Homemade matcha scones are full of earthy matcha flavor with slightly sweet white chocolate chips. This tender dough bakes with flaky layers and will be a new favorite with matcha lovers. Enjoy these fluffy scones for breakfast or an ultimate teatime treat!
Green tea powder baked into our tender scone recipe is the breakfast treat you have been looking for! I love waking up early to bake delicious scones. If you like to make tea with matcha powder, then you will really like these. This easy scone recipe is ready in less than 15 minutes and is a great way to start your day.
Matcha White Chocolate Scones
Adding a handful of white chocolate tames the flavor of green tea scones a little bit. And topping these delicious scones with a vanilla bean glaze is another level of yum.
If this is your first time making scones don't be nervous. Check out my Master Scone Recipe to get started. It has helpful tips for making any classic scones recipe whether sweet or savory from one basic recipe!
Scones are really easy to make and I will walk you through them step by step so you will have a nice, fluffy, and tender scone, one that will rival any coffee shop!
Tools for baking
Before we start to make our homemade scones, it is a great idea to prep our work surface with the ingredients and items we will be using. Here are my go-to baking tools I use for every batch of the best scones.
- Pastry blender I 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 or pastry cutter 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 is 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.
Secret to Making Good Scones
First, let's go over THREE VERY IMPORTANT THINGS you MUST DO to ensure a perfect flaky scone:
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees for at least 20 minutes before baking. A hot oven will help your scones rise tall instead of being flat.
- Make sure you're using COLD butter. It does not matter if you use cold unsalted butter or salted butter, but it MUST BE COLD. As the butter melts it will allow for air to create flaky scones
- Minimal handling of the dough. The more you knead the scone dough, the tougher it becomes and you will end up with a flat, hard scone.
How to make Matcha Scones recipe
Grab your cup of tea or coffee and get ready to make one of our new delicious recipes. One of the key ingredients to make these deep green scones is a good quality matcha.
Matcha is a type of green tea that has been lauded as high in antioxidants and good for mental clarity. I am pleasantly surprised how well this recipe came together for the perfect treat.
As I mentioned above in the Baking tips section, it is important to preheat the oven to 425 degrees first thing. Be sure to do this at least 20 minutes before you intend to bake.
We are going to mix our dry ingredients first. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and matcha powder.
Now, in the flour mixture, we are going to cut in the cold butter pieces with a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles coarse crumbs. You should see lumps of butter and that is exactly what you want.
Next, we are going to add our wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened and soft dough forms. If you only have heavy cream That is ok too. Add in your vanilla extract and stir.
Before kneading dough, gently fold in white chocolate chips.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently 5 to 10 times and pat into a 1-inch thick round disc shape.
With a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut tender dough into 8 wedges and transfer dough triangles onto a prepared baking tray 2- inches apart. I can usually fit all eight on a large baking sheet.
With a pastry brush, brush the top of each scone with 1 Tablespoon half-and-half, and sprinkle each top with sugar for a little extra sweetness.
Place scones in oven on the middle rack.
Bake until golden brown, which is about 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool on wire rack.
Serve warm scone with your cup of hot tea or coffee!
If you have any leftovers, store scones in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months, or you can keep them on the counter at room temperature loosely covered with a sheet of plastic wrap.
Top with our delicious vanilla bean glaze, visit our post for the full recipe!
Ingredient substitutions to make vegan matcha scones
Flour– You can easily make these scones gluten-free by substituting the all-purpose flour with a one-for-one gluten-free flour blend. You can use Bob's Red Mill or my favorite King Arthur brand, which you can find in most grocery stores.
Butter– I like baking with Nature Balance vegan butter sticks. Place in the freezer to ensure it is super cold because this tends to be a little softer than regular butter. Cut into small cubes before cutting into flour mixture.
Half and Half- You can use any soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or almond milk in place of cream. If you have the coffee-creamer version, that is even better.
Delicious Mix-ins to try:
- dried cranberries
- dark chocolate chips
- maple syrup
The combination of earthy green tea, white chocolate, and a vanilla bean glaze makes this one great recipe!
- 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.
- 2 Tablespoons Matcha Powder
- 1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, matcha powder, sugar, and salt.
- Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half and vanilla extract until just moistened.
- Gently fold in chocolate chips.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently 5 to 10 times.
- Pat into a 1-inch-thick round.
- Cut into 8 wedges; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2-inches apart.
- Brush tops with 1 Tbsp half-and-half, sprinkle each with sugar.
- Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Let cool on wire rack.
- This recipe is easily doubled.
Can be topped with our vanilla bean glaze
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 Tablespoons half and half (or milk)
Add all ingredients to bowl and stir until can drizzle off a spoon.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g