Cheese Scones

Three cheese scones on a black and white plate

Here’s a deliciously simple and savoury bake. Cheese scones make an incredible snack, lunchbox filler or picnic staple and are perfect for baking with kids!

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If you enjoyed my Courgette and Gorgonzola Muffins, then I’m sure you’ll love these. I came across this recipe in an old notebook I’ve had since I was a little girl, where I would jot down all of the recipes I cooked, either at school or at home with my mum. This recipe must have come from my mum, because I remember her cooking them lots when we were younger – the smell of them baking in the oven brought back memories of coming home from school and eating these warm with butter as a snack.

The recipe is very simple, and making the scones is very cathartic. I really enjoy rubbing together the flour and butter – your mind can wander and it’s a very peaceful process. I’m sure you’ll enjoy making them, and they are absolutely delicious – particularly fresh from the oven!

How do you pronounce scone? I’ve always said it so it rhymes with gone – do you pronounce it so it rhymes with moan?

Cheese Scones – The Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour – to get that perfect rise. It is possible to use plain flour and baking powder, but the rise can be uneven. I’d recommend using self-raising if you can get it.
  • Salt and black pepper – for that intense savoury flavour. You can also use half a teaspoon of mustard powder here to make them really sing.
  • Butter – you can use either salted or unsalted.
  • Mature cheddar – mature cheddar works perfectly in scones because of its texture and taste. You could also use gruyere or any crumbly white cheese (e.g. Lancashire cheese).
  • Milk – for texture. I’d recommend using semi-skimmed or whole.

Cooking the Scones

Scones are very straightforward to make, as long as you follow the steps carefully. Here are my top tips:

  • Use butter straight from the fridge. The texture will be better then. It takes longer to rub it into breadcrumbs, but if you use soft butter your scones will be chewy.
  • Don’t overwork the dough. Kneading only needs to be done until the dough is well combined.

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Three cheese scones on a black and white plate

Cheese Scones

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Harriet Young
Simple and delicious savoury cheese scones
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 10 scones


  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 55 g butter
  • 50 g grated mature cheddar cheese
  • 150 ml milk


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
  • Weigh out the flour and pour into a bowl with the salt and pepper. Cut the butter into cubes and add this to the bowl. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the grated cheese and milk. Work the mixture together with your hands until it all comes together, then tip onto a floured surface and knead gently, then roll out until it’s approximately 2 cm thick. Use a 2 inch circular pastry cutter to cut out rounds, and place onto a greased baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes until golden and risen.
Keyword Baking, cheese, snack

26 responses to “Cheese Scones”

    1. Thank you! The plates were a wedding gift

  1. Reblogged this on The Sandbucket and commented:
    I have to make these, they look so yummy ?

  2. Adding these to my to-bake list. The pictures = yum, the plate = gorgeous, I can’t wait!

  3. this is going to be perfect for supper (tea) tonight! thank you.

      1. Got in too late from work and exhausted – maybe tomorrow – my 18 year old son already had supper prepared! And that after he had to make a special trip up to my farm to help me pull a cow out of a ditch. He’s a good son. (most of the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. He sounds like a good lad!

  4. They look so super fluffy and delicious. Do I just use normal flour plus baking powder, if there is no self rising flour (never seen it in Germany)

    1. Thank you! Yes, all you’d need to do here is add 2 teaspoons baking powder to the recipe and use plain instead of self-raising flour.

  5. Love a good cheeses scone? To lower the calories my mother would crumble a stock cube and reduce the quantity of cheese a fraction.

  6. You have some awesome recipe’s! I know I’ll be trying some soon. Thank you for visiting my “untended” blog? I’ll be playing catch up for a while and I’m actually looking forward to t?

  7. Simple ingredients and look delicious! I’ll have to try this one!

  8. A hit at our house! my recipe is 1 cup of organic, unbleached white wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, a dash of pepper (but it could have used a bit more for our taste), 1/4 cup butter from grassfed cows, 1/4 cup shredded organic grassfed cow sharp cheddar cheese, 4 ounces of real milk from grassfed cows. Cooked at 400F, but still took the full 15 minutes. Took me about 30 minutes to make these only because i had to translate all the ingredients – don’t carry it in my head like i should. I’ll make these again! Served them with our home pastured eggs and organic broccoli for a somewhat light supper. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    I love scones. So it’s nice to have a savory option for breakfast or snack. Thanks!

  10. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! My family is obsessed!

  11. 5 stars
    I loved how easy these scones were to make. The cheese flavor came through nicely – very delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    My kids love these for a snack! I can just have them ready for them to grab and they like them eve more when we bake them together! Thanks!

  13. 5 stars
    I love scones and these cheesy scones are absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely make these again soon!

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