Honey-Sweetened Scones

Honey-Sweetened Scones

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Scones are a favorite weekend breakfast in our house. They are lower in sugar and faster to make than muffins, and they are infinitely adaptable when it comes to flavors.

This honey-sweetened scone recipe skips the white sugar all together. The result is a nicely browned, lightly sweetened pastry that melts in your mouth.

Our honey-sweetened scones are made with half whole wheat flour – a healthy adaptation that feels good to us (learn more about baking with whole wheat flour in this article on our sister site). If you prefer to make them with all-purpose flour, you can certainly do that too!

When it comes to flavor choices, our honey-sweetened scones are infinitely adaptable. We typically use about 3/4 cup of whatever addition we choose – berries, chocolate chips, ham, cheese, or a combination of these. Suggestions are provided below the basic recipe.

honey-sweetened scones on serving plate

Honey-Sweetened Scones

Carrie Williams Howe
Mouthwatering scones that are lower in sugar and packed with flavor.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • Food Processor
  • Measuring Cups & Measuring Spoons
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Rubber Scraper or Spoon
  • Pastry Scraper or Knife
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Whisk


  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour we prefer King Arthur White Whole Wheat
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 5 tbsp Butter Cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • ¾ cup Add-ins of your choice Such as berries, chocolate chips, ham, cheese
  • ¾ cup Milk (heavy cream or half-n-half can also be used)
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey + more for drizzling after baking


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) to your food processor, and pulse about 5 times (one second each) to combine
    dry ingredients for honey-sweetened scones in food processor
  • Spread the cold butter cubes on top of the dry ingredients in your food processer, and pulse about 10 times (one second each) to blend in the butter. You should end up with a mixture that resembles course, damp sand.
    butter cubes on top of dry ingredients for honey-sweetened scones
  • Transfer the flour mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add your chosen add-ins (berries, chips, etc.) and stir them into the flour mixture till they are evenly coated and distributed.
    adding add-ins to honey-sweetened scones
  • Add the honey to the milk in a measuring cup and whisk to combine.
    adding honey to milk before adding to honey-sweetened scone mix
  • Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir until the flour is mostly damp. Do not over-stir; you should have some loose crumbs (otherwise your scones may get too stiff).
    mixing honey-sweetened scone ingredients
  • Pour the mixed scone batter out onto a light floured cutting board. Don't worry if there are loose crumbs.
    honey-sweetened scone batter poured onto cutting board
  • Using your hands, gently knead the batter just enough to bring it together and shape into a disc about 6 inches in diameter. Use a pastry scraper or knife to cut into scone wedges.
    scone batter shaped and cut
  • Transfer scones to a cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes (OPTIONAL: if you have a convection oven, you can change to convection for the last two minutes in order to get a little bit more of a golden brown exterior).
    baking honey-sweetened scones
  • Remove scones from the oven when they have a light brown exterior and are slightly firm to the touch. OPTIONAL: drizzle with honey (yum!). Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
    honey-sweetened scones on serving plate


When it comes to add-ins for your scones, there are infinite possibilities.  Some of the flavor combinations we love include:
  • Raspberries (1/2 cup) + White Chocolate Chips (1/4 cup)
  • Cherries (pitted, 1/2 cup) + Dark Chocolate Chips (1/4 cup)
  • Diced ham (1/2 cup) + Diced Cheddar Cheese (1/4 cup)
  • Blueberries (3/4 cup) + Zest from 1/2 Lemon
Keyword baking with honey, honey scones, scones
honey-sweetened scones

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