Date Scones {Easy Recipe!}

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Date scones are the perfect sweet treat and an easy recipe to make for breakfast or brunch. They are full of tender chopped dates that will melt in your mouth with each bite. Try them with butter, or jam, or just enjoy them plain with your morning cup of coffee or tea!

Easy Date Scones on a plate

Date scones are flaky and soft in the center, and have a slight crunch on the outside. Dates are naturally sweet and are often used in smoothies, cookies or cakes, candy, or in this case, making our date scone recipe! We always start with our scone base Master scone dough recipe because it is super simple and it always creates the best scones.

Tools To Use For Best Date Scones Recipe

These are the tried and true baking tools I use for every tender scone. I also have a small whisk, sharp knife, rubber spatula, and silicone brush at the ready.

  • Pastry blender we mention this item with every single recipe because it is THE item that will ensure a fluffy outcome for your scones. You can use 2 knives or your hands, but a pastry blender is best.
  • Parchment paper a baking sheet lined with parchment paper is not only great for non-stick baking, but it is also awesome for easy cleanup! No pan scrubbing needed!
  • Mixing bowl should be a large mixing bowl if you want to make this a one-bowl recipe! I mix and also knead the scone dough right in the bowl before turning it out onto a floured surface.
Best Ever Date Scones

Related recipes to try: Carrot Cake Scones, Lemon Blueberry, Cranberry Scones, Clementine Scones, Cinnamon Chip Scones, Chocolate Chip Scones

Date Scone ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • Half-and-half, plus 1 tablespoon
  • Sweet dried dates, pitted & chopped
Date Scone with cream on top

How To Make Date Scones

To get started with this easy date scones recipe, get all of your dry ingredients and wet ingredients ready, except for the butter- let that stay cold until you are ready to add to the large bowl with the flour mixture.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking tray or large cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set that aside.

Now, let's get these delicious date scones started! In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut butter into cubes- just make sure you are using cold butter! Cut into dry mixture with your pastry cutter until the mix looks like coarse crumbs.

Next, we will add our wet ingredients: half and half, and vanilla, and stir gently with a rubber spatula. Once the dough forms a rough ball, add in chopped dates.

Gently knead the dough until a soft dough ball forms, then pat into a 1-inch thick disc. I like to do this right on the parchment-lined pan- just to make it easier. Cut the disc into 8 wedges and place on the baking tray 2-inches apart.

Brush tops of each scone with half and half and then top each with a pinch of sugar.

Place in heated oven and bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes, until bottoms are light golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Serve warm or at room temperature with the suggestions below.

date scones recipe

What Can I Serve With Tender Scones?

These buttery scones really taste great all on their own because the dates become even softer- almost toffee-like in the flaky dough when baked. If you like to add a little extra flavor, a good scone is traditionally served with clotted cream and jam. You could spread a bit of walnut cream cheese (or plain) for a perfect addition!

How Do I Store Scones?

You can keep your delicious scones on the counter loosely covered with plastic wrap for up to 3 days or store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 months.

I have no doubt you will find this to be one of the easy recipes for making your favorite scones.

How to make easy date scones
Easy Date Scones on a plate

Date Scones

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Date scones are the perfect sweet treat and an easy recipe to make for breakfast or brunch. They are full of tender chopped dates that will melt in your mouth with each bite. Try them with butter, or jam, or just enjoy them plain with your morning cup of coffee or tea!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoon chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half, plus 1 tbsp.
  • 1cup diced sweet dates, pitted

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking tray or large cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set that aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. Cut into dry mixture with your pastry cutter until the mix looks like coarse crumbs.
  3. Add wet ingredients: half and half, and vanilla, and stir gently with a rubber spatula. Once the dough forms a rough ball, add in chopped dates.
  4. Gently knead the dough until a soft dough ball forms, then pat into a 1-inch thick disc. Cut the disc into 8 wedges and place on baking tray 2-inches apart.
  5. Brush the tops of each scone with half and half and then top each with a pinch of sugar.
  6. Place in heated oven and bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes, until bottoms are light golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature with the suggestions below.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 318mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g

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