Chocolate Chip Apricot Scones

by jenna on March 10, 2011

I’ve been working pretty hard lately on my scone recipe. I’ll admit, I got a little flustered last time when half of you that made my strawberry pop tart scones said they were the best thing since sliced bread while the other half said they didn’t turn out at all. I work very hard on all my recipes and when someone tells me it didn’t work out….well, it causes me to lose sleep.

Just call me a perfectionist, why don’t ya?

The good news though is that even though I’ve risked my grocery budget, jean size and overall sanity, I think I finally got it!

(Some things are just worth sacrificing for…you’ll know what I mean after you take a bite)

These scones—these chocolate chip apricot scones— are quite simply my best scones yet. And I’ve officially turned into a crazy scone lady so I know a good scone when I try one.

If you made my other scones and felt dismayed because the dough was too wet, try these! This dough is more like a cookie dough and much easier to work with.

Of course if apricot isn’t your thang, you could totally leave the apricot out and just have marvelous chocolate chip scones, but I urge you to try this version! Chocolate and apricot is a classic combination and I love the sweet chew the little bits give. You could also use cranberries or dried cherries!

I actually got inspired to make these after hearing about an alleged vegan apricot scone from Peet’s Coffee. Well, I went to Peet’s in search of said scone and didn’t find it. So I decided to make my own instead.  These have butter in them though…and cream…so totally not vegan. But delicious!

And did you really think I could resist a chocolate drizzle? My only regret was wearing my new white Banana Republic top while drizzling.

Shoot.

Chocolate Chip Apricot Scones

makes 12 scones

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

6 T cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

1/2 cup + 2 T cream

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips + 1/2 cup chocolate for drizzle

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in the butter with your fingers and work mixture together until it resembles coarse sand. Add the chopped apricots and chocolate chips.

Add the cream and mix with your hands until a dough forms. Make an eight inch circle with the dough and slice into 12 small wedges. Place wedges on a lined baking sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes, until golden brown.

Melt additional half cup of chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every thirty seconds until melted. Put melted chocolate in a small plastic bag, snip off the tip and drizzle scones with chocolate.

Time:

30 minutes

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 10, 2011 at 5:16 am

Oh my gosh these look incredible! I absolutely LOVE chocolate and orange together. Yum!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

Wow. I thought “apricot” and typed “orange.” Fail.

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Errign March 10, 2011 at 5:18 am

I die. I am considering making a batch to bring on the plane to Singapore tomorrow. I feel like they might help me keep my sanity after 10,000 hours of flying.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 10, 2011 at 5:18 am

The weather is super dreary here today – rainy and cold, which has me in a pretty crappy mood for a Thursday morning. These scones however…. are making my heart sing. Now if only I had time to make them before I head to work! :)

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AdrienneCarolyn March 10, 2011 at 5:22 am

Saturday morning’s breakfast!! Can the weekend come faster please?!

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Emily March 10, 2011 at 6:22 am

I was thinking the SAME thing!!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite March 10, 2011 at 5:25 am

What a great combo!! Scones are my favorite :)

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Faith @ lovelyascharged March 10, 2011 at 5:26 am

Hehe, I would totally sacrifice a white t-shirt to walk away with that sort of deliciousness!

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Debbie March 10, 2011 at 5:26 am

These look scrumptious! I was looking for a pic with your white shirt, because I work for Banana Republic and am very curious as to which white top you were wearing! :-)

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Becky March 10, 2011 at 5:26 am

Hi Jenna,
I’m not sure if you’ve answered this already, but I was wondering how many times you usually test a “final” recipe before posting it – I’ve always been curious! Those scones are gorgeous!

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jen @ taste life March 10, 2011 at 5:28 am

I do love chocolate and apricots together, yum. I also love that you lose sleep over your recipes not working out for some people :) You’re so good!

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jenna laughs March 10, 2011 at 5:31 am

I love the combination of chocolate with dried fruits… yum! I made orange and dark chocolate buttermilk scones last month and fell in love with the flavor. And your chocolate drizzle is beautiful!

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jenna March 10, 2011 at 5:37 am

i love dried apricots and who doesn’t love chocolate? what a great combo!

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Kelly March 10, 2011 at 5:37 am

So here’s my question about scones. I will admit that I have never actually made my own and the reason is because every. single. scone. I have ever tried from various bakeries and coffee shops are always dry. Therefore leading me to the conclusion that I don’t like scones. I have stopped trying and no longer order them even though they always look amazing. So my question, are scones supposed to be dry or have I have just had rotton luck??

