Cook's Hideout: Apricot Creamcheese Scones

April 17, 2015

Apricot Creamcheese Scones

BM# 51 -- Baking Marathon: Day 15
Bake of the Day: Breakfast -- Apricot Cream cheese Scones
I love making scones because they come together very easily and are relatively quick to bake. Also they need all cold ingredients -- so there's no need to wait for the ingredients to come to room temperature (or worry about the melted butter that you hurriedly wanted to bring to room temperature in the microwave).
Apricot Creamcheese Scones
Scones from some of the bakeries are very heavy, dense and flavorless. But I am very tried so far happy with the scone recipes I've tried so far. They are not very dense and quite flavorful.
I've posted scones made with cream before and today's are made with cream cheese. Full fat or low fat cream cheese can be used and like other scone recipes, these are easy to put together and quick to bake.
Apricot Creamcheese Scones
Dried apricots are perfect because they are slightly sour and sweet at the same time -- a perfect foil to the rich buttery creaminess of the scones. Also this recipe makes a lot of scones, so either half the recipe or freeze the scones for later use or share them with family & friends :-)
Apricot Creamcheese Scones
Recipe from King Arthur Flour:
All purpose flour - 2cups
Whole wheat flour - 1¼cups
Granulated Sugar - ½cup
Baking powder - 2½tsp
Salt - ½tsp
Cream cheese (regular or Neufchatel (low-fat)) - 1 8oz. package
Unsalted Butter - 1 stick (½ cup)
Dried Apricots - 1cup, diced
Egg - 1 large (or use 1tbsp egg replacer whisked with 3tbsp water)
Vanilla Extract - 2tsp
Milk - ¼cup+1~2tbsp more, if needed
Sparkling or Demerera Sugar - for garnish (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut in the cream cheese and butter, using a pastry cutter or fork or your fingers, until the chunks of butter are the size of peas.
  • Stir in the dried apricots.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and milk. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently until the mixture comes together and holds the shape. Pat the dough into a ¾" thick square or circle.
  • Cut the dough into squares, wedges or diamonds.
  • Brush the tops lightly with milk and sprinkle with sparkling or demerera sugar, if desired. Place the scones about 2" apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops are light golden brown.
  •  Serve hot, with clotted cream and jam.
Baked Eggs Fra Diavolo



  1. I am yet to bake my first scones, and every time i see one in your space tempts me, the ingredients here are very tempting .

  2. I have not many scones but liked the ones I made so far. And as you said, these are easy to put together. Your scones have a nice texture.

  3. All d creaminess is perfect to bite into .. Loving this breakfast series. Pavani

  4. i am so drooling here!!! the scones are looking superrr

  5. They are a perfect accompaniment to coffee / tea.

  6. I love scones for the same reason. My family is not too fond of them. Maybe something sweet like this recipe may change their mind.

  7. Perfect scones. Apricot and creamcheese. yummmm

  8. they look gorgeous, initially i was disappointed reading the title expecting fresh apricots and thinking to myself, that i may just end up appreciating, but so happy to have found a baking recipe with dried apricots...this is bookmarked

  9. Those apricot bites are asking me to grab some have those alluring scones, beautiful they are.

  10. Super tempting scones,absolutely delicious..

  11. I have bookmarked all your scone recipes the texture of this..

  12. Beautiful texture to the scones, Pavani. Love the apricot bits in there!

  13. I am seeing so many KAF recipes for this BM. these scones look absolutely inviting...

  14. Beautifully done pavani, they absolutely inviting!! i going to ask valli to have a scone week & cookie week to finish off all the bookmarks i have from this BM!! :)

  15. I made savory scones this month and my husband loved the texture of the scones. I am going to make this for him as I bought some apricots yesterday. Looks very good Pavani!


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