Savory Scones with Goat Cheese and Chives

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Savory buttermilk scones made with goat cheese and chives.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Ever wonder what the difference is between scones and biscuits?

The light, sweet scones enjoyed in England are nothing like the heavy, somewhat dry scones we usually have here in the states. They are more like our biscuits, but sweet.

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Of course “biscuit” in England means what we here would call a cookie. So confusing.

I set out to make a light, savory scone, and in the process learned that, at least here in America, what I was making would more normally be called a biscuit. (According to some, scones have eggs, biscuits don’t.)

Savory Scones with Goat Cheese and Chives

But also here in America, if the baked good in question is round, it’s called a biscuit, and if it is triangular, it’s called a scone.

So, call these what you will. Here’s a recipe for delicious buttermilk scones/biscuits, made with goat cheese and chives, and shaped into wedges. You can shape them any which way you like.

Savory Scones with Goat Cheese and Chives Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 8 scones


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of freshly chopped chives (can also use chopped green onions)
  • 1 5-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup buttermilk (plus an extra tablespoon for finish)


1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 heavy baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper.

2 Make the dough: Whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into dry ingredients until coarse meal forms.

Stir in the chives. Add cheese and buttermilk; stir with fork just until a sticky dough forms (bits of cheese will be visible in dough).

3 Knead the dough and form into rounds, cut into wedges: Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 8 times with floured hands. Do not over-knead!

Form into a round, about 3/4-inch to an inch thick. Cut the round into 8 wedges.

4 Use a pastry brush to brush on some extra buttermilk over the surface of the wedges.

5 Bake: Arrange wedges about 1/2 inch apart on an un-greased large baking sheet and bake at 400°F in the middle of the oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Cool on a rack.

Best eaten just baked and warm, with a little butter.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Laura

    I made these scones for my work partner. He’s from Whales, and misses him moms baking. I used some whole wheat flour as well, and almond milk(lemon juice). Turned out divine!!! Thank you


  2. Nicole

    Great recipe. First time making scones and they came out perfect. I use honey goat cheese in the recipe. Was so delicious. Thank you for taking my fear out of making scones.


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  3. Ana

    I was looking for a good goat cheese scone recipe! I made these about a month ago. Here I am making them a second time. I made them a bit more herbaceous with 1/2 a cup green onion and 1/4 cup each of parsley and dill. Mmmmm they were so good. They were gobbled up very quickly. Thank you!


  4. Julia

    What would happen if I used 2% milk instead of buttermilk?

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  5. Josie holladay

    I subbed olive oil for butter. Even faster. Also whole wheat flour. Increased the baking powder to 1 tablespoon. So yummy. Thanks

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