The Best Savoury Cheese Scone Recipe

I love the kind of recipes where you can throw everything into one bowl and end up with something delicious. That’s why I just love these easy to make savoury scones with cheese. This cheese scone recipe is fully adaptable too, you can make all different types of cheese scones with a few simple adjustments.

What are Scones?

Scones are a dough based, type of cake or quick bread, that is baked in the oven. Traditional scones originate from the UK and can be sweet or savoury. They are often served as part of an afternoon tea.

The texture of a well baked scone should be buttery and crumbly, but not to the point that it falls apart in your hands. Scones should be light and not dense like bread.

If you’re from the USA you may be thinking “Isn’t a scone just a biscuit?” And yes, they are, in part. Traditional savoury scones are very similar to an American biscuit in preparation, ingredients and texture, but there are slight differences.

The leavening (rising agent) used for scones is usually baking powder or bicarbonate of soda and there is no need for a rise time before baking, unlike yeast bread.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


They Make a Great Snack – A perfect recipe for lunchboxes or after school.
Quick and Easy To Make – With all the right ingredients, even a beginner can make these.
A Versatile Recipe You Can Adjust – You can add in other ingredients to alter the flavour.

No Egg Scones

This particular savoury scone recipe contains no egg. The dry ingredients are, instead, bound together with milk. giving the scones their structure. The leavening agent in these light and fluffy scones is the baking powder.

Milk is also used to brush the surface of the scones before baking. This helps to give them the golden brown colour once baked.

overhead view of cheese scones on a cooling rack with a hand holding one.

How to Liven up a Simple Cheese Scone Recipe

While cheese scones are perfectly fine and delicious, just as they are. You can jazz them up using a variety of ingredients to enhance the flavour.

  • Cheese and Chive Scones. Simply add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh chives to your dough mixture at the same time as the cheese. You can also try different herbs, such as thyme, rosemary and
  • Spicy Chilli Cheese Scones. Add half a teaspoon of cayenne chill powder into the flour for a spicy kick. You could also swap out some of the cheese for a Mexican spicy cheese instead or throw in some chopped jalapenos when you add the cheese. I recommend omitting the Dijon mustard if you choose to make chilli scones.
  • Try a completely different flavour. Like these stuffed pesto scones with parmesan or these cheese and marmite scones.

Ingredients

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  • Wholemeal and Plain White All Purpose Flour – I use a 50/50 ratio for the flour but you can use all White Flour if you want. I’d advise against using 100% wholemeal flour as the scones will be too dense.
  • Baking Powder – used as a leavening agent to help the scones rise.
  • Salt
  • Butter – Be sure to make sure you use cold butter.
  • Milk – I use whole milk to bring the dough together, you can also use semi-skimmed milk too.
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cheese – I use a mixture of mature cheddar and Red Leicester cheeses. You can use all cheddar as a substitute if you’d prefer.

How to Make Cheese Scones


Check out the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.


a photo collage showing steps 1-4 for how to make cheese scones.
  • Step 1 – Sift the flours together.
  • Step 2 – Add the baking powder and salt and mix them in.
  • Step 3 – Add the butter and rub it into the flour by hand.
  • Step 4 – Continue to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Step 5 – Add the cheeses and mix them in.
  • Step 6 – Add the milk and Dijon mustard. Mix thoroughly to make a dough.
  • Step 7 – Flatten the dough on a clean surface. Using a cutter, cut out the scones. You can gather up the excess dough and repeat this process until all dough is used up.
  • Step 8 – Brush each scone with milk.
  • Step 9 – Sprinkle each scone with some grated cheese.
  • Step 10 – Place the scones in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
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FAQ

Can I freeze cheese scones?

It’s best to freeze your scones before you bake them, just leave off the cheese topping and place on a flat tray, with space in-between each one, freeze until solid and then place in a freezer bag and seal shut. When you are ready to bake, cook straight from frozen, topping with a brush of milk and the grated cheese and baking in the oven for a few minutes longer. You can also freeze cooked ones if you desire, but you won’t have the best result this way. Reheat them in the oven after defrosting.

How do I store cheese scones?

Cooked cheese scones will last up to 4 days in an airtight container, kept in a cool place.

Can I reheat cheese scones?

Yes, this is best done in the oven. However, you don’t want to overbake the topping. Wrap the scones in foil and place in the oven for about 5-10 minutes is the best method.


