Strawberry Cream Scones

These adorable, heart-shaped, and Valentine’s-inclined Strawberry Scones are an endearing way to express your love to someone, which is totally ironic because I baked them out of selfishness.
Strawberry Scones with Cream. Flakey, tender scones that melt in your mouth! Strawberry Scones are pure decadence and comfort, two feelings I woefully needed the day these fluffy, heart-shaped creations came to be. In a span of 24-hours, I managed to:

  • Trigger the fire alarm for our entire apartment complex. Six firefighters burst into my apartment while the rest of the building huddled outside in the -9 degree weather. The scene was complete with a firetruck, sirens, and much scolding from the firefighters when they realized the situation lacked an actual fire. Apparently I need to do a better job cleaning my cast-iron stovetop griddle. It started smoking so badly during my sausage-grilling dinner routine that it tripped the building alarm. For the record (and to maintain a shred of my dignity): I did not burn the sausages.
  • Land a $200 parking ticket while outside the law school. I was parked without a campus permit, flashers on, for less than three minutes. Never again will I be the nice wife who picks up her husband’s syllabus.
  • Break my coffee maker, eliciting mass coffee overflow onto every possible kitchen surface.
  • Be attacked by a dog while out jogging. (Confession: this occured a little outside the 24-hour span, but you can still see the bite mark on my arm.)
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Strawberry Scones with Cream and Pecans. Fluffy, tender scones that will melt in your mouth! Cut into hearts for Valentine's Day.Strawberry Scones are how I handle feeling defeated by life. Something about their ultra-buttery flakiness and melt-in-your-mouth creamy softness reminds me that, no matter how much bad karma strikes me on any given day, reason exists to keep changing my socks. Surely life can only improve from here. If it doesn’t, I’ll bide my time and bake more Strawberry Scones.

While I typically derive great pleasure from creating baked goods that are better for you and still taste fabulous (these Raspberry Oatmeal Scones are a prime example), I won’t lie to you—I left my magic bag of lighter comfort food tricks on the shelf this time. Strawberry Scones are all real butter and heavy cream, and I don’t regret one tender bite. Nor should you. From the moment you break off a piece of the super flakey exterior—a golden crust so flakey it practically shatters—and reveal the splendidly soft, pillowy interior, you will realize that everything about this moment is exactly as it should be. Wonderful happenings wait just ahead.

Strawberry Scones with Cream. Fluffy, buttery scones that will melt in your mouth! Cut into hearts for Valentine's Day.

For a little extra love, I folded dried strawberries into the batter. Dried strawberries are all Valentine’s Day fun and yummy berry sweetness. Mine were a gift from my kind brother-in-law, who in the span of a few short months learned that food is the carpool lane to my heart. The dried strawberries paired beautifully with the scones’ creamy flavor, but if you can’t find them, feel free to swap in the dried fruit of your choice. Cherries or cranberries will give you a similar Valentine hue (and taste fabulous), and currants are traditional for cream scones. I’d also recommend dried apricots, just because I like them. Use what is available and makes you happy. I would not recommend fresh strawberries—their inherent juiciness will make the delicate, flakey batter too runny.

As a final flourish, I added toasted pecans to the batter for their warmth and crunch. Feel free to swap in extra fruit or switch it up to create complementary flavor combos. (Cherry Almond Cream Scones anyone? I vote yes.)

If you don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter (or aren’t into cute food), a round biscuit cutter will work nicely, or keep it simple and cut the scones into wedges. No matter their shape, Strawberry Scones will warm your heart.

Strawberry Scones with vanilla and pecans. Ultra flakey and pillowy. These melt in your mouth! Cut into hearts for Valentine's Day.

Tell someone you love them with a warm plate of Strawberry Scones. If that someone is you, all the better! Karma may be fickle, but Strawberry Scones will love you forever.

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Strawberry Cream Scones

Fluffy, tender Strawberry Cream Scones that are ultra flakey on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. Feel free to swap the strawberries and pecans for your favorite dried fruits and nuts. The heart shapes make these Strawberry Scones ideal for Valentine’s Day, but you can bake them in any shape, any time of year!

