Fat Cherry and Almond Scones

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

You’ve been so good lately.

Eating your green stuff.

Subbing beans for meat in your favorite dinners.

Even making steaks out of vegetables.

So maybe… just this once… you could be a little bit bad?

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

You won’t regret it, I promise.

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

I’ve been wanting to post a scone recipe on this site for quite some time. I don’t think I’ve ever met a scone I didn’t like.

And homemade scones are way better than bakery scones – trust me if you’ve never made them. At a bakery, the scones have been sitting around for about 6 hours before you get there, and they always seem to have dried out.

These, my friends, are not dry.

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

In fact I got the name for these scones, “fat cherry,” from a kind of cookie my mom makes around Christmastime. Fat raisin cookies are apparently Bill Clinton’s favorite (or at least they were before he was vegan!), and the Boston Globe has shared the recipe for them a few times. They are basically an oatmeal raisin cookie with the raisins soaked in rum, which plumps them up and adds juicy flavor.

And why not do the same thing with tart dried cherries and stuff them in a scone?

Like I said: not dry. In any sense of the word.

Except I don’t much care for rum (or any other liqueur, for that matter), so I plumped up these cherries with tart cherry juice and almond extract. If you want boozy scones… slow down lady, it’s breakfast! Just kidding, I’m sure it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. You can soak your cherries in kirsch or amaretto if that sounds good to you.

What better treat to wake up to on Valentine’s Day morning – or any morning, for that matter – than these luscious cherry and almond scones?

Fat Cherry Scones | coffeeandquinoa.com

Fat Cherry and Almond Scones

Makes 8 scones


For the scones:
1 cup tart cherry juice
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup dried cherries
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ cups old-fashioned oats
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ cup raw almonds, lightly toasted and chopped
½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ cup cold heavy cream
½ cup maple syrup
1 cold egg

For the glaze (optional):
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 Tbsp tart cherry juice


In a small saucepan, bring cherry juice and almond extract to a boil. Remove from heat, add cherries, and cover. Refrigerate at least an hour, and up to overnight, before proceeding.

Preheat oven to 350 and position a rack in the center of the oven.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sprinkle the pieces of butter over the top. With your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until no large chunks remain.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, maple syrup, and egg. (I like to stick the bowl of dry ingredients and butter in the freezer while I do this, to make sure they don’t start to warm up.) Pour into the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Drain the cherries and stir them into the batter along with the toasted almonds.

If you’ve come this far without licking batter off your fingers or the spoon… well, you have much more self control than I do.

Drop mounded scoops of dough onto a baking sheet (unlined is fine) with at least an inch in between. (The scones won’t spread much, but better safe than sorry!) Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the scones cool, make the tart cherry glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and cherry juice. Add more cherry juice as necessary to make a smooth glaze. Brush over the tops of the cooled scones. Don’t be afraid to glaze the scones 2, even 3 times, waiting a few minutes for the glaze to dry in between. The cherry glaze gives the scones this beautiful pink color, plus some extra cherry flavor!

The scones taste best on the day they are made, but can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies January 30, 2013, 6:27 am

    I LOVE scones… in fact I can’t walk through the bakery section at the grocery store for that very reason. I’ve never made my own because I’ve thought they’d be really complicated, but these don’t sound too bad! Though if they’re even better than dry store-bought scones, I might have some problems…

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 9:32 am

      Making homemade scones is actually pretty easy! And if you only eat them as often as you’re willing to make them, that keeps things in check… at least that’s what I tell myself as I eat 3 :)

  • Aparna B. January 30, 2013, 6:49 am

    OMGGG Yum!! I need to make these. Cherry anything makes me happy. I made chocolate cherry granola bars last week (still need to post the recipe) but it was so good. What is it about dried cherries and almonds though..?!

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 9:33 am

      I agree, one of the best combos! Looking forward to your chocolate cherry granola bars – chocolate can only make them better!

  • Carly @ Snack Therapy January 30, 2013, 7:41 am

    These are so pretty! My dad is a scone fiend and has to try them wherever we go. I have a feeling he’d love these guys.

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 9:33 am

      Your dad and I have that in common!

  • a farmer in the dell January 30, 2013, 8:43 am

    I LOVE scones. I can smell your kitchen from hear! I’m heading over now :)

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 9:34 am

      Yes please!

  • Jane Foulser January 30, 2013, 11:03 am

    These sound really yummy. Next on my list to try. They look even better than the ones at the old Irish Tea Room in Melrose, MA. How about a recipe for a plain everyday blueberry one? The ones at Starbucks always have too much sugar on top. Love, Grandma Jane.

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 11:06 am

      Thanks Grandma! I would love to make a plain blueberry scone. I’ve had a few too many sweets lately, but I’ll put that on my list for when I’m needing a little sugar!

  • Shannah @ Just Us Four January 30, 2013, 11:23 am

    You are so right…bakery scones just don’t compare to homemade ones.

    These sounds absolutely delicious.

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 11:35 am

      They totally don’t! But that just means I have to have a cinnamon roll when I go to the bakery instead :)

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 30, 2013, 3:39 pm

    It’s been far too long since I made scones! These look perfect–I totally love how chunky they look. :)

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 3:45 pm

      Fat cherries and chunky almonds!

  • angela @ another bite please January 30, 2013, 3:52 pm

    you may be surprised to know i think i’ve had a scone once…and did not care for since it was SO dry…so when you say these are not dry…this now should be the second scone i try so then i will like scones!

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 3:58 pm

      So worth a second chance!

  • Herbivore Triathlete January 30, 2013, 4:57 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a scone…these look great though.

    • Erica January 30, 2013, 5:10 pm

      Oh wow. I highly recommend!

      • Herbivore Triathlete January 31, 2013, 6:16 pm

        They’ve been added to my list of recipes to try! Think I could sub a different fruit? Not a huge cherry fan.

        • Erica February 1, 2013, 7:43 am

          Definitely! I think raisins, currents, or dried cranberries would be good.

  • Amy (Savory Moments) January 30, 2013, 5:19 pm

    I LOVE homemade scones. These look good – and I bet they are perfect with a hot cup of tea (or coffee).


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