Tips and Guidance


Use cold ingredients. Unlike many of my recipes that insist you use room temperature ingredients, like this lemon and blueberry drizzle cake for example, you want to make sure the milk, cheese and butter are all chilled before use. Chilling these ingredients first, ensures you have the flakiest, fluffiest and most delicious scones you can make.
Preheat your oven. Make sure your oven has reached the correct temperature before baking your scones. You want the scones to rise up quickly and they cannot do this if your oven is cold.
Don’t overmix the dough. Overmixing the dough will build the gluten in the flour, which will make the scones take on a heavy, bread consistency and they will no longer be light and crumbly. Kneading scone dough isn’t necessary. Just mix it until it comes together and then stop.
Adding the butter. When it comes to adding the butter, you should cube it into little chunks and add it to the flour. Rub the butter and flour between your fingers until you get a breadcrumb like texture. Adding the butter in this way, acts as a type of barrier which helps to halt the formation of gluten in your scone dough. Rubbing in the butter is an important step and should be carried out before any other ingredients are added to the dough.
Use fresh baking powder. Baking powder is the ingredient which helps your cheese scones to rise. Over time, baking powder will diminish in its effectiveness. Ideally, you should use baking powder within 6 months of opening and not past its expiry date. Keep your baking powder in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. Do not store it in the fridge.
Your scone dough should feel a little sticky and wet. If your dough it too dry, the cheese scones will break apart too much. Add a little more milk if your scone dough won’t hold together upon mixing.

What Goes Well with Cheese Scones?

Savoury cheese scones are delicious eaten warm or cold with just butter. But if you’re looking for some to make them extra special, you could try:

  • Pickle or Chutney, like this Autumn Chutney with Tomatoes.
  • Slices of Cheese and Apple.
  • Smoky Bacon with Green Salad Leaves and Mayo.
  • Deli Meats or Ham.
  • Marmite and Orange Marmalade, I know this seems like a strange combination, but trust me, it’s good! Serve your scone warm.
  • Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese
  • As a side to Soup. Try this leek and potato soup or this roasted parsnip soup.
close up of two cheese scones on a blue plate with a knife and butter.

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front view of cheese scones on a plate

The Best Savoury Cheese Scones

Author: Becky
I love the kind of recipes where you can throw everything into one bowl and end up with something delicious. That's why I just love these easy to make savoury scones with cheese. This cheese scone recipe is fully adaptable too, you can make all different types of cheese scones with a few simple adjustments.
5 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 9 Scones
Calories 230 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 150 g Plain White Flour
  • 150 g Plain Wholemeal Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 70 g Butter chilled
  • 175 ml Milk chilled
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 30 g Red Leicester Cheese grated
  • 30 g Mature Cheddar grated
  • Extra Cheese for topping grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 200C.
  • Mix your flours together with the baking powder in a bowl.
  • Chop your cold butter into cubes and add to the flour, rub them together with your fingers, until you get breadcrumb like texture.
  • Stir the mustard into the milk and add it gradually. Mix it gently, until you form a slightly sticky dough.
  • Add the 2 grated cheeses together and mix through the dough.
  • Take your dough out of the bowl and shape into a flat circle. Cut your dough into 9 circles.
  • Place each scone on a lined baking tray with some space between them.
  • Brush each scone on top with a little milk and sprinkle on some extra cheese. 
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to sit on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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Recipe Notes and Guidance

See recipe post for more guidance and detail
  • Make sure the milk, butter and cheese are chilled and cold before use. 
  • Don’t overmix the dough. Stop when everything has come together. 
  • Make sure your baking powder is fresh, not expired and hasn’t been opened for longer than 6 months before use. 
Alternative Flavours:
  • Cheese and Chive Scones – Add 1 tbsp fresh, chopped chives along with the cheese. 
  • Chilli Cheese Scones – Omit the mustard. Add 0.5 tsp cayenne chilli powder with the flour, or replace some of the cheese with a Mexican chilli cheese, or add some chopped jalapenos along with the cheddar. 

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 305mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cheese and chive scones, cheese and marmite scones, scones with cheese, spicy cheese scones
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  1. 5 stars
    I just love this recipe. My kids love to bake with me and this kind of recipe is perfect for our time together. We loved both – baking and eating these lovely cheese scones, thanks!

  2. Marcellina says:

    5 stars
    So so so good! I love the combination of cheeses which add so much flavor. Plus so simple. I put them in my hubby’s lunchbox – he loved them!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this recipe for a change in my breakfasts and it’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! The use of Leicester cheese is genius. Thanks for another tasty recipe.

  5. Alexandra says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious – I made a batch to serve alongside some tomato soup. Added a little fresh chive to the mixture and they were so tasty! Thanks for such a great recipe – I’ll be making these again soon!

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