Scone Recipe: The Best Scones Ever

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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.

Slather these with clotted cream for the perfect combination!

buttery scones with raisins on blue background
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.
all the ingredients needed for scones ready
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 in red and white bowls on wood board
ingredients needed for scones

More pretty.

close up of blueberries for scones in a white bowl
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.

adding the baking soda to a bowl of sour cream in a white bowl
sour cream in a bowl

It…poofs…up.

a spoon in bowl with sour cream
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 in a large stainless bowl, sour cream mixture in a small white bowl on the back
flour mixture for scones recipe

Add your cup of sugar.

adding a cup of sugar to the flour mixture for scones recipe
flour mixture for scones recipe

Add in your baking powder.

 baking powder on a small red bowl
baking powder

And your salt.

pinch of salt in a red small bowl
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.

a whisk on dry mixture for scones in a large stainless bowl
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 in a red small bowl
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 the butter using pastry blender into the 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!

butter blended into the 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 in a small red bowl
beaten egg

Beat the egg slightly.

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

adding the beaten egg into the dry ingredients mixture
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.

blueberries added into the mixture for scones on a large stainless bowl
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).

three equal size circles of 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.

close up of a circle scone dough
how to cut scone dough

Cut each circle into 6 pieces.

3 pieces of circle scone dough cut into 6 pieces each
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.

little pie-like pieces of scones on a 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.

a piece of a pie-like 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
close up of scones with raisins on blue background
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!
4.95 from 263 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 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of blueberries or raisins or whatever fruit you want.

Instructions
 

  • Kick the tires & light the fires to 350 degrees.
  • Take your bowl with your cup of sour cream, and mix in the baking soda.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar,baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • 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.
  • Beat the egg and mix in into the sour cream.
  • Add the sour cream mixture into the dry mixture, working it in.
  • 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.
  • When the dough is combined, mix in the fruit. I fold in delicate berries by hand.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 Canadian 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. Maria says

    This was only the second time I have tried a recipe for scones. It was an immediate hit with my family!!! I used light sour cream since I had too much of it on hand and the scones came out just as described they should in the recipe: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We ate them as is, so the 1 cup of sugar was the perfect amount of sweetness for our tastes. I used raisins this time, so next time I want to try dates and bits of chopped almonds. The prep time was much longer than the 10 minutes the recipe cited. By the time I gathered my ingredients, utensils, pans, bowls, and grated the butter, it took me over 45 min (I didn’t actually time myself) to measure out, mix, grate, and handle everything. No matter. The scones were awesome and I will experiment with some of fruits other cooks have tried. I do wish there was a healthier version. Do you have one?5 stars

  2. Mireya Clark says

    Great tasting scones and the dough comes out perfect and definitely not sticky. I used a food processor to mix everything in the order instructed by the recipe and was delighted with the outcome.

  3. BRENDA says

    I have been making these for the last few years and they are so good. Not a dry crumbly awful mess LOL. I have played around with different ingredients. I have made rasperrry white chocolate chip with almond glaze. Chocolate with chocolate mini chips and salted caramel chips with a caramel icing. The possibilities are endless.5 stars

  4. Rosann says

    This is the best scone receipe i have ever tried puffing the sour cream with baking soda is magical. The texture is perfect not to dry. This scone tasts like shortbread. Thanks for all you share5 stars

  5. Cathie Turner says

    I made these yesterday with very large fresh blueberries! They were delicious! Going to try them with raisins next time. I needed to add a little extra time to the baking as I pressed out 3 round “cakes” & left each one in the round to bake. I scored them before baking so that they could be broken apart after baking.

  6. Sandra D says

    This is my first time making scones and my 6 y.o. grandson and I give this recipe a “thumbs up” rating! When I told him it was my first time, he said I should keep a “list” so I showed him the recipe and said I was keeping it. I did add milk to it (probably about an 1/8 of a cup). I rolled the dough out and cut circles with a glass; I then put them into the fridge for about 10 minutes – I got 15 scones. The hardest part, which took the longest, was shredding the frozen butter 🙂4 stars

  7. Nor says

    This is an amazing scone recipe. 🙂 Really excellent, fluffy and crunchy at the same time. Got rave reviews from my tea group and will replace with one I had been using!5 stars

    • Mr. Kitchen Magpie says

      I love when she makes these. I request them whenever I can… 😉

  8. Laurie says

    You mention the butter gets soft with your hands. Are you recommending hand-mixing the batter after adding the sour cream mixture to the flour mixture?

  9. Sarah Williamson says

    These are the best scone! I love scones but I have never actually baked them myself. I had some frozen blueberries that I needed to use up and found your recipe. I’m so glad I did! This will definitely be my go-to scone recipe! Now I need to try your chocolate chip banana scones! Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  10. tracey voigt says

    why are these scones baed at 350 degrees instead of the normal 400.

