Easy Scone Recipe

homemade scone on plate

An authentic easy scone recipe that creates a buttery, crunchy and oh so slightly sweet scone with your favorite fruit.

  • Author: Meredith
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Easy Homemade Scones
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


  • ½ cup walnuts (or other nut), toasted
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose white flour
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (may sub milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 8 oz. dates, chopped
  • egg yolk for basting


  1. Start off by toasting your nuts in a 325˚ F oven for 8 minutes.
  2. While the nuts are toasting, whisk or process 2 ¼ cups all purpose white flour, 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar, 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt.
  3. Cut in or process 1 stick of cold unsalted butter until you get coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (may sub milk), 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon grated orange peel.
  5. Using your food processor or whisk, add the creamy orange mixture to the flour mixture. Work the dough until you get a nice solid ball. It will be moist, but not sticky.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, gently fold in ½ cup chopped toasted nuts and 8 oz. chopped dates until dispersed evenly.
  7. Pat the dough down into an approximate 9 inch circle and place on a greased baking sheet. With a serrated knife, cut the circle into wedges.
  8. Brush the entire top and sides with some egg yolk mixed with a bit of water.
  9. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then pull them apart ever so slightly to allow more air flow and bake another 8-10 minutes. Scones are done when a toothpick inserted into the tip of the triangle comes out clean.
  10. Remove the scones to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

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