Easy cheese scones recipe


I’m sure your kids will love this easy cheese scones recipe as much as ours do. Cheese scones have to be one of the easiest recipes to rustle up.

In fact, whenever we run out of bread, or we’re at the end of the shopping week, these are our go-to lunch option. If I’m making them myself they only take me around 20 minutes from starting to serving, including clean up time.

Scones are the perfect recipe for little ones to have a go at making. There’s only 6 ingredients, mixed together in one bowl, and our miss 3 loves getting messy, rubbing the butter into the flour.

Because the recipe is so quick and easy, the scones are made and in the oven before your little one’s attention wanes.

For a cafe-style brunch, serve these scones warm with butter, and a coffee and a fluffy!

Easy cheese scones recipe


2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

50g butter, room temperature

3/4 cup full-cream milk

2 cups tasty cheese

1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)


Preheat the oven to 220C and prepare a baking tray by dusting with a little flour, or greasing with a little butter.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and smoked paprika (if using). Cut the butter into small cubes, and rub through the flour until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs.

Stir through the tasty cheese, reserving a little for sprinkling on top of the scones.

Make a well in the middle of the bowl and pour in the milk. Using a long, blunt knife quickly mix the milk with the dry ingredients until combined.

Turn out onto the lightly floured baking tray and shape into a 2cm thick rectangle. With the long knife, cut into 6-9 even-sized scones, depending on how large you like your scones.

Sprinkle over the reserved cheese, and a pinch more of smoked paprika (if using).

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the scones are golden.


  1. Don’t over mix your scone dough, as this creates a tough scone. Mix quickly with the knife, and when turning out, pat out your dough quickly and touch it as little as possible. Don’t fuss over round shapes or perfect thickness.
  2. Make the time between adding the milk and getting the scones in the oven as short as possible. And make sure your oven is piping hot when the scones go in. This will help the scones to rise, making light, fluffy and delicious scones.


Jarrod Rendle

Jarrod is a quintessential Kiwi Dad. He lives in Pukerua Bay, and works from home in an office that overlooks the sea. His inspiration and motivation in life come from his wife and two children.

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  • Rachel Basher

    Looks great, try this one sometime: 2 cups selfraising flour, 2 cups of grated cheese and just over a cup of milk! Super quick and easy.

    • KF

      Thanks Rachel. We’ve had some mixed results with self-raising flour in the past. But there certainly can’t be an easier recipe than that! — Jarrod

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