These easy chocolate chip scones are a great way to enjoy a little chocolate treat. They're simple to make at home and delicious for breakfast or afternoon tea.
Scones are definitely a recipe that remind me of my childhood. However, I never had chocolate chip ones when I was a child. If I had, I would have loved them and they would quite possibly have become my favourite ever scone recipe.
The great thing about these scones is that they are not too sweet. I make them using a plain scone mixture, the same one that I use for my fruit scones. It has just a little sugar in.
The rest of the sweetness comes from the chocolate chips. For my family, I use milk chocolate chips. However, there's nothing to stop you using dark chocolate.
However, you make them, you definitely need to make these scones if you're planning an afternoon tea party at home!
So, what ingredients do you need for these chocolate chip scones?
I use the following ingredients:
- Self-raising flour - You can replace this with plain flour plus 1.5 tsp of baking powder
- Baking powder - Extra baking powder helps the scones to rise
- Butter - I normally use unsalted but salted works perfectly too
- Caster sugar
- Chocolate chips - I use milk but dark chocolate chips would work too
- An egg
How do you make them?
I use exactly the same method to make these scones as I use to make my fruit scones. It's such a good recipe that I use it as the basis most of the sweet scones that I make.
Basically you rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips. Then stir in the sugar and then the egg and milk.
The final step in to fold in the chocolate chips before cutting out the scones and baking them.
Can you use a food processor?
For the first step of rubbing the butter into the flour you can use a food processor if that's easier for you. Use the pulse setting and stop as soon as the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
For the next steps it is best to do it by hand to avoid over mixing the dough.
Can you adapt the recipe?
I have adapted this recipe from a fruit scone recipe and you can simply replace the chocolate chips with something else. Why not try butterscotch or caramel chips? Or try a different kind of dried fruit. Cranberries, diced dried apricots or dried cherries all work well.
What can you serve with chocolate chip scones?
I love to eat these warm spread with a little butter. They make the perfect breakfast or snack.
You an also dress them up a bit and spread them with Nutella and put a dollop of whipped or clotted cream in the middle. They are ideal for a chocolate cream tea.
How long do they last?
Scones are definitely at the best on the day they are baked and still ok the next day too. If you are keeping them for longer then I like to refresh them a little in the oven before serving.
Can you freeze chocolate chip scones?
Yes! I would definitely recommend that you freeze any scones that you think you won't eat within 24 hours. You'll enjoy them much more that way!
You just need to defrost them and then ideally pop them in the oven for about 8 minutes to warm through. They'll taste exactly the same as when they were freshly baked.
More scone recipes
I love making homemade scones and have a number of saoury and sweet scone recipes that I think you'll love.
Why not try one of these?
Chocolate Chip Scones
- Mixing bowl
- Scone cutter
- 550 g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 100 g butter cubed, at room temperature
- 100 g caster sugar
- 100 g chocolate chips Use milk or dark - My family prefer milk chocolate.
- 2 eggs
- 140 ml milk approx
- Preheat the oven to 200°C
- Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and rub the butter in with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the sugar
- Break the egg into a measuring jug. Beat it lightly and then fill to up the 300ml line with milk.
- Pour the milk into the bowl with the flour and stir it in with a knife until it forms a soft dough.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Knead for about a minute and then add the chocolate chip and knead them into it.
- Roll the dough out so it it about 1½-2cm thick.
- Use a scone cutter to cut out scones and put them on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes till risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.
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