Are you baking for the holidays? This recipe for Chocolate Chip Peppermint Scones takes a traditional scone and makes it a lovely holiday treat. You will love these rich and tender scones with mini chocolate chips and peppermints inside, and a crunchy candy cane topping on top. These are so festive and perfect for your Christmas brunch or a holiday tea.
~chocolate and peppermint are such a classic pairing ~
I actually had this recipe in mind to pair with one of my favorite teas, Golden Assam. This rich dark tea with its malty flavor pairs so well the robust flavors in the scones. So after you make these scones and brew a pot of tea take a moment to relax and enjoy a bit of solitude from the busyness of the holidays.
The wonderful thing about making scones is they take no time at all. You can change up the recipe and add your favorite flavors and toppings. Scones can be shaped in wedges or circles, but however you like them, they will be beautiful and crusty, and moist and tender on the inside. In other words, they will be delicious.
The secret to making moist and tender scones is to combine the butter and flour together and just mix the dough to combine the ingredients. Overmixing will make your scones dense and dry. Your dough should be a little wet and sticky. One last bit of scone advice please don’t knead the dough, you just want to bring all the ingredients together so the scones formed a ball.
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I am using candy cane crunch that I buy in bulk because it is easy to use in baking. You can also crush peppermints by putting them in a Ziplock bag then put that into another Ziplock bag, next gently crush the peppermints with a meat mallet, rolling pin or hammer. Be gentle so you don’t end up with crushed peppermints everywhere.
Chocolate Chip Peppermint Scones
- 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1/3 cup crushed candy canes
How to make the scone batter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the cubed butter to the flour, toss to coat. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter and flour until they are pea size. You can also use two knives to cut the butter and flour.
- Add the mini chocolate chips to the mixture.
- In a small bowl, stir the milk and egg yolks just to blend. Add this mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Gently stir with a fork to begin combining the wet and dry ingredients then add in the candy cane pieces.
- With your hands to gently knead the mixture together until all the dry ingredients are absorbed into the dough and it can be gathered into a moist, shaggy ball. Do not over knead.
- Turn the dough onto the parchment lined cookie sheet and pat down to make the dough 1" thick and about 8" diameter.
- Alternately, pat the dough into a large circle and use a 3" round cutter to cut dough into rounds. Place on baking sheet as directed below.
- With a sharp knife cut the dough into 8 wedges and slightly separate. Brush the dough with the egg whites mixed with 1 tsp. of water.
- Bake for 18 - 22 minutes until the scones are nicely browned.
- Mix the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. Drizzle on the cooled scones and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
The scones are like a sweet little dessert, and to make these scones extra special, top with a powdered sugar glaze and some crushed peppermints. These scones are so colorful both inside and out.
These scones are just amazing, actually, they are dangerously delicious. I consider these scones to be a dessert, but alas I have been known to have them for my breakfast.
If you like giving baked goods as gifts for the holiday’s these scones make a delectable treat to share.
If you love scones as much as I do here are two of my other favorite recipes.
Did you know you can buy crushed candy cane? If you are making peppermint bark and desserts needed crushed candy cane then buying candy cane crunch is definitely the way to go. I love copper and these scone cutters are not only pretty but they cut through heavy doughs.
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