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Cherry Almond Scones…with a sweet vanilla icing, of course! These scones are the perfect easy-to-make breakfast/brunch for Mother’s Day and all the lazy weekends ahead. Made with pantry staples, along with sweet dried cherries, sliced almonds, almond flour, and a splash of almond extract to give these scones the best ever flavor! These scones are truly delicious. Every bite is tender, nutty, perfectly sweet, with the cherries offering just the right amount of sweet and sour flavor. SO. GOOD.

six scones on upside down plate with spoon beside and sliced almonds in bowl with white flowers and white cheese cloth around on marble surface.

About The Recipe

Happy Monday!

It’s finally a new month. My mom and I are always excited when a new month rolls around. It’s a whole month for fresh, fun, and exciting new recipes. This month, we are looking forward to Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is such a meaningful day to me. Ever since I was kid, I have always tried my best to make the day special for my mom.

With her birthday being in April and Mother’s Day falling a short month later, I would always make plans for special breakfasts. I would sift through old family recipes for hours trying to find the perfect one!

Almost every year since I was young, I have gotten up around 3 am to decorate the kitchen, as that’s usually the first place my mom goes when she wakes up.

Then, it’s time for a few more hours of sleep. My mom typically gets up around 6-7am. So, I would sleep until 5am, then get to work as quietly as I could to make her breakfast!

Waffles, pancakes, or scones have always been my go-to for Mother’s Day.

This year, my mom and I thought it would be fun to share some extra delicious breakfast recipes leading up to the big day.

overhead shot of cherry almond scones on upside down white plate with white flowers and almond around on marble surface.

This recipe is inspired by some of our favorite flavors. Though, if you’ve ever made scones, you know that sometimes, they can be…bland. Just boring, you know?

So, we added a few special ingredients to this recipe to really put flavor FIRST with these scones.

The combination of almond flour, almond extract, and sliced almonds all contribute a delicate balance of nutty and sweet flavor.

Then, the sweet sour cherries add a punch of flavor in every bite!

They are truly the perfect easy-to-make breakfast treat to celebrate Mother’s Day or simply as a sweet way to start your day.

Reasons You Will Love These Cherry Almond Scones

  • Ready in less than an hour.
  • Tender, moist, and full of flavor!
  • Uses dried cherries for maximum flavor.
  • A real crowd pleaser.
front shot of scones on upside down white plate with spoon beside, empty glasses, and bowl of alices almonds behind.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

For The Scones:

  • Heavy Cream – Using heavy cream creates a rich and tender scone!
  • Large Eggs – Not only do eggs help the scone structurally, as well as act as a binder, but they also contribute to flavor. The yolk, like the cream, adds a delicious richness to these scones.
  • Vanilla Extract – A necessity in baking! This adds a sweet undertone to these scones.
  • Almond Extract – Helps contribute a sweet fruity flavor! We tried these scones without almond extract and we noticed real a lack of flavor in the scones.
  • All-Purpose Flour – No need for any speciality flours for this recipe! All-purpose gives the scones the perfect structure and texture.
  • Almond Flour – Not only does almond flour add flavor, but it also helps keep these scones moist!
  • Granulated Sugar – Provides the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Baking Powder – Helps the scones rise.
  • Baking Soda – Tenderizes the scones, as well as helping ensure the perfect rise.
  • Salt – Cuts some of the sweetness, while also enhancing the flavor!
  • Unsalted Butter – Makes the scones flakey and tender.
  • Dried Cherries – Adds a sweet/sour flavor to these scones to compliment the almond.
  • Sliced Almonds – Adds texture and flavor!
baking powder, flour, milk, eggs, almond flour, butter, vanilla, dried cherries, salt, sliced almonds, baking soda, almond extract, and sugar on marble surface.

For The Icing:

  • Powdered Sugar – Sift the powdered sugar to ensure no lumps in your icing!
  • Whole Milk – We added just enough milk to have a slightly thick, but still runny icing to get that perfect drizzle.
  • Vanilla Extract – A splash of vanilla is a must-have for this icing!
powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla on marble surface.

How To Make These Cherry Almond Scones

Step 1: Prepare dough

In a small bowl, whisk together cream, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well blended.

Grate in butter. Toss together until well mixed.

