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Berry Cocoa Nib Scones

Today’s scone recipe, Berry and Cocoa Nib Scones, are an absolute favorite this season! With fresh tangy berries and little chocolatey cocoa nibs speckled throughout, they offer a dazzling bitter-sweet appeal that is hard to resist.

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When we prepare brunch at home, I almost always include scones on the menu.

I’ve heard rumors of people who don’t like scones, believing them to be dry and hard… Which makes me think, maybe these people have never had good scones.

What a travesty!

Good scones, are light yet dense, crumbly yet sturdy, and full of rich buttery flavor.

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If the scones you’ve been eating compare to hockey pucks, it’s time to try a new scone recipe

Like this one, for instance…

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The key to making good scones, is to use high quality ingredients like super fine and consistent Gold Medal Flour and fresh butter, and to make sure all your refrigerated ingredients are very cold, and that you work fast, so they are still cold when they go into the oven.

The dough should be crumbly, so that you have to press it together to hold, and very cold.

Did I mention you want your scones to be COLD?! (Highly important.)

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Cold buttery dough bakes into tender, yet flaky layers, making the scones soft and crumbly, perfect for dipping in coffee or methodically nibbling piece by piece.

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This particular flavor combination is really lovely.

The mixture of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries offers light tangy notes, while the cocoa nibs provide crunch and a mild dusky bitterness to offset the sweetness.

It’s a blend that works well all year long, but especially when fresh berries are coming into season.

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I love serving this scone recipe with coffee or tea on weekend mornings, next to eggs cooked-to-order, gravlax, and a nice green salad.


Scone Recipe - Berry Cocoa Nib Scones

Yield: 8 scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 Tb. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tb. cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream + 1 Tb. for tops
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 2 Tb. Turbinado sugar for the tops


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the Gold Medal Flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in the food processor. Pulse to combine. Then add the COLD butter and pulse until the butter and flour turn to course pellets. Work quickly so the dough remains cold when it's placed in the oven.
  2. Then add 2/3 cup cold heavy cream and vanilla extract. Pulse a few times until the mixture just comes together. Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface, then mix in the berries and cocoa nibs by hand.
  3. Gently press the dough together (incorporating any loose crumbs) into a 1.5 - 2 inch thick disk. Cut the disk into 8 equal wedges. Then separate and move to the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the tops of golden. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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32 Responses to “Berry Cocoa Nib Scones”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 26, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I JUST made scones for the first time a few weeks back and now the hubby is all “MAKE ALL THE SCONES” so these look like they’ll be next! I’ve never tried a cocoa nib, but I’m in! Pinned :)


  2. Norma @ Allspice and Nutmegposted May 26, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Oooo I love this combination of flavors. The cocoa nibs are a great addition too. I have some on the shelf. Looks like these scones will be happening here soon. Pinned!


  3. Christine from Cook the Storyposted May 26, 2014 at 6:33 am

    This look so flippin’ delicious! Pinned!


  4. Maegan @thebakermamaposted May 26, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Sommer, these look so scrumptious! I’m a sucker for scones and absolutely love your addition of cocoa nibs!


  5. Becca from ItsYummi!posted May 26, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I’m crazy for cacao nibs and I just happen to have a pint of fresh raspberries in the fridge. Consider these BAKED!!


  6. Tieghanposted May 26, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I love all the berries paired with the cocoa nibs. Such a great combo for scones and perfect for summer!


  7. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted May 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Oh, how I wish I had these in front of me right now! Love the berries and cocoa nibs! Pinned!


  8. naomiposted May 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

    These look fantastic! I’m a huge scone fan as well.


  9. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Bakerposted May 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

    MMmmm… Pass me the clotted cream so I can slather it on these scones. Yummy!


  10. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted May 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Sommer these are gorgeous! Pinned! I made some berry scones a month or so ago and now I want to try yours :) Happy Memorial Day!


  11. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted May 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I am very much a scone lover. I am a little predisposed to them as you can probably guess from my website. BUT yes there are a LOT of dry scones out there. I think sometimes it is not the recipe, but that they are over baked like some people over bake their cookies consistently. Brownies are another category that is often dry, both from the recipe and I think over baking. What a waste of good chocolate. Obviously these scones were baked perfectly because the berries look nice and juicy.


  12. Sammi @Sammi Sunshineposted May 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I’m one of those people that think scones are dry and hard… I’m hoping to find a recipe that will change my mind, I bet this is the one!


  13. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholicposted May 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I love all the berries here – and the addition of cocoa nibs! Makes me want to whip up some scones myself!


  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 27, 2014 at 12:09 am

    These are so gorgeous, love the berries and cocoa nibs!


  15. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 27, 2014 at 6:31 am

    i’d love a couple of these to take to work for breakfast!!


  16. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted May 27, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Love those little cocoa nibs!


  17. Jenny Flakeposted May 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Totally salivating for these! Perfect!!


  18. marlaposted May 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Love all the berries in these scones & the cocoa nibs are a great touch!


  19. Gabyposted May 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Love how loaded with berries these scones are!


  20. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted May 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Sommer, these are lovely!


  21. Shainaposted May 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I love how thick and fluffy these look. Divine!


  22. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted May 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I can’t turn down a flakey scone! Two thumbs way up!


  23. Samina | The Cupcake Confessionposted May 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

    These scones are just PERFECT for the summers! Loveeeee the berries and cocoa nibs! Delicious!


  24. Heather Christoposted May 28, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I love cocoa nibs! I never see anyone use them- beautiful scones SOmmer!


  25. Heidi @foodiecrushposted May 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Yea for cocoa nibs! I finally found some a few weeks ago at Home Goods. That was a serious search!


  26. Wendyposted May 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    These scones look wonderful bursting with fresh berries! I am always looking for recipes that call for cocoa nibs. I can’t eat nuts so I bought some cocoa nibs to use as a substitute in a recipe that needs crunch. Now I’ll use them in these lovely scones! For anyone looking for cocoa nibs, The Spice House sells them online. I visit the Spice House whenever I am in Chicago but the online store often offers free shipping specials making it very convenient to order online as well.


  27. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 31, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Those are some gorgeous scones. Love the cocoa nib addition!


  28. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I like the cocoa nib and berry combo in these scones!


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