white cheddar rosemary scones

Tender, flaky, crispy, crunchy, soft, cheesy, savory, delicious scones.

They remind me of eating asiago cheese bagels from Panera twice a week during my freshman year of college…and then wondering why I gained ten pounds? I still haven’t quite figured that one out.

Anyway, I just discovered a rosemary forest behind my house. Actually, my dad discovered it when he was visiting a couple weeks ago. He came in with a sprig between his fingers asking, “isn’t this the stuff we top the cedar plank salmon with?” Yes, dad. Yes it is.

Therefore, now everything is rosemary! I can’t wait to come up with new rosemary treats and these scones are perfect to kick it all off. If you want to know the truth, I actually baked rosemary buttermilk biscuits the night before I made these scones to go with our chili.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know, but I was feeling particularly loving that evening so I made a feast of biscuits and homemade chili with pinot noir and a fire on the side. First fire of the season!!! And yes, it was still 80 degrees out. I alternated between spooning steaming chili into my mouth and wiping beads of sweat off my forehead all while gazing at my blazing duraflame log. Can you picture it? Maybe you shouldn’t.

Then the next day, I baked these scones. What can I say? I’m on a flaky white flour kick. And you know what made them even better than my biscuits?


Cheese, my friend. Sharp white goat’s milk cheddar, to be exact. And lots of it.

If you’re used to only sweet scones, give these a try! I promise, they melt in your mouth even more than these do. I like ’em better than biscuits with the creamy white chicken chili and they bake up in a flash. By the way, this chili is probably the number one made dinner at my house. Never made it? You’re missing out. Seriously. Make it tonight…with these scones!

White Cheddar Rosemary Scones

makes 8 scones

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2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary

1/2 cup freshly grated white cheddar cheese

1 T baking powder

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

6 T cold butter, cut into small slices

1/2 cup + 2 T milk, cream or half & half (I used half & half)


Preheat oven to 425.

Whisk together the flour, salt, rosemary, baking powder and pepper. Add the cheese and butter and work mixture together with your fingers until it feels almost like sand. Add the cream and mix until just combined.

Pat dough into an 8-inch circle and slice into 8 triangles. Bake on a lined baking sheet for 18 minutes until golden brown.


30 minutes

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  • Bronwyn
    September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    These sound delicious!!

  • Ericka Andersen
    September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    What a grand idea. I always forget about ingredients like rosemary…but I can almost taste those scones in my mouth right now. Sharp white goat’s milk cheddar? Um, sign me up for a lifetime’s supply. This is like the third blog I’ve seen on scones this week — maybe the gods are trying to tell me something!

  • Maria
    September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

    We have a lot of fresh rosemary in our garden. I love adding it in scones! Yours look great!

  • Shari @ The Daily Dish
    September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am

    These look fabulous. I love rosemary. Such a great seasoning

  • Jen
    September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Sadly, I don’t think these would come out nearly as well if I used gluten-free flour. Too bad, because they look incredible. I love anything with some good cheddar!

    • kyle.bateman
      April 29, 2012 at 7:12 am

      you could do this gluten free, quite easily. the end product would be pretty awesome. i biscuit texture is one of the easier things to mimic with gluten free products and scones are basically biscuits with stuff added. here’s an easy gluten free biscuit recipe. there are better ones but this one is comprised of mostly stuff you are likely to have around the kitchen. just add cheddar and rosemary.

  • Cait's Plate
    September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I don’t know why I never think of savory scones but they really are such a good idea. I need to do this more.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Oh, yum! Rosemary is my favorite herb. It just smells like Christmas to me πŸ™‚ I have an overflowing pot of it on my front steps.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

    These look so beautiful!! I love rosemary – it’s one of the few herbs that I buy fresh because I know I definitely won’t let any of it go to waste!

