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Gluten-Free Cheese Scones

These gluten-free cheese scones are fluffy and packed with cheddar flavour! Topped with a savoury chive butter, they are the perfect breakfast, snack, or side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 8 scones


  • cups gluten-free all-purpose flour with xanthan gum I use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder optional but recommended
  • teaspoon cayenne optional but recommended
  • ½ cup salted butter cold and cubed
  • cups shredded old cheddar (orange) use lactose-free if required
  • ½ cup milk use lactose-free if required
  • 2 eggs
  • fresh chives, to top optional


  • Begin by preheating the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the gluten-free flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, mustard powder, and cayenne. Lightly stir together with a fork.
  • Place the cold butter cubes in the bowl of dry ingredients. Toss to coat them in flour, then use your hands or a pastry cutter to break apart the butter pieces and blend them into the flour. Keep cutting the butter into the flour until the pieces are small and the mixture looks like sand. Work quick to avoid the butter melting.
  • Next, add the shredded cheddar to the mixture and stir around with a fork to ensure it's evenly incorporated.
  • In a separate small bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. Pour into the large bowl. Begin to mix together with a fork or wooden spoon. Once the wet ingredients are mostly incorporated, turn the dough out onto the counter. Use your hands to bring the dough together and form a disk approximately 8" in diameter and ¾" thick. Cut into 8 slices and transfer them individually to the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with milk to help with browning and bake for 16-17 minutes until firm. Once removed from the oven, immediately brush the tops with butter and sprinkle with some cut chives. Optional but recommended.
  • Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before enjoying, or allow to cool completely. Enjoy!


Storage Instructions
Gluten-free cheese scones can be kept in a closed container at room temperature for 3-4 days. Eat as is or pop in the microwave for 30 seconds /air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350ºF. 
Freezing Instructions
Once completely cooled, cheese scones can also be frozen in a closed container for 1-2 months. To reheat, microwave for about 1 minute, or more as needed. You could also place scones in the air fryer at 350ºF for 3-5 minutes, or in the oven for 5-7 minutes.