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!

    4.5 from 4 votes

    Cherry Almond Scones

    Cherry almond scones are a great way to incorporate fresh cherries into a pastry!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 35 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 16
    Calories: 249kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    • 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 :)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Let dry for 10 minutes then serve.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


    Source: adapted from Food & Wine
    Nutrition Facts
    Cherry Almond Scones
    Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
    Calories 249 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Carbohydrates 41g14%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 24g27%
    Protein 4g8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

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

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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

  • Jess @ Gas Stove Girl says:

    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!!

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • Kathryn says:

    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!

  • Tieghan says:

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

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    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!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

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

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

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

  • carrian says:

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

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

    Prettiest scones EVER!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

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

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

  • Maria says:

    I want a dozen please!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    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.

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    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

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

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

  • Jenny Flake says:

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

  • Terri Vanlandingham says:

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

  • Heather Christo says:

    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!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    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!

  • Mr. & Mrs. P says:

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

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

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

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    Gorgeous pictures Julie!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    You always make the prettiest creations!

  • Hannah says:

    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!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

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

  • Rachel says:

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

  • marla says:

    Oh do these ever look great!!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says:

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

  • PJ says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

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

  • Gaby says:

    ummmm HELL YES! I want some

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    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!* ;)

  • Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds says:

    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.

  • Ann says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

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

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  • Megan {Countryleaver} says:

    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!!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

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

  • Jaclyn says:

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

  • Ash-foodfashionparty says:

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

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    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.

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    Dang girl! These scones look KILLER!!! xo

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Such a gorgeous and delicious-looking post!!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    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!

  • Nessa says:

    I like the look of these :)

  • Robby says:

    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 says:

      Definitely! That would taste wonderful!

  • mamaducky says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Melody says:

    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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