Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

If you remember from my Sweet Tooth Kitchen post, you’ll know that I have a cute little collection of canisters sitting on my baking cabinet.  Flour, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and of course – dark chocolate chips.  I figured the mostly-white arrangement needed some color from the chocolate, wouldn’t you agree?  And I may also have a huge sweet tooth (as you may have noticed) and love having little morsels of heaven at my fingertips.  I’m not the kind of person who can tolerate a candy dish in their house (no way that’d last more than a day), but I am able to limit myself to just a few chocolate chips each night.  I may have gotten rid of a lot of my baking chips for the bridal diet with these crazy Everything Cookies a few weeks ago, but no one’s touching my stash of Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate chips!  And so today I’m sharing a great basic scone recipe featuring these beloved chips of mine.

With life as crazy as it is these days, including taking my liscensure exam tomorrow (ahhhhhh!), a simple scone recipe is very well accepted in my kitchen.  I could go on and on about my love for scones, they’re so homey and comforting, but also sophisticated in my eyes.  I could even see Mrs. Patmore whipping up a batch of these to serve to her Crawleys.  And yes, I’m with everyone else on this planet (well, besides Ryan) who is obsessed with Downton Abbey these days.  But not so obsessed with the season finale!!  As if getting worked up over the exam tomorrow isn’t nerve-racking enough, PBS had to go and break my heart!  Thankfully I had my canister of dark chocolate chips to console me, but I kind of wish these scones had lasted long enough to truly comfort me.  If you’re still feeling low, commemorate the Crawleys and their English-ness with some of these delicious scones that even Ethel could make!  (And for those of you that don’t speak Downton, that means they’re really, really easy to make)

Simple, no-fuss, and made with great ingredients so you don’t need any fancy glazes or mix-ins with this recipe.  It’s a classic and if you’re like me and always have chocolate on hand, you’ll be able to make these whenever a TV show slaps you with a travesty without notice.  Anyone want to make me some when I come home crying after my 10 hour exam tomorrow??

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Dark Chocolate Chip Scones


3-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp sugar, divided
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup buttermilk
1 cups dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter, melted


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, 2 forks, or your fingers until coarse crumbs form.

Stir in buttermilk until just moistened and fold in chocolate chips.

Turn dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead gently until dough is no longer sticky.

Divide dough in half and gently form each half into a 7″ circle. Brush with butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Separate wedges and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned

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13 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Chip Scones”

  1. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — February 22, 2013 @ 2:20 am

    Good luck on your exams, I KNOW you’ll do great!

  2. #
    Ksenia — February 22, 2013 @ 3:06 am

    I’ve never made skones! But I believe, that there are perferc!!!

  3. #
    Jamie — February 22, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    LOVE the Downton Abbey reference! I have to catch up on the last couple episodes…. but I’m not looking forward to it with all the negative responses!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — February 22, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    I love the simplicity of these scones and how the dark chocolate gets a chance to shine through. I will definitely try them the next time I get a hankering for a scone. Which is likely to be very soon! Good luck on your exam!

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    Elizabeth — February 24, 2013 @ 1:50 am

    Made these last night. Instead of dark chocolate I made one batch with semi sweet morsels and another batch with white chocolate chips and cranberries. Absolutely delish!

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    Natalie — February 24, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    These look so incredibly delicious! I love dark chocolate!

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    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — February 25, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    This sounds great, I have to try this recipe.

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    Barb — February 25, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Look great! I hope your exam went well. I’m a psychologist and I remember not too fondly studying and taking my licensing exam. Just remember, once you pass, you’re done!

    Will definitely try these scones. I like Elizabeth’s idea of cranberries and white chips too!

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    Sarah — March 7, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Just wanted to say I’ve made these twice in the last week to rave reviews! Thanks for such a great recipe. My only addition would be if you happen to have decorative crystal sugar on hand (the bigger, crunchier sort), it works a treat on top of the scones rather than regular sugar right after you put the egg wash on.

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    Sue_Germany — January 6, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    Hi this recipe sounds very delicious.
    But before preparing it for the very first time 2 questions:
    1) what’s the difference between baking soda & baking powder? (Here in Germany we use only powder in recipes, the other one I don’t know?)
    2) How many grams are one cup? Thank you and I am really excited how they will taste. Never heard/read of them or scones in general :)

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    Sue_Germany — January 7, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    Thank you ! I will try the best ;) greetings from Germany

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    Sue_Germany — January 16, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Hi Erica,
    I made them yesterday and it was a success.
    My bf loved them and said they were really delicious.
    Thank you so much for that amazing recipe :-)

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