Mint Chip Scones

In case you’re looking for something for breakfast, these fluffy and pillowy soft Mint Chip Scones are what you need.

You know, in case you aren’t happy with that green smoothie. Scones > Smoothie. Always!

The perfect Mint Chip Scones! This recipe produces soft and pillowy scones, filled with mint chip pieces and chocolate!

One of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday morning is to walk to Starbucks with the family and have coffee. Mel and I started doing it early on in our relationship; I don’t even think we were married the first time we headed to downtown San Mateo for our morning ritual of coffee (for me), hot chocolate (for him) and the Sunday paper (for both of us).

In fact, when we moved from Arizona to California my only requirement of a house was that it was within walking distance of a coffee shop. I’d missed the ritual when we lived in a place that was too far away to walk. A few Sundays a month we’d walk down the hill, first with Jordan in her stroller, than on her scooter. Once Ginger joined us, we’d only go when it wasn’t too cold, because we couldn’t bear to leave her outside, tied up, alone.

Of course, along with the coffee, we’d all order breakfast. Mel is a purist, so a butter croissant or a cinnamon twist is the way he rolls. Jordan can devour several Petite Vanilla Scones if I’m not watching her close enough, and me? Well, I love any scone. Pumpkin, blueberry, maple oat, I’m not picky.

We haven’t done that trek in awhile. Partly because eating Starbucks for breakfast isn’t the healthiest, partly because Ginger can’t walk that far anymore without having to practically carry her home, and partly because I can make my own scones. For free.

And I can add mint chips to them. So pretty much that makes me the best mom of the year, in Jordan’s eyes.

Homemade scones #FTW.

The perfect Mint Chip Scones! This recipe produces soft and pillowy scones, filled with mint chip pieces and chocolate!

(Er, if you didn’t know #FTW means #ForTheWin. Yeah, I didn’t know either…for months. These kids and their jargon… 😉 )

So, back to homemade scones. They taste way better than the store bought kind; more like scones and less like cardboard. And? If you make your own you can add whatever flavors you like into the mix. We love mint, and it is Christmastime, so Mint Chip Scones kinda fit. But if you don’t like mint, don’t worry. This scone recipe is just a basic recipe that you can adapt to your liking.

What do you like in your scones? Chocolate chips? Raisins? Cranberries? Butterscotch? Whatever you like, throw it in.

Mint Chip Scones (9 of 9)

The base recipe for these scones comes from the new Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. I’m pretty sure you recognize this cookbook. It’s been around forever! This newest version is the 16th edition!

Let me give you some history on my experience with the BHG cookbook. My mom has one from 1968. It’s the ONLY cookbook I remember referring to as a kid. Need a cookie recipe? Get the BHG book. Have a question on how to cook chicken? Go find the red-checkered book.

When I got married someone gave me the 11th version as a gift. I actually think I may have registered for it. It’s still my go-to cookbook for many recipes, especially dinner ones. This new version is updated for today’s recipes, including cake pops and some dessert mashups like Snickerdoodle Pie. (I pink puffy heart dessert mashups, obviously…)

As soon as I set my eyes on these scones I knew that my coffee was lonely. It needed a new BFF, a scone!

The perfect Mint Chip Scones! This recipe produces soft and pillowy scones, filled with mint chip pieces and chocolate!

I love the base recipe for this scone. Let’s talk about scone making for a sec, shall we?

  • Butter. Butter is so very important in making a scone. I used unsalted cold butter, diced into pieces. It’s almost like you’re making a pastry dough, so keep it cool/cold. You work your butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter. It’s a little work but it keeps the scones soft. Don’t over work it too much!
  • Not too much sugar. Scones aren’t doughnuts for a reason: they aren’t supposed to be overly sweet. That makes them perfect for (1) frosting or (2) people who can’t eat a lot of sugar in the morning (aka, ME) but still want a sweet treat.
  • Liquid: this recipe uses heavy whipping cream. You can also use regular whipping cream. I also use eggs in these scones. To be honest, I’ve had scones with and without eggs and I like the ones with better. They seem softer and more pillowy when the recipe calls for eggs. So I use them!
  • Mix-ins: following the base recipe will get you a delicious plain vanilla flavored scone. It’s a canvas ripe for the decorating…with your favorite flavors. I used 1/2 cup mint chip pieces (the chopped Andes mints that come in the baking aisle). You can also use mini chocolate chips or sprinkles or raisins or craisins or blueberries or …. and the options are endless.

