Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones

10 Sep

While we’re on the subject of scones, let me give you the inside scoop on how to get anything you want from anyone you want. Spoiler alert: the answer comes in the form of a baked good that is chock FULL of sugar and flour.

In a former life I had the world’s most awesome job of talking to young people about staying safe and healthy. Pluuuus I got to talk to teachers  and school staff about best practices for engaging young people in these discussions– it was pretty much the best.

Most of the time.

There were, of course, people who weren’t quite hip to the fact that hundreds of young people in DC are living with HIV, and who thought that talking with young people only “encouraged and condoned” behavior that leads to the transmission of HIV. So I would sic my boss on them, who would employ this brilliant response: “In 20 years when they are making the 60 Minutes episode about how we beat HIV in DC,  would you rather be portrayed as someone who was part of the solution or part of the problem?”

Once the head hauncho set somebody straight, I’d swoop into the school with a smile and a bag of these chocolate chip scones to seal the deal– the one-two punch of good cop/bad cop. I haven’t the slightest idea where I got this recipe, and I never took a picture, but just trust me: if you need to win somebody over, bring these with you to the negotiating table.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones


  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 TBS butter, very cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c buttermilk, cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • sugar, for sprinkling over the top


1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2. Add the cold butter and mix it with your fingers until mixture resembles a coarse meal with pea-sized lumps.  Add the chocolate chips, mix well.

3. Pour in the cold buttermilk and vanilla and mix until absorbed. Dough will look dry. That’s what we want.

4. Turn dough out onto a cutting board.  Press the dough into a fat disk about 6-inches in diameter. Then fold the dough in half, rotate 1/4 turn and press into another fat disk. Repeat the fold-turn-pat maneuver once more for a total of three kneads.

5. After the third knead, press out the dough just a bit more to get close to an 8-inch diameter. Cut the disk into 8 wedges.  Place scones on parchment-lined pan and brush with the beaten egg. Top each scone with a sprinkle of sugar.

6. Bake scones for 15-18 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Cool ten minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool complete.y

One Response to “Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones”


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