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Cheese scones recipe – Quick, cheap and super tasty!

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I love to bake for my family but sometimes I am short on time, or motivation. Being able to whip up something that takes just a couple of minutes, and tastes lovely, is always good. From time to time we like to enjoy these cheese scones and I’m sharing my cheese scones recipe with you today.

This is the perfect family bake. It is quick, simple and frugal. Ideal for little ones to join too as long as they don’t overwork the dough! Scroll near the end of this recipe for a printable cheese scones recipe card!

Cheese scones - fluffy, light, cheap, deliciously cheesy scones!

Ingredients for my cheese scones recipe:

225g self-raising flour

55g butter

A pinch of salt

30g grated cheese (mature cheddar is my favourite!)

150ml semi-skimmed milk

Method for my cheese scones recipe:

Start by lighting the oven to gas mark 7.

Rub the flour and butter together. Add a pinch of salt.

Add the grated cheese.

Mix in the milk.

You should end up with quite a soft dough. If it is too wet then add a little sprinkling of flour.

I like to knead this really quickly. I just pat it together into a big round basically using my hands. Make the dough around 1/2 inch thick as these will rise up in the oven.

I use a reusable baking tray liner, to cut down on waste. Also, I don’t need any butter or oil etc. I use a flat baking tray with the baking tray liner on top of it.

I use a pastry cutter to make the rounds. This makes it really simple to make scones that are all one size and cook evenly. I mix together the leftover dough and make a few more. Usually, I get 9-10 scones from this cheese scones recipe.

Before placing into the oven I brush the tops of these scones with a little milk. It only takes a few seconds and helps them go golden and delicious in the oven.

Personally, I bake these for around 12-13 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to cool down properly.

These are super simple taking just a few minutes to make and then a short time to bake. The cost of ingredients is super reasonable making these some very cheap scones.. Also, I know when reading this cheese scones recipe you might think 30g of cheese isn’t much but it really is. Especially if you use grated mature cheddar.

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How to make my easy cheese scones with self raising flour:

cheese scones recipe

Course Snack
Keyword dough, scone
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 10 scones


  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 55 g butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 30 g grated cheese mature cheddar
  • 150 ml semi-skimmed milk


  1. Start by lighting the oven to gas mark 7.
  2. Rub the flour and butter together. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the grated cheese.
  4. Mix in the milk.
  5. If the dough is too wet then add a little extra flour.

  6. Pat it together into a big round basically using my hands. 

  7. Make the dough around 1/2 inch thick as these will rise up in the oven.

  8. Line or grease a baking tray. I use baking tray liners. 

  9. Use a pastry cutter to make rounds. 
  10. Mix the leftover dough to punch out a few more. 
  11. I get around 10 scones usually, although they are on the smaller side. 

  12. Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk.

  13. Bake at Gas Mark 5 (190C) for around 12 minutes. 

  14. Cool on a cooling rack or enjoy warm from the oven.

Can you make easy cheese scones with lemonade?

Apparently so! This recipe looks great!

Want to make easy cheese scones with mustard?

Just add 1 tsp of mustard to your mix or you can use the mustard as a spread when the scones are baked and ready for eating!

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Can you make cheese scones in the airfryer?

Absolutely! Follow the instructions above and cook on 190C for about 5 minutes, check and pop back in for 2-3 more minutes depending on how brown they are.

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Tuesday 1st of August 2017

These are just like my cherry Scones, I don't add salt as I'm not into salt (plus salt in cheese).

Scones are one one the best homemade goodies (and fairy buns)

This afternoon must bake scones thanks


Tuesday 1st of August 2017

They really are. Hope you had a great afternoon baking!

Chelsea elizabeth

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

These look delicious. Cheese scones are definitely a firm favourite of mine. Especially with a thick layer of lurpak butter!


Wednesday 19th of April 2017

I'm hoping to make some one day this week - so easy!