chocolate Chip Scones

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10


These chocolate chip scones are crispy and golden on the outside, soft and flaky on the inside, and loaded with chocolate chips in every bite.


  • 2 1/2 cups (315g) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface and kneading
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (114g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ⅔ cup (167ml) cold buttermilk, plus more for brushing top of scones
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 23 tbsp coarse sugar for sprinking (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Work in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until it resembles coarse meal with a few larger pieces remaining. Toss in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture. Gently stir with a rubber spatula until JUST combined and all appears to be moistened.
  5. Scrape the dough onto a floured work surface. With floured hands, gently and quickly knead the dough into a ball. It doesn’t have to be smooth. Rough and shaggy is good.
  6. Pat into a 6″ circle and cut into 8 or 10 wedges and place 2″ apart onto a parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheet. Chill uncovered in the fridge for 20 minutes while you preheat your oven to 400F.
  7. Brush the tops of the scones with more buttermilk and sprinkle with coarse sugar if using.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


Scones are best enjoyed the day of. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat, place on a baking sheet, lightly tent with foil, and warm for 10 minutes at 350F.

To make in advance: prepare the dough the night before (up to step 5), cover and store in the fridge, and bake as instructed the next day. Baked scones will last in the fridge for up to 5 days, so you can also bake them in advance, and just reheat when ready to serve. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet lightly tented with foil, and warm in a 350F oven for about 10 minutes.

To freeze unbaked scones: place the wedges in the freezer until frozen solid, put them in a ziplock back, return to freezer and store for up to a month. When ready to bake, let thaw overnight in the fridge, and bake as instructed.

To freeze them after baking: let the scones cool completely, place them in a ziplock bag, and freeze for up to a month. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the fridge, and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds or on a baking sheet lightly tented with foil in a 350F oven for about 10 minutes.

  • Category: breakfast, snack
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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