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Errign March 10, 2011 at 6:04 am

I think they should be a little bit dry & crumbly, but not overly so? I mean, they are definitely not as moist (hate that word) as muffins or cake..

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Julien March 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

Scones should crisp on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside- a little bit like good sourdough bread. I think when it comes to scones, they pretty much have to be eaten as soon as they are cooked. Even a few hours sitting out in a coffee shop can turn them into a sad puck of….. well, not very good scone.

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Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) March 10, 2011 at 5:38 am

I’ll be honest. I never ever would have thought to put chocolate with apricot. But that’s why you’re a professional chef and I am not. Hehe. Looks great, girl!!

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Jessica @ How Sweet March 10, 2011 at 5:43 am

That chocolate drizzle is making me swoon.

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brandi@BranAppetit March 10, 2011 at 5:45 am

I love apricots and chocolate together! These look really good :)

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Helena March 10, 2011 at 5:57 am

I love how packed they are!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 10, 2011 at 6:00 am

How do I overlook the use of apricots in baked goods? I love the combo of apricot and chocolate. Might have to try these scones!

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Brooke @ bittersweetb March 10, 2011 at 6:08 am

These sound soo good. I am currently having a love affair with apricots!

I spill food/chocolate on my clothes daily…so I feel your pain.

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Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 10, 2011 at 6:11 am

Yum! For some reason, I have been having a serious apricot craving lately. How did you know??

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Evan Thomas March 10, 2011 at 6:18 am

Mmmm, another delicious recipe. I love dried apricots. I remember I worked my way through them last time I was in Europe. They just taste better there.

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Daisy March 10, 2011 at 6:19 am

what a tasty combo! I wish I had one for breakfast!

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 10, 2011 at 6:38 am

I always forget how much I enjoy dried apricots!

And that sucks about your new white shirt! That’s totally something I would do!

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 10, 2011 at 6:52 am

Scones are on my “to-do” list! I’ll can’t wait to try these!

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Marcy March 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

Jenna – I know how much you like the book “A Moveable Feast.” Yesterday, on my local NPR station there was a very good interview with Paula McLain of “The Paris Wife.” It was such a good interview I thought you might be interested in listening.

Here’s the link: http://www.kcur.org/UTDarchive.html

Enjoy!!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

I love scones! The chocolate drizzle makes them extra special. Yum I want to run to the store and pick up dried apricots for these. Apricots with chocolate sounds like seriously good business!

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MyLifeRunning March 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

I admit, I made the strawberry poptart scones and they were a runny mess. Tasty in the end, but… think I need another go-around with these! Or maybe I should make your candied lemons for some lemon scones?

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Camille March 10, 2011 at 7:15 am

Ahh, amazing! Bloggers are starting to whip out the fruit recipes and I am dreaming of Spring :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 10, 2011 at 7:19 am

I love scones because they’re sweet, but not TOO sweet. These look heavenly!

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Kristen @ Change of Pace March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

I would honestly eat anything in the form of a scone. Scones with coffee is heaven.

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Kelsi March 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

these look amazing. how many times do you make a dish to figure out the recipe? i always wonder when food bloggers come up with great recipes how long it took to get there

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

These scones look scrumptious! I love chocolate and apricots together!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock March 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

Oh my! These look amazing – pretty sure I just drooled a bit. Oops ;D I definitely NEED to make these. Fantastic recipe!

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Julie (Food & Other Things) March 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

I love scones so this recipe sounds amazing! Chocolate and apricot seems like a great combination!

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Calantha March 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

From what I understand about scone batter – it SHOULD be wet. To get around the problem of forming a wet dough into scones, you simply chill it for about an hour. Pull it out, form it and bake. You will achieve the most amazing scone texture this way, or so I’ve found :)

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Natalia - a side of simple March 10, 2011 at 9:18 am

I have an array of jean sizes available in my closet for times just like this ;) I mean, I have to wash my yoga pants at LEAST once a season…

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Amanda March 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

It’s like starbucks in my kitchen! :)

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Steph@321delish March 10, 2011 at 9:36 am

These look amazing! Its like those chocolate dipped dried apricots from my past, but in scone form! Delish!!

I see that you use a silpat. Would you recommend buying one?

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jenna March 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

I LOVE my silpat. It makes all the difference in the world and is totally worth $25!

