Yogurt Scones

Yogurt Scones recipe

The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
89 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The yogurt in this recipe from Evelyn Rose's The New Complete International Jewish Cookbook makes these unique scones develop a fluffy texture, and golden raisins (also known as sultanas) add a touch of sweetness.

For different flavors, add other dried fruits. Dried cherries, dried cranberries, dark raisins, dried blueberries, chopped dates, and Zante currants all would provide a new spin on the original recipe. Another option would be to add chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds, either alone or mixed with the dried fruit. Of course, you can always leave the dried fruit out for a plain scone, perfect for topping with jam. Regardless, serve them with hot tea for a classic pairing.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or fine whole-wheat flour)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cold, cut into small pieces)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (sour cream); plus extra for brushing

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Yogurt Scones ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with silicone or parchment paper.

    parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

    flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl

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  4. Add the cold butter pieces and cut it into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. This can be done by hand or by using the pulse action in a food processor or in a mixer.

    flour mixture mixed with cold butter in a bowl

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  5. Stir in the sultanas.

    sultanas added to the flour and butter mixture

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  6. Make a well in the center and add the yogurt.

    yogurt added to the flour mixture

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  7. Mix with a knife to form a soft, non-sticky dough.

    flour and yogurt dough in a bowl

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  8. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently for 30 seconds to smooth the underside.

    scones dough on a counter

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  9. Roll or pat the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch and cut it into 12 rounds with a pastry or biscuit cutter dipped in flour.

    Yogurt Scones dough cut into pieces

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  10. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and brush with yogurt or sour cream.

    Yogurt Scones pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  11. Sprinkle the tops with sugar and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the scones begin to brown on the top.

    Yogurt Scones dough pieces sprinkled with sugar on a parchment paper lined baking seet

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  12. Eat warm straight from the oven or cool. Enjoy.

    baked Yogurt Scones

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  • You can freeze cooled yogurt scones for up to 3 months. 
  • For a traditional take, serve these yogurt scones with clotted cream, jam or preserves, and tea. This is part of the quintessential afternoon tea menu throughout the U.K.—as it has been for generations.
  • If you aren't into that kind of snack at 4 p.m., have these delicious yogurt scones for breakfast with clotted cream or butter. Preserves would be good, too, but the fruit in this recipe really fills that bill. Go on and have that tea—maybe Irish or English Breakfast—but if you really love coffee more, go for it. Don't be constrained by scone tradition.

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