simple scones dessert recipe

Simple Scone Recipe

This is future Ticia 2019, I was looking for a scone recipe, and found this ages old post, and thought “Hey Ticia, you have no picture of the finished scone recipe, you should fix that.” Also, my husband desperately wants me to have a scone recipe that does not involve pumpkin like my so often made pumpkin scones. This is now back in my Tried and True Recipes rotation, and what I use when I’m bringing a dessert and it’s not fall so I shouldn’t bring my pumpkin scones recipe.

That’s enough of future Ticia, now back to 2009 Ticia, with some comments from me.


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We participated in Kids in the Kitchen with this Scones Recipe

We made scones! Every week after church we have tea for lunch. We drink obnoxiously large amounts of tea. We eat large amounts of tea, cheese, sausage, crackers, various fruits and veggies. This week since my in-laws were here I wanted a bit more food, and to add a touch of class.

So we made scones, here’s the recipe:


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins (I added much more, probably closer to 3/4)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

I substituted out raisins (which I don’t like) for dried strawberries. The kids had a blast trying to cut them, and finally let me cut them with the “sharp knife.” [Future Ticia 2019, when I remade them this time, I put in blueberries in some, and the others I put different sugar toppings on: caramel sugar popcorn topping, brown sugar, lemon sprinkles]

scones so simple your kids can make it

Putting together our simple scone recipe

mixing the simple scone recipe together

1. Preheat the oven to 400.

2. Stir dry ingredients together. The kids had fun with this. We take turns stirring, so everyone gets to stir a little.

3. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter. They try really hard, but I end up having to do this, because no matter how I set our frig the butter is always practically frozen. And let me just say how much I LOVE my Pampered Chef pastry cutter. I’ve broken pastry cutters before making pie crusts, and cut myself on them. This one has rounded edges, so that you can’t cut yourself, but it still works just fine. That, and I like the handle design. [Future Ticia, I’ve since gone through two different pastry cutters, I might be hard on them, but this pastry cutter design on Amazon looks interesting]

4. This is when you’re supposed to add the strawberries, I accidentally added them as the last step. I’m used to adding stuff like that being the last step.

5. Now add the sour cream and milk that have been mixed together (I whisked them both for just a second). Again we each took turns stirring.

6. Wash your hands, and then dump them in flour. Do NOT rub your hands over the scones mix, because your kids will think they should do it, and they dump about another cup of flour in there in the process.

7. Try to pick out the loose flour. Admit defeat, and think to yourself that this does make it a little easier to make the small dough-sized balls.

8. Grab small golf ball-sized balls of dough, and place them on a greased cookie sheet, flatten slightly.

9. Now go back and add dough to the ones the kids didn’t really make quite big enough.

9b. Future Ticia, 2009 Ticia forgot to say to whisk together the egg and tablespoon of milk and give the scones an egg wash. You could also then sprinkle on some sugar for a bit of sparkle.  Since I didn’t write down what to do with the egg originally when I made it again last night I added the egg. It made for a very wet and sticky dough.

10. Wait impatiently for 10 minutes to be up. Happily eat the yummy scones.

cleaning up after making the scone recipe
Look at how clean and shiny the trash can is. Ten years later, it’s nowhere near that clean, AND it’s in rather worse shape now

11. Let the kids clean up the floor. The bad part was they started grabbing paper towels and soaking them then using that to clean the floor. Oh well. We’ll work on that later.

eating the simple scone recipe now that its all baked

They also got to help Daddy make pancakes. Their helping was limited to holding the plate as he put more pancakes on. That and eating insanely large amounts.

simple scones dessert recipe

The linkie I originally linked to is hosted on a blog that is now private, so that’s obviously not going to happen.

Yield: 2 dozen

Scones so simple your kids can help make them

simple scones recipe

Simple scone recipe that can be adapted to add in different fillers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (or other filler like chocolate chips, etc)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Stir dry ingredients together.
  3. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter. If you shred the butter it will cut in much easier.
  4. Add in the berries or whatever other topping you’re adding in.
  5. Mix together the sour cream and milk. Then mix that into the dry mixture.
  6. Shape the scone dough into several small balls and drop them on the baking sheet.
  7. Brush the top of the scones with an egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for a few minutes.


This is great with butter on them or a bit of honey or jam.

More great recipes to cook with kids

Originally published September 3, 2009


7 responses to “Simple Scone Recipe”

  1. Sounds yummy we will have to try these!

  2. I love scones. I have to try to make them sometime.

  3. I always love all your pictures. It's so cute to see the little ones doing everything together.

  4. These scones really do sound yummy! The pancake picture and the picture of the kids cleaning up are both adorable!

  5. You always crack me up with your descriptions of the process. Love the picture of all three around the small table.

  6. Thanks for linking this up. I have got to try this!!

  7. Oh I love the pictures of them cleaning!! Do you think they could come over and teach my hubby how to do that? LOL

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