Chocolate for breakfast? It is perfectly acceptable with these Triple Chocolate Scones. Three kinds of chocolate will have these breakfast treats melting in your mouth.
I love finding ways to enjoy chocolate for breakfast. Over the years these chocolate zucchini donuts and these double chocolate banana muffins have been some of our favorite things to enjoy with a dark chocolate latte.
The other day I found all kinds of chocolate in the back of our pantry, so I decided to make brownie-like scones for a special breakfast treat. They are now my favorite way to enjoy a chocolate fix in the morning.
With three kinds of chocolate, this is a breakfast treat you do not want to miss.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- These homemade dark chocolate scones bake up thick, cakey, soft, tender, flakey, and moist. Basically perfect!
- Three kinds of chocolate make them a chocolate lover's dream breakfast.
- Chocolate scones are a delicious breakfast choice for Valentine's day or for a Mother's Day brunch.
Key Ingredients Needed
All you need to make this chocolate scones recipe are basic pantry ingredients.
- Dark Cocoa Powder - Using a dark chocolate powder gives these scones a delicious and dark color and taste.
- Brown Sugar - Sweetens the scones and also gives them a softer texture.
- All Purpose Flour - Make sure you know how to measure flour correctly, so your recipes turn out right every time.
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda - Using both provides the lift as the scones bake.
- Butter - Make sure you are using COLD butter. Keep it in the fridge until you need it.
- Mini Chocolate Chips - Using the mini chips helps to spread the chocolate pockets out in the scones.
- Egg - Adds moisture and binds the ingredients together. It also helps the scones rise.
How to make Chocolate Scones
These chocolate scones are so easy to put together. All you need is a bowl and a fork. Don't you love when a recipe doesn't dirty half your kitchen?
- Stir together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients with the fork, pastry blender, or grater. Make sure that there are butter pieces evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
- Whisk the egg, vanilla extract, and buttermilk together. Use a fork to mix this into the flour mixture. You want to keep moving it around until a soft dough forms. Place in the refrigerator for a little bit.
- Pat the dough into 2 equal circles that are about 6 inches in diameter. Do not hold or touch the dough too much. You do not want the butter to melt and the dough to get warm.
- Score each circle into 6 wedges with a sharp knife. The dough will be really sticky, so do not try to move the scones around at all. To keep the scones light and flakey, refrigerate the pan of dough for 30 minutes. This will keep the dough from spreading out too much as they bake.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 18 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
- Once the brownie scones are cooled, drizzle them with a melted chocolate glaze. This is totally optional, but it adds so much to the finished chocolate scones. You could also drizzle them with some melted white chocolate to make them really pretty.
- Counter - Keep the cooled chocolate scones in a tightly sealed container on the counter for 2-3 days.
- Refrigerator - Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 5-6 days.
- Freezer - Wrap cooled unfrosted scones in plastic wrap and place in freezer bags for 2-3 months. Thaw and bring to room temperature before adding chocolate.
- Reheat - Use the microwave or toaster oven to give the scones a warm taste.
Chocolate Scone Variations
- Orange - use orange extract instead of the vanilla. Add a little bit of orange zest to really amp up the flavor.
- Raspberry - add fresh raspberries to the dough and drizzle with white chocolate
- Pecan - use chopped up pecans in place of the mini chocolate chips in the dough
- Chocolate Chunk - use chocolate chunks instead of the mini chocolate chips
- Almond Joy - use almond extract and chopped almonds instead of the vanilla and chocolate chips and top with white chocolate and toasted coconut
- Chocolate Banana Scones
- Chocolate Peppermint Scones
Tips and Tricks
- The key to soft flakey scones is using COLD butter and ingredients.
- Use a box grater to grate the butter quickly into the dry ingredients. Two other great options are a pastry blender and a food processor.
- Do not over mix the dough. Overworking the dough makes dense and dried out scones.
- Chill the mixture and dough often to keep it from getting warm.
- Heat day old scones in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to get a fresh and melty texture.
If your scones are flat, the dough may be too warm. Scones bake best when everything is cold. Make sure to leave enough time to chill multiple times during your mixing and baking process.