Add cherries and sliced almonds. Toss until combined.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Gently mix just until combined.

Step 2: Roll and cut

Turn out onto a floured surface. Round the dough. Roll out into a 9-inch circle that is 3/4-inch thick.

Cut into 8 equal wedges.

scone dough cut into eight triangles.

Step 3: Freeze and bake

Place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and place immediately in oven. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Step 4: Make icing

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Step 5: Drizzle

Drizzle icing over cooled scones.

scones drizzled with icing on lined sheet pan.

Substitutions

  • If you don’t have almond flour, you can actually make your own! All you need to do is finely grind almonds in the blender or a food processor.
  • You can chop almonds instead of using sliced almonds.
  • If you don’t like almond extract, omit it from the recipe and increase the vanilla to 1 teaspoon.
  • To make this recipe vegan, you can use plant-based butter, vegan heavy cream, and your favorite vegan egg substitute. For the icing, use your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk!
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use your favorite 1:1 gluten free all-purpose flour.

How To Store

Once these scones are cooled, you can store them in a zip-top bag or air-tight container and keep at room temperature for 2-3 days.

You can also store these scones in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months!

Looking for more recipes like this? Here are a few you may like: Blueberry White Chocolate Scones, Orange Cranberry Scones, Strawberries and Cream Scones, Maple Pecan Scones

cropped close up of four scones on upside down plate with two more beside with alonds and flowers around.

Expert Tips

  • Do not use fresh cherries in this recipe.
  • Don’t skip chopping the cherries! If you leave them whole, they will burn on the exterior of the scone.
  • Mix the dough just until blended! You don’t want to over-work it.
  • You can cut the scones into any shape, but this will also change the baking time.

When you make these Cherry Almond Scones with Vanilla Icing, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

six scones on upside down plate with spoon beside and sliced almonds in bowl with white flowers and white cheese cloth around on marble surface.
4.34 from 3 votes

Cherry Almond Scones with Vanilla Icing

Tender, moist, and full of flavor! These easy to make Cherry Almond Scones with Vanilla Icing are the perfect breakfast treat to make for any and every occasion. So simple, but SO delicious!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Freezing Time 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 

Scones

  • ¾ cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • cups all purpose flour*
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • ¾ cup dried cherries, chopped
  • cup sliced almonds

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Scones

  • Heat oven to 375℉.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cream, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Whisk until well blended.
  • Grate in butter.
  • Toss together until well mixed.
  • Add cherries and sliced almonds.
  • Toss until combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients.
  • Gently mix just until combined.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface.
  • Round the dough.
  • Roll out into a 9 inch circle that is 3/4 inch thick.
  • Cut into 8 equal wedges.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and place immediately in oven.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Icing

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Drizzle over cooled scones.

Notes + Tips!

*This recipe was written using an average of the dip and sweep method for measuring flour and the spoon and level method. If you are using a scale, you will need to add 3/4 oz or 22 g  to the measurement for each cup of flour.
Substitutions:
  • If you don’t have almond flour, you can actually make your own! All you need to do is finely grind almonds in the blender or a food processor.
  • You can chop almonds instead of using sliced almonds.
  • If you don’t like almond extract, omit it from the recipe and increase the vanilla to 1 teaspoon.
  • To make this recipe vegan, you can use plant-based butter, vegan heavy cream, and your favorite vegan egg substitute. For the icing, use your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk!
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use your favorite 1:1 gluten free all-purpose flour.
Expert Tips:
  • Do not use fresh cherries in this recipe.
  • Don’t skip chopping the cherries! If you leave them whole, they will burn on the exterior of the scone.
  • Mix the dough just until blended! You don’t want to over-work it.
  • You can cut the scones into any shape, but this will also change the baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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2 Comments

  1. 3 stars
    Followed directions to a T. Scones were so soupy that I had to add more flour but didn’t dare add more than 1/4 cup. Still loose so I spooned onto parchment covered sheet pan and put in oven anyway, came out like pancakes-spread all over sheet.????? I have made scones many times before so not sure how this happened- never saw this before.

    1. Hi Mcgruber! I apologize. The recipe is 1 1/4 cups flour. I missed the 1 key somehow. It’s corrected now. Thank you so much for letting me know!