Round scones with jam on white plate.
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Recipe for Scones

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What is something I haven’t made before? That is a question I was asking myself last week when I realized that I haven’t attempted to make scones. I searched for a recipe for scones in all of my vintage cookbooks and found the one I am sharing today. It is easy and great for summer baking!

What Ingredients Will I Need?

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Shortening
  • Eggs
  • Milk
Ingredients on Counter
Ingredients for Scones

Recipe for Scones – Helpful Tips

  • If you don’t have a flour sifter, use a whisk to sift dry ingredients.
  • Use a pastry blender to cut shortening into dry ingredients.
  • Use butter-flavored shortening for best flavor.
  • An electric skillet or electric griddle makes it easier to control the temperature.


  • Raisin Scones – add 1/2 cup raisins to dry ingredients before adding shortening.
  • Buttermilk Scones – substitute 1/3 cup buttermilk for 1/3 cup milk. Use 2 teaspoons baking powder instead of 1 tablespoon baking powder. Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
  • Sour Cream Scones – Increase sugar to 2 tablespoons and use 1/2 cup sour cream instead of 1/3 cup milk. Perfect for strawberry shortcake!
Scones on wooden board
Perfectly Browned Scones

Ideas for Toppings

  • Jam or jelly – any flavor
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Lemon curd
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Marmalade

Other Recipes to Try

Spice Muffins, Sweet Milk Griddle Cakes, and Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits are other great breakfast recipes to try. Old-Fashioned Banana Bread and Classic French Toast also make for a yummy breakfast. Sourdough English Muffins from The Baker’s Table blog or Air Fryer English Muffins from Katy Kicker are also delicious. For a savory option, try these Ham and Cheese Scones.

Final Thoughts on This Recipe for Scones

Overall, I enjoyed this recipe. The flavor and texture were just right for adding toppings or fillings. They were easy to make and I liked that I didn’t need to use my oven. These would be perfect for summertime and I could see myself making these while camping. Next time, I might try a larger biscuit cutter because I prefer my scones a bit larger.

Have you made scones? What is your favorite topping or filling?

Round scones with jam on white plate.

Recipe for Scones

This recipe for scones is perfect for summertime as it doesn't require an oven! These sones can be made on the stove and are quick and easy!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 18


  • 2 Cups Flour Sifted
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • Cup Milk


  • Preheat griddle or skillet over medium heat or set electric griddle to 325°.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.
  • Cut in shortening until mixture looks like crumbs.
  • Make a hollow in the center.
  • Beat eggs slightly.
  • Combine eggs with milk and stir into hollow in dry ingredients with fork until all ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.
  • Place on floured board and knead carefully 5 or 6 times.
  • Roll out to ½ inch thick and cut with 2-inch biscuit cutter.
  • Place on ungreased griddle or skillet.
  • Bake approximately 10 minutes on one side then turn and bake approximately 10 minutes on the other side.
Keyword 1960’s Recipe, Scones, Summer Scones

Adapted from “Homemade Bread” by Farm Journal Inc., copyright 1969

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