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Cooking with the Library–Teen Cooking: Scones

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Do you want to try a fun recipe with your teen? Try making scones! They only take thirty minutes to prepare and cook. This is a fantastic way to spend quality time together and share the gift of baking with that special teen.  

Scones or girdle scones are a staple in the English culture and are used in holidays and breakfast treats or tea time delights. This leavened barley flour or oatmeal dough is rolled into a circular shape, cut into triangles, and placed on a griddle to bake.  

The first scones were baked in Wales and England and later became a staple in afternoon tea as trade with the East became fashionable. Cream and sugar have been added over time to make scones enriched and delicious. Diamonds, wedges, and round circles are just some of the shapes scones can be shaped into.  

When cooking with teens, it is important to remember a few tricks to help them along the way. The first thing is to start a conversation about cooking. It is important to make a meal plan that includes a parent and a teen together. A third important thing to keep in mind is to let the teen oversee the item that is being cooked. Sit down and eat dinner together is one of the most important pieces of advice to give the adult and teen. Let the teen decide two things to help them along the way, the first is how much they want to eat, and two is to decide on their favorite snack. Let the teen pack leftovers for lunch and talk about food when visiting with friends. 



Simple Scone Recipe 


  • 1 teaspoon baking powder  
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • 8 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter 
  • ¾ cup raisins 
  • ½ cup sour cream 
  • 1 large egg 



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place on lower rack of oven. 
  2. In a large bowl mix sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  3. Grate frozen butter, using the large holes of a box grater into flour mixture using your fingers.
  4. Stir in raisins. 
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream and egg together with a whisk until blended and smooth.
  6. Stir the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture using a fork. Use your hands and press the mixture together against the bowl. Form a ball with the dough. 
  7. Place on floured surface and press the dough into a large circle about ¾ thick and 8 inches wide. 
  8. Use a knife and cut out 8 triangles from the dough. This may look like a pizza when cut into pieces.
  9. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on the 8 triangle pieces of dough and place on a cookie sheet.
  10. The dough should be 1 inch apart and bake for 16 minutes.
  11. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve room temperature.


scones on a plate








This recipe is great for a breakfast treat or as an after dinner sweet.