Easy Chocolate Chip Scones

updated Sep 21, 2022
Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe

Tender, buttery scones studded with chocolate morsels that melt in your mouth.

Serves8

Prep15 minutes

Cook15 minutes to 17 minutes

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chocolate chip scones stacked
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Ben Weiner

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These chocolate chip scones are the ideal breakfast treat: They’re flaky, moist, and not too sweet. Think of them as a marriage of cream scones and chocolate chip cookies, complete with the tender texture you love in scones and the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that comes with a great cookie.

Serve them warm from the oven, with chips softened to chocolatey puddles, or at room temperature, garnished with a dollop of yogurt or crème fraîche. They’re a great grab-and-go breakfast for any day of the week, but impressive enough to serve at brunches and parties. Here’s how to make them.

What’s the Secret to Making Tender, Flaky Scones?

The best scones have a tender and flaky texture, and are never dry. This is a result of keeping the butter cold. When the cold, buttery dough hits the hot oven, the butter melts and the moisture within turns to steam, creating light and flaky layers.

To keep the butter cold, you’ll need to work quickly when adding it to the dry ingredients. Remember: The butter doesn’t have to break down evenly. (In fact, irregular pea-sized crumbs are ideal.) Working quickly will also prevent you from overworking the dough, which can result in tough, dense scones.

If your dough gets too warm at any point, pop it in the fridge, and be sure to chill it before baking. This 15-minute rest relaxes the gluten and gives the flour time to absorb moisture from the cream and egg, while giving the butter a chance to chill again.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Ben Weiner

What’s the Best Type of Chocolate for Scones?

Thanks to the combination of granulated and brown sugar in the dough, these scones have all the classic Tollhouse vibes. To continue with the cookie theme, I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips here — but you can swap them for bittersweet for a more sophisticated flavor profile.

Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe

Tender, buttery scones studded with chocolate morsels that melt in your mouth.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes to 17 minutes

Serves 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup

    packed light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 6 tablespoons

    (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter

  • 1 1/4 cups

    semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (8 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup

    cold heavy cream

  • 1

    large egg

  • 2 teaspoons

    vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons

    coarse sugar, such as demerara, turbinado, or sugar in the raw (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Cut 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter into 1/2-inch cubes. Scatter over the flour mixture and work the butter into the dry ingredients with the tips of your fingers or a pastry blender until the butter is in irregular pea-sized crumbs with a few larger flat pieces throughout. Add 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, and toss with your hands to combine.

  3. Place 1/2 cup cold heavy cream, 1 large egg, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a small liquid measuring cup or small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour into the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until the flour is moistened. Use your hands to fold the dough onto itself 3 to 4 times to incorporate all of the flour into the dough.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Shape the dough into a rough 8-inch round about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges with a knife or bench scraper.

  5. Arrange the scones on the baking sheet, spacing them out at least 2 inches apart. Sprinkle evenly with 2 tablespoons coarse sugar if desired, and press it into the scones lightly so it sticks. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes while the oven heats. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

  6. Bake until the edges and bottom of the scones are golden-brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and let the scones cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead:
For unbaked scones: Arrange unbaked scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer to a gallon-sized zip-top freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. When ready, bake as directed above from frozen, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.

For baked scones: Place baked scones in a gallon-sized zip-top freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, place frozen, unthawed sconces on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes in a 400°F oven.

Storage: Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 250°F oven until warm, 4 to 5 minutes.