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White Chocolate and Apricot Scones with Walnuts

This recipe produces rich and scrumptious breakfast scones filled with white chocolate chunks, dried apricots, and toasted walnuts. Make these White Chocolate and Apricot Scones up ahead of time and freeze. Bake when ready to eat.

White Chocolate, Dried Apricot and Walnut Scones--ready to eat

Recipe Inspiration

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer in the kitchen at Bible Study Fellowship headquarters in San Antonio. Their motto emphasizes excellence in service to the Lord. 

The food they prepare is just one example. After helping to serve these scones for breakfast one morning, I was thrilled to get the recipe.

Unique Ingredients

These scones don’t show up in my kitchen very often because they are rich, a tad expensive, and not low-calorie. But they are so worth it for a special occasion.

Even though I’m not a big fan of white chocolate, apricots, or walnuts on their own, they all come together in these scones to make a flaky and flavorful quick bread you will enjoy and remember.

Freshly baked White Chocolate, Dried Apricot and Walnut Scones

Recipe Tips


You can make White Chocolate and Apricot Scones ahead of time.

If you need to make these ahead, freeze the shaped dough, but don’t bake them until the day you want to serve them. Eat scones the day they are baked, like donuts.


Roll out scone dough on a silicone baking sheet.

Toss silicone baking sheets in the dishwasher for easy clean-up. However, be careful when cutting the dough into triangle shapes. You don’t want to damage your mat. I do it all the time without consequence.

How To Shape White Chocolate and Apricot Scones with Walnuts

scone dough shaped into a square
Pat dough lightly into a square shape.
cutting dough into 8 wedges
Cut into 8 equally-sized wedges
finishing scones with sugar before baking
Coat each scone with heavy cream before sprinkling with sanding sugar.

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    Yield: 8 large scones

    White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut Scones

    White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut Scones

    White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut Scones are a sugar-crusted cream breakfast scone studded with white chocolate, dried apricots and toasted walnuts.

    Prep Time 25 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes


    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream + some for glazing
    • 1 large egg
    • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 ounces white chocolate, 1/2-inch rough cubes
    • 2/3 cup walnuts, toasted
    • 2/3 cup finely chopped dried apricots or raisins
    • Sanding sugar for tops


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    1. Mix together first four ingredients. Add cold butter and cut in with a fork until mixture looks like coarse oatmeal.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together heavy cream, egg, and vanilla extract before adding it to dry ingredients. Stir in white chocolate, walnuts, and apricots. Mixture will be crumbly.
    3. Pour crumbly mixture out onto lightly floured surface and use hands to press together into a large patty about 9-inches square and 1-inch thick. Cut into four pieces using the shape of a "plus" sign. Cut each square in half diagonally, resulting in 8 scones. For mini-scones, cut each triangle in half.
    4. Brush tops of scones with heavy cream, then dip tops into a bowl of sanding sugar (easier than sprinkling sugar on top). Place onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone mat.
    5. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. The bottoms of these scones tend to brown quickly, so I position them on a rack closer to the top of my oven than the bottom. Whether you need to do the same will depend on the cookie sheet you use and your oven.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 7g

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    Saturday 14th of February 2015

    These look so good! If I had some heavy cream, I'd make them tonight for tomorrow's breakfast. Definitely making them soon, though. Love that they can be made ahead. :)


    Saturday 14th of February 2015

    These look delicious. The picture alone is making my mouth water. I do love scones and a nice hot cup of tea.


    Saturday 14th of February 2015

    Scrumptious! I really have to buckle down and make myself some scones for the first time ever!