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Chocolate Chip Scones


Are you like me? Wondering where the year has gone? I can’t believe the kidlets in my state are already back at school! I still remember my first recipe for the Land O’Lakes Kitchen Conversations panel this year! Where has 2014 gone? Soon, we will be thinking about the holidays. Can you believe it?

This time around, I wanted to share a baking recipe with you—these chocolate chip scones are perfect for an afterschool treat or a weekend brunch. I know you’ll love them because they are super creamy and are quick and easy to make. I used one full stick of Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter for this recipe. It’s perfect!

Side note: Have you ever had a dry scone? I have, and as a result, I was always so scared to try to make them myself! I think the combination of the right butter (Land O Lakes® Butter, of course!) and the heavy cream make for a light, creamy and nice, textured scone that’s not too dry!

Scoop flour into the measuring cup, don’t shake the cup and don’t push the flour into the cup, otherwise you will pack the flour and have too much.



Whisk all of the dry ingredients to make sure they are evenly incorporated. 



Cut the butter into cubes.



And then use a fork to cut the butter into the flour. Can you see the pea- sized chunks in the flour?


Add the heavy cream and mix with your fork. 



Once it turns into a dough…


You’re going to need to start using your hands.



There we go!



Use your hands to incorporate the miniature chocolate chips.



Pat the dough out about a half inch thickness and cut rounds out with a fluted 2.5 inch biscuit cutter. Ball up the excess dough and roll up into a smooth ball before patting back out and cutting more rounds out.



Brush heavy cream on top and then bake them!



Slather on some spreadable butter and enjoy! These are so easy to make. Honestly, I can’t believe I was ever scared to make scones! I know you’ll love them!





Chocolate Chip Scones
Yield: 12 to 14 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes



Ingredients:
· 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
· 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1/3 cup granulated sugar
· 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter (cold), cut into cubes
· 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, plus more to brush on the tops
· 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
· 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
· sanding sugar, for topping
· Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil, for topping


Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add butter and use a fork to cut it into the flour. Add cream and vanilla extract mix with fork. Once dough starts forming, you'll probably need to start using your hands. Add chocolate chips and mix with your hands.

Divide dough in half and move to a clean surface and smooth out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Use a floured 2.5 inch biscuit cutter to cut out scones. Dip biscuit cutter in flour after cutting each scone. Place on baking sheet and brush heavy cream on top.

Bake for 16 to 17 minutes and sprinkle scones with sanding sugar right after removing from the oven. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve with butter.

The Little Kitchen has partnered with Land O'Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversations blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O'Lakes.

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