Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Scones

A sweet holiday treat for you to enjoy or give as a gift.
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These sweet scones can be the perfect treat for a holiday party or a unique recipe to share as a gift. With simple instructions and only 30 minutes combined prep and cooking time, they appear and taste far more complex than they are. So break out your baking gear and get ready to enjoy these sweet, seasonal scones!
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  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes
  • Servings : 8


  • 2 cups cake flour (9 oz.) or whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ stick/6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and frozen for ½ hour


step 1Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, cinnamon, cherries, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
step 2Whisk together the buttermilk and egg in a second bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, blend the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Quickly, stir in the buttermilk mixture just until the mixture turns into a sticky dough. There should still be visible clumps of butter in the dough.
step 3Gently pat the dough out on a floured surface into a 8-inch diameter circle approximately ¾-inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and place each on the baking sheet leaving a few inches between.
step 4Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. The scones are best eaten the day that they are baked.

chef's notes

1. Be sure to use a gentle hand when working with the dough. Overworking the dough will result in a tough scone.

2. If you don't have buttermilk in the house, you can make a reasonable facsimile. Measure a teaspoon and a half of lemon juice or cider vinegar into a measuring cup, pour in 2% or whole milk into the cup to measure a total of 1/2 cup of liquid. Let sit for 5 minutes.
makes a great gift
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12/11/2012 , 
angela  s.
these are GREAT ideas.thanks for the additions to the recipes. am going to try them then send them to family out of state.might be heavy...but hey...its christmas:D
12/5/2012 , 
Ruth  D.
I've made the Oatmeal Cherry Scones twice and then made 4 jar's of them & giving them for gifts. I will use this recipe again it is very good.
12/3/2012 , 
Lenore  H.
My kids LOVE these!
11/16/2012 , 
suzann  h.
Lisa P. great suggestions, spaghetti jar,awesome! Thanks.
11/16/2012 , 
Katie  B.
Well folks I too am going to use this as simple gifts for the holidays. FYI: You can find dried buttermilk powder in the baking isle at the grocery store as well as sometimes vanilla powder(as someone else suggested). Any type of dehydrated fruit will work, but cherries, crans, rasp/black berries sound great to me! Happy baking all!
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 scone
Calories 360
Calories From Fat 110
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 45 mg
Sodium 460 mg
Total Carbohydrates 59 g
Dietary Fiber 11 g
Sugars 13 g
Protein 7 g
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Compu-Food Analysis, Inc.