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Easy Ham and Cheese Scones for Kids to Make

Ham and Cheese Scones on a plate

I don’t know about you, but there are two things that I love in the morning: sugar and bread. Who am I kidding? Let me rephrase, there are two things that I love all day: sugar and bread. Most of our weekend breakfasts include these two elements. I think it is a toss up between waffles and pancakes as to which is my favorite. But there is a third thing that I love too, and that is cheese. And somehow that just does not go with our usual dessert breakfast. So I decided to go on a hunt for a breakfast recipe that might be a bit healthier and include at least two out of three of my favorite things with bread and cheese. When I found these easy ham and cheese scones, I was excited to see if they could compete with a sugary breakfast.

Finished Ham and Cheese Scones for Kids to Make

Can Scones Really Be Easy?

When I read that the recipe needed cold butter cut into small squares, I immediately thought of my mom trying to make a pie crust. And that looked difficult. Perhaps it was just because we kept pestering her about what was for dinner while she was trying to roll the crust before the butter warmed and she was flustered. Very flustered if I remember correctly.

Easy Ham and Cheese Scones on a Plate

Keeping the Butter Cold:

So I decided to have all of my ingredients ready before I took the butter out of the refrigerator.

Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Scones

I cut up my butter as quickly as I could, but it still felt like it took forever!

Cut Butter with Dry Ingredients

And then came the fun part! After Mom made sure I washed my hands, I dug in and started squeezing the butter between my fingers to mix it all together.

This took longer than I expected, and again I worried about the temperature of my butter.

Butter ground into flour for scones

So I was glad when I could add my pre-measured cheese, buttermilk, and ham.

Ham and Cheese added to scones

The dough came together very easily and I began to roll it out into a circle.

At this point, I had a hard time knowing how large to make the circle. I grabbed my Dad’s tape measure and realized I needed to squeeze it down a bit.

One thing that we have learned in our cooking experiments, is that the suggested time for cooking food is really just a suggestion. While it would be so much easier to set a timer and go outside to play, I stayed near the oven for this one and I was glad I did! It was supposed to cook for 20 minutes, but after only 12, it was starting to brown on the top.

Cooked Easy Ham and Cheese Scones

How About for Lunch?

I am sorry, but there is no way that this kid is going to choose a healthy breakfast over pancakes and waffles. However, I will say that these were quite good. I loved the flaky bread and they had just the right amount of saltiness.

Close up of Ham and Cheese Scone

How about pancakes for breakfast and ham and cheese scones for lunch? Perfect.

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Ham and Cheese Scones

Easy Ham and Cheese Scones for Kids to Make

Yield: 8 Scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

How about pancakes for breakfast and ham and cheese scones for lunch? Perfect.


  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter, Cut into Cubes
  • ¾ Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ⅓ Cup Diced Ham
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Chives


    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with silicone baking mat and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder and salt. Add cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    3. Stir in buttermilk, cheese, ham and chives until a soft dough forms.
    4. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pill, roll the dough into an 8"-9" circle, about 1-inch thick, and cut into 8 wedges.
    5. Place scones onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 14-20 minutes, or until firm to the touch and lightly browned.


Adapted from Damn Delicious

These are best eaten when warm and fresh.

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