Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

by | Feb 8, 2018 | All, Breakfast & Brunch

Are these Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones breakfast or dessert? Who cares! Pop a batch in the freezer so you can enjoy them whenever the craving strikes!

Seven Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones on a wooden board surrounded by dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries.

Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please!

I fully admit that I went a little overboard with these Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones. I mean, a full cup of chocolate AND a full cup of dried cherries?!?! Wow. One could argue that they are more like a dessert scone than a breakfast biscuit, but I say there that is no better excuse than Valentine’s Day serve up this indulgence.

Scones can get a bum rap for being dense and/or flavorless. Not these beauties. I snuck a little almond extract into these Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones because I adore cherry and almond flavors together, but you can surely use pure vanilla extract if that flavor floats your boat.

A quick pit stop in the freezer before baking makes all the difference in the texture of these scones. No dense hockey pucks here. You can get all fancy with form on these babies, too. I opted to make smaller triangles because they are on the rich side, but you can do squares or circles, too.

Bake the entire batch of these Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones at once if you’re feeding a crowd as these scones are best served the day they are made. Fortunately they will also stay frozen (unbaked) in your freezer for 3-4 weeks, so you can pull them out a few at a time to bake and enjoy whenever a chocolate and cherry craving strikes – which strangely happens more frequently than you think.

Or maybe that’s just me.

Tip: I prefer to use dried tart cherries in this scone recipe, but you can always use dried sweet cherries, too, if that’s what you have on hand.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones on a cooling rack

Recommended Equipment

After you’ve had your fill of these Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones, give a few of these other tasty scone recipes a go: 

Blueberry Scones – Garnish with Lemon®

Chocolate Chip and Toffee Cream Scones – Your Homebased Mom

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe Girl

Yield: 16

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

Just say no to dry scones! These Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones will melt in your mouth!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons half and half
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter, cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar or coarse sugar crystals (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together eggs, extract and half and half in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor. Gently pulse to combine. Add butter to bowl and gently pulse until butter is incorporated and mixture looks crumbly. Place dough into a bowl and gently stir in chocolate and cherries. Add liquid ingredients to dough and stir until combined and the dough holds together.
  3. Place a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Sprinkle silpat or parchment lightly with flour. Scoop dough onto baking sheet and gently form into 2 (6-inch rounds), adding a bit more flour to the pan if necessary to keep it from sticking. Use a bench scraper or knife run under warm water to evenly cut dough into 16 triangles. Gently pull them apart from one another so there is a bit of space between the scones as they will expand as they bake. Place the pan uncovered in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  4. When ready to bake, gently brush tops of scones with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until they just start to brown but are cooked through. Watch them carefully as the cherries burn quickly. Cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then remove to a wire rack.

Notes

Chilling the dough in the freezer allows the butter to get cold again, which gives the scone a better texture, and lets the gluten in the flour relax, giving these scones a better rise.

You can also freeze these unbaked scones completely and bake them individually as needed. Simply add an extra few minutes to the baking time.

adapted from King Arthur Flour

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16 servings

Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 251mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

 

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27 Comments

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    I don’t think we have enough scones in our life – these sound delicious.

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      Agreed, Cate. There are never enough scones to go around.

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      Me, too, Meredith!

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    I used to not like scones. Then I had a homemade one. And I’ve never looked back! Love the combo of chocolate and cherries!

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      Hard to resist the chocolate and cherries!

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    I adore scones and I adore these flavours! Thanks for including my pumpkin scones too!

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      Delighted to have you, Carolyn!

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      It is in our house, Liz!

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    I know, I feel bad for scones because of their “dry reputation”. 🙂 I started add greek yogurt to mine and they stay so moist.

    Love this combination of the cherry and chocolate, perfect way to start the morning and great next to a cup of coffee. Pinned this one! 🙂

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      Love that greek yogurt idea. Will have to try it!

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    I can’t figure why so many people have issues with scones. I mean they are SO good, ALL of them! And I don’t think you went overboard at all, the more chocolate and cherries, the better! Gots to try!

    P.S Thanks for sharing my scones! 🙂

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      You’re welcome, Nicole!

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    Oh my husband would LOVE these. He loves cherry in EVERYTHING and anything! Thanks so much for including my strawberry lemonade scones in your post!! xoxo

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      You’re welcome, Betsy!

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      You’re welcome, Danielle. (I love dark chocolate, too!)

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    A good scone just can’t be beat, and I love the dark chocolate and cherry combo here! Thanks for the link – have a great weekend!

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    I love the combination of cherries + chocolate – looks like a delicious sweet breakfast treat!

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      I love chocolate and cherry together too-such a tasty combo!:)

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    These look delicious. Can’t wait to give them a try.

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      They are a sweet and delicious way to start you day! Thanks, Sally!

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    What a wonderful combination for scones! Yours look so perfectly crumbly yet moist. Pinned!

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      Thanks for the pin, Kristy!

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    These scones look absolutely addictive! Love the cherry and chocolate flavor combination!

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      Dangerously delicious!:)

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