Cherry Almond Scones


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I’m not sure if this is just where I work or if it’s everywhere but I feel like people at my office don’t know elevator etiquette at all. I’m not sure the people at my office realize that in order for them to get on the elevator to get to where they want to go, they have to let the people who were on the elevator out. There’s so many people at work that just storm onto the elevator as soon as the doors open. It makes no sense! Or those people who stand right in front of the elevator door. It’s terrifying when the doors open and there’s this person just standing right there as if he’s about to kiss the elevator door.

Do you ever get nervous getting on the elevator after someone who has been riding in it by themselves gets out of it? I always hold my breath. Seriously. There have been times I’ve walked into an elevator after someone got out and it just reeked. So now I’m terrified of going in an elevator after someone. What if they farted?! Or what if they have really bad perfume/cologne on or what if they had bad breath? Haha, I’m so weird, but I definitely don’t breathe until a couple seconds after I’ve stepped in. It’s as if I wait for the air to clear or something, haha

Anyway, a month or so ago, Jason and I discovered a farmer’s market near our house. It’s small but it worked for what we wanted to buy. We wanted fresh fruit and we bought 3 quarts of cherries and a quart of strawberries. I love fresh fruit in the summertime! Since I had a ton of cherries (which we ended up eating for days!), I decided to make cherry almond scones. Oh goodness, these scones were SO good. The almond glaze was the perfect touch atop the tart cherries and the scones were a great texture. We were so happy with this recipe that we didn’t give any away :) we ate them all for breakfast for about a week and it was glorious!

Cherry Almond Scones
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
Cherry almond scones are a great way to incorporate fresh cherries into a pastry!
Servings: 16
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, plus more for brushing
  • 1 cup halved cherries, I used this OXO cherry pitter for quick pitting of my cherries
  • 2 tbsp sparkling sugar
For the glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk or buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture looks like coarse meal. Stir in the buttermilk and then carefully fold in the cherries. Try not to use too much force or you'll end up with purple dough :)
  3. With an ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto the prepared baking sheets. You should get roughly 16 mounds. Brush the tops of mounds with buttermilk then sprinkle sparkling sugar on top.
  4. Bake the scones in the upper and lower thirds of the oven for 30-35 minutes. Shift the pans from front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking. Let the scones cool for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. While the scones are cooling, whisk together sugar, milk, and almond extract until you get a thick enough glaze but still runny enough to drizzle.
  6. Using a fork, dip into the glaze and then gently, in a zig-zag motion, drizzle over each cooled scone then top with sliced almonds.
  7. Let dry for 10 minutes then serve.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from Food & Wine

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Posted on July 10, 2013

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  1. 07/10/2013 at 6:52 am

    Oh Julie these are BEAUTIFUL! They look so tender and full of those gorgeous juicy cherries. Your pictures are just lovely as well!

  2. 07/10/2013 at 7:34 am

    My coffee cup is jealous that it doesn’t have these scones hanging out on the side!

  3. 07/10/2013 at 8:09 am

    I HATE people that try to rush an elevator but I’ve never had that thought of hold your breath lol BTW totally love that first pic – so fun! I need a scone asap

  4. 07/10/2013 at 8:24 am

    Hi Julie! Just wanted to say THANK YOU — I have found my Saturday morning project. I am so obsessed with cherries in the summertime :-)

    P.S. When you bake new recipes, do you follow a basic recipe for the measurements (wet to dry ingredients, # of eggs, etc.)? If not, how do you figure it out? Trial and error? Thanks!!

    • 07/10/2013 at 8:40 am

      Hi Jess – for new recipes, yes I follow a base recipe that I know and modify it and then it becomes trial & error because I’m modifying it. For this particular one, it’s a recipe from Food & Wine that I adapted.

  5. 07/10/2013 at 8:27 am

    Such a perfect breakfast, I wish I’d had one of these this morning. It would have been the absolute best way to start the day!

