A Fifteen Minute Success

by jenna on October 5, 2010

Guess what? Oatmeal just got waaaay cooler.

I mean, oatmeal is cool and all. Especially on chilly mornings and especially when loaded up with every topping imaginable.Β  It’s also pretty cool in cookie form. But what’s not cool in cookie form?

Today though, I want to present you with these fifteen minute oatmeal scones. They’re flaky, they’re crusty, and they go really, really well with spicy acorn squash bisque. They also serve as lovely vehicles for dark chocolate sandwiches.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your timers.

Fifteen minutes. Ready, set, GO!

Mix dry ingredients: 15 seconds.

Cut in butter: 20 seconds.

Pour in milk and make a wet, shaggy ball: 1 minute.

Pat down on a baking sheet: 15 seconds.

Bake: 12 minutes.


Fifteen Minute Oatmeal Scones

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Makes 4 scones

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 tsp salt

2 T butter

1/2 cup milk

2/3 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder
Mix together the oats, salt, baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Cut in the butter and work with your fingers so the mixture resembles cornmeal. Pour in the milk and stir only until combined.

Pat sticky ball down on a lined baking sheet and bake at 475 for twelve minutes, or until golden.

Try one crumbled into a warm bowl of white chicken chili or topped with a poached egg and Canadian bacon for a spin on a classic!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I’ve never been a huge scone girl, but I’m pretty sure something involving oatmeal and less than 15 minutes, most of which is in the oven, is definitely worth giving a whirl. πŸ˜‰


Estela @ Weekly Bite October 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Love scones! 15 minutes is worth a try!


Amanda October 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

A fast post for a fast recipe. Love it.


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Vehicle for dark chocolate sandwich!? I like how you think! πŸ™‚


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Those look awesome!! I love things that take under 30 minutes so I don’t get distracted…


Jessica @ How Sweet October 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

This is brilliant!


R @ Learning As I Chop October 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Ooh, this might be a bake on Sunday, eat during the week kind of goodie


Rachel October 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

So, do you cut it into four pieces after you bake it? Or divide it and then bake?


jenna October 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

you can run a knife down the dough before you bake, or you can just cut into four sections after you bake!


Rachel October 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Thanks, Jenna!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love scones so it makes me immensely happy to know they’re so easy to make.


Maria October 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Um, hello! Those look awesome! Putting on my to-do list for this evening!


Errign October 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Nom nom nom – these look awesome!


Clare @ Fitting It All In October 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Now that is one blog recipe I can convince myself to try…hope I don’t mess it up trying to be as speedy as you! And can we get a picture of that dark chocolate sandwich? That was intriguing…:)


leslie October 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

i am baking challenged but i think i HAVE to make these. they appear foolproof and awesome.

ok, question. how would whole wheat pastry flour work in place of ap?


jenna October 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

you could try! They might not be as fluffy though.


C October 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

hi! i have been an avid reader of your for a little bit of time now. I used to loooovvee the old format-i always felt like i was talking to a good friend (your antics remind me a lot of me and my friends, minus the cooking!)

Anyway-when you first decided to focus on your goal of being a food writer and writing more recipes and less daily life, I was creepily sad! But, long story short, you have amazed me with not only your writing but entertainment skills!!! no excuses, i dont cook half as much as i would like or should, but boy do you make it fun to read about!!!

Keep up all of your hard work-it is paying off!


theemptynutjar October 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

These would be great to incorporate into an early morning big breakfast.
Anytime really.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Oh my, I LOVE this blog. So many great recipes πŸ˜€


Shannon, Tropical Eats October 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm

hahah i felt like i was gonna get whooped if i didnt finish reading this fast enough!!!

these look awesome! quick, simple recipes are the best πŸ™‚


Tina October 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm

That’s about the most perfect recipe for me! Oats = love. Fast = more love. Easy = extra love.