  • Shelly
    September 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I highly recommend shortbread cookies with rosemary and mini-chocolate chips. Rosemary is amazing for bringing out the flavor of butter and since shortbread is mostly butter- it’s a match made in heaven!
    I also love lemon drop martinis made with rosemary infused simple syrup and garnished with a sprig of rosemary. (Or you could make rosemary lemonade for a non-alchohlic beverage perfect for bridging the time between summer andfull on fall.)
    I also made a great marinade for grilled goat chops (or lamb, pork, or chicken)- I used rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, port, and lots of black pepper in olive oil.
    Can you tell I have a rosemary plant growing on my porch? πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin @ Cake with Love
      September 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

      thanks for the idea, I love Rosemary and shortbread cookies, I have to try the together πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    September 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Yum! These look fabulous! I have some fresh rosemary right now, might have to whip these up tonight!

  • Coco
    September 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

    You made me snort with your line about the Duraflame log.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    September 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

    That’s like a gigantic, sexy cracker that needs to live in my soup.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Savory scones sound delish!! Now to locate my own Rosemary forest…

  • Amanda at the red table
    September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Holy moly, these look good! I think you and I have the same taste buds. I tried your recipe for black beans last week, and they are spectacular! I’m still eating the leftovers, which is an added bonus.

  • Stephanie Murphy
    September 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

    mmmm the warm smell of rosemary is heaven right now. These look awesome!

  • Bev Weidner
    September 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Yep. Unhinging my jaw NOW.

  • Moni'sMeals
    September 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

    yes yes yes! There is something about white cheddar that get me everytime! Yum. πŸ™‚

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    September 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

    What a fabulous flavor combo. I LOVE white cheddar! Ah, sigh. Savory scones rock.

  • Christena
    September 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I will have to try these. I love rosemary. I roast asparagus + mushrooms with olive oil & rosemary. It is my favorite herb for veggies. And it smells so wonderful while roasting.

    Jenna, as far as food blogs go, you have the best photos, IMO. There is something so very…light and delicate and classy about them, if that even makes sense.

  • Brooke @ BittersweetBrooke
    September 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Cheese and scone in the same sentence, in the same recipe? I think an angel just got its wings! I love scones and just started to really experiment with them. I love the idea of a savory scone and I love the idea of cheese!

    I think you may have changed my life.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    September 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I’ve never tried a savory scone. Sounds like a good idea to me!

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    September 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

    These look amazing! I love scones with herbs… I need to try these now!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    September 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

    These sound delicious. And now I want fall even more!

  • meghan@ struggle muffins
    September 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

    ‘White cheddar’ always, without fail, brings me back to my childhood days when I left the original Kraft Mac & Cheese for it’s more sophisticated cousin, Kraft WHITE CHEDDAR Mac & Cheese. A discerning palate, I had. Clearly. But for reals, these scones sound delectable!

  • B n B
    September 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Do you typically use Goat’s cheese vs. cow’s in recipes? I never used to eat Goat’s cheese before blogs but do now and wonder where the “kick” initially started.

  • Sasha
    September 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

    My plan was to make chili today, slow cooker style and was originally going to do cornbread..but these sound so good!! Everything I love into one.
    To save a trip to the grocery store, all I have jack cheese. Do you think that could work, or for the sake of a better scone make the trip to the store?

    • jenna
      September 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

      I think you’re fine!! Sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    September 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Love rosemary and bread combo. Making these soon.

    And sweet deal on the rosemary forest!

  • Lindsa @ Schnoodle Soup
    September 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Goat’s milk cheddar?! I must find this!

  • Susan
    September 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I am OBSESSED with rosemary biscuits. Okay, rosemary anything. I made lavender rosemary rice krispie squares not that long ago that were one of my best uses of it yet.

  • Beth
    September 13, 2011 at 9:54 am

    These sound wonderful. I’ve never really understood the point of mild cheddar. I’m an extra sharp girl all the way, or a “seriously sharp” cheddar girl if Cabot is available. I love putting rosemary and minced garlic in pizza dough, and also just using rosemary with simple roasted potatoes. Have fun with your rosemary forest!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    September 13, 2011 at 10:07 am

    These look incredible. I love chili + biscuits (or any type of bread really).

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love
    September 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

    They will go really well with the kale soup I am planing πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Yum! I love savory scones! Great recipe! What other herbs could be used you think?

