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Satisfy your sweet cravings with these Flaxseed Scones that are filling, loaded with cranberries, and have a crunchy raw sugar crust. Perfect to serve for breakfast or brunch.
I love scones! I also love breakfast and bread in general, but we are not going to talk about that today because today is all about scones. There was a time when I was afraid to even give scone making a try. The recipe just seemed too excessively complicated to me. Not to mention that each recipe I read would always caution against over mixing in order to prevent hard dough knots instead of soft chewy scones. I will admit that I can sometimes get a little carried away with my mixing, please tell me I'm not the only one?
The first time that I made scones they turned out okay. The second time they were much better and I found my rhythm and realized that scones are basically biscuits. Biscuits, I definitely know how to make!
Once I mastered the basic scone recipe, I was able to build on that by adding in other ingredients such as the Maple Pecan Scones, which are still a favorite. Scones can also be sweet or savory depending on what you choose to add to the mix.
Recently I was thumbing through the cookbook Top with Cinnamon, by Izy Hossack, which is one of my Amazon finds for less than $8.00. The price has changed since I purchased it, but you can still find it used at a great price. Anyway, in the cookbook, there is a recipe for flaxseed scones and I decided to give the recipe a try, but I decided to make mine with whole wheat flour instead and I also added in an extra ½ teaspoon of baking powder to give the scones a little more rise. They turned out very hearty and delicious, but not too sweet, which is perfect to top with your favorite preserves while they are still warm straight from the oven.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE SCONES WITH FLAXSEED?
- Whole wheat flour
- Ground flaxseed or flax meal
- Baking powder
- Dried cranberries
- Raw sugar
HOW TO MAKE THIS FLAXSEED SCONE RECIPE?
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup raw sugar, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 cups whole wheat flour, 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.
- Add in the ½ cups cold cubed butter and use your fingers to crumble into small pieces, in the flour mixture, until it resembles a coarse meal.
- Stir in the ½ cup dried cranberries and make a well in the middle of the dough and add in the 1 large egg and ½ cup buttermilk.
- Stir together until combined.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times before rolling into a square about ¾-inch thick.
- Cut the scone dough into squares using a sharp knife and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Space each scone at least 1-inch apart.
- Brush the tops of each scone with a little extra buttermilk and sprinkle with ¼ cup raw sugar.
- Place into the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the scones have risen and slightly browned. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
*All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Original post date 07/17/2017. Updated 06/16/2021. Updated photos are by Gabby of Cookie Dough Diaries.
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Have any comments, questions, or other delicious ideas for these Flaxseed Scones? Please share them in the comments below!
I want to make these for my family. I love using whole wheat flour when I bake for them because of the fiber that you get when you use whole wheat flour. I think my daughter would like these for breakfast for some jam.
I enjoy using whole wheat flour for the same reason and the flaxseed adds in even more fiber. Hopefully your daughter will enjoy!
You have definitely found your rhythm here! Whoa! I have never tried to make them but I'd hope mine would be ok too.
I love flaxseeds and the flour looks like what I'd use.
Thank you Tamara! I love adding flaxseeds to recipes 🙂
Never would have thought to put flaxseed in scones, and these sound super healthy and delish! Are there any dairy-free plant milk alternatives to buttermilk you suggest?
Yes, you can substitute the buttermilk by combining 1/2 cup dairy-free milk with 1/2 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Allow this mixture to sit for a few minutes before adding to the scone recipe. Hope this helps!
Amy Liu Dong
This is definitely a new baking recipe for me to learn. It looks delicious and easy, so excited to make this for my family.
Thank you so much Amy, hope you try it!
I love scones for breakfast and these flaxseed scones look so delicious and perfect with a cup of tea!
Thank you Linda!
These scones sound so good, with their yummy mix of flax seeds, whole grain flour and cranberries! Healthy and delicious is just my kind of breakfast bake
Thank you! Love having them for breakfast!
Scones used to be a bit of a puzzle for me, too! But looks like you've got them figured out perfectly. And I love that you made them whole grain!
Thank you! They definitely get easier with practice 😉
These look just perfect! A perfect healthy breakfast treat. And dried cranberries... yum! Need to put those on the grocery list.
Thank you, hope you enjoy!
Always love a good scone! These were fluffy and the cranberries had a nice pop of sweetness.
Thank you so much Brianna!
What a wonderful recipe! The scones look delicious and healthy. Thank you for your post; I will definitely make these.
Thank you Jenny, hope you give the recipe a try soon!
Nice idea to make scones with flaxseed adding super foods to classic baked goods is a great approach
Oh, these scones look delicious. I love that you used wholegrain flour here, and all the healthy ingredients. I'm excited now to try these scones out! Can't wait.
Thank you so much Natalie!