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 too. There’s only 6 ingredients, mixed together in one bowl. Because the recipe is so quick and easy, the scones are made and in the oven before your little one’s attention wanes!

And the best thing is that scones prefer not to be fussed over. The less mixing, touching and time spent on them the better. It couldn’t be a more perfect recipe for little hands.

Our miss 3 LOVES getting messy, rubbing the butter into the flour. There’s always a bit of overflow onto the floor, but getting a little messy is what baking’s all about right?


For a cafe-style brunch, serve these scones warm with butter, and a coffee (or a fluffy for the kids!). They make a great breakfast-in-bed option too.

coffee and cheese scones

Or, whip up a batch for the kid’s lunches. Cheese scones are best when they’re fresh and warm, but they’re just as good cold. And they’ll certainly full the bellies.

Easy cheese scones recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Kiwi Family Media


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50 g butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup full-cream milk
  • 2 cups tasty cheese
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C and prepare a baking tray by dusting with a little flour, or greasing with a little butter.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir through the tasty cheese, reserving a little for sprinkling on top of the scones.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sprinkle over the reserved cheese, and a pinch more of smoked paprika (if using).
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the scones are golden.

Recipe Notes

  • 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.
  • 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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