Indulge in Delicious Scottish Oatmeal Scones Recipe

Hey, hey! What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Today, I’ve got a recipe that’s going to knock your socks off. Get ready to treat your taste buds to British goodness – Scottish Oatmeal Scones.

Aren’t scones just the best? I think they are, and there’s nothing quite like a freshly baked scone with a cup of tea or coffee. Scones are perfect for breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, or even as a dessert. And the best part is that you can make them at home with just a handful of ingredients.

But these aren’t just any scones; they’re Scottish Oatmeal Scones. Yes, you heard that right – oatmeal scones! These soft and tender scones are made with quick oats and hearty Scottish oatmeal that gives them their signature texture and flavor.

Plus, this recipe is flexible enough to cater to various dietary requirements, including gluten-free options. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, you’ll want to keep this Scottish Oatmeal Scone recipe handy. Trust me; it’s going to be love at first bite.

So put on your apron and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scottish Oatmeal Scones
Scottish Oatmeal Scones

Listen up, my fellow food enthusiasts! I’ve got a Scottish Oatmeal Scones recipe that will have you savoring every single bite. And let me tell you, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll love this recipe.

Firstly, let’s talk about the texture. These scones are incredibly tender with a delicate crumble that practically melts in your mouth. The secret to achieving such a luscious texture lies in the combination of quick oats and Scottish oatmeal which make this recipe truly special.

But we’re not done yet, because these scones are also packed with flavor like no other. They’ve got a subtle nutty taste that is simply irresistible, and the combination of butter and cream gives them a delicious richness that is sure to leave you satisfied.

And let’s not forget about the versatility of this recipe. You can easily customize the flavors by adding in your favorite ingredients like cinnamon, raisins or currants. Or better yet, have some fun and try out different variations of oatmeal like steel cut oats or rolled oats for a unique spin on classic British scones.

But what truly sets this recipe apart is how easy it is to make. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, you can whip up a batch of these homemade scones in no time. And trust me when I say that once you try them out, you’ll never go back to store-bought British scones again!

So whether you’re looking for an indulgent breakfast treat or an afternoon snack with your tea, Scottish Oatmeal Scones are the way to go. Trust me when I say that your taste buds will thank you for giving this recipe a go!

Ingredient List

 The perfect Scottish oatmeal scones, fresh out of the oven!
The perfect Scottish oatmeal scones, fresh out of the oven!

Let’s start by gathering all the ingredients that we will need to make these delectable Scottish oatmeal scones. Make sure to take note of any substitutions and variations that might be applicable in your pantry or preferred flavour.


  • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup of white purpose flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of shortening, cold and cubed
  • 1 large egg, cold
  • ½ cup of heavy cream, cold
  • ½ cup of milk, cold

Note: If you are going gluten-free or want to use a specific flour blend for your scones recipe, you can substitute the white purpose flour and whole wheat flour with an equal amount of a gluten-free flour blend or your choice of flour. You can also make your oatmeal scones with steel-cut oats or quick oats for a different texture or add-ins like cinnamon or currants for a more flavorful homemade scone experience.

The Recipe How-To

 Ready to indulge in some buttery, crumbly goodness?
Ready to indulge in some buttery, crumbly goodness?

Let me break down the steps to making the perfect Scottish oatmeal scones. Trust me, this recipe will leave you feeling on top of the world with a plateful of warm, comforting goodness.

Prep Time

First things first, let’s get our prep work sorted out. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Now, let’s talk ingredients.

Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 cup of quick-cooking oats. Mix the ingredients well until they’re fully combined.

Cut in Cold Butter

Next up, we’re going to add in some fat to give these scones their delicious flaky texture. Cut in 6 tablespoons of cold butter and 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening into small pieces with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

Add Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 1 egg. Then pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients bowl and mix just until combined. Be careful not to overmix as this will make the scones tough.

Form into Dough

Once you have mixed in all the ingredients well, turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until it comes together. Make sure you don’t knead too much or else it’ll lose its delicate crumbly texture that makes scones so great.

Cut into Shapes

Roll the dough out to about an inch thickness and cut it out into rounds using a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter. You should be able to get about 8-10 scones depending on the size of your cutter. Place each cut out scone onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the Scones

Brush some extra heavy cream over each scone and then sprinkle some rolled oats over the top. Pop them into the oven for around 15-20 minutes or until golden brown all around.

That’s it! You’ve just made a batch of scottish oatmeal scones that will fill your home with the warm, comforting smell of freshly baked treats. These scones are perfect for breakfast or as a mid-day snack with your tea or coffee.

