Chocolate Chip Scones

Breakfast & Brunch, Sweet Treats
chocolate chip scones
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Photo: Leigh Loftus

In one of my favorite episodes of Friends, Monica and Rachel bet that they know Chandler and Joey better than Chandler and Joey know them, with Chandler’s pet duck as the wager. Ross writes the questions and delivers them game-show style, and it’s soon revealed that while Rachel claims her favorite movie is Dangerous Liaisons, her actual favorite movie is Weekend at Bernie’s.

While some us have “favorite” and an actual favorite movie, I have a favorite breakfast food (eggs), and an actual favorite breakfast food (chocolate chip scones).

The chocolate chip scones that I have every once in a blue moon are from a one-of-a-kind bakery near my family’s home in Pennsylvania. I’ve never had a chocolate chip scone from anywhere else that was nearly worth the calories that must be in these things. Calling them “breakfast” is even a little bit of a stretch since they’re so sweet, rich and probably butter laden.

Since I don’t live in Pennsylvania anymore, and as a side note, shouldn’t be counting butter as a dairy serving in order to justify eating these, I decided to make my own from a recipe based on one that I found in Joy of Baking.

Anything that comes out of my oven would have to be lighter than from this bakery, just trust me on this one.

chocolate chip scones

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Chocolate Chip Scones
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Recipe type: Sweet Treats, Breakfast and Brunch
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (280 grams) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 grams) (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • ¾ cup (90 grams) milk or semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) buttermilk
  • Egg mixture for brushing tops of scones:
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chunks (or chips). In a small measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk and vanilla extract and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together (add more buttermilk if necessary). Do not over mix the dough.
  3. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round and about 11/2 inches (3.75 cm) thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles). Place the scones on the baking sheet. Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.
  4. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 8 scones.
 

 

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  • Reply
    Olivia
    February 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

    The pictures are great…it makes me really want to try it. This is my idea of a great breakfast–forget oatmeal.

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    kate
    February 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Favorite breakfast is toast with peanut butter, actual favorite is home fries topped with veggies, eggs and some cheese.
    Favorite movie- O Brother Where Art Thou?
    Actual Favorite movie- Serendipity

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    smallkitchenbigideas
    February 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Delicious looking scones!
    My favorite breakfast is oatmeal but my actual favorite is oatmeal cookies. It’s still oats, right?

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    Camille Maurice
    February 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

    That looks so good. Definitely baking this week!

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    Cynthia
    February 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I am not a chocolate lover but now you make me HAVE TO try these scones.

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    Donna
    February 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    OMG! These scones are just perfect. I would so love one in the morning with coffee. One of my favorite movies is Coal Miner’s Daughter.. another Jerry Macguire..

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    Jessica
    February 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    These look really good. I’m not a huge scone fan, but I would definitely try these. And that’s a great episode of Friends.

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    Cora
    February 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    My BFF, Robin. made the first scone I ever tasted from a Martha Stewart recipe and I was hooked. Yours look amazing and I want one right now!

  • Reply
    Hayley
    February 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I love your story, too funny. And these scones look amazing! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Jeff Deasy
    February 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Chocolate Chip Scones may not be the perfect choice for a healthy breakfast, but sometimes you just have to live a little what a nice morning treat!

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    bakingblonde
    February 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Oh my those look marvelous! I love the idea to add chocolate chips. I have never made scones but have wanted to for some time. These look perfect.

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    Sandy S
    February 12, 2009 at 3:00 am

    You know what? I have such a sugar jones going on right now I can’t even tell you my favorite or actual favorite food because it would seem absurd in the light of clearer thinking. And anyway, all I can think about right now are these scones. Please bring some over RIGHT NOW. I’ll make coffee. 🙂

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    Food Hunter
    February 12, 2009 at 3:00 am

    They look delicious. I love scones and chocolate for breakfast 🙂

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    Jamie
    February 12, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I just made scones, warm and soft and light from the oven. I love scones. Yours look soooo good with the chocolate chips. Delish. I should try your recipe with the buttermilk. Sounds moist and yummy!

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    susan
    February 12, 2009 at 3:00 am

    That is such a good episode of Friends and I forgot how much I love Almost Famous until I saw you write that!
    Scones have always been tricky for me (no I don’t make them I have just eaten pre-made ones) because they always seem dry. I will have to try out your recipe.

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    alexa - cleveland's a plum
    February 12, 2009 at 3:00 am

    i think i know almost every word to elf, that and zoolander

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    E.P.
    February 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Right now, I’m a huge fan of all the HP movies. (I’m a nerd.)
    And those scones look gorgeous and delish!

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    Sandie
    February 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    My husband loves Almost Famous as well. Me? I’ll take these Chocolate Chip Scones. They look and sound delicious!

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    Joey
    February 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Almost Famous is god-body.

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    Heather
    February 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I LOVE ELF!! I think my abs. fave is 13 going on 30, although dumb and dumber and tommy boy rank pretty high up there. these scones look amazing!

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    lisa (dandysugar)
    February 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Yum, a perfect morning treat! I love scones. With chocolate chips it definitely could pass as an after dinner indulgence as well!

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    Melissa
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Elf? *Pointing and laughing* 😛
    Favorite movies are as they are listed in my blogger profile. For real!
    But I admit to stopping and watching Grease if it comes on TV and singing every word. I’ve seen that movie probable 70 or 80 times, I kid you not!
    Favorite foods are also really my faves, and I have a hard time coming up with anything “shameful.” Though I suppose it’s not kosher for us cooks to talk about eating packaged creamed spinach or frozen corn dogs. Heh.
    Nice scones!

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    Erin
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    These look great! I think you should take advantage of being able to eat chocolate for breakfast whenever you can!

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    Nirvana
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    These look soooooo good! My actual most favorite thing in the world is the pink quality street chocolate (only the pink one)…

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    Ricki
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    How could I not know that episode? I never thought of it that way before. Can I say that my favorite food is chocolate, and my actual favorite food is. . . chocolate?
    These look fabulous, of course (they contain chocolate!) 😉

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    thatShortChick
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    let’s see, first of all, those scones need to be in my belly. NOW.
    as for my “favorite foods:” chicken pot pie with cornbread crust (the recipe that was on Oprah), chilli mac, paella
    and actual favorites: thin crust pizza, buffalo wings with dip, ANY kind of dip, nachos with the works.

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    Spike.
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I love when dessert passes for breakfast. These look great

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    kat
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Oh yum, scones!

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    mandy
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    The cup of coffee I was just drinking needs one of these scones to go with it.

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    Paula
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Yum Yum Yum – these look AMAZING!!!
    As for my favourite movie? It’s “Clueless”. And I’m unashamed to admit it! 🙂

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    Elra
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    OMG, this is absolutely luxurious and delicious scones.
    Cheers,
    Elra

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    Pearl
    February 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    i love elf, too!

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