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Mocha Scones

by Jamie on August 29, 2011

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I love making scones almost as much as I love eating scones. Up until I discovered my version of scone bliss at Panera a few years back, I always tuned my nose up to them thinking they were a slightly glorified biscuit. As much as I love me a good biscuit – scones are different and scones are delicious.

My latest shipment from Green Mountain Coffee included a variety of K-Cup® portion packs from the The Donut House® Collection. From the minute I opened the box, I knew something mocha was going to be happening in my kitchen.

My initial thought was to make cupcakes – go figure, right? But I wanted to branch out beyond the cupcake and decided to try give Mocha Scones a try. I used my favorite basic scone recipe and infused it with strong, freshly brewed coffee and semi sweet chocolate chips. Then I decided to take the mocha flavor to the next level by drizzling them with a mocha glaze that added the perfect finishing touch to an already incredible scone.

The scones turned out beautifully – they were tender, moist and perfectly sweet. Every single bite was bursting with mocha flavor and I must say they made my cup of Sunday morning coffee all that much more enjoyable.

Whether you’re looking for a midday pick-me-up or a delicious accompaniment to your morning coffee, these scones are sure put a little pep in your step.

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Mocha Scones

August 29th, 2011

Yield: 8-20 scones depending on size

Ingredients:

For the Scones

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup strong coffee, room temperature
1 large egg

For the Mocha Glaze

1/4 cup strong coffee
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

Directions:

For the Scones

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Use the large holes of a box grater to grate the butter into the flour mixture. Use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in chocolate chips.
3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream, coffee and egg until smooth.
4. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until the dough comes together. I typically just use clean hands for this process. Then use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be sticky, but it will come together.
5. Place on a lightly floured work surface. Now at this point you can either pat the dough into an 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick and use a sharp knife to cut it into 8 triangles. Or you can pat it into a rectangle, then use a sharp knife to cut 10 even squares. Then cut 10 even squares in half to create 20 smaller triangles.
6. Place scones on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 for smaller triangles and 18-22 minutes for larger triangles.
7. Cool on wire rack. Once scones are cool, prepare the glaze.

For the Mocha Glaze

1. In a small bowl, combine coffee and confectioners’ sugar and whisk until smooth. Whisk in melted chocolate until thoroughly combined.
2. Lay a large piece of parchment paper on your work surface, place a wire rack over the parchment paper. Place scones on wire rack. Place chocolate glaze in a large zip top bag, use scissors to snip a small piece of the bag off the corner of the bag.
3. Drizzle chocolate glaze over the scones. Allow glaze to set for about an hour.

Notes:

- Store scones at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Scone recipe is adapted from Pam Anderson via allrecipes


{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

Yummm…scones are so good. Yours look much better than Panera’s, by the way. ;-) Mmm!

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Kathryn August 29, 2011 at 6:57 am

Wow, these look so beautiful! I love the drizzle on top!

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Becca at It's Yummilicious August 29, 2011 at 7:13 am

My sweet momma left this world yesterday… and scones were one of her sweet indulgences. I believe she’s channeling herself through your blog this morning, Jamie… Letting me know that she’s sitting comfortably in Heaven with my dad…and a scone…by her side <3

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Maria September 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Becca I’m so sorry for your loss! My condolences to you and yours.

Jamie those look fantabulously yummy!

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

These look so beautiful! I love chocolate with my coffee. I could take one right now in fact. This recipe sounds wonderful! I always had a weird idea of what scones really were until I made my first ones a while back. I’m in love now.

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Kayte August 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh mocha goodness! These looks fantastic!!

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Blog is the New Black August 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

I love making scones- this looks awesome!

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Miranda @ The Pinterest Project August 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

You have got to be kidding me – amazing. Mocha AND scones together?? Holy bliss. This is a must try!!!

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Sarah @TheExPatBride August 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’ve always wondered why american scones and real english scones are so different….

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Tara @ The Butter Dish August 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

Well I share that love of scones I must say lady. They’re a perfect breakfast if you ask me.

I even created a scone recipe for a friend of mine last week. Mocha scones sound utterly, positively superb.

I like to make extra and keep them in the freezer. Heating them up in the toaster oven makes them perfect!!

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tj August 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

…I am sooo adding this to my to-do list! These look delish’! :o)

…Thank you so much for sharing!

…Blessings

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Paula August 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

Photographed with those cups of coffee makes me wish I was at your home for breakfast this morning. Wonderful looking scones.

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SarahJ August 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

Yummy!! I always forget how much I like scones. I will have to try this recipe soon!

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TiffH August 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

mmm… those looks tasty. I too kinda think scones are glorified biscuits, but I love biscuits so bring it. I’ll take two please.

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Sam @ Critics in My Kitchen August 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

I love scones as an afternoon treat when the kids are napping/resting upstairs. It feels so luxurious! I can’t wait to try this mocha variation!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

These sound so yummy! Awesome.

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Tracy August 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Okay, coffee IN the scones? That’s genius. I am bookmarking this recipe right. now.

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Anita August 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Oh, these look good! Although now you’re making me wonder — have you ever tried making a chocolate pastry like the one at Panera? They’re kind of like croissants with chocolate chunks on the inside. They are soooo good! I’d love to see a recipe for those!

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Stephanie L August 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I think the only successful Pain au Chocolat I’ve managed was with frozen puff pastry and semi sweet chocolate sticks and it still didn’t touch the real thing!

