Peppery Bacon and Cheddar Scones

I have a confession to make. I’m not all sweet tooth. Wait- don’t get me wrong- I love desserts and I try everything that I bake, but when I want to snack on something 9 outta 10 times I want something salty. I think my favorite “guilty” foods are bacon and french fries over ice cream and cake.

That being said, I love baking way more than cooking. Some of you may understand what I mean- there is something truly therapeutic about it right? Mixing, measuring, watching something bake and turn into a delicious concoction. I love. My point being- that once in awhile I need to combine my salty cravings with my baking addiction. Enter these scones.

I have seen these beauties pop up on several blogs and it’s no surprise. They are truly to die for. I mean what’s not to love about bacon, freshly ground black pepper, cheddar cheese and thinly sliced scallions? (I can’t think of anything.) They are from a wonderful cookbook called The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather. If you don’t own it- it truly is a worthwhile investment. I’ve made several of her recipes already and there are many more I’ll be making soon.

I brought a batch of these with me to San Francisco this week as a gift for our hosts. They travel well, are an easy grab and go breakfast, and are a great alternative if you don’t feel like something sweet for breakfast. (Which I do sometimes I swear!) You can also totally make these your own by changing up the cheese (I think gouda would also be great,) adding some herbs, jalapenos etc. I actually made some Cheddar Herb Scones on my blog way back when that was a version of this recipe. This time, I just went with the original- sometimes you don’t need to mess with a good thing.

Cheddar Bacon Scones

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Cheddar Bacon Scones

Peppery Bacon and Cheddar Scones


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick chilled unsalted butter cut up into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, I was out so I used sour cream thinned out with a little milk.
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons water


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Use an electric mixer, a pastry blender or two knives cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour-butter bits the size of peas. (I used my hands to break up the butter. Always easiest for me.)
  3. Stir in the cheese until just blended.
  4. Add the green onions, bacon and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Mix just until the ingredients are incorporated. If dough is too dry to hold together, add the remaining buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough can be formed into a ball. Stir as little as possible to ensure a light-textured scone.
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and pat it into a ball. Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges.
  6. Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl. Brush each wedge with the egg wash. Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Source: The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather


  1. Bacon and cheese, yes I would enjoy those salty goodies in a scone! That close up picture tells me I am missing out on a good thing if I don’t make these. Delicious-have a great weekend!

  2. I’m with you, I’m totally a salty snack person too. A bag of tortilla chips doesn’t stand a chance against me :) I love the idea of savory scones, or any baked good for that matter. I’ll have to give these a try

  3. those have been on my baking list for months now. i love me a good biscuit/scone. add in cheese & bacon? i’m sold! anyways, thanks for convincing me that i really just need to hurry up & make these! happy friday girl!

  4. Hello, I don’t see the amount of green onions in the list…no problem here I can just guess.

    Do you have any ideas about baking at a higher elevation?

  5. Interesting! I’ve never had savory scones, but it sounds like I might prefer it with scone texture – not a huge fan of sweet scones. I certainly am on the sweet cravings side of things, though!

  6. I am totally sharing your opinion.
    I love the scent of freshly baked sweet cake in the flat, but to be honest, I like much more to eat something salty!
    Thank you for these wonderful photos and the very mouthwatering recipy!

  7. I love scones, but I’ve surprisingly never tried a savory one. This looks fantastic and it makes me want to actually try a savory scone now :)

  8. Fantastic! My problem is I like both salty snacks AND sweet snacks….I like them all *sigh* I also really like these scones! Nicely done!

  9. I am 100% the exact opposite. I always want something sweet and never anything salty. Your scones look pretty amazing though. These would be something my husband would dive right into.

  10. I am the same way, like sweets but love savory:) These scones look amazing! Great ingredients, recipe and photos too! Congrats on Fbuzz top 9!

  11. Hey! :) I just discovered your blog, and just wanted to say that I like it very much! I live in Wisconsin and am just an amateur and ever-learning 17-year-old baker, but it’s fun to find another Wisconsinite baker/blogger out there! You’re also an incredibly pretty person, I love your photo up top! Excited for some honest recipes and kitchen experimentation stories :D Keep it up!

  12. I have never had a savory scone (that I can remember) but these look incredibly tempting. I need to make these for breakfast! I saved the recipe. :)

    I am the opposite I am a sweet tooth addict times a million, but thanks to whomever originally thought of sweet AND salty gives me an incredible sense of contentment.

  13. I made these today! I put off what I should of done days ago. Easy, easy and Goooooooood! Only thing I did different was sprinkle on dried dill weed after the egg wash! I Love your site/blog…you are truly talented!

  14. I have houseguests coming in a few days and these will be great. You need a little bacon every once in awhile -)

    Congrats on your engagement!

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