Yield: 8 to 12 scones, depending upon the size of your biscuit or cookie cutter (12 if cutting into wedges)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Scones

  • 1 large egg, very cold
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream, very cold
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, very cold and cut into small cubes (If time allows, freeze the butter in “stick” form and grate into the flour. Additional details in directions below)
  • 1/2 cup diced dried strawberries (or the dried fruit of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans (or the nut or additional dried fruit of your choice)

For the Eggwash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water or milk

Directions:

  1. Place rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  2. In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, beat the egg and cream together and set aside. In large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. If cutting the butter into small pieces: Add the butter pieces and work it into the flour until you have a pebbly mixture. The butter pieces should look cobbly and be different sizes. If working with a whole stick of frozen butter (my preference): With a grater, grate the butter directly into the mixing bowl. Working with your fingers, quickly toss the butter with the flour just until combined. It should only take a few moments.
  3. Pour the egg and cream over the flour-butter mixture and with a rubber spatula, stir and fold to combine. The batter will appear a bit dry. Fold in the dried strawberries and pecans. If working with a cookie or biscuit cutter: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat to a 1/2-inch thickness. Lightly flour the cutter and cut into desired shape or 2-inch rounds. If cutting into wedges: Divide the dough into two equal sized balls. Pat them into a 5-inch round, then slice each round into 6 wedges using a lightly floured knife. Transfer scones to the prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, beat together egg and water to create the eggwash, then brush over tops of scones.
  4. Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes (time will vary based on size), until they are golden brown on top. Serve immediately.

Scones are best enjoyed the day they are baked, but can be stored for up to 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Alternatively, you can place unbaked, shaped scones on a baking sheet, set them in the freezer on the sheet to harden, then individually wrap the scones with plastic and freeze for another time. Bake them directly from the freezer, adding 2 minutes to the baking time.

Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours, a cookbook I love and recommend.

// All images and text ©Erin Clarke/Well Plated.

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57 comments

  1. They look so so sweet (and yummy!)
    I’d definitely have a bout of selfishness with these and eat them all by myself. No sharing!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  2. oh no! I’m sorry life is kicking you! Kick it right back!

    Food is the carpool lane to my heart, too! But you already knew that…

  3. These look so great Erin!! I love scones and I love strawberry and LOVE that these are in heart shaped form :)

  4. Oh MAN! Murphy’s law is a total biiiii-atch! I bet you have marvelous things coming your way – seems like it always gets bad before it gets good….that’s the balance in life far as I’m concerned ;) These scones are amaaaaaazing!!

    • SO TRUE Julia. I don’t know who this Murphy guy is/was, but clearly he has it out for me. Maybe I cut him off in traffic in another life…thanks for your kind words about the scones! They tend to make life a little bit better :)

  5. Well I am glad you didn’t burn the sausage! Girl that sounds like the worst day ever! I accidentally evacuated my school back in the day. Not so fun. However I didn’t have a plate of these scones back then and I wish I did! These look fantastic girl, and so cute! Sometimes you just need to use all the not as good for ya ingredients!

  6. These are SO cute and look so so delicious!! Love that they’re in hearts, makes them look even better!

  7. Wow that’s a crazy 24 hours… My daughter got fired and called to tell me about it while driving home, and got pulled over and ticketed for talking on a cell phone. I think you should take some of these to the firemen, and I shall bake some for my daughter !

    • OH NO! Your poor daughter. I hope she’s doing OK. If that isn’t the worst double-hit I’ve heard, I don’t know what is! I like your strategy of baking for her. It’s how I always try to bring cheer to others (including myself!)

  8. Ugh, that’s one horrible, no-good, very bad day. Definitely worthy of making these super delicious-looking scones and gobbling them up. (And way to not burn the sausage — a silver lining! ;))

  9. What a crazy day! I’m sure these scones were worth it!! I would love these any day!

  10. Oh my GOSH! What an awful 24 hours! $200 parking ticket seems extremely high. Yuck. And I can’t believe you were attacked by a dog! So scary. Yikes. Hope these adorable strawberry scones made you feel better friend : )

  11. Love your coping strategies, Erin. And love these scones!

  12. I would need more than one of these scones after a day like that! Love the strawberries and cream combination!

  13. Erin, What a survivor you are! Thanks for the great blog today! You are going to be a nationally known delight! And I can say I knew you when! GREAT BLOG!

  14. I love scones and I really love that these are heart shaped, so cute and festive!

  15. Oh my gosh I’m sorry to hear your past day has been horrible. I hope these beautiful scones help you make it through. I almost burned down our lab the first week of polar vortex and boy was I in trouble :0

  16. These scones look divine, Erin. I love the sweet heart shape too.

  17. You’ll come bake these for me, right?

  18. is this the second time you have been attached by a dog jogging?? Dogs in WI must not be so friendly….

  19. Wow, what a day you had. On top of that a dog bite! I’m so glad it wasn’t worse! Scones are great comfort food aren’t they? These look adorable. I have to try this for my hubs.

