Easy Cherry Scones Recipe: Perfect for Afternoon Tea

A Classic British Treat with a Sweet Cherry Twist
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Indulge in the delightful charm of cherry scones, a perfect addition to any tea table. These scones combine the tender crumb of traditional scones with the sweet burst of glacé cherries, making them an irresistible treat for any occasion.


Scones are a beloved element of British afternoon tea, with their roots tracing back to Scotland. The term “scone” is believed to have originated from the Stone of Destiny (or Scone), a site where Scottish kings were crowned. Traditionally, scones were made plain or with currants, but the addition of cherries offers a deliciously sweet variation that’s sure to be a hit.

Serving Suggestions

Cherry scones are best enjoyed warm, straight from the oven. Serve them with a generous pat of butter for a simple pleasure, or elevate them with clotted cream and a dollop of your favourite jam for a more indulgent experience. Pair these scones with a pot of freshly brewed tea—Earl Grey or English Breakfast both make excellent choices.

Storing Instructions

To keep your cherry scones fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to two days. For longer storage, you can freeze the scones. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They will keep for up to three months.

Reheating Instructions

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen scones, let them thaw at room temperature. To reheat, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the scones on a baking tray and warm them in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until heated through. This will restore their lovely texture and warmth.


We hope you enjoy baking and savouring these delightful cherry scones. Whether you’re hosting an afternoon tea or simply treating yourself, these scones are sure to bring a smile to your face. We’d love to hear how yours turned out—leave a comment below or share your scone photos with us on social media. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more scrumptious recipes!

How to Make Cherry Scones Recipe

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Easy Cherry Scones Recipe: Perfect for Afternoon Tea

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 30 mins
Cooking Temp: 200  °C Servings: 12 Calories: 250 kcal per scone
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Indulge in the perfect blend of tradition and sweetness with these cherry scones. Soft and buttery with bursts of glacé cherries, they’re ideal for any tea time or as a delightful snack. Serve warm with butter, clotted cream, and your favourite jam for an irresistible treat.



Making the Scones:

  1. Preparation

    Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan) or gas mark 7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients

    In a large bowl, sift together the self-raising flour, baking powder, and caster sugar.

  3. Incorporate Butter

    Add the diced cold butter to the flour mixture. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  4. Add Cherries

    Gently fold in the glacé cherries, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

  5. Combine Wet Ingredients

    In a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix with the milk and vanilla extract. Reserve a small amount of this mixture for glazing the scones later.

  6. Form the Dough

    Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, stirring with a knife until a soft dough forms. Be careful not to overmix.

  7. Shape the Scones

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently to bring it together. Pat the dough out to a thickness of about 2.5 cm. Use a 5 cm cutter to cut out scones, re-rolling the dough as necessary until all the dough is used.

  8. Glaze and Bake

    Place the scones on the prepared baking tray. Brush the tops with the reserved egg and milk mixture, then sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the scones are well risen and golden brown.

  9. Cool and Serve

    Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with butter, or for a more indulgent treat, with clotted cream and jam.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 250kcal
Calories from Fat 81kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 40mg14%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 80mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 38g13%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 300 IU
Calcium 100 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin E 0.2 IU
Vitamin K 0.5 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Feel free to add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavours. For a zesty twist, add the zest of one lemon to the dough. These scones are best enjoyed fresh but can be frozen for later use.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use fresh cherries instead of glacé cherries?

Yes, you can use fresh cherries, but make sure to pit and chop them before adding to the dough. Keep in mind that fresh cherries might add a bit more moisture to the scones.

What if I don’t have self-raising flour?

You can make your own by combining plain flour with baking powder. For every 150g of plain flour, add 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Can I substitute the caster sugar with another sweetener?

Granulated sugar or light brown sugar can be used as substitutes, though it may slightly alter the texture and flavour.

How do I prevent my scones from spreading too much?

Ensure your butter is cold and do not overmix the dough. Both of these factors help the scones keep their shape while baking.

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Fiona O'Sullivan

Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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