Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scones From Scratch

Whether it’s morning, noon, or night, these sourdough chocolate chip scones are the perfect treat! With a sweet tang from the sourdough combined with chocolate chips, you get the perfect flavor profile. They pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or a bowl of popcorn during movie night. If you have guests coming to stay, whip up a batch of these homemade scones to make them feel extra welcome!

basket of scones
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Scones are one of my favorite bakery treats especially during the morning hours when they’re fresh out of the oven. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and savory. With the sourdough added in you’re getting gut health benefits with an amazing flavor. Just the other night I whipped up a batch after supper and my husband and I enjoyed them while watching our favorite TV show. They truly are the perfect treat no matter the time of day.

If you don’t yet have a sourdough starter, head over to my How to Make a Sourdough Starter (Guide for Beginners) blog post to get started. My free 7-day guide is easy to follow and answers any questions you may have!

Recipe Inspiration

After creating my first sourdough scone recipe, simple sourdough jalapeno cheddar scones, I knew I needed more varieties here on the blog. This was one of the original blogs published on Plum Branch Home and has consistently been my most popular post. With that being said and my love for anything chocolate, I began developing this delicious recipe. For any PBH recipe I do a little baker’s research, plan my measurements, develop the recipe, and finally do 2-3 test batches.

Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Chip Scones

  • Super simple to whip up a batch
  • Beginner friendly scone recipe
  • Makes moist and fluffy scones
  • The perfect afternoon snack
  • Easy breakfast if prepared ahead of time
  • Delicious movie night treat
  • Dough freezes wonderfully

Ingredients for Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scones

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (not margarine)
  • 1/2 cup diary or dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed or discard)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
unbaked scone dough on a baking sheet
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Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. Begin by combining flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  2. Incorporate butter by using a cheese grater (large side) or cutting it into the mixture with a fork until pea-sized pieces form.
  3. Add chocolate chips and gently combine into the dry mixture.
  4. Add milk, sourdough starter, vanilla, and egg. Mix gently using a spoon then use your hands to completely incorporate the flour.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for about 30 seconds.
  6. Shape dough into a 2-inch high, 6-inch diameter circle.
  7. Slice dough into 8 pieces like a pie, placing them 2 inches apart on parchment paper.
  8. Freeze for 10 minutes (or up to 3 months)
  9. Preheat the oven to 400°F, then transfer the parchment-lined scones to a room-temperature baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown (the tops will still look a bit soft)

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scone Baking Tips

  • Avoid overworking/overmixing the dough to keep scones soft and fluffy.
  • Freeze scones for a minimum of 10 minutes before baking to maintain moisture.
  • You can use either sourdough discard or fed starter for this recipe (both turn out great).
  • When cutting in the butter you can use a cheese grater instead to make the process easier.

Storing and Freezing Chocolate Chip Scones

Keep these sourdough chocolate chip scones fresh for up to three days at room temperature in an airtight container, or extend their shelf life to about 7 days by storing them in the fridge. For freezing options, you can freeze either the dough or the baked scones. Baked scones will maintain their quality for up to three months in the freezer, while the dough can be frozen for one month. Ensure proper wrapping with plastic wrap and placement in a freezer bag, or opt for a glass freezer-safe container – I personally prefer the latter and it works wonderfully.

baked scones in a try with plates next to it
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Recipe FAQ

  • Is it best to use salted or unsalted butter? Either work great, it’s up to you on what you use.
  • Can I ferment these chocolate chip scones overnight until I’m ready to bake them? Yes! Just place the dough in the fridge overnight and bake them within 24 hours. This will give your scones a deeper sourdough taste and more gut health benefits.
  • How can I make a sourdough starter? Visit my sourdough starter blog post for easy to use instructions: How to Make a Sourdough Starter (Guide for Beginners)
  • Do I need a sourdough starter? For this recipe yes you do. There are other scone recipes online that don’t require sourdough but for this recipe it is necessary.
  • Can I use sourdough discard for this recipe? Definitely! Use the same amount as the fed starter in this recipe.

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container of scones and a towel below them

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scones

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
Indulge in delectable sourdough chocolate chip scones. A perfect blend of tangy sourdough and rich chocolate chips for a treat worth savoring
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Freeze Time 10 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 8 Scones

Equipment

  • glass mixing bowl
  • Fork/Pastry Cutter/Grater
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (not margarine)
  • 1/2 cup diary or dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed or discard)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Begin by combining flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Incorporate butter by using a cheese grater (large side) or cutting it into the mixture with a fork until pea-sized pieces form.
  • Add chocolate chips and gently combine into the dry mixture.
  • Add milk, sourdough starter, vanilla, and egg. Mix gently using a spoon then use your hands to completely incorporate the flour.
  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for about 30 seconds.
  • Shape dough into a 2-inch high, 6-inch diameter circle.
  • Slice dough into 8 pieces like a pie, placing them 2 inches apart on parchment paper.
  • Freeze for 10 minutes (or up to 3 months)
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F, then transfer the parchment-lined scones to a room-temperature baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes

Notes

Frozen Dough Baking Instructions (more than 10 minutes)
  • bake on 400 for 17-20 minutes 
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  1. 5 stars
    Great Scone Recipe!!!
    Bonus, easy to make and ready to eat in minutes!!
    I made these tonight for a treat and let me say they are so delicious 😋!!!