Substitutions and Variations

 Say hello to your new favorite breakfast treat!
Say hello to your new favorite breakfast treat!

Let’s talk about Substitutions and Variations for this Scottish Oatmeal Scones Recipe!

First off, if you’re looking to cut back on the fat content but still want to maintain great flavor, you can swap out the heavy cream for whole milk or even almond milk. You can also substitute the shortening with butter and vice versa. However, I personally recommend sticking to the recipe as written for best results.

For a gluten-free version of this recipe, you can use gluten-free flour and replace the quick oats with certified gluten-free oatmeal. You’ll also want to add about 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum per cup of flour to help with binding. This will make the recipe safe for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try different scone variations, you can add some flavors like cinnamon, raisins, cranberries, or chocolate chips into the batter. Trust me when I say these additions take the scones from being simply delicious to downright irresistible.

Some people prefer drop scones instead of traditional triangle-shaped ones. To achieve this, scoop out dollops of batter onto your baking sheet instead of shaping them and cutting them out.

Lastly, feel free to experiment with different types of oats such as steel-cut oats or rolled oats that are slightly more substantial than quick oats. You can also use a combination of white purpose flour and whole wheat flour for extra flavor and health benefits.

Remember that cooking is all about exploring and finding what works best for you; don’t be afraid to modify recipes to suit your preferences or dietary needs.

Serving and Pairing

 Is there anything better than a warm oatmeal scone with a cup of hot tea?
Is there anything better than a warm oatmeal scone with a cup of hot tea?

Let me tell you, folks – these Scottish oatmeal scones are a treat all on their own! But if you want to take your indulgence to another level, let me share some of my pairing tips.

First off, if you’re serving these for breakfast or brunch, go for a classic accompaniment of butter and jam. I’m a big fan of blackcurrant jam, but any fruit jam will do the trick just fine. And please, don’t get stingy with the butter. Spread it liberally on the warm scone and watch it melt into every nook and cranny. It’s a beautiful sight!

If you’re looking for something more savory, try serving these scones alongside some sharp cheddar cheese or even some smoked salmon. The nutty flavor of the oatmeal pairs wonderfully with both of these options.

Now let’s talk about drinks. A cup of tea is a traditional pairing with scones in Britain, so a nice cup of Earl Grey would be my top choice. If tea isn’t your thing, go for a strong cup of coffee; it’ll provide just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the scones.

Finally, let’s talk about when to serve these treats. They make for an excellent breakfast or brunch option, and they’re also perfect for an afternoon snack (maybe paired with that cup of tea). But hey, sometimes you deserve a delicious treat after dinner, too – don’t be afraid to enjoy these oatmeal scones as a dessert option.

In short: eat these however you like them!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Flaky on the outside, moist on the inside – that's what I call a perfect scone.
Flaky on the outside, moist on the inside – that’s what I call a perfect scone.

Alright, my fellow culinary enthusiasts, let’s talk about one of the most important aspects of any recipe – make-ahead, storing, and reheating tips. It’s crucial that your scottish oatmeal scones can withstand the test of time (and hunger). Here are some tips to help you do just that.


You can absolutely make your scones ahead of time! If you are planning on serving them in the morning, you can mix up the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and combine them in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast. Alternatively, you could make the dough entirely ahead of time, cut it into individual scones or drop scones and freeze them for later use. Defrosting frozen scones in the fridge overnight is all you need to do before indulging.


If you do have leftovers or just really want to indulge for a few days straight, I would recommend wrapping your scones tightly with plastic wrap or foil and storing them at room temperature. They can last up to 2-3 days but let’s be real here, they probably won’t last that long because they’ll be too delicious!


Reheating your oatmeal scones couldn’t be easier! You have options here depending on your personal preference. For best results, warm them up in a 350-degree oven for 5-7 minutes. Or heat it briefly in the microwave wrapped in a damp paper towel– about 15 seconds per scone should do it.

I hope these tips have helped you get the most out of your scottish oatmeal scones recipe. As always, experiment until you find what works best for you!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't be shy with the jam and clotted cream – these scones can handle it!
Don’t be shy with the jam and clotted cream – these scones can handle it!

When it comes to baking, even the most experienced chefs have kitchen mishaps. That being said, I’ve tested this Scottish oatmeal scones recipe many times and have encountered some tips that can help ensure your scones come out perfectly every time.

First and foremost, when measuring ingredients, accuracy is key. For flour, spoon it into the measuring cup and level off with a straight edge. As for oats, use quick oats or old-fashioned rolled oats, but don’t use steel-cut or uncooked oats which take longer to cook.