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Sara March 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

Oh these look delicious! I’m taking a baking class (high-altitude is a pain here in CO!) and just made scones for the first time last weekend. Actually that was the first time I ever had a scone, period! Currants were in mine with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top and then dipped the scone into the lemon curd we made—holy cow, oh so yummy! My husband wants some with chocolate chips so I’m definitely going to have to make these. Thanks!

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Michelle | gold-hearted girl March 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

Gimme one! It would go perfectly with my coffee right now! I LOVE apricots, especially baby ones fresh from the tree!

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Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

I have been working on a gluten-free scone recipe for two or three weeks now… I think I’m at the point where if it doesn’t work for someone else, I just don’t know what went wrong, and I can’t be culpable! ; )

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Ashley @perfectleypeared March 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

mmhh, these look great! i wonder how they would be with some walnuts or almonds in them instead of the apricot. i don’t really have a thing for dried fruit.

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jenna March 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’d say delicious! Chocolate almond scones? Yes, please.

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Tricia March 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

Would it be possible to use an apricot preserves in this? I was just wondering since I have apricot preserves in the fridge, but no dried apricots, which is shocking, because I LOVE apricots!

And I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one who looooves Grey’s. I’ve been hooked on it ever since I was pregnant with my daughter, 2 years ago!

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jenna March 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

No since it’s a total different texture. You could leave out the dried apricot and use just the chocolate chips then TOP it with the apricot preserves though–that would be super tasty!!

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Tricia March 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

Ok – I’ll try that, then! Or just make a run to the store this weekend and grab some dried apricots. =]

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Kati @ Living Well March 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

YUM! These look amazing and what a great combo!

I made the chicken noodle soup casserole and love it!

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Odette @ theonlyplanetwithchocolate March 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

Oh my gosh- chocolate chip scones!! It seems like such a wonderful combination :) And those look absolutely delicious. Sometimes a little sacrifice (i.e. snacking til you perfect a recipe) is worth it! After all, it’s for the greater good :) Definitely going to try these!

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katie March 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Wow! The apricot sounds amazing! Something I have not had in forever, this is drool worthy and making me hungry!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

A white banana republic top and chocolate drizzles do NOT go together.

But I sincerely thank you for the wardrobe sacrifice.

As these look perfect!! I love apricots. I love chocolate. That’s perfect in my book!
:)

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AJ March 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Totally making these tonight! I will report back!

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Libby March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

You could also substituted the chocolate chips for currants if you’re looking for something with more fruity zing that sweet chocolate. :)

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Rocio V March 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I think I was listening to a show called The Splendid Table on NPR where a man called in because his mother was having trouble with a recipe. This was a recipe that she had been making for years and so they had chalked up her recent difficulty to her just “losing her touch.” It turns out that she had moved not too long ago and that there were regional differences in the type of flour that she used. Once she figured out how the flours were different, she was able to adjust the recipe and experience baking success once more. I don’t know how relevant this may be to some of the difficulties folks faced when preparing the scones, but I figured it was worth mentioning! It could all just be in the flour…

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Oh yum. They look so stuffed with chocolate and apricot!!

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Colleen March 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I love chocolate apricot scones! I agree, it’s a great combination :)

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Nadine March 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I heart that the ingredients in this (and in MOST) of your recipes are totally doable. I mean I ALMOST have all of these on hand, right now, and that never happens.

Can’ t wait to make them!

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Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

HEAVENLY!!! i need a good scone in me….

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Miranda March 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Hi Jenna, I have been reading your blog for ages but never commented. I love all of the beautiful recipes you post and my housemates love them too, since I cook for them!! My grandmother, who is an awesome baker, taught me the perfect scone recipe when I was younger, and I thought I would share the base recipe with you. These have never failed me and can be adjusted so many different ways! They always turn out perfectly light, fluffy and delicious. Where my numbers are in grams etc – sorry, I’m from NZ and live in Australia and we use a weird mix of imperial/metric when it comes to cooking! 75gm butter is about 5 generous tbsp.

3 cups white flour (plain)
6 tsp baking powder
75gm butter
3/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius (about 350 F). You must, must MUST have your oven set to bake, and not fan bake.

Sift together flour and baking powder. Add salt, and cut butter in with your fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add milk and mix very gently with a knife until combined. It is crucial not to overmix or these go all chewy (as I’m sure you already know!!) Don’t worry if mix is a bit wet.

