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This is my scone recipe for the best scones ever – buttery, crispy on the outside but velvety on the inside perfection! These scones are simple to make and will have you baking them weekly for your weekend breakfasts.

scones
scones

The Best Scone Recipe Ever

I have been baking these scones for as long as I can remember. I think, sometimes, that my husband married me for my baking. Not all of it, but some. He has admitted, in a sugar-induced haze, that he married me so he could savor my butter tarts every Christmas. Now, don’t go getting all excited, I mean butter tarts, there are no sneaky innuendos or double meanings implied there. My family’s recipe for butter tarts. Yup. Savor them he does. Or is the word inhale?

And then that evolved to my mincemeat tarts. And then my shortbread. Now the past few years, its my scones.

I guess baking is cheaper than a divorce in any case, right?

Do Scones Have Eggs?

This recipe does and I think that’s what really sets it apart from all others. I use sour cream AND an egg to make the ultimate rich scones. Really, just read all of the raving reviews below from readers that have made these – I don’t call anything the best unless I REALLY think it is!

Sour cream is what sets the best scones apart from all others, it yields a tender crumb inside while the butter in the recipe makes the outside crispy and snappy, the perfect scone in my opinion. This recipe is one of the oldest on my website and has been updated many times over the years with new photos and even a new how-to video- but never a new recipe!

Recipe Video

Simple, Easy Scones Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of blueberries or raisins, or whatever fruit you want.
  • 1 cup of margarine or butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Kick the tires & light the fires to 350 degrees.
 ingredients needed for scones
ingredients needed for scones

Step by Step How to Make Good Scones

Get all of your ingredients ready to use! It’s easier when you have everything ready to go, or “mise en place” as chefs say, which translates to “everything in it’s place.”

ingredients needed for scones
ingredients needed for scones

More pretty.

bowl of blueberries for scones
bowl of blueberries for scones

Take your bowl with your cup of sour cream, and mix in the baking soda. It makes it poof up. That’s my well-educated explanation of the chemical reaction that happens. It poofs up.

sour cream in a bowl
sour cream in a bowl

It…poofs…up.

 sour cream in a bowl
sour cream in a bowl

Ok, throw those 4 cups of flour into a big mixing bowl. I brought out my Big Steel Baddy for this job. He can handle it.

 flour mixture for scones recipe
flour mixture for scones recipe

Add your cup of sugar.

 flour mixture for scones recipe
flour mixture for scones recipe

Add in your baking powder.

 baking powder
baking powder

And your salt.

salt
salt

And whisk them all together, or sift. If anyone out there owns a sifter you can go ahead and feel free to use it. Don’t be intimidated by my whisk, and the fact that it can kick your sifters hiney, then come back and fluff my ingredients right up, then come back for a second helping of kicking hiney on your sifter. Just saying.

 dry mixture for scones
dry mixture for scones

Ok, butter time. And even though there are some scone purists who may clutch their pearls and fan themselves rapidly with their cookbooks, I have used margarine in this recipe, and it tastes great as well. Choose your poison.

 salted butter
salted butter

Now, this is one kitchen do-hickey I cannot live without, my pastry blender. Can you believe that I used two knives scissor style for years? And for the gold cookie award, does anyone want to guess who gave me this for Christmas one year? Leave your answer in my comments, I am sure you can guess correctly.

 cutting butter into scones dry mixture
cutting butter into scones dry mixture

Cut the butter in until your arms ache, and it looks like this. If your arms aren’t aching, it ain’t cut in enough!

cutting butter into scones dry mixture
cutting butter into scones dry mixture

Hello world. Meet egg. I love this picture because it shows how I am loathe to wash more dishes than I have to. See the little salt sprinkles on the front edge? I just re-used the closest dirty bowl to me.

 beaten egg
beaten egg

Beat the egg slightly.

Take your poofy sour cream and your egg and add them in.

 beaten egg in orange container
beaten egg in orange container

Mix it well, and then add your fruit. With fresh fruit, you have to be oh so careful not to squish it in too much. Raisins are amazing in this recipe as well, they make a sweeter scone than the blueberries do. Raisins, you can pound the heck outta the suckers and you won’t even make a dent. Blueberries are a delicate fruit to use, but worth it in the end.

Be gentle.

how to mix blueberries into scones
how to mix blueberries into scones

Divide into three equal circles, patting each into a circle that is one inch thick (width ranges from 6-7 inches).

how to cut scone dough
how to cut scone dough

See? If you look at the front, even I squished the berries.  After I had the gall to lecture you. Serves me right. Later I will show you what it looks like all baked up, don’t even sweat it if you squish some.

how to cut scone dough
how to cut scone dough

Cut each circle into 6 pieces.

 how to cut scone dough into 6 pieces
how to cut scone dough into 6 pieces

Lay your beautiful little pie-like pieces onto your very well greased baking sheets. Blueberries like to stick.

