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Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe

Ham and cheese scones are packed with ham, cheddar cheese, and onion. This savory scones recipe is tasty, filling, and easy to make.

Ham and cheese scones are a great way to use leftover ham up. These scones come together quickly and make a great option for a filling breakfast. Scones are great with coffee and make a delicious snack anytime of the day.

Scones are not hard to make, we have a few tips and tricks to make them delicious. We also go over some commonly asked questions that we have run into.

Ham And Cheese Scone In A Hand
The best scones recipe makes them soft, moist and full of savory flavor.

Watch me make these Ham and Cheese scones as a leftover ham recipe. 

This is a good leftover ham recipe. I made these after our family Easter celebration from my spiral ham leftovers.

I even used the leftover cheeses from our party tray. This easy scones recipe takes very little time and makes a yummy breakfast.

Ham Scones

What is the Secret to making Scones Rise?

Scones have difficulty rising and stay flat for a number of reasons. Make sure you are following the recipe exactly to ensure that you have the correct measurements. Baking scones is a science, don’t be tempted to eyeball ingredients and skimp on measuring.

Correct oven temperature is also important in the baking process. Do not put the scones in the oven too early. The temperature of the oven needs to be correct before adding in the scones. Cold temperatures can affect the rise.

Do not open the oven early to check the scones. Opening the oven can cause temperature fluctuations. These fluctuating temperatures can stop the rising process of the scones and cause them to stay flat and not risen.

Make sure the scones are not too spread out on the baking sheet. The edges of the scones should be just barely touching. This will encourage the scones to rise upward and not spread outward. Proper placement is key.

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Ham And Cheese Scones
Ham and Cheese Scones recipe.

How do you Know when Scones are Ready?

Scones are ready when the edges of the dough is just barely starting to brown. The middle of the scone should be moist but not doughy and wet. If the top of the scone is browning and dark, it is likely the scone is overdone and baked too much. Keep a close eye on the scones during the last minute or two of baking. Pull them out when the edges are just turning brown.

Why are Scones Dry and Crumbly?

Over baked scones will become dry and crumbly. This is a common cause of dry scones. Another reason is overworking and kneading the dough too much. The dough should only be kneaded until the ingredients have just incorporated and come together.

When dough is kneaded too much, the proteins that help build structure and gluten become too strong. This can cause dry and hard dough. Over kneading the dough will also collapse air pockets and hinder the rising process of the scones.

More Delicious Breakfast Recipes:

We ate these delicious straight off the baking sheet, like pizza, but way less messy! We ate a few throughout the day and still had leftovers.

Ham scones provide a nice change-up in the lunch box. The thing is these scones make a filling light meal. And they are very easy to handle.

Ham and cheese scones are tasty at any temperature. The cream coating helps keep these scones moist for several days. Just store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long do Scones Last in the Fridge?

Scones will last 6-7 days in the fridge if properly stored in an airtight container. Scones can also be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and last 2 days. Make sure the container the scones are in does not have any airflow. Scones will dry out very fast and become stale when exposed to air. Scones are easy to reheat in an oven. This is the best method to avoid drying them out.

To Reheat Cold Scones in an Oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F
  2. Place scones on a baking sheet
  3. Heat for 5-7 minutes
  4. Check scones regularly for signs of drying out
  5. Remove from oven before edges start to brown and dry

Can you Freeze Scones?

Scones can be frozen both baked and unbaked. Scones freeze really well and they are simple to reheat. Freezing unbaked scones will allow you to thaw them and bake them fresh. If you want to skip the trouble of baking them, freeze them already baked.

Freezing Unbaked Scones:

  1. Cut dough into shapes for scones
  2. Place scones flat on a baking sheet
  3. Put baking sheet with scones into freezer
  4. Freeze until scones are frozen solid
  5. Remove from freezer and wrap each scone individually in plastic wrap
  6. Place scones in airtight storage container
  7. Label container with date
  8. Put airtight container into freezer
  9. Freeze scones up to 3 months

Freezing Baked Scones:

  1. Let scones cool completely before freezing
  2. Wrap each scone tightly in plastic wrap or tinfoil
  3. Place scones in an airtight container or freezer bag
  4. Make sure all air is removed from freezer bag
  5. Label freezer container with date
  6. Place container with scones in the freezer
  7. Freeze scones up to 3 months
Ham And Cheese Scones Stacked Pieces
Ham and cheese scones are a delicious recipe for using leftover ham and cheese.

Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe:

Using Leftover Ham:

Use any types of ham you have in the fridge. I’ve used Deli ham and a picnic spiral ham leftovers.  A chunkier, more textured look will result if you use a thicker cut of ham.

