Sourdough Scones – Sugar Spun Run

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My sourdough scones are made with sourdough discard for tender and flavorful results. Customize yours with your favorite add-ins like chocolate chips, fruit, or nuts! Recipe includes a how-to video!

Chocolate chip sourdough scones arranged in a circle on a round cooling rack.

Sourdough Discard Scones

So far we’ve incorporated sourdough discard into pancakes, muffins, and brownies, just to name a few. Today I’m adding another option to the mix with these gorgeous and incredibly easy sourdough scones!

A fantastic way to use up sourdough discard, this recipe yields tender scones with a subtle sourdough flavor. Like many of my other discard recipes, incorporating discard into classic scones adds tons of depth. They’re similar to my sourdough biscuits, but a bit sweeter (and they’re even easier to make!).

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • No pastry cutter needed–a food processor makes quick work of these sourdough scones! This is my preferred method for best and easiest results, but I do include instructions for how to make the scones without one below. 
  • Customizable: keep them plain or add frozen/dried fruit, chocolate, nuts, etc. Lemon poppy seed would be a great combination, as would white chocolate and raspberries. You really can get creative with these!
  • Can be made in advance, if you want to prep them the night before and bake the next morning. Or put your sourdough scones in the freezer for fresh scones on-demand!
  • Amazing flavor! The sourdough adds depth without making the scones taste sour.

What You Need

Most of these ingredients are pretty standard for scones, except for the sourdough.

Overhead view of labelled ingredients including sourdough discard, chocolate chips, flour, and more.
  • Butter. This needs to be very cold! I actually freeze mine for about 15 minutes before I start my scones. Just like when making my homemade biscuits or rice krispie treats, using European-style butter with a higher milkfat percentage (like Kerrygold brand) will yield even more flavorful results.
  • Add-ins. Feel free to add chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) or frozen berries. If you add frozen fruit, note that your sourdough scones will be more likely to topple over (no big deal) and will likely take a minute or 2 (or 3) longer in the oven.
  • Sugar. I like my sourdough scones to be a little sweet, otherwise they’d just taste like biscuits! I add sugar into the dough and a light sprinkling on top before baking, too.
  • Cream. Similar to the sugar, we will add this to the scone dough and then use it to brush the tops of the scones before they go in the oven. Double cream, heavy cream, or whipping cream will work!
  • Sourdough discard. If you don’t have any discard lying around, you can jump on the bandwagon by following my guide on how to make a sourdough starter.

SAM’S TIP: If you have some turbinado sugar, you can sprinkle that on top of the scones after brushing them with cream. This will give them a bakery-style look and adds such a nice texture!

Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!

How to Make Sourdough Scones

Four photos showing sourdough discard being added to scone dough before lamination.
  1. Pulse the dry ingredients together in a food processor, then add the cold butter and pulse again. Stop when the butter is incorporated and you see pieces that are about the size of a chocolate chip.
  2. Whisk together the sourdough discard, cream, and vanilla, then drizzle over the other ingredients. Pulse everything again until the ingredients start to cling together.
  3. Test to see if your dough is ready by pressing it between your finger and thumb; if it sticks together, it’s ready!
  4. Laminate the dough on a lightly floured surface. Laminating simply means folding the dough over itself repeatedly, this helps create light, flaky, buttery layers (this method also helps produce sky-high results with my homemade biscuits). You can work in your add-ins during this process, just sprinkle them over the dough and they’ll be worked in as you laminate.
Three photos showing a round disc of scone dough being cut into wedges and baked.
  1. Work the dough into a smooth disk, then cut into eight wedges. Make sure you don’t saw into your dough when cutting; just press straight down and pull the knife straight back up (otherwise the scones are more likely to topple).
  2. Place on parchment lined baking sheets, then brush the tops of each scone with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Bake until the edges start to turn light golden brown. Let cool slightly before enjoying.

SAM’S TIP: It’s so important to (fully) preheat your oven! Baking scones in a hot oven will encourage them to rise nice and tall and have a light texture. Make sure your oven has reached 400F (205C) before you place your sourdough scones in there.

Chocolate chip scone made with sourdough discard with one bite missing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe without sourdough discard?

This recipe was specifically designed to use up discard, so I don’t recommend leaving it out. Instead, I’d recommend you simply make my traditional scone recipe. You can always add chocolate chips, nuts, or frozen fruit to that recipe too!

Will this recipe work with active sourdough starter?

Yes! You can replace the discard with an equal amount of active starter. Similar to my sourdough biscuits, I do like to let my sourdough scones sit in the fridge overnight if I make them with active starter; this allows the flavor to develop.

Can I make the dough in advance?

Yes! To make sourdough scones in advance: after you cutting, you can either wrap and freeze them or place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to bake, simply place your scones on a parchment lined baking sheet (unwrap if wrapped), brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake!

Note that sourdough scones baked directly from the freezer may need several minutes longer in the oven.

Chocolate chip sourdough scones on a metal cooling rack.

How do you like to eat your scones? They’re buttery and flavorful enough that we like to enjoy them plain, but a bit of honey butter or strawberry sauce (or a drizzle of vanilla glaze in lieu of the sugar on top) never hurts!


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Chocolate chip sourdough scones arranged in a circle on a round cooling rack.

Sourdough Scones

Sourdough scones incorporate sourdough discard for tender and flavorful results. Customize yours with your favorite add-ins like chocolate chips, fruit, or nuts! Recipe includes a how-to video!


Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8 scones

Calories: 350kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 400F (205C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the basin of a food processor and pulse to combine.

    2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup (66 g) granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ¾ teaspoon table salt

  • Cut cold butter into 8 pieces and scatter over the dry ingredients. Pulse in 1 second intervals until butter is well-distributed (pea-sized pieces should remain).

    ½ cup (113 g) very cold unsalted butter

  • In a separate small bowl or measuring cup stir together the sourdough discard, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

    ½ cup (110 g) sourdough discard, ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pour this evenly over the dry ingredients and pulse again until dough is beginning to cling together (make sure to “pulse” in brief intervals and not just blend).

  • Once the dough is clinging to itself, transfer to a clean lightly floured surface and form the dough into a disk. Fold it in half over itself and gently flatten the layers together, then rotate the dough 90 degrees and fold and flatten again. Repeat this 4-5 times, working quickly to not warm or overwork the dough.

    3 oz (85 g) chopped semisweet chocolate or ½ cup chocolate chips

  • Form the dough into a smooth disk, about 1 inch thick and 6 inches round. Cut the disk into 8 wedges pressing your knife straight down with each cut (don’t saw through the dough).

  • Place on prepared baking sheet, spacing each wedge at least 2 inches apart. If desired, brush tops of scones with additional cream and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

  • Transfer to center rack of preheated oven and bake for 15-16 minutes, edges of scones will be turning a light golden brown. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying.


Food processor alternative

A food processor is recommended for this recipe for best (and easiest) results. If you don’t have one you can make the recipe by hand with a little effort. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a grater to shred the butter and toss it in the flour mixture. Whisk the discard, cream, and vanilla extract together and gently work the dough together until combined. It is dry but if you keep working it the dough will combine. Proceed with the recipe as written after combining, but I recommend chilling the scones in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before baking as the dough tends to get warm from the extra handling and is more prone to spreading.


Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Scones always taste best warmed so I recommend warming before enjoying! These also freeze well, wrap tightly and freeze in an airtight container or zip-lock bag for up to several months.


Serving: 1scone | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.


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