Apple Cheddar Scones

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These apple cheddar scones combine the sweetness of apple with the savory of cheddar all wrapped up in a soft and delicious scone.

Apple Cheddar Scones are delicious for brunch

Ten years ago if you asked me what I eat for breakfast the answer would have been nothing.   Over the last 5 or 6 years I’ve started eating with my students during the week and that in turn has me eating on the weekends.  It’s amazing how much better I feel and how much more energy I have when I eat breakfast in the morning.

It's Brunch Week!

Now on the weekends we will sometimes have brunch.  It’s nice when we’re hungry at 10am to just go ahead and have brunch and then not have to worry about lunch.  Whenever we have brunch I almost always include some type of bread.   Bread products are my favorite breakfast and that carries over to brunch.  Whether it is an English muffin, toast, homemade bread, fruit muffins, or scones, we always have some type of bread with our brunch.

A few simple ingredients create delicious Apple Cheddar Scones

I really like making scones because it’s easy to cross sweet with savory which ends up being an awesome combination.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite scones.   These Apple Cheddar Scones are a savory scone with just a touch of sweetness from the apples.  I like using a sweeter apple like The Breeze apples along with a sharp and smooth cheddar like Cabot Creamery White Oak Cheddar Cheese.   Together these flavors make a delicious scone that is great with butter but also with a fruity jam!

Enjoy a sweet and savory Apple Cheddar Scone

The scones are easy to make because everything is mixed together in a bowl.  There is no waiting time for rising because the baking powder helps them rise in the oven.  The only problem I ever have with them is that they are very sticky so they are hard to cut.  The best way I’ve found to cut them is to put the dough on a cutting board, shape it into a rectangle, and cut it with a sharp knife.   Then I pick up the rectangles the best I can and re-shape them on the cookie sheet.

Enjoy these Apple Cheddar Scones with butter or jam

The scones will rise as they bake and they smell amazing.   The tops will start to brown and then they’ll be ready to pull out of the oven.  These scones are best eaten right out of the oven but they will keep for 2 days.    My favorite way to serve them is with whipped honey butter and a bit of berry jam.   Give this sweet and savory scone a try, I just bet it’ll be a new favorite!

Apple Cheddar Scones are delicious for brunch

Apple Cheddar Scones

These apple cheddar scones combine the sweetness of apple with the savory of cheddar all wrapped up in a soft and delicious scone.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons apple juice or orange in a pinch!
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. yellow cornmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 stick 8 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 c. Cabot Creamy White Oak Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 1 apple peeled and and finely chopped (I used The Breeze apple from Sage Fruit Company)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl combine the egg, buttermilk, and apple juice. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, and sage. Drop in the butter and use your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like tiny pebbles.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over top of the dry ingredients and mix until the dough just comes together. It will be very sticky.
  • Stir in the cheese and apple. Knead the dough with your hands a few times then turn out onto a floured cutting board.
  • Pat the dough into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Using a sharp knife cut the dough in half dough the middle then cut across 5 times to make a total of 12 rectangles. Gently transfer onto a baking sheet leaving 2-3 inches between each scone.
  • If you are freezing you can put the scones in the freezer on the baking sheet and freeze for 6 hours. Then wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag.
  • Bake the scones for 20-22 minutes or until the tops are golden. Transfer to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before eating.


Recipe slightly adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

These Apple Cheddar Scones are the perfect combination of sweet and savory that are perfect for brunch

Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset for providing the prizes free of charge.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. Oh man, I have always eaten breakfast. I’m not a happy person to be around on the rare occasion that I miss it, one time I actually almost passed out! These scones sound great and I can even imagine them soaking up some egg yolk mmmm

  2. I love savory and sweet together too….especially apples and cheese. Also I like the fact that I could probably bake this and not ruin it! hahaha. Looks great.

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