Coffee and Chocolate Scones

Chocolate Scone Recipe

Scones are a weakness of mine. A plain, British-style scone spread with difficult to justify quantities of clotted cream and strawberry jam is a vice tricky to control. But because scones are such a blank canvas, without any added flavour, they are real fun to experiment with. The result? Coffee and Chocolate Scones.

The unanimous reaction I’ve had when talking about these scones has been one of intrigue. Raisins in your scones? Fine. Cheese and garlic? Bellissimo! Chocolate and coffee?! Pardon me?

Coffee and Chocolate Scones Recipe

Don’t worry, the idea of a chocolate scone may seem strange and the addition of coffee stranger still, but it does work. And very well. Very well indeed. As you’ll know, coffee and chocolate combine to outstanding success, add a dollop of cream and what you’ve got is an almost irresistible tea time treat.

How To Make Chocolate Scones

But what of the jam? Well, frankly, it’s optional. A scone without jam may not pique your interest, but the inherent flavour of the treat is enough to satisfy. If jam is demanded, and it may well be, plump for something with cherries; regret will not enter into your mind for a second.

When it comes down to it, you may only tentatively flirt with the idea of changing things up and altering your scone preference. But the moment you do you’ll begin to wonder why more people don’t experiment with their scones. Be glad that you did!

Coffee and Chocolate Scones

Makes 8-10


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 75g butter
  • 40g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml strong instant coffee
  • milk for brushing


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C(fan). Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a large mixing bowl, then rub in the butter until the consistency is that of fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar.
  2. Beat the instant coffee and egg together in a separate bowl. Add to the dry mixture and stir. Bring it together by hand, into a soft, but not sticky, ball of dough.
  3. Gently roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until roughly an inch thick. Cut the scones out with a 5cm baking ring.
  4. Place the scones onto a floured baking tray, brush with milk, and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Coffee and Chocolate Scones Recipe for Chocolate Scones

Cost: The only additions I made to my basic scone recipe for these was the chocolate and coffee. A little cocoa powder and instant coffee go a long way; the entire batch shouldn’t cost more than 80p – 8p a scone!

16 comments on “Coffee and Chocolate Scones

  1. cookinginsens
    May 21, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve never had a scone nor clotted cream but would like to try yours.

  2. Chica Andaluza
    May 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Intriguing, so glad you still put cream in/on!

  3. TinyKitchenGreatTasteBigHeart
    May 22, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Scones are a favorite breakfast or brunch treat in our home. Chocolate is a food group I indulge in as often as I can and the merging of these two seem quite natural. Thank you.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Me too – can’t get enough. Though I try not to let myself go too crazy!

  4. Korena in the Kitchen
    May 22, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I would not say no to one of these.

  5. cateinthekitchen
    May 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Gahhh look at that cream! Great recipe, I’ve been wanting to mess about with instant coffee powder in baking a bit more..

    • frugalfeeding
      June 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thank you, Cate – give them a try. Instant coffee is good, but only in baking!

  6. Karen
    May 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Your experiment looks and sounds like a total success.

  7. Kirsten
    May 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Love the sound of this flavour combination. Although maybe a little black cherry jam could be added . . . or blackcurrant??

    • frugalfeeding
      June 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Yes, either or – I had cherry jam with mine!

  8. Anonymous
    November 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Should the coffee be hot

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