Honey Scones

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by Fig Jar
8 scones
30 min

These Honey Scones are sweetened only with honey. They come together easily and taste amazing!

honey scones on a wire baking rack with butter in the foreground and honey in the background

I’m on a honey kick now with these Honey Scones. Or maybe it started years ago with Honey Banana Bread. Either way, these scones are so good! They are naturally sweetened only with honey and come together easily into a really nice, workable dough. They puff up beautifully in the oven and almost have the texture/taste of a really good biscuit. Let’s make them!

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Ingredients in honey scones

ingredients for honey scones

To make these honey scones you will need the following ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Sour cream
  • Milk

While honey is important in these scones (they are honey scones after all!), sour cream is actually the secret to a good scone. Scones can be sort of dry, which is probably why they are commonly eaten with things like jam and cream but I really prefer a more moist scone. These are fairly moist and remind me of biscuits.

How to make honey scones

Cut in the butter into the dry ingredients

Start by combining the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then cutting in the butter with a pastry blender (affiliate link). Some scone recipes will say to cut in the butter using two knives but I think its way easier with a pastry blender. They aren’t expensive and really help these scones come together quickly.

butter cut into dry ingredients for honey scones

Work the butter in until pea-sized lumps form.

Add all of the wet ingredients

Next add in the egg, honey, sour cream and milk. Stir with a fork just until a dough begins to form. Some crumbly bits are ok. You can work these in while you knead.

wet ingredients added to honey scone mixture
scone dough that has been mixed with a fork

Knead, shape and cut scone dough

Turn the dough out onto a clean, floured work surface. Add any crumbly bits to the top of your dough mound so you can fold them right in.

scone dough that has been turn out on to work surface
scone dough being kneaded
honey scone dough being kneaded by hand

Gently knead the scone dough about 10 times, until it smooths out and can easily be shaped into a ball.

Then flatten it into a disc about a 1/2 inch thick. Then cut into 8 pieces like a pizza.

scone dough cut into eight pieces

Brush with an egg wash and bake

Egg wash is optional but really ensures the scones will have this nice golden brown color. Scones bake at 400F for about 15 minutes or until golden 🙂

scone slices being brushed with egg wash
honey scones on a baking sheet after baking in the oven

What to eat with these scones

These scones are tasty as is, but can be even better with some honey cinnamon butter! It’s easy to whip up and amplifies the honey factor.

Just whip together (using an electric mixer) some softened butter, honey, cinnamon and sea salt and you’ve got honey cinnamon butter. Recipe below!

These would also be delicious with classic scone accompaniments like clotted/whipped cream and/or jam.

honey cinnamon butter on electric mixer beaters
whipped honey cinnamon butter

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Recipe details
  • 8  scones
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 eggs one is for an optional egg wash

Preheat oven to 400F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
Cut in the butter using a pastry blender until pea-sized lumps form.
Add the honey, sour cream, milk and one of the eggs *beaten* and stir gently with a fork just until the dough begins to come together. Some crumbly/dry bits are okay.
Turn the dough out onto a clean, floured work surface. Scoop any dry bits on top of dough mound so you can fold them in easily.
Knead the dough gently about 10 times, it should come together to form a relatively smooth dough and be shaped into a ball easily. Then flatten into a disc that is about ½ inch thick.
Cut into 8 slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. If you are doing the egg wash, beat the extra egg and brush each scone with egg using a pastry brush.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until scones are golden brown.
To make honey cinnamon butter
Combine 1 stick of softened butter with 1 tbsp honey and ¼ tsp cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Use an electric mixer to beat until smooth. Serve with scones. Store any extra in fridge for up to two weeks.
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