Delicious Scottish Oat Scones Recipe – Make at Home!

Ladies and Gents, I am thrilled to share with you my all-time favorite scones recipe: Scottish Oat Scones. This recipe is a classic in the making, and it’s all thanks to the use of rolled oats that lend a significant texture and nutty flavor to these delectable scones. Trust me; once you follow this recipe and take a bite of these oat scones, you will never go back to ordinary ones.

Now, let me ask you something: What’s your definition of comfort food? When I think of comfort food, I immediately picture delicious home-cooked meals that evoke cozy memories from my childhood. Nothing quite compares to a plate of freshly baked scones on a chilly afternoon, paired with a hot cup of tea or coffee. There is something so fulfilling about devouring warm Scottish Oat Scones that transport you to another place entirely.

As someone who loves experimenting in the kitchen, I have tried dozens of scone recipes over the years. However, I always found myself going back to this particular oat scones recipe. Here’s why – it’s simple, versatile, and yields consistent results every time. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting, Scottish Oat Scones Recipe will help bring an extra layer of warmth and coziness into your kitchen.

So let’s grab a cuppa and get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scottish Oat Scones
Scottish Oat Scones

Listen up, friends! I cannot stress enough how amazing these Scottish oat scones are that you’re about to make. If you’re a fan of hearty, rustic baked goods with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness, then this recipe is definitely for you.

Firstly, let’s talk about the star ingredient – the iconic Scottish oats. These are certainly not your typical oats you have for breakfast. They’re coarser and heartier in texture, giving the scones a lovely chewiness that’s irresistible.

Secondly, this recipe calls for heavy cream and cream cheese to add richness to the dough, ensuring that they’re moist and tender every time. Trust me when I say this – the combination of the rich dairy and nutty oats will make your taste buds sing!

Thirdly, the mix-ins of currants or raisins add a sweet pop of flavor to each bite. And if you like it less sweet or want to explore different flavor options, feel free to swap them for other dried fruits like cranberries or cherries.

Last but not least, making these oat scones offers something special – it’s an experience. The process of shaping the dough with your hands and cutting out each scone is so satisfying in a way that only homemade baking can be. This recipe will give you delicious scones every time along with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

So why wait? Get out your mixing bowl and measuring cups, put on some good tunes, and bake up some Scottish oat scones that are sure to impress at any breakfast or afternoon tea time gathering. Trust me – once you take a bite into these scones, your life will never be the same again!

Ingredient List

 These scones are so easy to make, you'll wonder why you haven't made them before!
These scones are so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made them before!

Before we start making these delectable Scottish Oat Scones, let’s go through the [bold]ingredients list[/bold]. Gather all your ingredients beforehand to make sure you have everything you need. Here’s what you’ll need to make these scones:

Dry Ingredients:

  • [bold]1 1/2 cups[/bold] all-purpose flour
  • [bold]1/2 cup[/bold] quaker oats (old fashioned or quick oats) uncooked
  • [bold]1 tablespoon[/bold] baking powder
  • [bold]1/4 cup[/bold] granulated sugar
  • [bold]1/2 teaspoon[/bold] salt
  • Optional: [bold]1/2 cup[/bold] dried currants or raisins

Wet Ingredients:

  • [bold]6 tablespoons[/bold] unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • [bold]3/4 cup[/bold] whole milk
  • [bold]1 egg[/bold], beaten


  • Heavy cream
  • Cream cheese (room temperature)

Note that the above ingredients will yield 8 triangular scones. If you’re planning to make a larger batch, simply multiply accordingly. Now, let’s go through each ingredient to understand its importance in our recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect breakfast, afternoon snack, or tea-time treat.
A perfect breakfast, afternoon snack, or tea-time treat.

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, we can now start making our Scottish Oat Scones. Trust me, once you’ve had a bite of these scones, you’ll never want to go back to any other scone recipe again.

Step 1: Preheat your oven

First, I preheat my oven to 375°F (190°C) so it’s ready for my scones.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

Next, in a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt until well combined. Then add rolled oats and combine the ingredients together until evenly distributed.

Step 3: Add butter

After combining the dry ingredients, I add cube-shaped unsalted butter into the mixture until it has a crumbly texture just like cut oats with pea-sized pieces of butter throughout. If you’re using a pastry cutter or blender, simply pulse them together.

Step 4: Combine wet ingredients

Beat one egg in a small bowl and then add ¾ cup (180 ml) whole milk, stirring briefly to combine.

Step 5: Combine wet and dry mixtures

Add the wet mixture (egg and milk) to the large bowl containing your dry ingredients with the rolled oats and mix well until just incorporated — do not overmix or dough will become tough.

