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Though I enjoy sweet scones, it’s these Savory Scones with Gruyere and Chives that have my heart. They’re wonderful alongside fried or scrambled eggs any time of year and an unbeatable companion for a steaming hot bowl of soup when the weather is chilly.

savory scones on a baking sheet

I’ve been making these ever since lovely Paula of Vintage Kitchen posted her mini scones several years ago. Though I love sweet breakfast foods like Oatmeal Banana Bread, Belgian Waffles, and Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, it’s usually savory breakfasts that I crave. And these flaky, crunchy edged, buttery soft centered, savory scones always deliver.

Ingredients You Need to Make Savory Scones

Savory Scones ingredients on a marble board
  • Butter: start with very cold butter when making these scones for the flakiest scones.
  • Gruyere cheese: I love to use gruyere, but you have lots of cheese options for this recipe including sharp cheddar and pecorino or parmesan cheese.
  • Chives: Look for perky, bright green chives. And if you don’t have chives on hand, green onions work well.
  • Egg: I’ve made these with and without an egg and much prefer the texture with it.
  • Heavy Cream: like the butter, start with very cold heavy cream.
  • Flours: You’ll need both all-purpose flour and white whole wheat flour for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder: I use non-aluminum baking powder.
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper: If you use salted butter, you’ll want to reduce the salt by 1/2 teaspoon. Pepper adds great flavor to these!

The ingredient list above is just a suggestion since this savory scone recipe is infinitely adaptable – jalapeño and sharp cheddar cheese for example, or pecorino with roasted garlic, or a sour cream version with green onions and dill. Try the original first and then get creative making it your own.

savory scones on a cooling rack

What to eat with Savory Scones.

These are just the sort of thing to serve for brunch on a lazy weekend (I like to serve them with Baked Eggs). Or when the days get shorter and the mercury falls, to pair with your favorite soup for a simple dinner. (Vegan Butternut Squash Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Winter Squash Soup would all be excellent choices.)

How to Reheat Frozen Scones

If you’re lucky enough to have leftover scones, they freeze beautifully. Let them cool completely and then store in the freezer in a freezer bag or other airtight, freezer-safe container. To reheat, remove from freezer container and place on a cooling rack while your oven heats to 350˚F. Arrange partially thawed scones on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until heated through. (You can also bake straight from the freezer, but it will take a couple of extra minutes and you run the risk of cold spots in the center.)

How to Make Savory Scones

Step 1: Add dry ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add cold butter and shredded cheese; pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add chives and black pepper; pulse to combine.

savory scone ingredients in food processor

Step 2: Transfer flour mixture to a large bowl. Whisk together heavy cream and egg; drizzle over flour mixture and fold with fork just to combine. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface and form into a ball. Divide ball in half and pat each half into a 3/4-inch thick circle. Cut each circle into 6 equal wedges.

mixing dough for and shaping and cutting savory scones

Step 3: Arrange wedges, spaced 1-inch apart, onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush tops with cream and bake at 400˚F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

savory scones before and after baking

Savory Scones with Gruyere and Chives

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Course: Breads and Quick Breads, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 245
Servings: 12 scones
Using whole grain flour gives these scones a hearty crumb. If you want a more delicate, light scone use only all-purpose flour.

Ingredients  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 204g
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour 120g
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt recipe note #2
  • 3 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into ½-inch dice and chilled
  • ¼ cup minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream plus more for brushing the tops
  • 1 egg

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add flours, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of a food processor; pulse several times to combine. Scatter chilled butter cubes and shredded cheese over mixture and pulse several times, until the mixture resembles a coarse meal (you should still have visible flecks of butter). Add chives and black pepper and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  • In a glass measuring pitcher, whisk together heavy cream and egg. Slowly drizzle over flour mixture as you lift and stir with a fork until cream mixture and dry ingredients are just combined.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead gently until you can gather it into a ball (working as quickly as possible to keep the ingredients cold). Divide the dough in half with a large, sharp knife or dough scraper and pat each half into a circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut each circle into 6 equal wedges (12 total scones).
  • Arrange scones on prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-inch between each. Brush the top of each scone with cream and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until scones are golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  1. To skip the food processor, you can combine the dry ingredients and butter in a large bowl with a pastry cutter.
  2. If you use salted butter, reduce the amount of kosher salt to 1 teaspoon.
  3. If you have leftover scones, allow to cool completely and then wrap tightly and refrigerate for a few days. Reheat in a 350˚F oven before serving. For longer storage, store in the freezer in a freezer bag or other airtight, freezer-safe container. To reheat, remove from freezer container and place on a cooling rack while your oven heats to 350˚F. Arrange partially thawed scones on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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28 Comments

  1. Leah says:

    What is white wheat flour?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Leah! Typical whole wheat flour is made with hard red spring wheat or hard red winter wheat and white whole wheat flour is made from hard white spring wheat or hard white winter wheat. So they’re just types of wheat and have similar nutritional value, but the white wheat varieties have a lighter color and milder flavor (closer to AP flour).

  2. Naomi Robinson says:

    5 stars
    Yes, these with scrambled eggs sounds like a perfect breakfast to me!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Love how you think, Naomi!

  3. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    5 stars
    I rarely make scones, Marissa. But when I do, I always wonder why I don’t do it more often! These savory beauties would be just wonderful for brunch one day. The gruyere is perfect!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thank you, Katherine! I hope you’ll give these a try. 🙂

  4. Valentina says:

    Gruyere is the most magical of all cheeses — for me, anyway. 😉 LOVE it, and it’s always so fantastic in savory baking. Great recipe! 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      We love it too, Valentina! And it melts so beautifully. Thanks so much!