Cherry Almond Scones

Cherry Almond Scones

I’ve never posted scones before! So I have to use lots of exclamation points!

Okay, I’m kidding. About the exclamation points, not the scones. I’ll try and control myself, but it can be hard sometimes.

When you’re a parent, weekends are often more tiring and hectic than the weekdays. Most people head home Friday afternoon with happy plans to sleep and kick back. Or at least, that’s the perception I get. But our weekends are quite different.

Cherry Almond Scones

This past Saturday, I got hit with a migraine. My whole life, migraines have hit after periods of stress. So after each baby was born, bam! Migraine. After I finish a stressful project? Bam again. And after a long work week with lots of conflict and worry, along comes another. I’m used to them by now. They’re just kind of hard to recover from when you’re home with three noisy kids. Screaming, screeching kids.

By Saturday night, I knew I had to bake. I was listlessly paging through cookbooks, looking for inspiration, trying to avoid the dessert I’d promised myself I would bake. That happens sometimes. I get excited about baking, but then there are 20 steps involved and I just. Can. Not.

Cherry Almond Scones

Suddenly, I remembered my baking cabinet. It’s a candy lover’s dream. Kenny has strict instructions not to raid my baking cabinet, and he doesn’t really follow the rules. I often find him with his hand inside, pulling out handfuls of mini M & Ms or peanut butter chips. And he wonders why our grocery lists always include more of that stuff.

Cherry Almond Scones

Sitting in that cabinet was an acquisition I had yet to try: the cherry-flavored Nestle brand of filled chocolate chips. My mind combined those chips with almond meal, and it all came together. After all, the next day was Mother’s Day, and my mother loves almond. Cherry almond scones would be perfect.

Cherry Almond Scones

Scones are not difficult to make, despite daunting pictures everywhere of shaved frozen butter. You can definitely use frozen butter, but if you work quickly, cold butter works. I would recommend a pastry blender if you have one, but if not, life goes on.

As for the base, I substituted some of the regular flour for almond meal. That, along with almond extract, provides a perfect pairing with those cherry-filled chocolate chips. And it’s a very springtime-esque scone to present to anyone!

Cherry Almond Scones

Weekends are crazy, and sometimes I can’t decide what to bake until the last minute. But somehow, everything turns out okay, migraine or not. And when the headache fades and the work week starts, I can relax with a bunch of baked goods. It is what it is, friends!

 

Cherry Almond Scones

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1/4 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cherry-filled chocolate chips (Nestle brand)
sliced almonds and sugar, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, almond meal, sugar, and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut in the chunks of butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Mix in the almond extract, egg, milk and cherry-filled chocolate chips until a dough starts to form. Knead the dough in the bowl several times until everything is smooth and incorporated.
  4. Form the dough into a 6-inch circle. Place it on the cookie sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into eight wedges.
  5. Sprinkle the dough with sugar and almonds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the scones are golden at the edges.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Mir

I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh I love these scones, Mir! Great job on posting your first ones! Cherry almond sounds like such a great flavor. This would be perfect with my morning cup of coffee!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! They are perfect with coffee.

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Cherry and almond go so well together. That flavour combo reminds me of a delicious bakewell tart – one of my favourite treats.
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    1. Mir

      I’ve never had a Bakewell tart, Dannii! I seriously need some overseas treats in my diet!

  3. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Migraines are the worst!!! These scones look like they could cure most anything though 😉 I don’t make them often enough and this is the best flavor combo!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Megan. I do love cherry with almond. It’s a fantastic pairing!

  4. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I’m sorry to hear about so many migraines! I would have never known you’re not a master of scones if you hadn’t told me. These are pretty terrific for a first go!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Rachelle! I hate being afraid of making things. I just want to buckle down and try it sometimes!