Jenny October 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

seems too good to be true! But i love it, can’t wait to try!


stephanie October 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Yum, these look healthy and delish! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! Baking question please: if one is developing a recipe, whats the flour (or oats..) to baking powder and baking soda ratio? Why do some recipes only call for baking powder and not baking soda? If you add baking powder you always need salt, right? Is there a common ratio of baking powder to salt always used? Sorry for the multiple questions, but Ive always wondered about this baking soda and powder stuff. Sometimes I bake with baking soda and the finished product tastes a bit like baking soda…i guess some sorta reaction?? Thanks!
Yum to banana puddin, I hope to master that one day too.


stephanie October 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I made BOTH the soup and the scones today and LOVED them!!! Thanks for the yummy and easy treats! I loved that i had all the ingredients in my cupboard and that the scone recipe only made 4 healthy scones. This way I dont eat like a dozen scones πŸ™‚ OR have to freeze ’em. My daughter ( 16 mo) enjoyed the soup for dinner and lunch. Thanks again, I will for sure make them again soon!!


jenna October 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

awww you’re a rockstar! That’s awesome–glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚


Marisa @ Loser for Life October 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Those sound great! Nice for a last minute addition to dinner!


Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Those scones look great and that soup sounds even better! : ) I love the fact the scones only have a few ingredients and are ready within no time!


Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Oh yum!! I’m going to have to try a whole wheat version pronto. Those look fabulous! πŸ˜€


Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I love the recipes you post that are quick, delicious and don’t involve too many ingredients! This I must try…


Sana October 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hahaha speedy! Baking anything takes me forever because I am always looking for a missing ingredient! LOL


Jil October 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Love it – it’s dangerous that these are so quick and easy to make! haha


Lauren at KeepItSweet October 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

i like that this is such a small batch- sometimes i know i can’t make something where i’ll have too many tasty extra carbs laying around


Kristin @ FoodFash October 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Those look fantastically rustic & delicious! I’ll have to give them a try!


Kristina @ spabettie October 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm

wow, these sound great! especially topped with an egg… YUM


Dev October 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I just made these. I’ve read your blog for awhile and never really commented OR attempted to make one of your recipes step by step. But I did this one since it’s so quick and I had all the ingredients on hand. Results? AMAZING!! I felt like the best baker ever! Seriously, I can’t wait for my husband to try them. The only difference is I put mine in 4 blobs, rather than one big blob, so that I had 4 scones. I didn’t pat them down either and they were nice and fluffy. Love this recipe.


Megan (Braise The Roof) October 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Those look really easy! I like recipes for baked goods that don’t involve a ton of measuring and technical prowess- what can I say? I’m a chop and drop kind of girl. πŸ™‚


Kendra October 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I think it’s time for a tea party with scones.


Healthy Jewish Princess October 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

i would never think of using oatmeal in scones! definite must bake for me πŸ™‚


Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm

What a great idea!


Krystina October 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I bet those would taste nice with some olive oil and rosemary baked in.


Natalia - a side of simple October 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I’m going to fold in some nutella and call it a day πŸ˜‰ I love your plates, by the way! I’m sure you’ve mentioned it before, but where are they from?


Mom October 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Definately will be making these for your father πŸ™‚ Love that you use the Irish butter!


Emily October 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

these look fantastic, jenna! i’m bookmarking them to pair w/ some warm soup. πŸ™‚


Geneviève October 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

One word: Awesome.


Sarah October 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

A quick spin on oatmeal sounds completely delicious!


Steph@stephsbitebybite October 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

These sound too good to be true!


sherri October 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

making them here, boss!


Camille October 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm

What!? It is too easy!
I am making them right now πŸ™‚


eatmovelove October 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I can’t believe that there’s Oatmeal in those!! Wow, they just look like scones – but soft πŸ™‚ I’ve never been a scones girl – but I think I’m won over with these. Their also a great base to add in variations – blueberry scones, raisins scones, chocolate-chip scones…;)


stacey-healthylife October 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Love it, quick simple and can go with anything. I’m making them right away.