Turn out onto a floured surface and scatter more flour over. Pat the flour over the dough so that it is not sticky to the touch. Roll out and cut – sometimes I use a glass, otherwise I just cut it into squares. Place onto a well-greased or lined baking tray and brush tops with some extra milk. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

These rise just beautifully every time, as long as you’re sure to put your oven on bake, and are so delicious and buttery. They are very versatile too. My favourite way to eat these is plain with jam and fresh whipped cream and a hot cup of tea, but I also like to spread the rolled dough with tomato sauce, chopped herbs, bacon and cheese, then roll it up and bake into scrolls. Yum :)

I feel a bit rude giving you a recipe when you are clearly the expert!! If you like the scone recipe, I have an amazing (ten minute) recipe for Ambrosia, the best Kiwi dessert ever, even better than pavlova!

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Cheryl July 28, 2011 at 4:26 am

Hi, Miranda! Altho’ I know it’s sometimes considered bad blog etiquette to offer ones own recipes in a comment, I really love when someone does so because I am an incurable recipe collector and especially love “old family recipes.” So thank you so much for your scone recipe, and altho’ I can’t speak for Jenna, I would dearly love your kiwi recipe, if you don’t mind. If not here, my email address is cherylh777@aol.com. Thanks!!
And Jenna, I am new to your blog but just absolutely love it! Thank you so much for your charming writing and delicious recipes. So exciting to find a new “fave” blog!!

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AshleyH March 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I am a Peet’s addict. I am in love with everything Peet’s. But I have never seen a vegan scone there before let alone the one you heard of. There mulitgrain scone rocks my world. Coconut, flax seeds, chopped raisins, orange zest are just some of the amazing flavors going on. Yum!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef March 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

these look absolutely beautiful! and i have everything on hand so maybe these will be in my not-so-distant future!

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Lindsay March 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

Yum! I’m gonna make these with gluten free flour so I can eat them! Great combination.

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Stephanie March 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Those scones look super duper fantastic. I LOVE scones and love the idea of chocolate AND dried fruit. I am so making those. I just printed the recipe. THANK YOU!

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Stephanie March 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Oh yeah. Just made these with dried cherries and dark chocolate. Apricots are next. Truly a beautiful thing. Yum!

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Dee D. March 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Wow, those look delicious! Never heard of an apricot chocolate combination before, and i might try these out :)

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I think I’ll surprise my mama with a batch of these this week — we’re apricot fanatics.

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Ashley @ YogaVet March 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

Yay! I made these yesterday morning for breakfast, and they were awesome! I made a few substitutions (used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour instead of all AP, and I didn’t have cream… what?? so I used milk and added more butter…. mwuhaha…) and I also sprinkled in some cardamom (because I’m obsessed). My boyfriend, who generally doesn’t like scones, ate 2 for breakfast :-) Thanks!

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Mara March 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

This is only furthering my obsession with dried apricots :)

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Mansee March 15, 2011 at 7:38 am

I made these a few days ago and I just had to come tell you how AMAZING they are. Definitely the best scone I’ve ever made, if not the best I’ve ever eaten. I took them to my aunt’s house and watched her eat three in front of me, which is more than I’ve seen her eat in a week. I know you work hard on all of your recipes and you just have to know how completely perfect these are! Thank you!

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Kim March 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

Oh.My. I just made these and seriously have to maintain self control not to eat them all in one sitting. Like others I subbed some ingredients: Did mini choc chips, cranberries and orange zest. Can you say YUM-O? Very moist and tasty. Thanks for an easy, yummy recipe!

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Shannon March 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Yes! These are GREAT! So simple and so tasty! I changed things up a bit: half and half instead of cream, white chocolate instead of dark, craisins instead of apricots, and added chopped walnuts. Very happy with the results, although I think I’ll only use 1/4 cup of sugar next time… I like my sweetness paired back a bit I guess.
But this was the easiest scone recipe ever! I can’t wait to show off the results! Thank you!

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Jessica March 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I just made these, but instead of chocolate and apricots, I used 1/2 tsp cinnamon and almost a cup of cranberries…spectacular! And my house smells so good!

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Diana April 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

I’ve made these twice and they were amazing both times! I used dried cherries instead of apricot. The second time I made these I realized I was out of cream, so I used fat free evaporated milk and they turned out just as good. I couldn’t tell the difference and they were a little healthier.

BTW – I love that your recipes use ingredients I typically have on hand!

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Annie September 4, 2012 at 5:42 am

These scones really perked up a rainy morning today! They were really tender, and I loved the apricots and chocolate chips together (I used mini chocolate chips, my favorite). Thanks for working so hard on your recipes; I really enjoy your blog! Annie

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