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Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones – buttery, flaky scones studded with chocolate chips are the perfect breakfast or tea time snack!

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

Craving chocolate. What can I make with chocolate that still qualifies as breakfast, not dessert? Chocolate chip pancakes? Nah… Chocolate chip muffins? Not feeling it… I’ve got it! Scones! I’ll make scones!

You should make these next time you want something different because they come together in a flash and they’re so versatile.

The flavors and mix-ins are as limitless as your imagination.

Basically a scone is a spiffed up version of a biscuit. It’s made with cream instead of milk and has the addition of an egg so it’s richer and creamier, with a crisp exterior, but soft and fluffy inside.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

In order to get that melt-in-your-mouth quality it’s important to use very cold butter.

This ensures the scones will bake up moist and flaky.

My technique for recipes that call for “cutting in” butter with a pastry blender is to freeze the butter solid then grate it into my dry ingredients using the large holes of a box grater.

Works like a charm! I get perfect scones, biscuits and pastry crusts every time.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

My favorite way to eat a scone is doused in plain cream.

They’re also scrumptious with butter and dusted with powdered sugar.

You can drizzle with honey, glaze in icing, dollop with sweetened cream cheese, or top with jam.

Or pumpkin butter, which I was going to make, but I forgot because all I could think was chocolate! 

The toppings are about as endless as the mix-ins.

If you’d like to make more than 1 flavor at a time (certain family members don’t like chocolate–what!) there are instructions following the recipe for adding (or not adding) mix-ins after the dough has been formed.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tender, flaky scones with decadent bits of dark chocolate.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 scant cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, if desired, or other mix-ins (see options below)
  • Extra cream for brushing, optional
  • Turbinado sugar for sprinkling, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg and combine with cream.
  • Using a grater with large holes, grate the frozen butter into the dry ingredients. Mix lightly to distribute. Stir in chocolate chips or other mix-ins, then add the cream mixture and stir until just barely combined. There will be some dry crumbles.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead a few times until dough comes together. Roll or pat dough out into a disk 3/4-inch thick. Slice circle into 8 even wedges. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and rewarm before serving.
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    If you’d like to make more than one flavor at a time, follow the method pictured below and roll the dough into a 12×12 inch square.

    Fold into thirds like a letter, then fold up the sides into thirds to form a 4×4 square.

    Stick in the freezer for 5 minutes to re-chill, then roll into a 12×12 square again.

    Sprinkle with desired mix-ins and pat into dough.

    Keep in mind that 3 inches equals 1 flavor and will make 2 scones.

    You can make up to 4 different flavors in one batch.

    Starting at the bottom, roll up dough like a cinnamon roll and pinch seam to close.

    Place seam side down and pat into a 12×8 inch rectangle.

    Cut into 4 rectangles, then cut each rectangle in half diagonally to form 2 triangles.

    The things I do to please everyone’s taste buds!

    Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

    Dark Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

    Mix-in ideas:

    • Cranberries (dried or fresh) + 1 teaspoon of orange zest, if desired
    • Blueberries (fresh or frozen) + 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, if desired
    • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
    • Cinnamon chips
    • White chocolate chips and dried cherries
    • Shredded cheese (omit sugar)

    Regina A

    Thursday 14th of November 2013

    These are melt in your mouth...delish. Yes, I'm not a huge fan of chocolate so plain with cream or jam is perfect for me. Grating the frozen butter is a "grate" idea for us lazy people.

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