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 butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Old Cheddar or Canadian-Swiss cheese shredded
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Canadian Old Cheddar cheese


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 butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese. Pour in 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 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.

Learn more about

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 %