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Delicious soft and light cheese scones, packed full of flavour, and perfect for an afternoon treat!


Now, I am a true fan of all things scone – fruity, plain or savoury. I love my fruit scones, my plain buttery scones, my lemon and blueberry scones but these delicious savoury cheese scones are right at the top of my list! Seriously though, cheese is one of my favourite things on the planet – I struggle not to eat it every day.

I personally love a hot cheese scone with a bit of marmite on top – a bit like my marmite and cheese rolls recipe but I have the scones as an afternoon treat and my cheese and marmite rolls as a breakfast dish – I just cant get enough!


Cheese scones

When I go out with friends and stop for lunch, if I am in the mood for something small and savoury, I find the perfect treat is a freshly baked cheese scone. They are not to heavy on the stomach, and are a real pleasure to eat – not the healthiest of treats however. You can try using reduced fat cheese, but I don’t bother, its all or nothing for me with these!

Cheese and spices

This recipe is so light and fluffy, yet packed full of mature cheese – the ultimate in flavouring for something so delicate! I use a mix of two cheeses in my scones as I love the salty flavour of the parmesan, but cheddar is the easiest and most used cheese in my house so there is always some spare to bake scones with!


You can use other cheese with this recipe, however try to stick to hard cheeses! Adding wet cheese to the mix will just bring too much moisture to the dough and it upsets me when scone mixture doesn’t go to plan! Same with spices – you can switch, omit or add whatever you like! Lots of people tend to love paprika with their cheese scones which is obviously also delicious! 


I serve my scones either slapped with butter, an extra sprinkling of cheese, or even on the side of a soup! They are the perfect accompaniment to a casserole as I sometimes top mine with them as a sort of dumpling!


Afternoon tea

I love making little afternoon teas for friends with this recipe as we have plenty of sweet cake in the mix so a savoury scone is the perfect balance. My perfect afternoon tea arrangement is an array of finger sandwiches, my mini victoria sponge cakes, some macarons and these delightful beauties!

Savoury baking

As I have said many times before, I LOVE savoury baking! I find my savoury bakes sometimes get missed on my blog which is understandable but I would love everyone to try some of my savoury recipes! I have pizza rolls, sausage rolls, quiche and a delicious soda bread recipe.. enjoy!


Cheese Scones

Delicious soft and light cheese scones, packed full of flavour, and perfect for an afternoon treat!
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Category: Afternoon Tea
Type: Scones
Keyword: cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 scones
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 300 g self raising flour plus extra for dusting
  • 60 g unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
  • 100 g mature cheddar cheese grated
  • 25 g parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 150 ml whole milk

Also required

  • Extra grated cheese
  • Milk
  • 4cm cutter


  • Heat the oven to 220C/210C Fan/Gas mark 7 and line a baking tray(s) - place tray in the oven to start heating with the oven
  • Mix together the self raising flour, unsalted butter, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, and salt then rub together until the butter has essentially disappeared and the texture of all the mixture is like breadcrumbs - alternatively, put all of the same ingredients into a food processor and mix until the breadcrumbs texture is created!
  • Mix in the grated cheese, and then pour in 75% of the milk
  • Stir with a spatula until combined into a slightly sticky dough - if it is too dry, then continue to add the rest of the milk until it is ideal
  • Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat down with your hand till it is about 3-4cm deep
  • Remove the trays from the oven carefully
  • Using a 4cm round cutter, cut out the scones and place on the baking tray(s)
  • Knead the dough slightly to combine it all again, flatten, and cut the scones out - repeat until all the dough has been used!
  • Brush the scones with a bit of milk, and sprinkle with some cheese -
  • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes
  • Move to a wire rack and leave to cool slightly!
  • ENJOY!


  • Serve at breakfast for a lazy day, or on the side of a delicious bowl of homemade soup - they will suit the side of any dish perfectly.
  • You can change up the cheeses you use, but try and stick to hard cheeses - a 'wet' cheese won't work as well as it'll change the amount of moisture in the dough.
  • You can also change the spices used in the recipe, I love the slight hint of the mustard powder (even though I am not a mustard fan) and the cayenne pepper gives a wonderfully slight kick!
  • These are best eaten when still warm out of the oven, or on the day of baking - I usually microwave mine to warm again, or flash back in the oven to revive them the day after baking!


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  1. Sue S on October 12, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t always have mustard in, can I omit it or substitute it for something else?

  2. Hayley on October 6, 2023 at 11:37 pm

    Can you make these without the spice? Would I need to change anything else if I leave it out? Thanks.

  3. Sue on September 23, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    If frozen do you have to defrost before refresh in the oven?

  4. Amanda on May 1, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    If I want to use with 400g s.r flour, how much extra milk and butter will I need?

  5. Jane Coles on March 12, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Can these be frozen?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 13, 2022 at 12:49 pm

      Yes for sure!!