Pop them into your preheated 350 degree oven and bake until the bottoms are nice and brown, and the tops are slightly browned.

 scones on baking sheet
scones on baking sheet

So here is a squished one, see how it just shoots little blue veins through the dough? No big deal, in fact, fairly attractive looking.

 baked blueberry scone
baked blueberry scone

These are great plain, better with margarine or butter, and fantastic with jam.

More Scone Recipes

Here are a few more tried, tested and true recipes here on The Kitchen Magpie!

  1. Glazed Meyer Lemon Scones
  2. Christmas Cherry Scones
  3. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Scones
  4. Pumpkin Spice Scones
scones with raisins
scones with raisins

Best Scones Ever Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Use cold butter ( even frozen) and grate it into the scones if you have a grater. Don’t fear however if you want to make these and you didn’t have time to freeze the butter, cold from the fridge works great as well!
  • Try not to overwork the dough if you can. The heat from your hands will soften the butter. IF you think you did over work the dough, you can refrigerate the scone triangles before you bake them to get the butter hard again.
  • Make sure to read my Step by Step How to Make Perfect Scones. It will totally help you with cutting the scones up!

Happy baking!

Love,

Karlynn

 

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Scone Recipe: The Best Scones Ever

The best scone recipe ever. It always works and it's the perfect base for other flavors!
4.9 from 115 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Course
Breakfast Meals
Cuisine
British
Servings
18
Calories
287
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of blueberries or raisins or whatever fruit you want.

Instructions

  1. Kick the tires & light the fires to 350 degrees.
  2. Take your bowl with your cup of sour cream, and mix in the baking soda.
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar,baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives in a criss-cross fashion, until the butter is broken into pea sized morsels in the flour.
  5. Beat the egg and mix in into the sour cream.
  6. Add the sour cream mixture into the dry mixture, working it in.
  7. The dough can be a bit dry, but if you use your hands to combine it, it will be perfect. If needed add milk until it's combined. The secret to a good scone is a drier dough, not gluey.
  8. When the dough is combined, mix in the fruit. I fold in delicate berries by hand.
  9. Divide into three equal circles, patting each into a circle that is one inch thick (width ranges from 6-7 inches). Cut each circle into six equal triangles.
  10. Bake on a well greased or parchment lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, until the scones are browned nicely on the bottom and slightly on the top. Watch them carefully!
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Tips & Tricks

  • Use cold butter ( even frozen) and grate it into the scones if you have a grater. Don't fear however if you want to make these and you didn't have time to freeze the butter, cold from the fridge works great as well!
  • Try not to overwork the dough if you can. The heat from your hands will soften the butter. IF you think you did over work the dough, you can refrigerate the scone triangles before you bake them to get the butter hard again.
  • You can substitute in currants for a very traditional scone!
  • Make sure to read my Step by Step How to Make Perfect Scones. It will totally help you with cutting the scones up!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g, Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 306mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 410IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1.6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Jennifer says

    Love love love this recipe, I accidentally put 500ml of sour cream and they still turned out awesome.
    I was weary about adding frozen berries I thought maybe they would make the scones too moist. Nope they were amazing!
    I also prefer to put my oven on convection. This way the tops get a little golden. Thank you for adding this recipe, it’s by far my favorite.5 stars

  2. Joyc e says

    Karlynn, I had a craving for scones this weekend and I’ve tried different recipes with no satisfaction,,,Until, I found your recipe on Pinterest and I just had to comment. The really are “The Best Scones Ever” recipe. I was also leery of the egg/sour cream method, but wow! They are awesome! There used to be an Irish coffee shop in the center of my town, I loved the scones there and missed having a place to cure my craving, but now I’ll just make this recipe! Thank you and best wishes to you and your blog👍🏻5 stars

  3. Michael says

    I just saved your scone recipe and I have a question. I’ve been trying different recipes and getting ok scones but am still trying for best ever! Your recipe with sour cream and huge butter amounts looks intriguing. I found yours by looking at Google images and the raisin scones look like beautiful. I noticed in the recipe that the blueberry ones look entirely different and more like what I’ve been making. Just curious about the difference Thank5 stars

  4. Janina says

    I am always leery when someone claims the title of “best ever” but in this case it is true. I made these the other day, following the recipe exactly and these are excellent. I love them and will only be using this recipe for my scones from now on. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

    • Deborah Lourenco says

      This was the first scone recipe I ever tried and I never felt any desire to find another. I leave in a place full of its own deliciousness, but alas, NO scones! Having met these in New England I knew I just had to learn to make them by myself and in comes the Magpie. Your recipe is the best ever and I’m so so grateful that you took the time to share it with the world! I bake them in a hot humid tropical city and so every step is followed by some fridge chilling time, but I use the extra time to clean up as I go. I’m currently in the process of cooking up some clotted cream to see if these can taste even more decadent. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!5 stars

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