  5. Heather - Butter & Burlap

    I love the big flecks of almonds in these scones. I haven’t mastered scones yet, but practice makes perfect! Yours look brilliant for a first try! Keep up the good work, and rest those migraines when you can 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Heather! We all have to start somewhere. I wanted my scones to have almonds!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    How did I now know that you have THREE kids. Girl, I applaud you .. and migraines SUCK. Weekends are us are always slammed with things: errands, events, and for me, sometimes cooking and baking for the blog. I hope to relax more on the weekends during the summer. ok, I love scones. . like love/like them. . and need to get some cherry-flavored chocolate chips stat!!! delicious!!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, three. I had them all really close together without thinking about it much, which is the way to go. Otherwise, I would have realized I was crazy. Now I’m glad they’re all there! But they make for very crazy weekends. You have to try the cherry chips, Alice! They are so good. And I usually don’t do cherry, but in this case, addictive!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    How did I “not” know. . I hate typos. .
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  8. Katelyn @munchie pie

    YUM! I have been in the mood for scones lately but when I bake something I have a hard time giving up chocolate…haha But these have chocolate in them! Why didn’t I think of that?!
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    1. Mir

      Chocolate in scones is not even an option, Katelyn! You must try!

  9. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    These sound delicious! I LOVE scones, and love the add-ins here!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Sam! I’m all about add-ins. They make me happy in baked goods, ice cream…you name it!

  10. Manali @ CookWithManali

    love scones and this combination is just delicious! I hope you are feeling better now Mir, headache are awful but I am sure these scones would have helped 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Scones always help. At least, in my world!

  11. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    Oh no! I have the deepest sense of empathy for people who get migraines. I can’t even handle a sinus infection, so I can’t even imagine. I hope these scones helped! They look absolutely amazing, two of my very favorite flavors combined in perfection!
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    1. Mir

      Sinus infections are worse because they just don’t go away, Lisa! At least migraines do. Thanks much!

  12. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These scones look awesome! Sorry to hear about the migraine. They run in my family, and I’ve only ever had one and it was AWFUL. I love the cherry chocolate chips and sound slike your baking adventure ended up amazingly 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I like it when bad days end up good, especially with baked goods on the counter. Thanks so much, Medha!

  13. Venus @ The Venus Family

    Thanks Mir for sharing this. I’m definitely going to try this out.

  14. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I love scones for that reason – they’re easy and SO good. Sorry about the migraines – yuck. Love this recipe!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Dorothy! Scones make up for migraines, so it’s all good!

  15. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Migraines are so killer. They kill everything but at least they didn’t kill your desire to make these fantastic scones!!
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    1. Mir

      Nothing can stop the baking, Jocelyn! 🙂

  16. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    Hope you migraine is gone now? I always feel so bad for people that get migraines. My mom gets them and she literally gets so sick to her stomach. I always feel better baking too. And I love love scones. I think I love them more than cake, hehe. These look wonderful Mir! Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, there’s some weird stomach connection with migraines. It’s nauseating. Scones can definitely be better than cake. Thanks for pinning!

  17. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Migraines are the worst – I used to get those all the time after getting a concussion playing hockey. I was SO happy when they finally stopped! These scones look amazing, I love the cherry and almond combo!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! Concussions are just bad, bad things. I’m glad yours stopped!

  18. Danielle

    I used to get migraines bad when I was a teenager, they’re not fun to deal with at all. Hope you’re feeling better though! These scones do look like a great way to feel better! Love the cherry and almond combination.
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad they’re gone for good, Danielle! Never fun.

  19. Izzy @ She Likes Food

    I’ve never ever made scones before! I love eating them and always order them when I see them out, but I’ve always been scared to make them at home! These look awesome and I love all the flavors you packed in them 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Izzy! Don’t fear them. They were bizarrely trouble-free. I’m glad you like them!

  20. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    As a fellow migraine sufferer, I know how awful they can be – hang in there! In the meantime, these scones looks like they could cure migraines…SO scrumptious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Kate! Migraines are part of life, but thankfully, so are scones!

  21. plasterer bristol

    These sound so good. I love anything with cherry in. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

    1. Mir

      I’m so glad!

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