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Apple Cheddar Scones Recipe
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Apple Cheddar Scones Recipe

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Jeanne Alexander of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia serves these golden scones for brunch. Add a scoop of ice cream and they make a great dessert.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced peeled apples

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 253 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Gently fold in the cheese and apples. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
  2. Pat into a 9-in. circle. Cut into eight wedges. Separate wedges and place on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 450° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 scones.
Originally published as Apple Cheddar Scones in Taste of Home August/September 2003, p9

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"This recipe is a family favorite! I make it exactly as written but sprinkle them with a bit more cheese on the tops before baking. Sometimes I bake them for a couple of extra minutes so that the cheese on the top gets nice and toasty."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"I agree that there is too much buttermilk. Especially when you factor in the moisture from the apple. I baked these for an extra 15 minutes and they're still too moist."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"I made the recipe exactly as written and had very good scones for breakfast. They do need a little more cheddar flavor. I used an extra sharp block from the grocery that I shredded myself, but maybe a more flavorful (and more expensive) aged cheddar would help."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"Delicious! I ended up using only about 2/3 c buttermilk, so be careful. I used a mild cheddar and when I make again, I would use a sharper cheddar to bring out the flavor more, but they are delicious!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"I've wanted to try cheeses scones for awhile, so I tried this one. Very good. I had no problem with the buttermilk. I added the cheese & apple & mixed it in with the buttermilk. Thanks for sharing!"

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