  6. 07/10/2013 at 8:54 am

    These are perfect!! I am a new cherry eater and have been itching to start baking with them. These are the perfect first thing!

  7. 07/10/2013 at 8:58 am

    I love scones! Matter of fact, I just ate an orange one for breakfast. I bet the cherry almond is just fantastic! Oh, and totally agree on the elevator. I think I just tweeted the other day how folks need to wait until I get out before they barrel in!

  8. 07/10/2013 at 9:06 am

    Julie, these are gorgeous! The cherries and that glaze are calling my name! :)

  9. 07/10/2013 at 9:07 am

    Amazing! Wish I had one this morning with my coffee!!!

  10. 07/10/2013 at 9:12 am

    I love scones. Love, love, love them. These look wonderful!

  11. 07/10/2013 at 9:29 am

    Prettiest scones EVER!

  12. 07/10/2013 at 10:23 am

    I’m obsessed with that first picture. These look SO good! cherries are my favorite summer fruit to bake with :)

  13. 07/10/2013 at 10:31 am

    I love baking with fresh cherries! Wish I were eating one of these scones with my morning coffee!

  14. 07/10/2013 at 11:16 am

    I want a dozen please!

  15. 07/10/2013 at 11:24 am

    lol i never thought about the smell in elevator but its always a weird situation when theres only two people riding the elevator and I am always on the phone pretending to be busy in order to avoid conversation or awkward smiling. On a different note, scones look sooo good – I am loving cherries too this season.

  16. 07/10/2013 at 11:32 am

    LOVE these scones!!! yes, totally agree. . great way to incorporate fresh cherries. . these look absolutely delicious. . and I feel you on all the elevator etiquette! :P

  17. 07/10/2013 at 11:34 am

    Those are some gorgeous photos, girl. And I love how you added hte text!

  18. 07/10/2013 at 11:39 am

    Beautiful scones, Julie! I love anything with cherry and almonds :).

  19. 07/10/2013 at 11:50 am

    Your photos in this are so great, Julie! The scones look scrumptious and I love the summery flavor!

  20. 07/10/2013 at 11:51 am

    How gorgeous are these scones?! I’ll take a dozen please :) xoxo

  21. Terri Vanlandingham
    07/10/2013 at 11:56 am

    Awesome! 3 of my favorite things…scones, cherries and almonds. This one is a must try!! Thanks!!

  22. 07/10/2013 at 12:32 pm

    I started giggling when I opened this up- I am elbow deep in a bunch of cherry recipes, including cherry scones!! these are gorgeous Julie!

  23. 07/10/2013 at 12:47 pm

    I just DIED laughing at your comment about people farting just before they leave the elevator — SO. TRUE.

    But about more pleasant things, :) these scones look gorgeous! The photos are stunning, too!

  24. 07/10/2013 at 12:49 pm

    These scones looks amazing!! Would love to make these for breakfast!!! Pinned for later!!

  25. 07/10/2013 at 12:56 pm

    These are so perfect and pretty! I bet they taste like bits of heaven :)

  26. 07/10/2013 at 1:00 pm

    Gorgeous pictures Julie!

  27. 07/10/2013 at 1:17 pm

    You always make the prettiest creations!

  28. 07/10/2013 at 1:47 pm

    These look super yummy – I adore scones, must be my Australian upbringing. I have cherries out the wazoo at the moment so I will have to give these a go!

  29. 07/10/2013 at 2:08 pm

    Julie, these look like perfection. Such a beautiful scone and the font is gorgeous in that top photo!

  30. 07/10/2013 at 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous photos of your beautiful scones Julie! These are a must try this summer!

  31. 07/10/2013 at 3:00 pm

    Oh do these ever look great!!

  32. 07/10/2013 at 3:07 pm

    Your photos are beautiful and the scones look so juicy!!

