Paper bakery boxes lined with creatively cut tissue paper give these coffeehouse favorites a casual look. Dress up a box with polka-dot ribbon and a trio of fresh cinnamon sticks tied within a bow--their aroma is a clue to the treasures inside. —Bonnie Buckley, Kansas City, Missouri
Mmm! That's what you'll hear as you serve a platter of these buttery, savory scones. The bacon and cheese flavor combination is a welcomed change of pace to the usual sweet varieties often served at brunch. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
My wife and I enjoyed a rosemary-lemon coffee cake at a bed and breakfast many years ago. I decided to try adapting my favorite scone recipe to capture that unusual flavor combination, and we loved the results. —David Byland, Shawnee, Oklahoma
“Scones are comfort food to me, and I wanted to make
a savory version with roasted garlic butter. The addition
of bacon seemed natural. Their cocktail size makes them fun; they also work for a brunch buffet."—Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
"One lazy Sunday afternoon when I had a craving for a good biscuit or scone, I came across this recipe in an old cookbook," notes Lois Smyth of Pincher Creek, Alberta. "The scones have become a favorite in our home because they're so quick and easy to prepare. Serve them warm," she adds.
As a quick way to warm everyone up, I make these lemony scones to go with a pot of hot tea. Sometimes I like to add dried cherries to the batter, to jazz it up a little.—Angela Matz, West Allis, Wisconsin
You'll want to stash a few of these homemade morsels in the freezer to serve to visitors who drop in unexpectedly. "Just pop a frozen scone in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, and you have a warm treat," suggests Joan Francis of Spring Lake, New Jersey.