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Ridiculously Easy Sugar Top Scones
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
The easiest and most melt-in-your-mouth delicious scones ever! These easy sugar top scones can be made ahead and frozen (unbaked) for fuss-free entertaining too!
Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Keyword: easy scones, scones, sugar top scones
Servings: 8
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 cup heavy cream plus more for brushing on top of scones
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Turbinado or Demerara Sugar for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. ​Measure 1 cup heavy cream and place in the freezer while proceeding with the recipe. (You want the cream to be in the freezer 10-15 minutes.)
  3. Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a paper towel and heat on high for 40-60 seconds or until just melted. Set aside to cool a bit while prepping other ingredients.
  4. Whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  5. After heavy cream has been chilled in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, pour the butter into the cold cream, scraping the container to get all of the butter out. Stir with a fork until butter forms small clumps or globules.

  6. Add butter/cream mixture to dry ingredients (again, scrape all of it out) and stir with rubber spatula until all flour is incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of the bowl. Don’t over mix.

  7. Generously flour a work surface. Dump the dough onto the work surface and turn to coat all surfaces with flour. Knead on counter 5-6 times (about 30 seconds). Flip over on work surface to coat with flour then pat into a 6-8 inch circle.
  8. Cut dough in 8 equal pie-shaped pieces. Transfer wedges onto the prepared sheet pan and brush tops with heavy cream. Sprinkle generously with Turbinado or Demerara sugar.

  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature with butter and jam. Warn guests that taking a half scone is a serious mistake!

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Nutrition Facts
Ridiculously Easy Sugar Top Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 259mg11%
Potassium 207mg6%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 787IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.