King Arthur scones | Source: Shutterstock
King Arthur scones | Source: Shutterstock

King Arthur Scone Recipe from the Renowned Baking Company

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Feb 28, 2024
12:30 P.M.
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There's something comforting about biting into a freshly baked scone – its tender crumb, buttery richness, and just the right touch of sweetness evoke warmth and indulgence. Craving for this sweet treat? Look no further than King Arthur's signature scone recipe, which is easy to make at home.

As delightful as it is to indulge in scrumptious pastries like scones, there's an even greater joy: mastering the art of baking them yourself with the guidance of the renowned King Arthur baking company, established in 1790.

Scones are one of King Arthur's time-tested treasures, and what better way to celebrate this baked good than to recreate it at home? Here is the King Arthur scone recipe for you to follow.

Freshly baked scones | Source: Shutterstock

Freshly baked scones | Source: Shutterstock

King Arthur Scone Recipe

Ingredients for the Dough:

  • 2 3/4 cups (330g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 to 2 cups chopped dried fruit, chocolate chips, flavored chips, nuts, or a combination (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons King Arthur Pure Vanilla Extract or preferred flavoring
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup (113g to 152g) half-and-half or milk

Ingredients for the Scone's Topping:

  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sparkling sugar or cinnamon sugar (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add cold diced butter and blend until the mixture is crumbly with some larger butter chunks remaining.
  2. Stir in any fruit, chips, or nuts if desired.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla (or preferred flavor), and half-and-half or milk. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until a cohesive dough forms.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use it without greasing) and sprinkle with flour. Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment and shape it into circles—5 inches for plain scones or 6 inches if add-ins (like fruit and nuts) are included. Circles should be about 3/4" thick. Slice each circle into 6 wedges.
  5. Brush each circle with milk and sprinkle with coarse white sparkling sugar or cinnamon sugar. Gently separate the wedges to create about a half-inch space between them at the edges.
  6. Place the pan of scones in the freezer, uncovered, for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper third.
  7. Bake the scones in the upper part of the oven for 18 to 23 minutes until light golden brown and baked through.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool briefly on the pan. Serve with butter and/or jam if desired.
  9. Once completely cool, wrap the scones in plastic and store them at room temperature for several days. To reheat, place on a baking sheet, tent with foil, and warm in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

A Few Tips:

1. Adjust the milk: The amount of milk in the recipe varies due to flour's absorption properties. In humid conditions, use the lesser amount; in dry weather, use the greater amount. Begin with the smaller amount and add more as needed until the dough reaches the correct consistency.

2. Make-ahead option: After freezing the unbaked scones for 30 minutes, store them in a zip-top bag in the freezer for up to a month. Bake directly, adding a few extra minutes in the oven if necessary.

3. Customize: Experiment with different add-ins or try savory variations to suit your taste preferences.

4. Add Jammy Bits: These soft fruit purée morsels are available in flavors like blueberry, raspberry, cherry, apple cinnamon, and orange, adding a delightful twist to your scone recipe.

Indulging in a sweet treat has never been easier with King Arthur's signature scone. Whether you're craving a comforting snack or looking to elevate your baking skills, these delightful pastries offer a perfect solution!

And if you're looking to expand your taste for baked delights beyond scones, why not venture into the realm of Italian pastries with the Maritozzo recipe? Similar to scones, Maritozzi offer a taste of Italy's rich culinary tradition.

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