Southeast Dairy Association - buttermilk cheddar cheese scone

Buttermilk Cheese Scones

Add a savory touch to the classic scone and you’ve got a perfect grab-and-go breakfast, or cut smaller to serve at a luncheon. Hot pepper jelly or your favorite preserves compliment the cheese and herb combination nicely.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 14 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 34 cup buttermilk
  • 12 cup shredded Cheddar cheese,
  • 12 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 12 cup diced ham
  • 14 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Melted butter (optional)
  • Pepper jelly or preserves of choice (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour and next four ingredients until well mixed. Cut butter into small cubes then quickly work it into the mixture (using your fingers or a pastry cutter) until it resembles a coarse meal. Add buttermilk, cheese, ham, scallions and parsley. Gently mix together with a fork until everything is just moistened. Don’t over mix.
  3. Turn dough out onto a clean, floured work surface and shape into an 8-inch circle, about 1-inch thick. Cut dough into 8 wedges and carefully transfer to prepared sheet.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until tops are lightly golden brown. Brush with a little melted butter and serve with pepper jelly or preserves if desired.
  5. Note: For smaller portions, you can cut into 3-inch circles using a biscuit cutter, but cooking time needs to be reduced to 16-20 minutes.


Cook time can range from 20-25 minutes

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