But first I think you should try mint. ‘Tis the season!

The perfect Mint Chip Scones! This recipe produces soft and pillowy scones, filled with mint chip pieces and chocolate!

This made my coffee happy. And I didn’t miss Starbucks one little bit!

Did you make this recipe?

Mint Chip Scones

These mint chip scones are pillowy soft and dense and full of mint chip flavor! This is the perfect basic scone recipe, and you can easily substitute your favorite flavors for the mint: chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup mint baking chips (or chopped Andes mints)
  • 1/2 cup mint or chocolate chips or 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, optional for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Cut butter into small pieces and place it in the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or fork, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour and butter mixture.
  3. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, whisk eggs, whipping cream, and mint chips. Pour into the well in the center of the flour mixture. Use a fork to stir just until moistened.
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough lightly until it is nearly smooth, about 10-12 folds in on itself. Divide dough in half, pat into a roughly 6-inch circle and cut into 6 or 8 wedges, depending on the size you want. Repeat with second dough ball.
  5. Place scones on cookie sheet. Brush the wedges with additional whipping cream or milk and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Cool before topping. Serve un-drizzled scones warm or room temperature.
  6. If you want to drizzle the top with chocolate, melt 1/2 cup mint chips, chocolate chips, or 2 ounces of semi-sweet baking chocolate in a small bowl as the package directs (about 1 minute, stirring twice during heating). Place chocolate in a small ziploc bag and cut of one tip. Pipe over cooled scones.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Notes:

If you don’t like mint chips, that’s okay! This is the perfect basic scone recipe. Just substitute 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or raisins or nuts for a new flavor.

You can find the mint chip baking pieces in the baking aisle (Andes brand, green bag) most of the year. If you can’t find them, just buy a box of Andes mints and chop them up small.

Adapted from the BHG New Cook Book, 16th edition, 2014.

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58 comments

  1. I never would’ve thought of mint chip for a scone flavor. Points for creativity! And of course, marvelousness.
    I think that BHG cookbook is part of every kid’s childhood memories. That cover brings so much back to me!

  2. Starbucks has great scones, but these look even better! I don’t think I’ve ever had a mint one before, so I love this Dorothy! Such a fun flavor! Pinned!

  3. MINT CHIP SCONES?! I Just made a mint chip green smoothie. OBVS, you win.
    Me and my husband LOVE having our morning coffee together (not walking. Seattle is too rainy) so these need to happen! Pinned!

  4. I love scones and I love mint chocolate everything. Mint chip scones #ftw! Haha it took me the longest time to figure out what #tbt was until my cooler friend informed me. 

  5. We love mint too! And these look perfect with a nice mug of cocoa. Mmm…

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dorothy!

  6. These look yummy! I love homemade scones and the ability to put whatever flavors you want in it. They are so adaptable! I love that you guys have that ritual walk to the coffee shop. It’s nice to look back on memories like that.
    Great job!

  7. Mint chip is my favorite flavor combination. Now that I know you can include it in a scone, I can eat chocolate for breakfast! Whoo hoo!

  8. Ooooh yes homemade scones definitely FTW!! Love them, never tried mint chocolate, though I don’t know why the heck not – it’s a brilliant combination! 

  9. These look delicious. They look perfect for enjoying with coffee! Love your tradition of walking to a coffee shop on Sunday mornings. It’s those little moments that are the best!

  10. I have the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, copywrite 1989. It says, “Updated for the 90’s!” Ha! I do turn to it from time to time when I have a cooking question. 🙂

    I absolutely love that you made these mint chip scones. Scones are my breakfast treat of choice, and homemade is always better!

  11. This looks amazing, look forward to test it out with my friends next weekend 🙂

  12. I adore these scones!  Like wow!!

  13. Love the mint chips!!!

  14. Oooh. Mint chips in a scone? You are speaking my language, Dorothy!
    I too have a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It’s the 11th edition, 1989. I have hardly used because it’s paperback and lacks pictures. I gotta have pictures in a cookbook! I have The Ultimate Cookbook that I refer to for the basic recipes and tips.