    • Vikky on April 28, 2023 at 8:31 am

      Hi, can these be frozen or how long do they keep?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2023 at 8:13 am

      Hiya! Yes they can – pretty much every bake is 3+ months! x

  6. Sue on October 31, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Am loving all your recipes just done the cheese scones vey nice 😃 now doing the carrot cake which will be awesome too ,easy to follow recipes xx

  7. Nikki Coles on December 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve made these a couple of times now and each time they have turned out perfectly! Easy to make, absolutely delicious and a real family favourite. My only problem with this site is… too many fabulous recipes too little time! 🤭
    Thank you Jane. 😁

  8. Barbara Smith on December 14, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    First time making cheese scones and this recipe was so easy to follow and they turned out amazing. I’ll definately be making these again.

  9. Gina on October 28, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Hi Jane, I’m going to attempt these for a work buffet. To do twice the amount, can I just double up on everything, or is it best to do the normal recipe twice??
    P.s. I love your recipes, always my go-to for baking!

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 28, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      You should be fine to just double the ingredients with these scones!! x

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 28, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      So glad you liked it!

    • Paula Wilkinson on May 6, 2023 at 10:39 am

      Always use these recipes and my scones come out perfect everytime but just done the cheese scones and they are very flat and not crumbly in the middle and over done on the outside. I did I second batch and reduced my oven temperature and this happened again. My third batch I put in fridge overnight but again they were flat. Any advice?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 7, 2023 at 10:02 am

      Hiya! You don’t want to pat the scone mix out too much as it will cause flatter scones. It’s best to make sure the tray is preheating with the oven so the freshly made scones go straight onto a hot tray and bake, it will help with the rise! x

  10. Marylikestobake on October 22, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Made these several times, always turn out lovely, thanks for this gorgeous recipe Jane😋

  11. Amy on April 11, 2019 at 10:34 am

    is whole milk essential? can i use skimmed milk?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm

      Whole milk is much more preferable as it won’t split during baking.. semi skimmed can sometimes work. Don’t use skimmed in baking as it’s not really milk..

  12. amanda on June 1, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Hi Jane, does the butter needs to be cold? or Room Temperature is fine? thanks

  13. Kaylene on September 13, 2015 at 3:51 am

    This recipe is one I use, I also use other ingredients. Even had left over mashed potatoes and sausages cut up small made into scones. Bacon and cheese goes down well too! Love your photo;s! Yum!

  14. in the oven | pistachios circa 1863 on May 11, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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  15. Alex on May 7, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    These look amazing!! I might have to make these this weekend! Just what I need! Cheeeeese and more cheese!! ? Love the pics! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 7, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      haha I love that you love cheese as much as I apparently!! And let me know how they go!! xxx

  16. urbanmonique on April 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, be still my heart…

  17. siljedaber on April 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    These pictures made me hungry. I will definitely have to try these out. 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Haha sorry about that! But let me know how they turn out 😛

  18. eha78 on April 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Oh my goodness, these look devine. I will definitely be trying them this weekend. X

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thank you so much!! 🙂 Let me know how they go! x

    • eha78 on April 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Yes, I will ? x

  19. thedementedfairy on April 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I love cheese scones- and as for most basic baking, I always use the Be-Ro book recipe. Gorgeous. Also a fan of the casserole-topped-with-scones thing, I always called it a ‘cobbler’. Nom nom nom, might go make some scones now…

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      I think you’re thinking of a Cassoulet? haha they’re my favourite winter treat!

    • thedementedfairy on April 28, 2015 at 11:49 am

      No- cassoulet is sausages and beans, stew with scones on top is cobbler! Maybe it depends on where you come from? lol

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

      I think it must as I call it a cassoulet haha – everything is always different! Such as scones/biscuits being the same thing!

    • thedementedfairy on April 28, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Yanks, what can I say? lol lol

  20. Jenna on April 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    These look AMAZING!! I can’t wait to give them a try! I too am a cheese lover and eat it everyday as well!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thank you, Jenna! And yay please do!! I love that someone else appreciates cheese as much as me hahaha

  21. srividhya on April 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Great idea. Lovely scones. Bookmarking this Jane.

  22. kristenchan0921 on April 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Wow this looks fantastic! I love your pictures and the recipe sounds amazing 😉

  23. Ema Jones on April 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I’m adding in some diced chicken, plz suggest…

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      That would be tasty!! Ive never tried them with chicken but I’m sure it’ll work ☺️

    • Ema Jones on April 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Hey Jane, I love adding chicken in almost every recipe.

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 29, 2015 at 10:58 am

      I might try it, gotta love chicken!

  24. Pistachios on April 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Haha “…already had cake for breakfast” – I like how you kind of just slipped that in there! I also like eating cake at breakfast 😀

    As for these scones, I assume they taste best straight out of the oven, but can you also do a big batch and keep them for a couple of days?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I’m glad you noticed 😉 haha and yeah they’re best warm (I knew I forgot to put something on the recipe!!) so if they haven’t all disappeared I just microwave them for like 20 seconds and it refreshes them 🙂 but definitely best on day of baking!

    • Pistachios on April 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  25. Whisked Away on April 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    We just had the most delicious cheese scones this past weekend and I made a mental note to find a good cheese scone recipe, and I think I found it! Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      They’re my favourite savoury treat!! And I’m glad 🙂 x

  26. lovethelittlebakery on April 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂 It gives me an excuse to treat myself to some nice chutneys as well!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Thank you so much!! And that sounds like the perfect combination!

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