The Cheese:

These scones are good with a variety of cheeses. Cheddar cheese is good but also other flavorful cheeses will work well. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The flavor of the scones will reflect your ham and cheese choices.  This is an easy scone recipe.  I love it for using up ham and cheese leftovers.

How to make Cheesy Ham scones:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk the dry ingredients together.
  3. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or two knives.
  4. dd milk and mix just until incorporated. Fold in cheese, ham and onion. Mix with a large spoon and add a little more flour until the dough binds together into a wet lumpy ball. (watch the video)
  5. You can turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently for several minutes. OR Just place the lumpy wet dough ball on your oiled baking sheet.
  6. Now Press the dough into a 1″ thick circle. More or less even so it bakes well.
  7. Sprinkle more cheese as desired over the top of the dough OR instead of sprinkling the cheese brush the top with cream.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F. for thirty minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on the baking sheet 10 minutes. Now cut into pie shaped slices and serve.

How to knead the dough: (optional method)

  1. Simply roll the dough into a ball with your hands and set it on the counter with a bit of flour under it.
  2. Now push down with the heels of your hands until the dough ball is squished about halfway.
  3. Fold over the top or the dough and turn it one-quarter turn.
  4. Repeat this a few times until the dough texture and consistency changes into a pliable dough.
  5. Do not over knead the dough. Knead it until the dough just comes together.
  6. You can now put it on your oiled baking sheet and press it into shape with no trouble.
Ham And Cheese Scones In A Circle On An Oiled Baking Sheet.
ham and cheese scones are baked in a circle on your oiled baking sheet or in a pizza pan.

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Ham And Cheese Scones Recipe
Yield: 12

Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ham and cheese scones are packed with ham, cheddar cheese, and onion. These scones are tasty, filling, and easy to make.


  • 3 Cups flour (2 1/2 cups at first and more as needed to make a handleable dough)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter-cold
  • 1 1/4 Cup milk
  • 2 Cups cheddar cheese,-shredded
  • 1 Cup chopped ham, any ham will work. I used deli honey ham
  • ½ large onion, diced (microwave 30 seconds to soften)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or two knives.
  4. Add milk and mix just until incorporated.
  5. Fold in cheese, ham and softened onion.
  6. Stir together until it forms into a wet lumpy dough. (add more flour when mixing as needed to make a manageable dough-video will show you what it should look like)
  7. Place the dough ball onto an oiled baking pan. (I used a silicone sheet oiled)
  8. Press dough into a 1½" thick circle
  9. Sprinkle more cheese as desired over the top of the dough
  10. Bake for thirty minutes or until golden brown.

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Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 213Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 55mgSodium 588mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 10g

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Ham and Cheese scones are a filling, sustaining meal. They are easy to pack and take with you. Eat them like finger food. Whip up a batch of these savory scones with your leftover ham.

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Tuesday 18th of April 2023

I see there hasn't been a comment since 2016! It's now 2023. So I will leave an updated comment. The idea is great. The taste and texture is wonderful. But in the ingredient list needs some tweaking. There is no salt in the list but the instructions say to add salt to the flour. Please add that to the ingredients and how much. I used 1/2 tsp depending on how salty your ham and cheese are. The 8 TBSP of room temperature butter should be 1/2 cup of COLD unsalted cubed butter. I did add more ham and cheese. And I microwaved the onions until soft, 35 sec. So I did have to adjust the milk accordingly. I also used a biscuit cutter. It made 16 nice sized biscuits. I loved the taste and texture of these scones. Just having to make several adjustments, so not too sure I really 'followed' the recipe.


Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Hi Joanna, Thank you so much for the comprehensive review and suggestions for improvements on this recipe. It's been a long time since I updated it. Im so glad you enjoyed it and made it work for you. I will be updating this one soon. Have a wonderful day!

Stephen Sanders

Monday 20th of June 2016

These look so jealous! I’d love to throw some jalapenos in there to kick up the spiciness a little bit, it goes so well with ham and cheese! I can’t wait to try making these this weekend! Thanks for sharing :)


Monday 20th of June 2016

Thank you Stephen! I hope you love them! Peppers would be fantastic in these scones!

Nicole Taggart

Saturday 11th of June 2016

love savory scones!!!!!


Saturday 11th of June 2016

Then you'll love these! Let me know if you try them Nicole. Have a great day!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

Thursday 9th of June 2016

Genius idea!


Thursday 9th of June 2016



Thursday 9th of June 2016

Love that you made savory scones! They look fantastic!


Thursday 9th of June 2016

Thank you Kelly!

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