  11. Judy D. says

    Absolute favorite the recipe has held true to its tastiness over the past two years I think that I’ve been making it I had to just give it credit I like using fresh blueberries they are the best. The techniques that she shares to making the scones are so essential to make you want to come out perfect5 stars

  12. Sandy says

    Great recipe, thank you! Do you have any quantities for other add-ins such as chocolate chips?5 stars

  13. Mary says

    I made this recipe using fresh cherries and lime zest. You are not kidding when you say best recipe ever!!

  14. Judi says

    I just want to thank you for the best scone recipe ever, and I love how versatile it is!! The first time I made this recipe, I used blueberries with lemon zest and the rest is history! Our daughter-in-law owns a coffee shop and she asked if I would bake scones for her. I worked in her kitchen and loved every minute of experimenting with different fruits, etc.Due to health issues, I am not working there anymore, but she just asked me if I would consider coming in to make “scone squares”. Evidently, sometimes customers don’t want a whole scone to go with their coffee,but they want “a little something”.
    Any ideas if I could make this in pan form, without losing its texture/flavor?5 stars

  15. Eileen Nelson says

    I thought this was a very good scone recipe! Though, I used buttermilk instead of sour cream and added frozen mango for the fruit as that’s all I had. A successful experiment 😬. The scones were fluffy and not too messy to make. I would brush with egg or milk wash in future as the pale colour did not appear too appetizing. Tasted great tho. Thank you for sharing 😊5 stars

    • Sue says

      Made these this morning. Usually my scones turn out like hockey pucks. These turned out amazing!!. I used grated frozen butter as I can’t use my hands too much. Going to try them with raspberries next. Thank you for the recipe5 stars

    • Marietta Wiley-Marges says

      I’m vegetarian and have been baking without eggs for 48 years. Most people don’t believe you can’t bake without eggs until they experience it. I substitute 1 egg with 1 or 2 heaping Tbsp of yogurt or sour cream. Bon appetit!!!4 stars

      • Omega Mama says

        This recipe was way to dry as is. I had to add 2 cups of sour cream instead of the 1.

  16. Joanne says

    Has anyone made these as/with orange & craisins? If so how did they turn out and what measurements did you use on the orange (orange juice, zest? One, both?) and craisins, how much? Thanks for any assistance you can give me!

    • Mr. Kitchen Magpie says

      It should work quite well, Karlynn has made tons of variations of scones. In fact, quite a few of them are on this site.

    • Judi says

      Hi, Joanne, I have made this recipe with orange and craisins and it was wonderful!! I used orange zest and squeezed so fresh orange juice in the batter.I used the same amount of craisens as fruit. While still warm, I made a glaze with confectioners sugar, orange zest and OJ and drizzled the scones with it. It is a favorite!!

      • Liliana says

        Hi!
        I’ve made these scones before and I am never going to back to any other recipe – these were by far the most tender! In fact, I love them so much that I have decided to bring them in for my AP Calculus as a pre-holiday break surprise! That’s where my question comes in: one of my friends in the class is gluten free, so do you know if this recipe would work with a one-to-one gluten free all purpose flour substitution? Has anyone ever tried that and/or have any predictions? Thank you so much, and I look forward to spreading the cheer of these Insanely delicious scones 🙂

        • Liliana says

          I forgot to leave them the five star rating they deserve!!5 stars

      • DONNA says

        I have made a lot of scones in my time and this is the best recipe by far. BRAVO!!5 stars

  17. Patty says

    By far the best scones I have ever baked.. the poofy sour cream makes all the difference!!! I used unsalted butter and added a little more salt and put them in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking.. they turned out soft with a great taste.5 stars

  18. Frances says

    Don’t Make These Scones . . unless you can resist eating the entire batch in one sitting!!! Yes, they really are the best scones ever. I’ve been addicted to them ever since I had high tea in B.C. at the Empress Hotel. Every recipe I tried, though, seemed a little lacking. Some use too much baking powder, giving them a slightly “off” aftertaste. Some were too crispy, others too biscuit-y, and some were more like shortbread. However, this recipe is absolutely perfect. Mine baked up nice and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I’ve baked them with and without the fruit. I have even adjusted the sugar level, and they’ve turned out just great. Tip: If you like your scones on the sweet side (as in a dessert), use the entire 1 cup. If you’re eating them with clotted cream and jam and want to reduce the sweetness, use 1/2 cup. They taste just as great, and the reduced sugar doesn’t change the texture at all. The only way I have not made them is as a savory scone. I imagine they would do just fine with some cheese or bits of jalapeno. I tried the triangle cutting method and also the rounded method. I think Karlynn’s triangle method makes a better textured scone. It gives the scone more crispy surfaces. Yum! P.S. If you can resist eating them all in one day, they keep well for a week or so when wrapped individually in plastic and stored in the refrigerator. I lightly re-heat them in the toaster oven.5 stars

    • Cindy says

      I’m excited to try these. Thank you for the tip. I like my scones less sweet. It’s nice to know you tried it and it worked well!

  19. Lisa Zacchio says

    Made these again, added craisins, yellow raisins, and fresh orange zest…..wow!
    Have also made them with mini semi sweet chips, and the kids devour them.5 stars

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