Exercise and Eat October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

These look like the perfect healthy scones!


Maria October 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm

And I’m back to report I made them tonight, as promised, and holy cow, are they good! Even the fiance who never says much about baked goods remarked how good they were!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I can’t believe how easy these are!


christy October 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

These are freaking delicious. I just had a baby and am looking for “whole food” things to have around the house (one can only eat so many granola bars) to eat when I have my hands full with the baby. Bonus: I made these while he napped on my chest in the baby carrier. Bonus Part II: oatmeal is rumored to help keep milk supply up, even in baked goods.

I had one with honey and I’m definitely going to have to make another batch tonight because I have a feeling these four are not going to last.


Juniper October 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

hey there! : ) this was great! I dubbed in vegan butter and rice milk and it came out just great, little less cookin’ time though.


LP October 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

i’ve been reading for a while but have never commented. i absolutely had to after making these! i whipped these up as dinner was cooking and they’re DELICIOUS. next time i might cut the salt in half since i’m really sensitive to it, but this recipe is a winner! thanks πŸ™‚


Erin October 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm

This looks like a total winner – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack – I’m in!


Karissa October 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I saw this post and instantly decided to make them with dinner tonight. Delicious! And my boyfriend said they just got better and better with each bite πŸ™‚


sarah October 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm

looks so easy to do…love how not-intimidating they are! Scones make me think of a sophisticated baked good that only bakeries can do well. This looks do-able!


Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com October 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm

GREAT photography! Great, quick recipe too!


rebecca lustig October 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

wow, i’m impressed! who knew you could do so much with so little time?


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle October 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

those look amazing!!!!


sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

these look wonderful. i love scones!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm


That is all.


Lori Lynn October 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Those sound really good. Thanks for sharing!


Lauren October 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm

These look amazing!

I know that this is quite off subject but its ok because it is about books πŸ˜› I am an avid reader, like yourself, and I was just wanted to suggest to you the Hunger Games Trology. They are very good. I read the first one in nearly one sitting! Love.


maddie October 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

These look delicious! Could you make a sweet version by adding some sugar and vanilla? Also, I roasted some kombucha squash and made the same salad you made a week or so ago. Perfect fall dinner! Thanks, Jenna!


Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I’m digging this idea! These would be great with a big brunch. Make people think I was slaving away making homemade scones. PERFECT.


Toronto Girl West October 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm

How simple and yet so lovely.

I felt like baking tonight but I don’t have a lot of ingredients or time. Thankfully I have 15 minutes AND I have those basic ingredients. Love it! πŸ™‚

I’m going to make this tonight and enjoy a scone with tea and a side of Glee! Gracias Jenna!!!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Oh i looove scones.. and those are actually fairly healthy!


Gree October 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Those scones look perfect as a side for a bowl of soup, the chicken chili sounds like a great idea! I often find myself wanting to bake something but thinking I don’t have time to do it but I am saving this recipe for precisely those times!


Micaela October 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm

These are so good! I made them vegan by substituting almond milk and Earth Balance, and they turned out great.


Marika October 6, 2010 at 4:21 am

Mmm… I really want to try these.


Andrea October 6, 2010 at 5:58 am

Oh yay…another Jenna recipe to try. I think I’m partial!!!


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 6, 2010 at 7:17 am

You are a genius.


SueP October 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

You know what takes LESS than 15 minutes?
Eating a batch of those scones. πŸ˜‰

Family coming tomorrow night. Chili? Made.
Scones would be the perfect addition. Thanks!


