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Ham & Cheese Scones

  • 20 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“No bakery degree required for this recipe: these healthy, savory ham-and-cheese scones are as easy to make as a batch of muffins. White whole-wheat flour adds a boost of fiber, and just enough butter gives them great flavor and texture without going overboard on calories. Try them with brunch or alongside your favorite stew. ”


    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons, divided
    • 1¼ cups white whole-wheat flour
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
    • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1½ ounces)
    • ¼ cup chopped Black Forest ham (1½ ounces)
    • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh chives
    • 1 cup reduced-fat milk or buttermilk
    • 1 large egg


  • 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • 2 Whisk 1½ cups all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut or rub butter into the dry ingredients. Stir in cheese, ham and chives.
  • 3 Whisk milk (or buttermilk) and egg in a medium bowl; stir into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • 4 Sprinkle a work surface with 1 tablespoon flour. Turn the dough out and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Knead three to five times, or until the dough just comes together. Divide in half and pat each piece into a 5-inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  • 5 Bake the scones until firm to the touch, 18 to 24 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight for up to 1 day; reheat at 300°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.
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