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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones

These White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones are soft, slightly sweet, easy to make and loaded with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips! These pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or dessert.

white chocolate macadamia nut scones on a white plate

How to Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones

Scones can seem intimidating to make but I promise this recipe is very forgiving. Here is how to make them:

  1. Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add VERY COLD butter cut into chunks and cut into the dry ingredients until it is a course meal. It will look similar to a crumb topping. This can be done with two forks, a pastry blender, or hands (if you work fast since you want the butter to stay as cold as possible).
  3. Once that is done, add in the nuts and chocolate chips and stir in gently.
  4. In a separate bowl, quickly whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla. Then, pour into dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  5. Now, for the fun part! Flour the counter or a piece of parchment with a good amount of flour. Dump out the dough and add a little flour at a time until the dough isn’t super sticky.
  6. Shape into a circle about 1″ thick.
  7. Cut into 8 scones and move onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with milk and bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones?

Yes! You actually have two options here. You can freeze them after they are cut into triangles (before brushing with milk) or after they are baked. The best results would be to freeze them before baking so that they are super fresh when you serve them.

To freeze them, lay out on a baking sheet and let freeze solid before placing in a freezer zip lock bag. Then, when you are ready to bake, bake them right from the freezer. Brush with milk and put in the oven. The baking time will be a little but longer but other than that it is the same process.

Do I need to use cold butter when I make scones?

Absolutely! Using cold butter for scones is required to get the tender and fluffy texture associated with scones. If the butter is too warm the scones will come out much more dense.

white chocolate macadamia nut scones on a white plate

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Looking for more recipes like these White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones? For breakfast, try our Bacon and Cheese Quiche, Banana Scones, Strawberry Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins, Dark Chocolate Walnut Biscotti, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Sausage Egg Casserole or Very Berry Blueberry Muffins. For dessert, try our Nutella Chickpea Brownies, Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars, Black Moon Whoopie Pies, or Snickerdoodles.

white chocolate macadamia nut scones on a white plate

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

These White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones are soft, slightly sweet and easy to make! Pair one with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour, plus extra for shaping 
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed and very cold 
  • 1/2 cup milk, plus more for brushing
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, halved or chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add very cold butter cut into chunks into dry ingredients. Cut into the dry ingredients until it is a course meal. It will look similar to a crumb topping. This can be done with two forks, a pastry blender, or hands (if you work fast since you want the butter to stay as cold as possible).
  4. Next, add in the nuts and chocolate chips and stir in gently.
  5. In a separate bowl, quickly whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla. Then, pour into dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  6. Flour the counter or a piece of parchment with a good amount of flour. Dump out the dough and add a little flour at a time until the dough isn't super sticky.
  7. Shape into a circle about 1" thick.
  8. Cut into 8 scones (or 16 small scones) and move onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with milk and bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. *If making 16 small scones start with 12 minutes and add time as necessary.

Notes

Be sure to use very cold butter or the consistency of the scones will not be flaky.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 355mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 6g

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This post was originally published on January 6, 2020 and was updated on October 8, 2021.

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