Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Scones are tender and moist scones packed full of chocolate chips and cream cheese and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. The addition of cream cheese makes them extra moist and delicious!

An up close shot of a chocolate chip cream cheese scones drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.

Scones are such a great breakfast option. They are simple, easy to throw together, and scones are always a crowdpleaser, in my experience. People love them even more if you fill them up with chocolate and top with a delicious glaze!

Looking down on a pan of fresh scones topped with glaze

I feel like people think scones are hard to make. They aren’t! But they can be easy to mess up. Simple mistakes can lead to a subpar end result, so read the tips below to make sure you’re making the perfect strawberry scones!

Tips for making homemade scones

  • Keep your butter cold. If your butter gets too warm it will melt out of the strawberry scones while they bake and your scones won’t be as tender as they should be.
  • Do NOT knead the dough. You only want to gently mix the dough until the ingredients are barely combined. If you knead the dough you will have a tough scone.
  • Don’t add all of the liquid at once. Depending on the weather that day, the flour you’re using, and other factors the dough might not need all of the liquids. If you add all at once you can end up with a wet dough. So add about a cup, mix and then decide if you need to add more.
A pan of chocolate chip scones

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Scones

Ingredients for chocolate chip scones:

  • All-purpose flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Granulated sugar. This will sweeten the scone dough and make it chewier.
  • Baking soda. This will help the scones to rise.
  • Baking powder. This will also help the scones to rise.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Unsalted butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Cream Cheese. This will make the chocolate chips scones extra moist and add flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips. I use semi-sweet, but you can use whatever you like. I also use a cut-up chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips to get the puddles of chocolate.
  • Vanilla extract. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
  • Buttermilk. This will bring the dough together and make it tender.

Ingredients for cream cheese glaze:

  • Cream Cheese. The cream cheese needs to be very soft in order to create a smooth icing.
  • Powdered Sugar. This will give structure and sweetness to the icing.
  • Vanilla Extract. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
  • Milk or Heavy Cream. This will help the consistency of our glaze.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to make Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Scones:

CHOCOLATE CHIP SCONES

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set it aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowlwhisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to remove any clumps.

The dry ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 3: Add the cold, cubed butter and, using your hands, start to work it into the dry ingredients. You’ll basically be pinching it with your fingers until it is the consistency of bread crumbs.

STEP 4: Add the cream cheese and repeat the above process. It’s harder to break the cream cheese up into small pieces, so it’s okay if there are larger chunks of the cream cheese.

The dry ingredients with the cold butter and cream cheese mixed in

STEP 5: Add the chocolate chips and combine.

The chocolate chip mixed into the dry ingredients

STEP 6: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the vanilla and 1 cup of the buttermilk. Begin to stir and only add the last 1/4 cup as needed. Combine the mixture until the dry mixture is just barely wet. I use my hands for this part. Make sure that you don’t knead the dough! You just want to gently combine the ingredients.

The completed dough in a bowl

STEP 5: Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface. Pat the dough into a circle about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife or a bench scraper cut the circle into 8-10 even triangles.

STEP 6: Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

CREAM CHEESE GLAZE

STEP 1: Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until smooth.

STEP 2: If the glaze is too thick you can add a small amount of milk or heavy cream until it is your desired consistency.

STEP 3: Use a fork or a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the scones.

The cream cheese glaze in a bowl

More Scone Recipes

an up close shot of a chocolate chip cream cheese scone.

More Scone Recipes from Kitchen 335

  • Earl Grey Scones– Tender scones flavored with Earl Grey tea leaves and drizzled with a lemon glaze.
  • Strawberry and Cream Scones– Moist scones filled with fresh strawberries and topped with a vanilla cream glaze.
  • Turtle Scones– The scones are filled with chocolate chunks and pecans and drizzled with a caramel glaze.
  • Coffee Scones– Moist scones flavored with coffee.
Looking down on a pan of chocolate chip scones

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Recipe originally posted April 2020.

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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Scones

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Scones are tender and moist scones packed full of chocolate chips and cream cheese and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: choclate chips, Chocolate, chocolate chip cream cheese scones, chocolate chip scones, cream cheese, scones
Servings: 10 scones
Calories: 323kcal

Ingredients

For Chocolate Chip Scones:

  • 3 cups (360 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cups (66 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) cream cheese cold
  • 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chopped or chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk

For Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup (56 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • milk or heavy cream as needed

Instructions

For Chocolate Chip Scones:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Using clean, dry hands, work the butter into the dry mixture. There should be pea-sized pieces of butter with a few slightly larger chunks. Add the cream cheese and repeat.
  • Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the vanilla and 1 cup of the buttermilk. Begin to stir and add the last 1/4 cup slowly, you may not need all of it. The mixture should not be too wet.
  • Turn the mixture out onto a clean and floured surface and gather the dough together. Pat the dough into a circle about 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the circle into equal-sized triangles and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth.
  • If the glaze is too thick you can add a small amount of milk or heavy cream until it is your desired consistency.
  • Use a fork or a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the scones.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.4g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 16.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 13.6g | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg
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