Step 6: Form a dough ball

Now it’s time to form the dough ball. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface dusted with oat flour (or regular flour). Knead for a few seconds until it sticks together when pressed into a ball shape. It may seem crumbly at first but keep pressing it together util it forms into an even ball.

Step 7: Shape your scones

With your hands, pat down the dough ball down into a large circular disk shape and cut it into eight portions/circles.

Step 8: Brush with egg wash

Beat the remaining egg, brush it over the top of each scone piece, sprinkle some rolled oats on top before putting them into the oven.

Step 9: Bake

Set the scones onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or when lightly browned. Allow to cool for around 5 minutes before serving.

And voila! You now have a freshly baked batch of deliciously nutty and hearty Scottish oat scones. Enjoy as is or with your favourite toppings such as clotted cream and jam, honey or butter slathered on top.

Substitutions and Variations

 The comforting aroma of warm, buttery scones fresh from the oven is unbeatable.
The comforting aroma of warm, buttery scones fresh from the oven is unbeatable.

Alright, let’s talk about some substitutions and variations you can make to this Scottish Oat Scones recipe. Putting your own spin on traditional recipes can lead to exciting and unique flavor combinations, so don’t be afraid to try something new!


– If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, swap out the all-purpose flour for a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend.

– Swap out the rolled oats for quick-cooking oats or even steel-cut oats. Just note that steel-cut oats may give the scones a coarser texture.

– Replace the currants with raisins or cranberries for a different fruity flavor.

– Instead of heavy cream, use half-and-half or buttermilk for a lighter option.

– If you don’t have any cream of tartar on hand, you can leave it out. It helps to activate the baking powder, but the scones will still turn out without it.


– For a sweeter scone, add 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey to the wet ingredients before adding in the dry ingredients. This will also give the scones a subtle maple or honey flavor.

– Add in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin spice to give your scones a warm and cozy taste.

– Swap out half of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour to make these scones a bit healthier.

– Add in chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts for extra crunch and flavor.

Remember that experimenting with substitutions and variations is all about finding what works best for you and your tastes. So have fun, get creative, and enjoy your homemade Scottish Oat Scones!

Serving and Pairing

 Enjoy your scones with a steaming cup of tea for the ultimate British experience.
Enjoy your scones with a steaming cup of tea for the ultimate British experience.

Now that your Scottish oat scones are baked to perfection, it’s time to serve and pair them with some delightful accompaniments. These oat scones are a versatile treat that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

For a traditional British experience, serve these oat scones with clotted cream and jam – preferably strawberry or raspberry. The tanginess of the clotted cream complements the sweetness of the scones, and adding a dollop of jam creates a perfectly balanced flavor. This combination is a classic choice for afternoon tea or as a sweet breakfast treat.

If you prefer savory flavors, you can always spread some butter over your oat scone and enjoy it alongside a cup of coffee or tea. The slightly nutty and hearty flavor of the Scottish oats adds depth and complexity to the scone, making it perfect for dipping in a hot beverage.

Alternatively, try pairing your oat scone with fresh fruit, such as sliced apples or strawberries. The fruit adds a refreshing touch to the denser texture of the scone, while also providing some nutritional balance.

For an indulgent twist, try serving these oat scones with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting on top. This option makes for a decadent dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your Scottish oat scones, they will surely be a delightful addition to any occasion. As always, feel free to experiment with different serving options and find the pairing that suits your taste buds best!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A generous dollop of clotted cream or jam will take these scones to the next level.
A generous dollop of clotted cream or jam will take these scones to the next level.

Alright, let me tell you how to make these delicious Scottish Oat Scones ahead of time and store them properly. These scones are perfect for a lazy breakfast, a quick snack or an afternoon tea. Fortunately, they can be made ahead of time and stored for a few days without losing their texture and flavor.

To make your oat scones ahead of time, prepare the dough as instructed in section (4) The Recipe How-To. Keep the dough covered in the refrigerator for up to one day. When you’re ready to bake them, follow the baking instructions as usual, but add 2-3 extra minutes to the baking time.

Let’s talk about storing these Scottish oat scones. First, let the scones cool down completely on a wire rack before storing them. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze them for longer shelf-life, up to one month.

To reheat your scones, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the frozen or room temperature scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and warm them up in the oven for 5-8 minutes until they’re fully heated through. Be careful not to overheat them or they’ll become too dry.

I recommend serving these oat scones warm with a dollop of cream cheese or whipped cream and your favorite jam or honey. They’re perfect with a hot cuppa tea or coffee.

Remember, these scones are best served fresh but making them ahead of time and reheating properly will still result in a delicious treat that you can enjoy anytime you want.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't be fooled by their humble appearance - these scones pack a delicious punch.
Don’t be fooled by their humble appearance – these scones pack a delicious punch.

