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Apple Cheddar Scones

I serve these golden scones for brunch. Add a scoop of ice cream and they make a great dessert. —Jeanne Alexander, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 scones


  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced peeled apples


  • 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.
  • Pat into a 9-in. circle. Cut into eight wedges. Separate wedges and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 450° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 253 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 457mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
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  • Betsy
    Jan 24, 2021

    Loved these packed with Apple's and paired with a savory dish!!

  • cbenne12
    Jul 16, 2020

    Too moist and not enough flavor.

  • Jennifer K
    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.

  • KDE0514
    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.

  • jmkasprak
    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.

  • lenorw
    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!

  • zamchik
    Jul 22, 2011

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    Dec 18, 2010

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  • Monarchsmomma
    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!

  • andi0828
    Mar 20, 2010

    I misread the directions and ended up adding the entire cup of buttermilk which made the mixture too moist to knead, however, the taste was incredible. My whole family loved them! They turned out to be more like apple cheddar biscuits, but they were delicious.