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Quick and Easy Scone Recipe with a "Fun" Option for Making with Kids - Picture Tutorial

Updated on May 13, 2015
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Rhonda is an award-winning travel writer/photographer at AlbomAdventures. Based in New Zealand she has visited 54 countries on 6 continents.


Our Favorite Scone Recipe Is Quick, Easy, and Makes a Healthy Snack

We love scones. They are a perfect snack. Made without sugar, often served with whipped cream and jam, they are sweet, healthy and delicious. Better still, with this scone recipe they are quick and fun to prepare.

If I am in a hurry, I can have a batch in the oven in just seven minutes. In contrast, if I am making them with children, they can do the mixing with the fingers. (Adults can do this, if they prefer). It was always a favorite backing project for my children when they were younger.

Generally, we enjoy scones for morning or afternoon tea. They also are great at lunch time with some hot soup.

Here you will find step by step directions for our favorite simple scone recipe for kids along with photos. We made the basic scone recipe. Get your oven warmed up, and follow along!

  • Prep time: 7 min
  • Cook time: 8 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 12
scone recipe
scone recipe


  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 75 g butter
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup milk
  • extra milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in butter until dough resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough.
  4. Knead dough into one ball.
  5. Lightly dust a cookie sheet with flour.
  6. Press dough into a rectangle on sheet.
  7. Cut into 12 even-sized pieces separating them about a 1/2 inch.
  8. Brush tops with milk.
  9. Bake at 220C (425F) for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
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Butter Conversion

75 grams = approx 1/3 cup butter

A stick of butter is approx 110 grams

We Gather Everything We Need for Our Scone Recipe

(Before we begin measuring or mixing)

This includes the ingredients, the mixing bowls, the food scale (not needed if using conversion above), the measuring cups and measuring spoons.

First, The Dry Ingredients

Melissa measures out the flour, salt and baking powder. Baking and cooking are great ways to incorporate math skills into day to day life.

Cutting in the Butter

One could do this with butter knives, but it is a whole lot more fun to use your fingers. If you don't believe me, ask any kid and they will confirm this. So, using her clean fingers, Melissa presses all the clumps of butter out until the dough resembles fine bread crumbs like the photo below.

What "Fine Breadcrumbs" Look Like:

**If you are in a hurry**

Put the dry ingredients above and the butter in the food processor. Pay close attention to not over mix. This is very quick. When I use the food processor, I can have scones in the oven within 7-8 minutes from deciding to make them.

Stirring in Milk Quickly Makes for Blurry Photos

Use a knife to stir in the milk. No need to over stir, just moisten the batter

Kneaded Dough Looks Like This When Ready

Melissa and I took turns mixing and taking photos, as we were a bit messy and wanted to keep the camera clean.

Brush Milk on Before Baking

We placed the dough on the flour dusted cookie sheet, then cut it into 12 relatively equal pieces and moved them a bit apart from each other. Now, Melissa is brushing the extra milk on top.

Kids Like Aprons

I still remember cooking with my mom when I was a little girl, and I always got to wear a big girl apron. Imagine how much more fun it would have been if I had my own, like this adorable Child's Penguin Apron (click here for more information)

While They Are Baking, Make the Cream

Melissa shakes the cream while the scones are in the oven. In New Zealand, we don't add sugar to the cream, so just shake the bottle (and keep shaking) until it first feels solid.

** Don't forget to stop before it turns to butter!**

Ten Minutes Later and They are Golden Brown

Scones puff up a bit when they cook, so it was good that we separated them before baking.

Traditional Scones with Cream and Jam

The New Zealand traditional way to serve scones is with cream and jam. Yummy!
The New Zealand traditional way to serve scones is with cream and jam. Yummy! | Source

Looking for More Scone Recipes?

Simply Scones: Quick and Easy Recipes for More than 70 Delicious Scones and Spreads
Simply Scones: Quick and Easy Recipes for More than 70 Delicious Scones and Spreads

I stick to the recipe here, but this book has great reviews, for those who are a bit braver that we are.


© 2009 Rhonda Albom

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    • Elle-Dee-Esse profile image

      Lynne Schroeder 4 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      My girls love to make scones as well and they are healthy - right up until the point where you pile on the whipped cream and lashings of jam! And they taste so good

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Knocked up a batch.......mmmm so light!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Yum, I love scones. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Squid Cooks. Hugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great presentation on this lens. Really impressed. I will have my daughter help me whip a batch up. Thank you!