  20. Knick knack paddy whack, give a dog a scone….this old girl came limping home! (I couldn’t resist–hope you’re all better)! Love, Mom

  21. Oh no, what a horrible day:( Hopefully lots of good things will be coming your way to make up for all this awfulness. These strawberry creamy buttery scones are totally well deserved and I love that you made them into cute pretty hearts:)

  22. Oh no! That sounds awful. Coming from a similar experience, being attacked by a dog on a run is quite possibly the scariest thing ever. Glad you’re ok and that everything is replaceable and/or payable, although not fun in the least! :( But these? These are absolutely a defeated-day-maker. Or any kind of day maker, for that matter. I looooove strawberries AND pecans. And scones. I mean, really, I love this whole thing. So basically these are getting pinned and bumped to the top of my “to make” list! :) Have a great weekend, Erin!

  23. Wow, sounds like you had a helluva day! but glad you had these delicious scones to munch on! And yes, scones are always meant to have real butter and heavy cream in them. . that is the only proper way to make scones. Love these! and my girls would love the heart shape! so cute!

  24. Ah! I’ve been chased by a dog once, and it was terrifying. I’m so sorry it bit you! Also, those apartment fire alarms are wayyyy too sensitive. I’m blaming it on that and not the pan. :)

    These scones look perfect. Sometimes you just need a little comfort in the form of butter and cream.

  25. These scones look like flakey, buttery, perfection! You deserve several of them after the day you had!

  26. I love a good scone and this definitely sounds like a winner! Perfect with a big cup of cofffee :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  27. Oh Erin, you poor thing! You had a rough day!!! And a $200 parking ticket??? That’s insane!!
    I know you didn’t know this about me, but I love scones. Adore them. There was period of time when I made a batch about every other day because we ate the whole thing! Repeatedly. So I’m printing this out and making it ASAP! It’s absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day – and I totally think cute food is, well … cute! So I’ll make heart-shaped scones and there will be happy tummies at my house! :)

  28. Erin, that kind of day may need to end with wine….and several scones! While all were frightening, the saddest was the coffee pot! One cannot survive without coffee and these glorious scones would be lonely without them! Hope the next 24 hours are better!

    • TRUE STORY Tanya. I wound up brewing another batch with the coffee pot placed in the sink (only part of each batch would go into the pot–the rest overflowed). Nothing was stopping me!

  29. Hi Erin! My goodness, these are just the sweetest (and I’m sure they are the tastiest too!)

  30. Oh my goodness way to many things happening in a short period of time, totally sounds like my life lately! I hope your ok from the dog bite it sounds pretty narly! These look delicious and I think you are entitled to every minute of selfishness!

  31. Oh Erin, what a day! When it rains, it pours, right? Hoping that streak was stopped in its tracks by these wonderful looking scones though. If ever there was a day for leaving that lighter bag of tricks on the shelf, I’d think it was this one!

  32. Aw Erin, so sorry to hear about the ridiculous events that have happened recently! Glad that the scones could in some way put a patch of happiness on the grey cloud. Love the fact that these have strawberries and cream IN them, so there’s no need to dollop ON them! Much more efficient (and less smudge-worthy) for the eating process. Yum, I’m definitely going to make these for Aaron some time soon. Oh, and I hope that the rest of this week is ultra-wonderful! xx

  33. Good grief Erin! You write in a way that has me feeling so guilty for laughing at my computer screen :) These scones are gorgeous! I haven’t made scones in forever; it’s about time to remedy that! And I think I’ll avoid dogs and coffee makers and sausages while I’m doing that :)

  34. OMG! That is a crazy 24 hours… I don’t blame you for making scones. These look and sound amazing. I always forget to make scones–must make some soon! :)

  35. oh dear I so sorry.. when things go wrong, baked goods always comes to the rescue. Take care.. These look perfect

  36. These scones look amazing, I just want to curl up with them and some tea. Hoping everything works out much better in the next few weeks!

  37. So sorry that you had such a terrible day :–( Yesterday was pretty rough for me as well and I would have loved a couple of these scones to cheer me up. With melted salted butter on top. Lots of it. Ohhh heaven.
    What a lovely breakfast treat! :–)

  38. A day like THAT definitely deserves a boat load of these scones!! But I mean, firefighters? I might just purposefully burn something to get them showing up!

    • LOL Megan! Now that is my kind of silver lining! Unfortunately, these guys were a little out of my age range by about 30 years, but now that I know how quickly they’ll show up, maybe it’s worth a second try ;-)

  39. So sorry to hear about your day! I hope the scones made it better. There’s nothing like stress/comfort eating!

  40. These look great!!! I love the heart shaped scones!

  41. Oh no, Erin! On days like that, I just want to go to bed and try it again tomorrow. These scones could coax me out from under the covers for another round in the ring. I’m bookmarking these for those days. :)

  42. I love you, you’re perfect, everything recently solidifies our engagement for me.

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