Another tip is to handle the dough with care. When mixing the ingredients together, only mix until just combined. Over-mixing can toughen the dough and leave you with dense scones instead of light, flakey ones.

It’s also important to chill the dough before baking. This not only helps in shaping your scones but also keeps them from spreading out too much during baking. A hot oven is a must as well to set the structure quickly in order for your scones to rise properly without losing moisture.

If you want particularly tender scones, try replacing some of the butter with shortening which can help reduce gluten formation while adding more flakiness to the crumb. Additionally, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum can replace gluten formation in gluten-free Scottish oat scone recipes.

Lastly, eating scones fresh from the oven is an experience like no other but they do tend to dry out quickly if not stored properly. To keep your scones fresh for at least two days, cover them tightly or store them in an airtight container or plastic food storage bag. If you need further freshness boost, reheat them briefly or use some of them for a dessert like crumbles or bread pudding.

By following these tips and tricks you should be able to enjoy perfect Scottish oatmeal scones that are light and flaky with a crisp exterior. Get creative with your scone variations, pair them with some tea or coffee, and share them with your friends and family for a truly delicious British experience.


Now that we have covered all the important aspects of this Scottish Oatmeal Scones recipe, let’s move on to the FAQ section. You may still have some questions about the ingredients, the process, or the final result. Don’t worry, as I’m here to help you overcome any obstacles you may encounter along the way. Let’s dive into some common questions about these British scones and find out everything you need to know before starting baking!

What is the secret to a good scone?

Making scrumptious scones that rise to perfection requires some little-known techniques. Firstly, try using cold or even frozen butter. Not only will this yield better results, but you’ll also find it easier to handle the dough. When it comes to mixing the dough, remember not to overwork it. Simply mix until it’s just combined, and you’ll be rewarded with light and fluffy scones. Using pastry flour is also recommended for achieving the airiest texture.

Once you’ve shaped your scones, it’s best to pop them in the fridge before baking. This might seem like an extra step, but it’s well worth it for the final result. Trust me, it’ll help the scones to rise evenly and achieve that beautiful golden color we all love.

What is the secret to moist scones?

If you want your scones to be more moist, consider adding additional milk or incorporating some buttermilk to the recipe. This little adjustment can make a big difference in the texture and flavor of the final product.

Why is cream of tartar used in scones?

Cream of tartar has a variety of functions in cooking and baking. It helps to keep whipped egg whites stable, prevents the crystallization of sugar, and can even help leaven baked goods.

What are the two types of scones?

When it comes to scones, there are noticeable differences between the American and British versions. While American scones tend to be dense and angular in shape, British scones are taller and rounder. Furthermore, British scones have a simpler taste that pairs well with various spreads such as clotted cream, butter, lemon curd, and preserves.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Scottish oatmeal scones recipe is a must-try for anyone curious about British cuisine or those who simply love scones with a unique twist. With simple yet versatile ingredients, you can create a tasty and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert in no time. Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, this recipe can easily be adapted to suit your taste buds.

So don’t miss out on the opportunity to try the best Scottish oatmeal scones recipe out there! Follow my tips and recommendations for perfect results, and feel free to experiment with substitutions and variations that suit your personal preferences. Whether you enjoy them fresh out of the oven or reheated from the freezer, these scones are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings.

As a passionate chef specializing in British cuisine, I have full faith in this recipe’s deliciousness and authenticity. Take a leap of faith and try it out today—I promise you won’t regret it!

Scottish Oatmeal Scones

Scottish Oatmeal Scones Recipe

A friend shared this recipe with me.  They have become a family favorite and many have asked for the recipe.  I usually make these gluten free and no ones knows the difference.
Course Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, European, For Large Groups, Free Of..., Quick Breads, Scones, Scottish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 Scones
Calories 262.8kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups flour or 2 1/2 cups gluten free blend with xanthan gum
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups quick oats (certified gluten free if needed)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 -3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • coarse sugar (for sprinkling)


  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut in shortening and softened butter with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Mix in oats.  Add milk and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Divide dough in half and on a lightly floured surface knead just 6o to 7 times.  Pat in circle about 3/4 inch thick.  Cut each round into 8 pie wedges.  Place the rounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.   Bake in preheated 375° for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • Please note that if using a gluten free flour blend the scones may require a longer bake time.


Serving: 65g | Calories: 262.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.9g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 14.1g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19.2mg | Sodium: 293.5mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 8.5g

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