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Vanilla Scones Recipe

I think scones are my favourite kind of breakfast.

Although really, how did scones ever become a normal thing to eat for breakfast? Let’s start our day with a buttery pastry covered in a sugary glaze. That’s super healthy.

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But you know what? I’m kind of on board with it. Have some yogurt or a hard boiled egg with your vanilla scone. It’s all good.

Or call it morning coffee break instead of breakfast. Then it’s definitely okay, right? I think so.

At any rate, whatever you think of scones as a reasonable breakfast food, you will enjoy these vanilla scones at some point during your day.

Flakey, buttery, tender and delicious vanilla scones that are really easy to make.

Definitely one of my favourite ways to start the day. Alongside my coffee of course.

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Should scones be crumbly?

The dough for scones should be crumbly after you mix it. When you make scones, you add just enough liquid to hold the dough together.

Don’t be concerned when you stir in the liquid and it still just looks like a crumbly, floury mess in your bowl. That’s how it should look. If you add more liquid to make it come together by stirring then your scones will be tough.

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The trick to perfect scones is to let the mixture be crumbly. Stir it just until it starts to clump together a bit and most of the flour looks moistened. Then use your hands to knead it just a little bit in the bowl and bring most of the dough together, but try not to over-work it.

Then dump everything onto a baking sheet and press it all together into a flat disc.

It won’t matter that there are still floury bits that don’t look mixed in. It works when you bake it, I promise!

Can you freeze scones?

Yes! I freeze scones all the time. They freeze beautifully. Let them cool completely after baking, and if you are adding a glaze let it harden completely. Then store them in a ziplock bag or an airtight container with wax paper in between the layers to keep them from sticking together. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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How to make perfect Vanilla Scones:

  • If you don’t want to grate your butter, you can use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture instead. This works just as well, I just find that grating the butter is faster and easier, and it helps keep the butter cold which is important when making scones.
  • Make sure to put the scones in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before baking them. Making sure all the ingredients are cold before baking helps the scones to rise better and they end up being flakier then they are if the dough is too warm.
  • When you cut the scones into wedges, make sure to use a sharp knife and press straight down. If you twist or saw through the dough it will seal the edges and the scones won’t rise as well.
  • Here are some more great scone recipes for you: Double Chocolate SconesApple Cinnamon Scones, and Chocolate Chip Scones.
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Vanilla Scones Recipe

Stacey Mebs
These easy to make vanilla scones are tender, buttery, and filled with vanilla flavour. The perfect treat to have with your morning coffee or tea!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 16 1 scone
Calories 275.59 kcal


  • 0.75 Unsalted Butter (cold)
  • 2 Egg
  • 0.75 Heavy Cream (35% whipping cream)
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 All-Purpose Flour
  • 0.5 Brown Sugar lightly packed
  • 1.5 Baking Powder
  • 0.5 Salt
  • 1.25 Powdered Sugar
  • 0.25 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Milk


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a non-stick silicone mat and set aside.
  • Grate the butter and place it in the freezer so it is very cold when you add it to the scones.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, and vanilla until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the frozen, grated butter, and toss until the butter is coated in the flour mixture.
  • Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until it just starts to come together. Knead the dough lightly in the bowl to bring everything together into a ball, but try not to over-work the dough.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and form it into two 6-inch circles. 
  • Place the dough in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes, and preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Take the dough from the freezer and cut each circle into 8 wedges with a sharp knife.  Spread the pieces out a bit if you like. If you prefer the edges of your scones to stay soft, you can left them together. Spreading them out gives you crisper edges.
  • Bake the scones for 13-14 minutes, or until they are lightly browned.  Remove to a wire rack to cool. 
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Dip the cooled scones in the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off, or drizzle the glaze over top of the scones. Allow the glaze to harden.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 275.59kcalCarbohydrates: 31.89gProtein: 3.23gFat: 13.44gSaturated Fat: 8.09gSodium: 88.59mgFiber: 0.56gSugar: 15.86g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Breakfasts, Brunches, Easy, Family Meals and Snacks, Lunchbox, Quick Bread, Scones, Snacks, Vanilla
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