chocolate cardamom scones

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there is something about fall weather that makes me want to bake all the time.  chocolate cardamom scones happened this week, and will most definitely be added to our holiday brunch menu.

the perfect addiiton to any holiday brunch menu | chocolate cardamom scones

ever since i made cardamom snickerdoodle muffins i have been on a cardamom kick. i sprinkle it in my morning coffee.  my kids love it in pancake batter. it makes a delicious mulled cider (or wine for that matter), and a dash of cardamom with some cinnamon on apple slices has been my go-to snack this fall. these chocolate cardamom scones are simply another delicious use, and a must for any holiday brunch menu.

chocolate cardamom scones

scones can get a bad rap. yes, they can be dry, rock hard, and less that appetizing when done wrong. they can also be way too sweet; a scone is not supposed to be cake. when done right scones can be tender, flaky, and absolutely delicious. these chocolate cardamom scones fall into the latter category 100%. they are flavorful, flaky, and anything but dry.

chocolate cardamom scones

of course adding pools of melty chocolate helps too.

chocolate cardamom scones

chocolate cardamom scones

chocolate cardamom scones


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cold cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • cream and sugar for tops


  • preheat oven to 400 degrees, and line baking sheet with  Parchment Paper or a Silpat Mat
  • in the bowl of a Stand Mixer , fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cardamom, and salt
  • on low speed add the butter, and beat until you have pea sized pieces
  • in a separate bowl whisk the cream, eggs, and vanilla
  • slowly add cream to the flour, and combine on low speed
  • add chocolate and beat just until combined
  • on a well floured surface, knead the dough a few times, adding flour if needed to keep the dough from sticking
  • roll to about a 1 inch thickness
  • cut using a 3 inch round cutter
  • place scones on prepared pan,  brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar
  • bake scones util golden brown (about 18 minutes)
  • these scones are best served warm

how to make the best scones

chocolate cardamom scones

unlike many baking recipes, for scones you want to make sure that the butter, eggs, and cream are cold. this gives scones their flaky texture.

after you combine the dry ingredients, you then want to work in the butter; you are looking for pea size bits of butter in the flour – the larger pieces of butter will help with flakiness

when you add the liquids, mix only until everything is Incorporated – do NOT over-mix, or you will have rock hard tough scones. and no one wants that. as for the liquid itself – do not try to substitute milk for the cream – the higher fat content adds much needed moisture. more fat means more tender scones.

brushing the scones with cream  (or you can use an egg wash) before baking not only creates a gorgeous golden brown color, it also adds moisture; bye bye dry scones.

finally, over baking is bad. over baking ensures your scones will make better hockey pucks than breakfast treats. you want to bake your scones util they are barely done. i began checking mine at 15 minutes, and never let them go past 18.

chocolate cardamom scones

we love our scones warm, especially with all that melted chocolate. i haven’t really had much success keeping scones from getting hard after the first day.  to make holiday brunches a bit less stressful, you can prepare the dough ahead of time. cut dough into scones, brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, then place them on your baking sheet. tent your sheet with plastic wrap and freeze your scones until hard – this should take a few hours.

when the scones are hard, wrap in plastic and place them in freezer bags. when you are ready to bake the scones, place them still frozen on your prepared baking sheet. preheat the oven, and then bake – adding a few extra minutes to the baking time as the scones may still be partially frozen in the center.

scones are a must for holiday visitors, and these chocolate cardamom scones deserve a spot at your holiday brunch table this year.


chocolate cardamom scones