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three cheese scones pile on top of each other with a butter knife to the fore.

Easy Cheese Scones

These are so simple and absolutely delicious. Light and fluffy these Cheese Scones are a perfect snack or treat.

Course cake
Cuisine English
Keyword cheese scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 352 kcal


  • 225 grams plain flour
  • 50 grams unsalted butter cold
  • 150 mls milk
  • 120 grams mature cheddar
  • 2 grams salt
  • 2 tsps baking powder.


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.

  2. Put 225 grams flour, 2 tsps baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl or food processor.

  3. Rub 50 grams cold butter into the flour with your fingertips or whizz with the flour in the food processor for 20 seconds or so until you are looking at fine breadcrumbs in your bowl.

  4. If using a food processor then tip the fine rubble into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Tip the 120 grams of mature cheddar cheese in and then pour in the 150 mls milk.

  6. Using a wide bladed blunt knife or similar stir the milk into the mixture until you get a shaggy dough.
  7. Now is the time to get your hands in and squish the dough into a smoother mass still in the bowl. Tip it out onto a very lightly floured surface.
  8. Using your hands and a rolling pin very gently roll out the dough to 3.5 cm thick. It will be a relatively small shape. Using a 6 cm cutter or similar cut out the scones.

  9. Reshape the left overs and gently repeat until you run out. If the last is not enough to fashion a whole scone then just use your hands to make a scone shape. That one is yours......cooks perks.
  10. Brush with milk and bake for about 15 minutes.
  11. Cool on a wire rack a little before slicing open warm and slathering with butter.

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Recipe Notes

All nutritional information is intended only as a guide.


Dip your cutter in flour to stop the scone mix sticking to it.

Don't be tempted to damp down the strength of the cheese. It needs a strong cheese hit for the flavour. 

Be careful not to overwork the dough. Just enough to bring it all together and so that the mixture forms a dough.

Don't twist the cutter just push straight down when cutting out the scones.

Don't be afraid of the deepening colour as they bake. It gives a good flavour but obviously step in if the tops look close to burning. 

I always advise an oven thermometer as the temperature can really vary oven to oven. My last oven was always much hotter than the dial indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheese Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 320mg14%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 539IU11%
Calcium 285mg29%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.