Cold ingredients will give you the best texture and flakey layers. Using full fat ingredients will also give you a more tender and soft scone.
More Chocolate Recipes
- Chocolate Avocado Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Brownies
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- Microwave Lava Cake
- Chewy Brownie Cookies
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*The post for Triple Chocolate Scones was first published on May 8, 2013. The post and pictures were updated and republished February 10, 2022.
Oh my, I am making this over the weekend. Yummy! Cheers! and Bottoms up!
Simple and tasty my six year olds new favorite.
These are very decadent but wonderful. Fast, and easy to bake.
I just found your blog made these Triple Chocolate Scones and they are sooo good! Thanks Georgette:)
I cannot believe that you are happy your children eat these for breakfast. They are so unhealthy!
Everyone has there opinion on what is an acceptable breakfast. I'm ok with my kids having chocolate scones. They are healthier than donuts and syrup drenched pancakes...both which I'm fine with too 🙂
Chocolate heaven! Oh how I hope you will share this at my Thursday blog hop ( you can link up through Sat) Hugs and happy ♥ day!
I've made these a few times now and they are fabulous. I love the recipe. For anyone looking to be a little more healthful I have substituted regular white flour with whole wheat flour and half and half and either way they still come out great. I am going to attempt the recipe with gluten-free flour as one of my coworkers has celiac disease. I can't wait to try more of your recipes.
I am so glad to hear how much you love this recipe. I also love the healthy modifications you were able to make with it as well 🙂
When the British invented scones, I don't think they even imagined anything as decadent and chocolaty delicious as this! Probably because hey eat their scones with tea and I think these would be perfection with coffee (or milk). 🙂
Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines
I have made many scones but for some reason never chocolate!! These look delicious and I will give these a try~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines
Oh, give the chocolate ones a try for sure...they rival most any other scone. But that might just be the chocolate talking 🙂
Ashley - Baker by Nature
Triple chocolate scones!!! You totally know the way to my heart!
Chocolate always gets me too 🙂
Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl
I stress out every morning because my kiddo eats basically NOTHING before he heads to school - I, on the other hand, am starving when I wake up, so I don't identify with this whole "I'm not hungry first thing in the morning" thing. Glad it's not just my kid! 🙂 But I have a feeling he'd go for some chocolate scones - these look so good!
I am actually not that hungry when I wake up too, so I can relate. I just hate sending them to school on an empty stomach because they can't just go get something to eat when they finally do get hungry. They did eat some of these...so I think chocolate is the key 🙂
Reba - Not So Perfect Life
Man this looks good! I could probably easily make this vegan. Chocolate scones sound so good right now.
Thanks Reba. I know you could substitute 1/4 c. applesauce for the egg, but I'm not sure what else you would change to make it vegan. Let me know what changes you make 🙂
Janene @ The Bestest Ever
Chocolate overload!!!!!!!!! While I am not a big fan of scones, I know someone veryyyy special who will enjoy these. Bookmarked for when I need to unleash that special treat 🙂
Who ever you end up making these for is going to love you forever 🙂
You come up with the best breakfast ideas! Love all of the chocolate packed into these scones!
Thank you so much Jessica!!!
Ari @ Ari's Menu
I love scones, but I've never had a chocolate one. These look amazing with the chocolate chips and chocolate drizzled on top! Yum!
The extra chocolate chips and drizzle was the perfect way to add more chocolate! You need to try an all chocolate one some time. They are awesome!!!
Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box
I'm all for chocolate first thing in the morning! Pinning 🙂
You and me both 🙂 Thank you for the pin love!!!
Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste
These look so incredibly moist and flavorful! Can't wait to try them!
Thank you Kelly! Let me know if you get a chance to try them out!!!
Shannah @ Just Us Four
Ok...chocolate is good but triple chocolate is AWESOME! These look so good and I bet they taste even better.
I can vouch for the taste being way better than they look...I may have eaten my fair share of these!!! 🙂
Those scones look AAMAZING!
Thank you so much!!!
Can I be your kid? What lucky little ducks, and yet they won't eat breakfast. There's no way I could say no to this scone. Yum!
I know...they are some crazy kiddos for sure! I never turn down chocolate for any meal 😉
These are oh so good! Taste like Brownies.