As a chef who specializes in British cuisine, I have years of experience making the perfect Scottish oat scones recipe. Here are a few tips that will help you create the best results:

1. Use cold ingredients

To achieve a flaky, buttery texture in your scones, it is crucial to use cold ingredients. Use chilled butter and cream cheese straight out of the fridge. Cold heavy cream and milk will also help to prevent gluten formation.

2. Don’t skimp on the rolling

When rolling out your dough, avoid pressing too hard or over-rolling. You want to maintain some loft in the dough for that perfect rise. Aim for a consistent but light touch when shaping your scones.

3. Keep an eye on your oven temperature

Every oven is different, so make sure to keep an eye on your Scottish oat scones as they bake. It’s important to set the right oven temperature as advised in the recipe and check on them accurately according to their size and thickness.

4. Use high-quality oats

The rolled oats provide an essential part of the flavor profile of Scottish oat scones recipe; therefore, good quality oats are essential to get a signature taste of Scottish Oat Scones Recipe. I recommend using Quaker Old Fashioned Rolled Oats as they work exceptionally well and have excellent texture.

5. Handling your Dough

It’s essential to keep handling to a minimum when it comes to scone dough once it is mixed with wet ingredients like milk and egg because over-working can lead to tough scones. You can add flour while shaping the dough if it becomes too sticky but avoid adding excess flour.

By following these tips, you can create delicious and tender oat scones every time you bake them. It’s time to channel your inner baker and enjoy the aroma of warm baked Scottish oat scones wafting through your kitchen, making them perfect for serving with tea or enjoying as a snack.


As with any recipe, there may be some questions or concerns that arise during the preparation of Scottish Oat Scones. To help ensure the best results possible, here are some frequently asked questions to consider as you move forward with this oat scone recipe.

What is the secret to a good scone?

I have some great tips for making the best scones. To get a nice rise in your scones, try using cold or even frozen butter. When it comes to mixing the dough, make sure to stop just as it comes together to avoid overworking it. Using pastry flour will give you ultra-light and fluffy scones. Before putting the scones in the oven, it’s a good idea to chill them first. So, shape your scones, pop them in the fridge for a bit, and then bake to perfection.

What is the secret to moist scones?

Improving the moisture of scones is easily achievable by incorporating more milk to the mixture. A common trick is to include a minimal amount of buttermilk in the recipe to enhance the moisture content.

How do the Scottish eat their scones?

Scones serve as a versatile dish in the Scottish cuisine, as they can be relished throughout the day. Unlike the English, who prefer scones during teatime, the Scots enjoy them during mid-morning coffee breaks, paired with soup and salad during lunch, served as a snack during afternoon tea or high tea, and sometimes even paired with wine during the cocktail hour.

Can you substitute oat flour for regular flour for scones?

When using oat flour instead of all-purpose flour, it’s essential to note that the textures and densities differ. To address this, for every one cup of white flour needed, use 1 1/3 cups of oat flour. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add a bit more liquid to loosen it up. Keep reading for the complete recipe.

Bottom Line

I hope this Scottish Oat Scones recipe will inspire you to enjoy a British tradition right in your own home. Using simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, this recipe creates fluffy and flavorful scones that will melt in your mouth. The addition of rolled oats adds an extra layer of flavor and texture, making these scones unlike any other.

Whether you eat scones for breakfast or afternoon tea, they offer an indulgent treat that is perfect for any time of the day. You can enjoy them plain or with a variety of toppings and fillings, such as cream cheese, currants, raisins, or even maple syrup.

So why not try this delicious oat scones recipe today? It’s easy to follow and customize to your liking. Not only will you impress your friends and family with your baking skills, but you’ll also have a tasty snack or dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Don’t wait too long before trying it out – let me know how it goes!

Scottish Oat Scones

Scottish Oat Scones Recipe

I got this recipe about 15 years ago from The Scottish Lion, a country inn in North Conway, NH - alas, the inn no longer exists. I asked for the recipe when I checked out, and they handed it to me on a pre-printed sheet .... turns out everyone wanted the recipe after having them at breakfast.
Course Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, European, Grains, Quick Breads, Scones, Scottish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Calories 402.9kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup currants or 1/2 cup raisins

Devonshire Cream

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 450* F.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together, flour through salt.
  • Add melted butter, milk and egg to combined dry ingredients; mix until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Stir in raisins.
  • Shape dough to form a ball; pat out on lightly floured surface to form an 8 inch circle.
  • Cut into 8 to 12 wedges.
  • Bake on greased cookie sheet in 450* oven 12 to 15 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  • Combine cream cheese& heavy cream with a hand mixer to make devonshire cream.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of devonshire cream topped w/some orange marmalade.
  • Trust me- they're best this way.


Serving: 85g | Calories: 402.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13.7g | Cholesterol: 99.9mg | Sodium: 392.4mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 12.7g

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