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets August 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I was the same way – I’d only ever eaten scones that tasted like hockey pucks. I was convinced that the British wouldn’t eat tea and scones everyday if that’s how they were meant to taste! Ever since I started playing around with recipes, I’ve been addicted. Mocha sounds heavenly…

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Alicia (A Pinch of Sweet) August 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

These look absolutely wonderful. I will have to add these to my top list of things to bake!

Also, I’m passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to you. View the details at http://apinchofsweet.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/versatilebloggeraward/

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm

OMG These look great!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Scones are the best! I went on a serious scone making rampage for a while, always looking for more great recipes to try!

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Ann P. August 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm

MMM Delicious-looking!! I love a double dose of coffee in the morning, and would love to try these! The one other time I attempted scones, I ended up with scone-shaped cookies–I was afraid of how dry the dough looked so I kept adding butter, hehe. But I’ll follow your recipe this time, haha! :)

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Mellie August 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Scones are the bomb!

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Kelsey @aslolife August 29, 2011 at 9:25 pm

wow, they look divine!

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Ann August 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

These look amazing and your pictures *sigh* they’re incredible…

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Dalila G. August 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Ok…just wiped the drool off my keyboard.
These look totally scrumptious, delectable, luscious, heavenly, just down-right yummy!!!
This is a keeper and when I make them, I just might NOT share them! LOL!!

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Stephanie L August 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Looks fabulous! Love mocha, love scones…score! Gotta make these I’m thinking!

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Lynn J August 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm

These look so good! I love scones and usually make them with fresh fruit. I can’t wait to try these out. Coffee, scones, chocolate can’t get any better than that. I wonder if adding espresso powder would give it a kick too.

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Katie August 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

These were amazing scones – tender and moist! The dough was incredibly sticky…I couldn’t cut the scones into shape because the dough just fell back together, so I just scooped them on the baking sheet as blobs…they still tasted great though! Thank you for sharing your recipe Jamie! :)

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Jamie August 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Katie-
I am glad you enjoyed them. The dough is really sticky, if you make them again, I’d recommend adding a little more flour. I was able to get them to hold their shape without issue, but their are so many variables in baking. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
-Jamie

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

These scones look delicious! I love all things mocha flavored.

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Brooke (Baking with Basil) August 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I’ve never tried to make scones. I’m not a huge fan but these might change my mind.

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Sanjeeta kk September 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

Love that coffee glaze over the lovely scones…and what wonderful texture for the scones..absolutely gorgeous bake.

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Baking Serendipity September 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm

It took me a little while to get on board with scones too, but now they are on of my favorite breakfast treats! I love the extra coffee in yours…delicious :)

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Kim September 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

I made these for my farmers market on Saturday and people loved them! The glaze is divine! Thank you for the recipe!

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NATALIE September 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

YUMM! These would go great with a nice hot brew. Im making these!!

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kyleen September 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm

These look delicious! My mom’s a big fan of scones, so I’ll definitely be making these for her birthday this week.

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Courtney Biggs September 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I’m going to make those soon! Those sound and look so yummy!

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen September 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

Yep, I’m making these asap! I could eat scones everyday and never get tired of them.

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Jill September 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I made these this morning and they are awesome! Thanks for a great recipe. :)

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Lisa September 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I made these this morning! So easy! I took them to work and they were devoured within hours! I love the flavor! I cut them in squares and then triangles to make the smaller size! Perfect!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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Jamie September 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Lisa-
I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the scones, thanks for coming back and telling us your thoughts! Have a great day.
-Jamie

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Umm…these sound right up my alley. You say mocha…I’m in!

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candyflick December 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

I made these today and they turned out fabulous ! So easy and so good. I cut them into 8’s….good size and great flavour :)

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Jan March 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Jamie,
I did a review of your scones on my website.
Delicious! Thanks!

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Fiona June 19, 2013 at 6:44 am

My sister loves all things coffee flavoured so tried these out this week with a view to giving her a batch next time I’m visiting. Never really have sour cream so substituted with buttermilk. Should have reduced liquid quantity though but had already whisked it up with the coffee and egg. Despite being a bit wet and messy going on the tray they were still a big hit with my fiancée and brother, ( without icing as ran out of time) so will definitely be making again! Thanks for posting as I looked around for coffee scone recipes and these looked the best by far

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Jamie August 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Fiona,

Thank you so much for stopping back to let us know about your experience with the recipe! Have a fantastic day and thank you for following MBA!

Jamie

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Ellie November 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Made these this morning and found the consistency of the dough much too moist. The original scone recipe (Simple Scones) used as the basis for this recipe has 2 c. of flour, 1/2 cup sour cream and no liquid. This one has 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sour cream and the additional 1/2 cup coffee. I added an additional 1/2 cup flour just to be able to handle the dough and it was still too sticky. Perhaps a coffee extract would work better. I also thought the texture of the end product was not as good as the Simple Scones results…which are phenomenal.

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Vanessa April 28, 2014 at 5:09 am

This looks amaaazing! :)

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Liz May 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I made these today and added a half teaspoon of coffee grounds right to the batter to kick up the coffee flavor and it turned out fantastic! I also didn’t have any unsweetened chocolate for the glaze so I used white chocolate instead and it turn out really yummy too.

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frankyasia August 13, 2014 at 2:43 am

What is the difference between kosher- and normal salt and where can I buy it?

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Jamie August 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

Kosher salt is more of a flaky salt than the fine granules of normal salt. Kosher salt can be found at most grocery stores near the normal salt. Thanks for stopping by.

-Jamie

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