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      These look yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

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      Melody Lassalle 5 years ago from California

      What a beautiful presentation. If I still baked, I would almost be tempted ;) Congratulations on your purple star.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congrats on your purple star.

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      Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Great recipe and so easy and clear to follow. Congratulations on your well-deserved purple star. Blessed.

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      Love scones. This recipe is one to be bookmarked. Congrats on your Purple Star.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I love scones and was waiting to find a good recipe. Here it is. Thanks for sharing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      Cool recipe. I sent it to my daughter so her and her children can make them. Congratulations on the purple star.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star!

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. I absolutely love finding great recipes that don't require sugar. Fantastic photos. Love your lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This looks so easy and delicious. I'll have to try this scone recipe with my grandkids!

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      VBright 5 years ago

      Wonderful! For we Americans....the "cream" is clotted cream? Is it just regular cream you bought in the store before shaking? I'll have to try this recipe!

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      fireblazzer 5 years ago

      a really cool page!

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      anonymous 5 years ago


      we made this today there in the oven now...


      delisouss<3 yum yum!!

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      NIX74 5 years ago

      I love scones. must try your recipes one day. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for a great lens.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Now also featured on my blessings by blessedmombygrace lensography.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Coming back to bless this one. We love the scones. And I appreciate the conversions to US measurements. We have made this several times already. My kids love the scones w/ grape jam.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to try this tonight!

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I can't wait to try this w/ my kids. Maybe we can do it today! Great lens. I also added this one to my baked oatmeal lens as another great RM recipe lens.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great pictures! I've never made scones, either! (You may be noticing a pattern tonight. :) )

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I forgot to add, thank you for adding this to Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have yet to make scones but this is definitely on my list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When kneading scones, it is imperative that you not OVERknead them, as they need air left in them to rise properly. I question the 2 tablespoons of baking powder, as that seems excessive to my recollection of the last time I made scones. I used to make them for Sunday lunch almost every week, but I made savoury scones, with bacon, cheese, and a little bit of mixed veges (carrot, peas, corn). They were substantial, and are a great way of filling kids stomachs for little cost. Another hint: although cheese has great flavour in New Zealand, if you use a milder cheese and feel the flavour doesn't come through enough, add a pinch of mustard powder and that cheese flavour will improve dramatically. Reading this lens has reminded me of my self-crusting Quiche recipe, and I may just write a lens about Thanks again for the 'taste' of Kiwi-dom.....I so badly need it.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @Kylyssa: LOL - start with the which ever one you have the ingredients for in the cabinet

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @CarrieAnn_Brady: Thanks. we had lots of fun making these.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @jimmielanley: I will have to give honey a try

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Great tip on the mustard powder. As for the baking powder, I looked it up in Edmunds and that recipe uses 6 teaspoons baking powder (same as 2 tablespoons).

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Scones are a lot like what we call biscuits in the South (USA). I love them with molasses or honey. (My mom always said "You can't have MO-lasses until you've had lasses." family joke lol)

      I love how you made this a family activity on this lens.

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      CarrieAnn_Brady 6 years ago

      YUMMMMMM!!!!! What a great lens. I love the photos, it really helps seeing the progress. I will definitely make these scones with my children.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      YUMMMMMM!!!!! What a great lens. I love the photos, it really helps seeing the progress. I will definitely make these scones with my children.

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      Kylyssa Shay 6 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I started reading your food lenses and now I'm all in a fluster trying to figure out which yummy thing to make first.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Very nice. I am going to make this with some of the little girls I know - and then I get to share them with them.

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      Christine Hulme 6 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Great lens! There is a difference to these and their English cousins. Lensrolled to

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Looks yummy.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      YUM! This looks so yummy!!! Great lens.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino] Thanks Kim!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Blessed and featured on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      OK, you've got me wanting to come visit New Zealand. I haven't made scones in years. Our recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of sugar (if I remember right). These sound great!

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      thewishpearl 7 years ago

      We love scones, it is my kid's favorite after school snack. And it is healthy too! Great lens

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA


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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Beautiful lens! Even a cooking doofus like myself can follow this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Such a creative lens! I love when people personalize their lenses with photos the way you have. This looks like something even I could handle. 5*****

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