Monday, February 21, 2022

Dried Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones

It's my birthday week and a sweet friend from Australia mailed me the darling tiered tray because she thought it would look pretty with my birthday month teacup.  Wasn't that so thoughtful?
I'm using a pretty cloth that belonged to my late Great Aunt Kitty.  She also painted the pretty violets plate and matching teacup, on the left.  My local nursery sent me a coupon for my birthday and I bought a pretty violets plant to match my pretty pieces.

My friend's hubby drilled the holes in the plates and then they sent it with the gold pieces to put it together.  I was so honored by this beautiful gift.  


I filled the tiered stand with some cookies and scones.  For the cookies, I colored my sugar cookie dough and then formed balls and rolled them out with my rolling pin and cut them out.  This was really a fun process, and I will do it again in the Fall.

The tiered stand looks so pretty with my Royal Albert February teacup, don't you think?

Can you see the teacup/teapot design that my rolling pin left on the cookies?  My sister sent me that a few years ago. 

Another sweet friend sent me this darling card and tea.  

Cissy and Riley brought over candy and flowers to me on Valentine's Day, and I forgot to take a picture of the both of them.  Cissy is taking an elective floral design class and she wrapped the flowers and made the pretty tag.  Later I went to my daughter and son-in-law's house for Valentine dinner. 

My youngest son and daughter-in-law went skiing this past week and I went to be with Harper and Hayden.  We made pine cone bird feeders, had slushies from the Ice Cream Truck that came down their street, made skiing teddy bear cupcakes, and pretzel treats with Hershey Kisses and M&M's. 

Yield: 12
Author: Kitty, but adapted from Epicurious
Dried Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones

Dried Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones

These are so tasty with the combination of dried cherries and chocolate. You could try other flavor combos, like dried apricot and white chocolate chips.


  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 teaspoon (packed) grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (I only used 1/2 cup of mini chips
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
  • 2/3 cup chilled buttermilk (I used 2 1/2 T. powdered buttermilk and 2/3 cup cold water)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Milk (for glaze)


  1. Whisk 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Add butter and grated orange peel; rub in with fingertips until coarse meal forms. Mix in chocolate chips and dried cherries. Whisk buttermilk, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and almond extract in small bowl to blend. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients; stir with fork until dough comes together in moist clumps. Gather dough into ball. Press out dough on lightly floured surface to 3/4-inch thickness. Using 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out scones. Gather scraps, press out dough and cut out additional scones. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush scones lightly with milk; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar (I used purple colored sugar). Bake until scones are crusty on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes (or up to 20 minutes if refrigerated). Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. The happiest of birthdays to you, beautiful Kitty♡ How lovely that violets are the flower for the month of your birthday. Everything is gorgeous with the sweet violets flourishing all over. Sweet photos of your grands. It must be the best fun when you all hang out together. Have a lovely week, dear Kitty♡

  2. Happy birthday week! Those scones look delicious.

  3. Happy Birthday week! Your tea setting is lovely. Violets are such a sweet flower.

  4. The scones and cookies look so good. Thank for sharing the scones recipe. Kitty, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your birthday and birthday week.

  5. How beautiful this gift is with your other pretty china! Happy Birthday sweet lady! HAVE FUN!

  6. Hiw incredibly sweet of your friend to send the tiered tray. It looks sonpretty with you teacup. Sending you warm birthday wishes, Kitty! I'm happy your friends and family celebrated you for your special day and Valentine's Day.

  7. Happy ๐Ÿ’œ Birthday! Your gifts and table are so very lovely. Has Cissy grown taller than you so soon?

  8. Happy Birthday this week, Kitty. Loved seeing your gift from your friends from Australia.
    You set a pretty table with great looking treats. You are always making good desserts.
    Enjoy all your celebrations.

  9. Happy Birthday Week, Kitty!!!

    I'm impressed that the tiered stand arrived safely all the way from down under! It matches your RA February teacup perfectly.

    The card and tea looked familiar and then I realized where it came from. LOL.

  10. P.S. Forgot to mention that I love the teapot-shaped cookies and your cute heart sweater!

  11. Oh just joyful blessings, sweet friend. May you continue to enjoy many birthday happy moments. God bless you and your family. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

  12. Happy Birthday Week Kitty! How wonderful and sweet for your friend to make your tiered tray to match your teacup and ship it from Australia no less! Your cute grand girls have the best fun when they visit you, or in this case you with them. I know they'll cherish the wonderful memories you make as well as your sweet treats. ♥

  13. Happy Birthday week, dear Kitty. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead. How sweet of your friend to send you the tiered tray from so far away.

  14. Happy Birthday week dear Kitty. The tiered tray is lovely. It is so special because it matches your tea cup. Yummy treats you made with the kiddos. Enjoy your birthday week. xoxo

  15. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Your tiered tray is lovely. I'm sure the girls had a grand time making the feeders.

  16. Happy Birthday week dear Kitty! This is such a pretty setting, love the February cup and saucer. Love the treats and the scone recipe sounds delicious. Cute fun pics.

  17. Happy birthday Kitty! What a special tea you've created! I just love the delightful tier tray sent by your Australia friend, so very thoughtful! It all looks so lovely! And I loved seeing all your Valentine fun with your family, so very special! There is just nothing like spending sweet times with family! Blessings to you on your birthday week!

  18. Happy Birthday week big sis ❤ You are so loved! It was very sweet of your friend to send the beautiful tiered tray. I'm happy your friends and family celebrated you for your special day and Valentine's Day. I just made a chocolate cherry cake to go with the chocolate raspberry truffle coffee from my Valentine. Yum!

  19. Happy Birthday week,dear Kitty!Wonderful violet dishes!Precious post. Hugs and blessings.

  20. Oh how pretty Kitty! What a wonderful birthday surprise! It really does match your birthday tea cup! Happy Birthday and it looks like you had a very sweet time with your Grandie girls! The scones sound delcious too~

  21. LOVE that tray! So very pretty and goes perfectly with your darling tea cup. Happy Birthday tomorrow dear Kitty. Love the pictures of the grands. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with family. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. Happy Birthday, Kitty! I love your cross continental gift. How sweet! I hope you have a very special day and enjoy a treat! Hugs!!

  23. happy luscious birthday, Kitty! it looks like it's been a delicious celebration!

  24. How beautiful your table was for your birthday celebrations (congratulations, although late...)! It's nice to drink the tea and taste the scones! The entire set of cups and double plate are beautiful pieces.
    I dare suggest you see a tea set I painted in which one of the cups also has violets in it.

  25. Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Kitty! I hope it was as special as you are! Your tiered server is beautiful and goes so well with all of your pretty violet china. Everything looks so sweet together on your Aunt Kitty's lovely tablecloth. Sweet photos of your grandchildren and my goodness, how did your dear granddaughter grow taller than you already? The scones look delicious, and I think cherries and chocolate are the perfect combo. Sending hugs xo K

  26. Oh, sweet friend! I am so far behind in my reading, and I am just now finding out you recently had a birthday! Can you please let me know the exact date of your birthday? I will be responding to your sweet email soon, and I hope I remember to ask you there! I hope your birthday was one of your best ever, and may God bless you with many, many more to come! You are such a blessing to me. Sending you much love today!

  27. Hope you had a wonderful birthday week.
    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan


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