Cheddar Scallion Scones

$2.44 recipe / $0.31 each

I love scones. They’re super fast to make, can be flavored with either sweet or savory ingredients, and make a quick “bread” option for dinner (especially great with soup, stew, or chili). I’ll never get tired of trying new flavors (check out Lemon Blueberry, Chai Spice, and Strawberry White Chocolate). The combination of cheddar scallion is nothing new, but it’s one of those classics that will never, ever get old. I know it’s getting warm out, but I’m dying to dip these scones in a big bowl of chili!

For this recipe I took my basic scone recipe and made it savory by reducing the sugar and adding just a touch of garlic powder. I also stirred in some sliced green onions (scallions) and a handful of sharp cheddar cheese. Cheese is the most expensive ingredient here, but you’d be surprised at how little you need to flavor the whole batch. Just one half cup of shreds was plenty to give that sharp, cheesy flavor to every bite!

Cheddar Scallion Scones

Cheddar Scallion Scones

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Cheddar Scallion Scones
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Total Cost: $2.44
Cost Per Serving: $0.31
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups all purpose flour $0.20
  • 1 Tbsp sugar $0.02
  • ½ tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.05
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • freshly cracked pepper $0.03
  • 5 Tbsp cold butter $0.73
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar $0.60
  • 3 green onions, sliced $0.26
  • ¼ cup milk $0.07
  • 2 large eggs $0.44
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, garlic powder, and some freshly cracked pepper (about 5 cranks of a pepper mill).
  2. Cut the cold butter into chunks, then add to the bowl with the flour mixture. Work the butter into the flour mixture with your hands or a pastry cutter until the texture of the flour resembles damp sand and no large chunks of butter remain. Stir in the shredded cheddar and sliced green onions.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs until smooth. Pour the egg and milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until a ball of sticky dough forms and no more dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl. Use your hands, if necessary, to form the dough into a cohesive ball.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press it into an 8 inch diameter circle (about 1-inch thick). Cut the circle into 8 wedges.
  5. Place the wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown. Serve warm or allow to cool to room temperature.

Cheddar Scallion Scones


Step by Step Photos

Dry Scone IngredientsPreheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, and a little freshly cracked pepper (about five cranks of a pepper mill). Stir until these ingredients are well combined.

Cold ButterCut 5 Tbsp of cold butter into chunks, then add them to the bowl. Work the butter into the flour mixture either with your hands or a pastry cutter.

Sand TextureWhen the butter is fully worked into the flour mixture, it will look a little like damp sand. The goal here is to make the particles of butter very, very small, without “melting” them into the flour. That’s why it is so important to use cold butter. If it melts into the flour, you won’t get that nice flakey texture in the final product.

Cheddar and ScallionsNow stir 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese and about 3 green onions (sliced) into the flour mixture.

Whisk Eggs and MilkIn a separate bowl (or measuring cup, as it may be), whisk together two large eggs and 1/4 cup of milk until smooth.

Wet and Dry IngredientsPour the egg and milk mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir them together until it forms a ball of dough. The dough may be slightly sticky. That’s okay. If you need to, use your hands to help the dough come together into one piece, so that no more dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl.

Cut SconesTurn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into an 8-inch diameter circle (about 1 inch thick). Cut the circle into 8 wedges.

Scones Ready to BakePlace the scones on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.

Baked Cheddar Scallion SconesThey puff up quite a bit while they bake and take on a nice flakey texture. YUM.

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  1. celibelle says:

    I love this recipe :) trying it for my second time and still yummy. First time I added ham and sundried tomatoes. I couldn’t taste the ham too much but the sun dried tomatoes are a welcome addition. And lovely colour addition too! :D

  2. Sam T says:

    These were not hard to make and super good. My husband said they reminded him of Red Lobster’s cheesy biscuits but better <—huge compliment!

  3. Kate says:

    I just made these, and they are so good! I had two pieces of bacon left over from making Monterrey Chicken last night so I crumbled those up and threw them in with the cheese and green onion. Next time I might swap out the green onion for a jalapeno. I think I may have found a solution for my unhealthy obsession with fast food bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits.

  4. Do you think the ingredients be mixed together to form the dough and then refrigerate before cooking? I’m dying to try these tonight, but have a little logistic problem. I’d like to do as much prep work beforehand as possible.

    In general, I’ve tried several of your recipes and have loved them. This is such a wonderfully simple, yet useful website. I feel like by using it, I am finally learning to cook. Thanks!!!

    • Yes, I think that might work. I haven’t actually tried it, but my instincts say yes. Let me know how it turns out!

  5. I made these the other night and they turned out perfectly ! Thank you for the easy to follow instructions and great recipes !

  6. Sarah B says:

    I’m considering adding (canned) green chiles to this recipe. Do you think they should be stirred in with the wet ingredients?

  7. Cath says:

    I just tried the recipe (with margarine because i don’t have butter) and it is DELICIOUS! So easy to make :)

  8. Michelle says:

    We made these for brunch the other weekend and brushed them with some garlic butter once they were done. They tasted like the cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster. Thank you for this.

  9. Samantha says:

    Thanks for posting this recipe! These were a HUGE hit with my boyfriend. He loves the savoury taste.

    Thank you so much for this website. I’m not the most skillful cook, so finding simple beginner friendly recipes that come out amazing are hard to find. I read your site frequently and have tried quite a few of your recipes. All of them have come out really well! Starting to make me look like I know what I’m doing! Lol. Thanks!

  10. I appreciate your simple recipes!

    I followed this to make scones but with a couple Quaker Simple Harvest Hot Cereal (vanilla, almond, and honey) packets because that’s what I had around the pantry that I thought would be simple and delicious! and it was! Thank you.

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