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Easy Cheddar Cheese Scones Recipe with Caramelized Onions

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Savory Cheddar Cheese Scones

Light, fluffy and full of flavor, these Cheese Scones are a must make recipe to go with any stew, chili or soup! The addition of caramelized onion adds a sophisticated flavor you aren’t expecting at first bite.

Scones are one of the easiest treats you can make – though they can sound quite intimidating if you’ve never attempted them before. These easy to make savory scones can be enjoyed on their own or with dinner and will have you whipping up a batch anytime the craving hits.

Cheese scones on wire cooling rack.

Savory or Sweet

You guys should know by now how much I love an easy to make recipe that I can adapt to my flavor and tastes. And really, once you have the “basic” dough down for your scones you can add whatever you like to it!

Look at our Chocolate Chip Scones or Strawberry Vanilla Scones as two different examples of how tasty and versatile one dough recipe can be. Now, there are definitely some “tricks” when mastering the perfect scone, which I will share below, but don’t be afraid to get creative and make a flavor your family will love.

For these cheddar scones I was inspired by a delicious Irish cheddar I had picked up during one of our grocery shops – I always look for extra old when buying my cheddars (I just love the bold flavor!). You could totally use a regular cheddar in these too and they would still be delish.

Dough ball for cheese scones on countertop.

Ingredients for Cheese Scones

As I mentioned above, these are a basic scone recipe with cheese, onions and a few spices added in. Easy peasy!

  • Irish Cheddar
  • Yellow Onion
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Parsley
Mixing bowl with dry ingredients for scones.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get my scones to rise and be fluffy?

The number one trick to a fluffier scone is the coldness of your butter and how much you “mix” your dough! The cold butter needs to simply be “cut” into the dry ingredients and then you will shape the dough into a disc and cut. This ensures the butter stays whole and will melt into the dry ingredients when baking in the oven – which leaves you with a fluffy a delicious scone to enjoy.

What goes well with cheese scones?

So many delicious options to go with a cheese scone – any kind of soup or stew, and even a nice pasta dinner are a few options. You can even heat these up and add a little butter to enjoy them on their own.

What is the difference between a biscuit and a scone?

Quite simply put, a biscuit is more of a bread and tends to be fluffier than a scone. Scones are typically a little denser and have a more crumbly texture rather than flaky.
A good scone recipe will also often do well with mix ins; like these Cheese ones as well as many berry variations and even Pumpkin Spice Scones.

Can you make scones the day before?

Okay, this is really a personal preference but I will say they taste best right out of the oven. You can however make them ahead and, if stored properly, they will still be delicious. That being said, you want to make sure you eat them within 2-3 days of baking if you are leaving them in a container on the counter.
When eating a scone the day (or 2-3) after, I prefer to quickly heat it in the microwave or put it in the toaster for 20 seconds to warm up.

Will baked scones freeze?

Again, this is really a personal preference and some people will tell you DON’T do it … but I’m not some people and I know that they do freeze and pretty darn well too. Here is what I suggest if you want to freeze your scones:
– If freezing after baking you will want to make sure they are completely cooled. If you are freezing the dough before baking then simply shape into your circle and cut into triangles, freeze as is by placing in a sealed container.
-Once the scone is baked and cooled you will want to wrap them in plastic wrap and place within a sealed container to keep them fresh.
-Freeze up to 6 weeks and be sure to remove ahead of time if wanting to enjoy them (though I often just pop mine in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm it up).

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Yield: 8 lg scones

Savory Cheese Scones

Cheese scones on wire cooling rack.

Easy to make Cheddar Cheese Scones with Caramelized Onions are your go-to scone recipe for soups, stews and more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 COLD cubed butter, + 1 tbsp for cooking
  • 2.5 cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt


Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp butter, 1/4 tsp salt and sliced onions. Cook until translucent - approximately 7 minutes.

In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and garlic powder. Cut in cold butter (if using a stand mixer you can easily do this with the paddle attachment on low speed). 

In a separate bowl whisk together egg and milk. Add to flour mixture with cheese, onions and parsley and gently mix until just combined. 

Remove dough from bowl and form into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Flatten into a 1" disc, making sure the dough is even, and cut into 8 triangles.  (**the easiest way to do this is using a pizza cutter to cut the dough into quarters and then cut each section in half** )

Bake for 14-16 minutes until lightly golden around edges and on top. Enjoy warm from the oven! 

Nutrition Information:


8 Scones

Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

*Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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