Lynna October 6, 2010 at 10:12 am

I just made these and had one right out of the oven for breakfast! It was wonderful. Usually, I’m waaay too hungry in the morning to prepare creative/time consuming dishes so I loved how quick these were. Thanks for the recipe!


sarah October 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

I am such a scone fan and want to try these tonight. Problem is, I only have quick cook oats in the cupboard. Jenna, will that ruin the recipe?


jenna October 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

no! you can use them—it’ll be fine πŸ™‚


Sue October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Hi. I tried your recipe last night. Actually, I tried a half recipe so there would be two scones for the two of us. Easy, a great way to heat up the house on a cold night using the oven, and really delicious with pumpkin butter and greek yogurt on it.

I substituted white whole wheat flour which doubles the fiber content. Thank you for this and the other yummy recipes you share!


stepf @ dailyspark October 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Holy scones, Jenna! These are a-ma-zing. I added a tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary, and we just had them with dinner. They’re quite possibly the easiest and tastiest scones I’ve ever made.


andrenna October 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

you know, i really appreciate it that your recipes are for servings of 4. thanks for making recipes for the rest of us who aren’t a party of 6+!


Teri [a foodie stays fit] October 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Jenne, I just made these tonight! So delicious! they were like a new & improved biscuit! I love knowing that I can always count on your recipes to be delicious. Gotta admit, some blogger recipes are hit or miss, but yours are always a hit!

Just curious, do you use table salt or kosher salt in your baking? Does it make a difference?


Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad October 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

OOO these look awesome! I love scones πŸ™‚


C October 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

These were ridiculously delicious. I burnt my tongue on them because I couldn’t stop eating them even though I knew they were hot. Thank you for adding some delicious-ness to my tuesday night!


Rika October 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I just made these with whole wheat flour and ghee and they were yummy! Thanks for the recipe, Jenna! Loved that it made a small batch because I like baking stuff often πŸ˜€


Kaytee October 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I made these tonight and I am sooooooooooooo in love! I want to eat the whole batch right now. =P


Sarah March 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

These are my go-to “my tummy kinda hurts” snack! Making a batch now! Thanks for this recipe.


Sandi September 4, 2011 at 9:53 am

Like your recommendation to add to chili or poached egg, nice!


Mary October 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This is a great recipe alone and to be adapted. I made my first batch with whole wheat flour and they were wonderful. Second batch with chopped nuts and dried berries also delicious. Apple and cinnamon is next! Thanks!


Emily W. October 22, 2011 at 6:57 am

Just made these with the following additions:

1/2t cinnamon
3T Pecan Pieces
3T Heath Toffee Pieces
2T Sugar (could use one more!)
I might cut back on the salt a little next time.

SO YUMMY! I’m so tempted to try other variations…savory, sweet and everywhere in between!


TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] October 30, 2011 at 6:36 am

I know I already commented on this post but I have to tell you that these are seriously my go-to recipe for breakfast and dinner. They are so easy and perfect! thanks Jenna! I have a batch in the oven right now. I’m out of milk so I subbed water – I know they won’t be as good but I’m hopefully they’ll be passable!


Alicia February 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Made these last night and they’re fantastic! Quick and easy to make with a great result. Little salty, and just the right texture.


Sarah F. March 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I love this recipe! I found it a while ago and made it in the past, and had forgotten about it somehow. I made some white chicken chili in the crock pot today for a quick and easy dinner and thought some sort of roll or baked good word be delicious with it. Luckily, I remembered these scones and am so glad I did because they are the perfect side and stayed in line with my quick and easy dinner! Thanks for sharing these with us!


Tara@PNWRunner June 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

This looks fantastic. My dad just requested scones. Would you be able to add blueberries to this easily? Or would it mess it all up? Thanks again!!


Eva November 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

I baked these last night & all had was reg oatmeal. They came out wonderful and they were so easy and quick to make. I added 2Tbs brown sugar splenda, & 1/2 tsp cinnamon in the sconesthen after they cooled I put cinnamon glaze on them. They were awesome. Next time I’ll use wheat flour and some dried fruit & chopped nuts. This is a keeper.


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