  15. homemade scones are SO much better than store bought – and I love that you made them mint chip;

  16. The morning ritual of the coffee shop breakfast sounds so lovely, a perfect way to start the day with your loved one. I love a good homemade scones and these look like perfection with the minty-chocolate flavour. And hey, cream makes everything better!!! Pinned! x 

  17. What a fun tradition! I grew up on a farm so you weren’t walking anywhere except to the barn! haha! These scones look so delicious!

  18. Mint chips make everything better and these look amazing Dorothy!

  19. That’s the classic cookbook we had in our house too and I have one and I think it’s a mandatary cookbook 🙂 Love hearing that the new one has some updated recipes, too!

    And mint scones…wow, never would have thought to try mint in scones but it’s a great idea! Pinned 🙂

  20. Mint in a scone sounds like a great breakfast to me.

  21. Mint Chip Scones!?!?!?!? Yum!! I don’t think I have ever seen a minty scone before – have I been living under a rock?

  22. Mint Chip Scones? That sounds amazing! Love that idea – you definitely win over Starbucks any day! Pinned!

  23. gotta love a good scone with chocolate in it! you hit this one out of the park! well done 🙂

  24. You can call them scones, but for me they are CAKE FOR BREAKFAST! Biscuity cake. Sconey cake. 🙂 Regardless of what you want to call them, I fully support these sweet treats.

  25. I love the BHG Cookbook, I have one in my kitchen!  It’s such a great reference when you’re baking.  I also love anything mint flavored, these scones look delicious.  Pinning these!

  26. I’m a huge scone lover, but have never considered the mint chocolate variety….but I love mint chocolate…so they must be good…a cup of hot tea and I’m in!

  27. These look so delicious! My girls and I love to have scones for breakfast. What a great surprise for them this will be when I make them for breakfast. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  28. Love scones and love my 1981 BHG cookbook (never thought to update it -before that I was using my Mom’s edition that she didn’t want anymore.  Thanks for the recipe – I might make that for Christmas morning (make ahead).

  29. Those are some rockin scones! Mint chip has got to be tasty. i really need that BHG cookbook! Ah! Its one of those thats been on my wish list forever. I think this year is the year I gift it to myself. Ha!

  30. Yum! I love the combo of fresh flavors like mint with buttery scones 🙂

  31. Mmmmm, I just love scones! I never would have thought of mint chip; what a great idea! Can’t wait to try these out. 🙂

  32. OMW !!! (oh my word) these sound divine…..guess what I am making on Sunday morning 🙂

  33. What a fun morning breakfast routine!!! But yes, making your own scones at home so much cheaper! And mint FTW!!! Love it!

  34. I think Starbucks must put something in their scones to make you want them – I always want to get one, even though I KNOW I can make a better one at home in minutes!  These scones look absolutely perfect, I love that chocolate drizzle on top.  And I have never made a mint chip scone, I need to get on that!

  35. My Grandma always made the best scones. Even though she gave me her recipe, I could never get them to taste as good as hers. And then one day I found out her secret by accident. Although her recipe uses milk as the liquid, she would only make scones when her bottle of milk was starting to get a bit ‘high’ and thick and curdly. Eek! I still haven’t managed to make scones that taste like hers, because I can’t make myself use ‘ripe’ milk! Maybe if I try the thick whipping cream it might substitute!

    • Yes! Buttermilk or sour milk scones – I wanted to try that with these but forgot. I know Averie from averiecooks.com has used buttermilk in scones a lot. I bet it makes them wonderful!

  36. I had the exact same thought as soon as I saw the title: Jordan must thing you’re the BEST mom ever. Chocolate + mint… For breakfast. I want you to adopt me too! 😉 Pinned!

  37. Just took these out of the oven and they are delish! Scones have always been tricky for me as a (decent) baker but these are moist and very tasty. I am bringing these to a breakfast gathering so I was hesitant to use mint, I used mini chips inside instead (next time mint). Thank you.

  38. I’ve been looking for a “moist and fluffy” scone recipe forever!!!  Thank you so much!  Our favorite bakery makes lemon scones to die for, and since we are snowbirding it in FL until May…..I thought I might go crazy without them!  I just used this recipe, made them plain, and then doused them a zested lemon glaze…..and they are awesome!  I forgot to put the lemon zest in the dough before I had them all mixed (I was way too excited for the outcome!)……next time the dough is getting zest, too!  Woohoo!  Thanks!

  39. SUCH lovely scones! I love the texture and adding mint is brilliant!!

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