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Berry Cocoa Nib Scones

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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.


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Scone Recipe - Berry Cocoa Nib Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
With fresh tangy berries and little chocolatey cocoa nibs speckled throughout, these Berry Cocoa Nib Scones offer a dazzling bitter-sweet appeal that is hard to resist.
Servings: 8 scones


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


  • 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 coarse pellets. Work quickly so the dough remains cold when it's placed in the oven.
  • 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.
  • Gently press the dough together (incorporating any loose crumbs) into a 1 1/2- to 2-inch thick disk. Cut the disk into 8 equal wedges. Then separate and move to the prepared baking sheet.
  • 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.


Serving: 1scone, Calories: 335kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 229mg, Potassium: 210mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 565IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Biscuits, Breakfast
Cuisine: American, English
Author: Sommer Collier

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33 comments on “Berry Cocoa Nib Scones”

  1. Berry cocoa nib scones. These are the best scones I have ever had. I make them a lot with blueberries and have past the recipe onto my sister in law who also makes them for her mum and she loves them so much she wants them every morning.

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

  9. I love how thick and fluffy these look. Divine!

  10. Love how loaded with berries these scones are!

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

  12. Totally salivating for these! Perfect!!

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

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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. This look so flippin’ delicious! Pinned!

  26. 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!

  27. 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 :)