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    September 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    These look fantastic!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    September 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    delicious! i just whipped up a pot of chicken chili last night. might have to throw these together to have with the leftovers later today πŸ™‚

  • Kiah
    September 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Haha, I love the anecdote about your dad πŸ™‚ I also love Panera’s asiago bagels…maybe I’ll try subbing these scones in instead πŸ™‚

  • Lara @ TresLaLa
    September 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Holy man. I’m trying these on Saturday. Perfect to carb-load for Sunday!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    September 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

    These sound amazing! In law school my roommate would always bake me scones when I was feeling down and they tasted so good, it would instantly raise my mood.

    This recipe makes me want to re-pay her. Do you think they ship ok?

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for the white chili link and reminder. I have always wanted to make that. One day I will. Just keep reminding me enough πŸ™‚

    And the scones look delightful! I love rosemary…big time!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    September 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    these look awesome…you are killing me here, I am sitting in lecture and beyond starving

  • Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    September 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    These sound delicious!

  • Kiran @
    September 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Drool-worthy! I love scones – so English πŸ™‚

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    You randomly found a rosemary bush behind your house?! Jealous! These scones look fantastic. I’ve never gone on the savory side, before. This might just be the recipe to convince me!

  • peacebeme
    September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I have never made savory scones, but scones are my favorite food! Those look so good. Rosemary is also one of my favorite herbs.

  • Alycia
    September 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    These look great! Having the in-laws for an over-nighter next week and these will be a wonderful breakfast.

    Question: could you assemble the ingredients the night before and then bake in the morning? Or would it be just better to bake the day before hand and re-heat the morning of.

    • jenna
      September 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Hmmm….you could mix together the dry ingredients and prep all the cold ingredients (cut up butter, measure out cream..yada yada yada) but I wouldn’t actually mix the dough and BAKE them until the morning. Scones are always better the day you make them!

  • Kelsey @ aslolife
    September 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Looks amazing and I just happened to have purchased some white cheddar yesterday!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Cheese makes everything better. I am a huge fan of scones, and biscuits for that matter. I def. want to try this!

  • Stephanie @ Love Life Project
    September 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a bit intimidated by scones. These look really good…maybe (maybe) – I’ll be brave enough to try them someday!

  • Pamela
    September 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Drat!!! I signed up for Weight Watchers yesterday, but I’ll definitely save the recipe for later.

  • Amanda
    September 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Yum, these look sooooooo good. I love me a good scone! The chili looks incredible too!

  • Malia @ Life is Good Girl
    September 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Those scones sound yummy. I love the asiago bagels at Panera. Actually, I don’t really care about the bread part. I just like to pick the baked cheese off the top of the bagel!

  • kaila@ healthy helper blog!
    September 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Scones? Rosemary? What could be better? Them being in my belly πŸ™‚

  • Regan @ Cabot Creamery
    September 14, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Rosemary Forest… now that’s somewhere I’d want to live πŸ˜‰

    These look divine.

  • Heather
    September 14, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I have been meaning to make the chicken chili for the past couple of days. Now I must make both the scones and the chili!! Looks like the perfect autumn meal. Thanks Jenna!

  • Jen Papaya
    September 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

    did you notice that the white chicken chili recipe you posted almost EXACTLY one year ago?? well one year ago today, when I’m typing this. 364 days before this particular post. I like it!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    September 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

    You had me at white cheddar. The sound amazing.

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  • Caitlyn
    September 16, 2011 at 6:03 am

    So I made these last night to go with “Adam’s Famous Spaghetti” and my boyfriend & I loved them! Now I’m eating one for breakfast! I’m so glad you posted this recipe, they’re absolutely delicious!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    September 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Yeah I don’t think I’m ever going to make these…not because I’m not obsessed with white flour, rosemary or cheddar. No, because I would never stop wanting them and probably eat the whole batch in one sitting.

    Hi my name is Diana, and I have a scone addiction.

  • Belinda
    September 19, 2011 at 8:39 am

    THANK YOU so much for this recipe! I made the scones on Friday night to go with my homemade chicken noodle soup. AMAZING! I loved them. I think they might be one of my top 3 things to ever come out of my oven. Yum.

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    February 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I made these today and they are amazing! I wasn’t sure if you meant a teaspoon or a tablespoon for the baking powder, so I did a teaspoon. And I didn’t have white cheddar, so I used the normal stuff. So good!

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