Dairy Farmers of Canada

Easy, Cheesy Cheese Scones Recipe with Cheddar

Warm, buttery cheddar cheese scones that are bursting with cheese in every bite. Serve them with your favourite meal or on their own for a great snack. This recipe is taken from the 2002 Milk Calendar.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 12 min - 15 min
Yields 10 - 12 scones
Stack of cheddar cheese scones


  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cold Canadian butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Old Cheddar or Canadian-Swiss cheese shredded
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Milk
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Canadian Old Cheddar cheese
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Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C).

In large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in Canadian butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in Canadian cheese. Pour in Canadian milk; stir with fork until soft, sticky dough forms.

Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and shape into 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick square. Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) squares or rounds and place, touching each other, on ungreased baking sheet.


Sprinkle with Canadian cheese. Bake for 12 to 15 min or until golden.


Fruit Scones: Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar in place of cayenne and 1/2 cup (125 mL) currants or raisins or dried cranberries in place of cheese. Add grated rind of 1 lemon or orange if desired in step 2.


Time-Saving Tip: In food processor, combine dry ingredients (without cheese). Using on/off motion, cut in butter until crumbly, then blend in milk and cheese just until moistened and dough sticks together.

Healthy Eating Tip: Say cheese please- As a general rule, the firmer the cheese- like the Cheddar in this recipe- the higher the calcium content.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 126 Calories
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 17 g
Fat: 4 g
Fibre: 0.7 g
Sodium: 253 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 12 % / 134 mg
Folate: 13 %
Niacin: 10 %
Riboflavin: 10 %
Thiamin: 11 %