  33. PJ
    07/10/2013 at 3:21 pm

    Pictures are great and can’t wait to make. Question – what is sparkling sugar? And what is the substitute if you do not have it? Thanks!

    • 07/10/2013 at 3:23 pm

      Sparkling sugar is like decorative sugar. You can just use turbinado sugar if you don’t have sparkling :)

  34. 07/10/2013 at 4:15 pm

    ummmm HELL YES! I want some

  35. 07/10/2013 at 4:48 pm

    These sound fantastic! I have lots of cherries in need of being used!!
    On a side note, I have been MONTHS behind on my blog reading, but finally just stalked your blog, instead of commenting on every post since April, I thought Id just say it here, I want to face-plant into my computer screen looking at all your recipes! I want to have it all laid out next to me to devour while sipping on the raspberry prosecco cocktail..seriously Julie, everything is so beautiful and sounds so absolutely fantastic! *Licking lips!* ;)

  36. You are amazing. I just brought home a large bag of cherries and needed a recipe to use them in. What perfect timing for my inbox to receive pictures of these delicious scones! Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Ann
    07/10/2013 at 7:23 pm

    These look so yummy. Can I use a frozen fruit as a substitute? I don’t have fresh cherries or the Buttermilk. Could I use heavy cream or milk for that? Can’t wait to try them.

    • 07/10/2013 at 8:51 pm

      Yes, you can definitely use frozen. I would use milk instead of heavy cream. Enjoy!

  38. Nessa
    07/10/2013 at 7:38 pm


  39. 07/10/2013 at 10:21 pm

    I want these so hard!! Ben just bought an obscene amount of cherries – I can’t just eat them plain – how boring!! Cherries and Carbs it is!!

  40. 07/10/2013 at 10:46 pm

    These are so perfect, Julie!! I’m obsessed with cherries right now too!

  41. 07/10/2013 at 11:12 pm

    These look delicious! Wish I had one now for a night time snack! Very pretty pictures!

  42. 07/11/2013 at 2:32 am

    The texture of the scone is too perfect. You might have inspired me to make my first this weekend.

  43. 07/11/2013 at 9:48 am

    Julie, I am officially obsessed with your title picture! So gorgeous.. it’s seriously perfection. Oh, and the scones look good, too ;) haha I love them! Perfect for summertime breakfasts on the go.

  44. 07/11/2013 at 12:45 pm

    Dang girl! These scones look KILLER!!! xo

  45. 07/11/2013 at 4:48 pm

    Such a gorgeous and delicious-looking post!!

  46. 07/11/2013 at 9:08 pm

    That bowl of cherries is gorgeous! It’s such a great time of year for those and I love that you used almond in these. Great scones!

  47. Nessa
    07/14/2013 at 5:04 pm

    I like the look of these :)

  48. Robby
    06/26/2014 at 6:38 pm

    These look exactly what I’ve been thinking about, only better! I have a bunch of tart cherries in my freezer. Do you think I could use them instead of the sweet ones that are out now?

    • Julie
      06/26/2014 at 8:31 pm

      Definitely! That would taste wonderful!

  49. mamaducky
    07/02/2014 at 1:40 pm

    Great scone recipe. I like the more biscuits slightly sweet flavor as my favorite British tea house imports them =) However, there may be an error on the frosting recipe. Perhaps it’s 1 cup of powdered sugar to 3TBSP milk? Otherwise you get a dough not a glaze. Or you could do 2cups powdered sugar to 6TBSP milk but I found it was too much icing.

    • Julie
      07/03/2014 at 8:24 pm

      Hi there. There isn’t an error in the recipe. I definitely used the measurements that’s written for the glaze and although it is very thick in the beginning, the longer you stir it all together, it becomes more of a glaze.

  50. 07/17/2014 at 12:36 pm

    I made these last week after seeing cherries were on sale at Sprouts, and had to write a blog post about your recipe. These are really good! Thank you for sharing!

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