White Cheddar Scones

White Cheddar Scones take the classic, slightly sweet flavor of scones and give it a savory twist with cheddar cheese and chopped pecans. It’s a new kind of scone that you won’t be able to put down!

white cheddar scones stacked on a plate.

When most people think of scones, they think of a slightly sweet biscuit topped with some kind of glaze. We decided to turn that idea on its head and make a sweet and savory version with that classic, slightly sweet flavor kicked up with white cheddar and chopped pecans. It’s a great addition to breakfast and an amazing appetizer!

white cheddar scones stacked on a plate.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a few basic baking ingredients to make.
  • It’s an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • The white cheddar and chopped pecans are delicious in the scones.
  • It’s a versatile recipe that can be part of breakfast or served as an appetizer.


bowls of white cheddar cheese, butter, sugar, pecans, salt, pepper, baking powder, flour, and cream on a counter.

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you can find them at any grocery store. There’s nothing fancy about this recipe!

All the ingredients you need are listed here, but you can find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Butter – chilled
  • Shredded white cheddar cheese
  • Chopped pecans
  • Heavy cream, plus more for brushing the tops

🔪 How to Make White Cheddar Scones

Making these scones is no more difficult than making any other scone recipe, which is to say it’s super easy! It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

dry ingredients being whisked together in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, and sugar in a large bowl.

butter being added to dry ingredients with a pastry cutter.

Step 3: Add Butter, Cheese, and Pecans

Add cubed cold butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to mix until you get a fine, crumbly mixture. Then, stir in the cheese and pecans until they’re well coated.

cream being poured into dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Step 4: Make the Dough

Add the heavy cream and mix, first with a spoon, and then with clean hands. Gently knead the dough until it sticks together.

dough on parchment paper being cut into triangles.

Step 5: Press and Slice

Press the dough into a 7-inch circle on a cutting board and slice it evenly into 8 pieces.

baked scones cooling on a baking sheet

Step 6: Brush and Bake

Brus the tops of each scone with heavy cream and place them on a baking sheet 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden brown. About 5 minutes before they’re done, sprinkle them with more cheese and return them to the oven.

Step 7: Cool

Cool the scones slightly and enjoy!


  • Omit the nuts and use cheddar cheese for super savory scones.
  • Try adding diced jalapenos for a spicy, cheesy scone.
  • Use your favorite cheddar cheese varieties for different scone flavors.

If you love cheesy bread variations like these scones, we think you’ll enjoy our jalapeno cheddar biscuits.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board
two white cheddar scones on a kitchen towel.

🥫 Storage

Store these scones in an air-tight container at room temperature for about 4 days. For longer storage, wrap the scones individually in plastic wrap and freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

Serve With

Serve these scones as appetizers with your favorite finger foods or make them part of a larger breakfast with all your favorites like eggs, sausage, pancakes, and the like. They’re also delicious paired with sweet, fresh fruit and a cup of coffee.

💭 Tips

  • Lightly flour your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them as you mix and knead it.
  • Add cheese to the tops of your scones about 5 minutes before the scones are done so the cheese has time to melt.
  • Give your scones at least an inch of space so they get golden on all sides.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are scones?

Scones are a traditional British baked good similar to an American biscuit. Most scones have a slightly sweet flavor, and they all have a slightly dry, crumbly texture.

What’s the difference between a scone and a biscuit?

Scones and biscuits are very similar, and most food historians concur that biscuits originate from scones. However, there are differences. Scones are sweeter, dryer, and more crumbly than biscuits which are light, flaky, and savory.

Why did my scones fall apart?

If you add too much flour to your scones, they’re fall apart after baking? Although scones are somewhat dry, they should never fall apart or crumble.

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white cheddar scones stacked on a plate.

White Cheddar Scones

These sweet and savory white cheddar scones are a tasty twist on the classic with white cheddar cheese and chopped pecans.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Scones
Calories: 256kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • cup butter chilled
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup heavy cream plus more for brushing tops


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper and sugar.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes.
  • Add it to the flour, and use a pastry cutter to create a fine crumbly mixture.
  • Stir in the cheese and the pecans until they are well coated with flour.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and mix, first with a spoon, and then your hands.
  • Gently knead the dough until it sticks together.
  • Press the dough into about a 7” sized circle on a cutting board and slice evenly into 8 pieces.
  • Brush the tops of each scone with heavy cream and place on a baking tray about 1-2” apart.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown, pulling them about 5 minutes from being done to sprinkle a little cheese on the tops.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before serving.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Scone | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg

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