Bacon-cheddar scones are as simple to make as biscuits but can’t we all agree that bacon and cheese just make breakfast, brunch, and brinner so much better?

Bacon-Cheddar Scones

When I think of breakfast pastries, a savory item usually isn’t what I think about.  Muffins – yes. Cheese Danish – oh yeah.  Cinnamon buns – gimme gimme gimme!  And though I love so many varieties, scones aren’t usually what I reach for…but I think my mind is changing now after making these bacon-cheddar scones.  How could anything with bacon, cheddar, and scallions not be amazing?  Quick and simple to put together, I think what’s so great about them (aside from the guaranteed amazing flavor), is that you can make them for any meal.

Bacon-Cheddar Scones

I served these bacon-cheddar scones with some cheesy scrambled eggs but making them to serve with a roast chicken for dinner or a pot of soup for lunch would be totally acceptable and I’m sure very well-received, also.  If you know you’ll be in a pinch for time, I suggest cooking your bacon earlier in the week when you have the time and pulling it out of the fridge when you’re ready to make the scones.  Alternatively, you can make the dough in advance, cut and freeze it…then bake the scones off when you’re ready for them.

Many thanks to Mariana of Food Junky for choosing these scones for this week’s Project Pastry Queen task.  I knew they would well-worth the 3+ years I’ve been waiting to make them!

Bacon-Cheddar Scones

  • Prep Time: 25min
  • Cook Time: 18-22min
  • Yield: 8 large or 12 smaller scones


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 stick well-chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 ½ cups grated Cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into 1 inch pieces
¾ to 1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tsp water


  • 01

    Preheat oven to 400° F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • 02

    Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl on low speed. With mixer running, gradually add cubes of butter until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour – butter bits about the size of small peas. Add grated cheese and mix just until blended. (This can also be done by hand: In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Gradually cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles small peas. Stir in cheese.)

  • 03

    Add green onions, bacon and ¾ cup of the buttermilk to flour and cheese mixture. Mix by hand just until all ingredients are incorporated. If dough is too dry to hold together, use remaining buttermilk, adding 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is pliable and can be formed into a ball. Stir as lightly and as little as possible to ensure a lighter-textured scone.

  • 04

    Remove dough from bowl and place it on a lightly floured flat surface. Pat dough into a ball. Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a circle about 10 inches wide and ½-inch thick. Cut dough into 8 to 12 equal wedges, depending on size scone you prefer. Whisk egg and water in a small mixing bowl to combine. Brush each wedge with egg wash.

  • 05

    Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle. Serve warm.

adapted from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather

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  • February 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Oh my…..a triangle of deliciousness!

  • February 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I have never made scones. These look and sound absolutely fantastic. You can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese. I do like the sweet ones but I think I’d enjoy these much more. Guess I’ll have to try my hand at baking again. Good stuff!

  • February 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    I made these scones this past weekend! They are delightful! 🙂

  • February 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Beautiful scones! They are definitely our faves!

  • February 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Ooo, savory scones are such a great call for breakfast. Bacon being the star of the show. Try mixing Bloody Marys with Bacon Vodka! They would go perfectly.

  • March 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    my husband would love these if i made them…. and so would i! must. do. now!

  • March 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    OH….My……Goodness. These look out of control. They sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing

  • March 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    A meal in themselves!

  • March 2, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Beautiful photos! These would be the part of waking up.

  • March 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    I love savory scones! I think they make great breakfasts and lunches. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • March 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    mmmmm beautiful! Those look simply delicious!

  • March 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    I’ve never made or eaten a savory scone but I’d love to now!!! I’m totally making this recipe soon!!!! ♥- Katrina

  • March 2, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    These just have to be good! I’m a big fan of the savory breakfast pastry.. I made Bacon and Maple scones a while back and they were delicious.. I can’t wait to try these too!

  • March 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Always been a fan of savory scones. Of course, bacon and cheddar is an unbeatable combination. Even though I’ve just had breakfast this recipe’s got me ready for round 2!

  • March 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I am always looking for a savory recipe to make with my little baker! I so need to bookmark this one and give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • March 6, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    I could go for one (or three) of these scones for breakfast this morning, yum!!

  • March 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    These scones look lovely. I enjoy savory foods in the morning so these would be right up my breakfast ally, along with lunch and snack… 🙂