Apple and White Cheddar Scones

These sweet and savory scones are soft, moist, and full of flavor! The tartness of the Granny Smith apples pairs perfectly with aged white cheddar cheese.

an overhead shot of an apple and white cheddar scone with the WSJ and a cup of coffee on carrara marble

You guyssssssssss. This weekend was amazing. Amazing for many reasons, but two major reasons. One of which I’m going to tell you about today. And the other later this week… or check out my Instagram because I’ll definitely post something about amazing reason #2 soon.

Amazing reason #1: Apple and White Cheddar Scones. Apples and cheddar cheese have been paired together for a long time. You can see them together on charcuterie plates or you will see cheddar cheese baked on top of an apple pie. Really the combination is nothing new. But these scones, I cannot tell you how good they are!

an overhead shot of an apple and white cheddar square scone on a round plate with the Wall Street Journal and a cup of black coffee

A few weeks back, I watched a nomcast hosted by Melissa from The Faux Martha about scone technique. I’ve made scones before, but never with the technique that Melissa describes. Instead of forming your dough into a small disk using just your hands, she pours out her loose and crumbly dough onto her baking sheet and pulls the dough together using a pastry bench. You can watch her technique here!

a zoomed in shot of an apple and white cheddar scone with melted cheddar cheese on top

Do you make scones this way?? I had never used that technique before so I decided to give it a try. Plus, Melissa posted a recipe for cheddar bacon scones so I was sold. I tweaked her recipe a bit, but you can find all the details at the end of this post.

an overhead shot of an apple and white cheddar scone broken open so you can see the flaky texture, plated with a cup of coffee and the newspaper

You have to promise me that when you make these, you will eat them right away. They are divine right out of the oven! But I definitely ate one for breakfast yesterday and popped it in the microwave really quick to heat it up.

a close up look at a plated apple and white cheddar scone on a white plate served on a carrara marble counter

Please make these Apple and White Cheddar Scones and then tell me what you think by posting on social media and using the hashtag #imhungrybynature!  Don’t forget to follow along!

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an overhead shot of an apple and white cheddar square scone on a round plate with the Wall Street Journal and a cup of black coffee

Apple White Cheddar Scones

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 scones 1x


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pure cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
  • 3/4 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cut into small pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Assemble wet and dry ingredients. In a liquid measuring cup, measure out buttermilk. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry fork or whisk, stir together dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Butter should be pea sized.
  4. Pour the buttermilk into the dry ingredients. Stir together with the pastry fork being sure not to over stir. Mixture will be very crumbly.
  5. Stir apple and white cheddar cheese into scone mixture.
  6. Turn mixture out onto a clean surface or Silpat. Pat dough into a rectangle, using a pastry bench to pull in the crumbles. Cut the dough in half using the pastry bench and stack one on top of the other, placing any lingering crumbles in between the stacks. Repeat this 1-2 times more if dough is still on the dry side.*
  7. Once ready, press dough into a square, about 1.25″ thick. Using the pastry bench, cut out 6 square scones. Place evenly apart on the Silpat. Top with grated cheese. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Serve warm. Best eaten same day.


*This is Melissa’s technique.

Look at those buttery layers. #hearteyesemoji

layers of flaky and buttery Granny Smith apple and white cheddar scones on a white plate with a Chicago coffee mug in the background


8 thoughts on “Apple and White Cheddar Scones

  1. Melissa

    Look at those layers! So beautiful. Love your recipe. Adding in apples next time. PS-thanks for tuning in. Made my week!

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Thank you Melissa! Now that I know the right technique, my scone game will be forever changed!

  2. Kristy @ Southern In Law

    I love pairing apples and cheese and these scones sound incredible! We’re going apple picking this weekend so I’ll have to try your recipe out with the 6 million apples Jesse will undoubtedly pick, haha!

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Thanks Kristy! I hope the apple picking went well and these scones made your house smell amazing!

  3. Dora

    I made those scones for the first time and they were a complete success. My three little ones looooved them!
    This morning we are multiplying the recipe to freeze the premade scones and pop them in the oven whenver we want more. This is what I need to do when is a new baby in the family ?

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      That makes me so happy Dora – I’m glad that you enjoyed them! And that is so smart :)) I have a stash of muffins in mine right now!


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