EASY! No-Fuss Ham and Cheese Scones [A Savory Drop Scone Recipe]

Ham and Cheese Scones are an easy, simple, family-favorite way to use up leftover ham! This scone recipe is a drop scone recipe that is not fussy like a traditional scone recipe. There’s no fear of overworking the dough here. Just light and fluffy scones each and every time!

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Ham and Cheese Scones are great anytime – appetizer, breakfast, brunch, lumch, dinner, and snacks, too! We can carry these as we run out the door in the morning or eat them as a snack at my desk! They are good warm or cold and so they can be eaten whenever the mood strikes.

Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Scones (Drop Scones)

** You can find the full recipe instructions on the printable recipe card below.

  • All-Purpose Flour – Regular or Gluten Free. I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour to make these gluten-free scones. Note: I have not tested this recipe with any flours otther than those listed here.
  • Sugar – ordinary white cane sugar is what we use in this recipe but you can opt for honey, maple syrup, or your preferred sugar substitute. For a sugar-free scone, omit the sugar altogether.
  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted butter is acceptable for this recipe. Since this is a drop scone recipe, we use melted butter. For a traditional cut scone recipe, you would use super cold, grated butter. No-fuss here!
  • Milk – many recipes call for buttermilk which imparts a certain tanginess to the scone, it’s easy to make ham and cheese scones without buttermilk, too. Simply substitute whole or part-skim (2%) milk in place of buttermilk. In this recipe, we use whole milk, but you can use whichever you prefer. Note: I have not tested this recipe with soy, oat, coconut, or nut milk. If you do, please let me know how it turns out.
  • Cheese – the perfect cheese for this recipe is really up to you. Your favorite cheese will always taste the best in any recipe. For this recipe, we prefer a sharp cheddar. The bold flavor stands up to the flavors of the ham and herbs instead of shrinking into the background. Also, we grate our cheese from a block cheese rather than the prepackaged shredded cheese because we find it to be more flavorful. Other suitable options include Swiss cheese, gruyere cheese, aged Irish cheddar. For a spicy kick to your savory scone recipe, try jalapeno or habanero Jack.
  • Ham – finely diced, this is a great way to use up some leftover ham from your holiday dinner. If you don’t have leftover ham, you can use cubed ham from the grocery. It is typically sold in 16-oz packages in the meat department alongside the ham steaks. Other savory scone flavors– swap in bacon crumbles, smoked sausage, or diced turkey. For a vegetarian cheese scone, omit the meat without substitution.
  • Fresh herbs – Parsley, green onions (scallions), or chives – the flavor of fresh herbs make these scones pop. I prefer green onions (also called scallions) for the bright, bold flavor they provide. Chives have a more mild flavor that can be less discernable amongst the other bold flavors. I always add a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley just for the brightness and freshness in flavor it brings to the scone.
The ingredients for ham and cheese scones: freh herbs, cheese, ham on a cutting board.

How To Make Scones From Scratch

** You can find the full recipe instructions on the printable recipe card below.

Making scones from scratch couldn’t be more easy or simple to do especially with this savory scones recipe. This recipe is a drop scone recipe which is not fussy like a traditional scone recipe. There’s no fear of overworking the dough here. Just light and fluffy scones each and every time!

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F/218°C. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet [paid link] with a silicone baking mat [paid link] or parchment paper [paid link]. Set aside
  2. Mix the Dough. Into a large mixing bowl [paid link], sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Then add the ground black pepper, garlic powder, parsley, chives, green onions (scallions), melted butter, and milk. Stir together just until a soft dough forms. Add the cheese and ham and stir until incorporated. Note: The dough will be sticky and wet. This is normal.
  3. Portion the Scones. Using a #8 (4 oz) ice cream scoop with trigger [paid link], or a 1/4 cup measuring cup portion out 8 level scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Do this by scraping the excess dough from the scoop either with a butter knife or by scraping the open edge of the scoop across the inside edge of the mixing bowl [paid link].
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Note: A toothpick inserted into the middle of the scone should come out clean. If read by a digital thermometer, the center of the scone should read 205°F (96 °C). If they are still a little doughy in the center or not quite to the required internal temperature, return them to the oven and bake 1 to 2 minutes longer and check again.
A tray of individually formed drop scones on a rimmed baking sheet.

How to Form Scones

Drop scones are an easy, foolproof way to prepare perfect scones each and every time. A standard trigger ice cream scoop makes quick work of things but no special tools are really required for this.

Using a #8 (4 oz) triggered ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measuring cup or a 4 oz serving spoon, portion out 8 level scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Do this by scraping the excess dough from the ice cream scoop or measuring cup either with a butter knife or by scraping the open edge of the scoop across the inside edge of the mixing bowl [paid link].

A towel-lined bread basket filled with ham and cheese scones.

FAQs

How to Store Scones

Store cooled scones in a refrigerator-safe storage container or food-grade zip-top bag. Wait until they have cooled completely to store them. Otherwise, condensation droplets will form inside the storage container or bag. See below for freezing instructions.

Do Ham and Cheese Scones need to be refrigerated

Yes. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), all perishable foods, including scones are not safe to eat after sitting at room temperature overnight. This rule holds true whether your scones have meat in them or not.

Can scones be frozen

Absolutely. You can store both baked and unbaked ham and cheese scones in the freezer. Baked scones will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer and you can reheat them within minutes in the oven or the microwave.

If freezing raw, follow the recipe instructions straight through to portioning them out on the baking sheet, then flash freeze them on the sheet pan in your freezer. Once fully frozen, remove from parchment and place in a zip-top bag for up to 1 month. They do not need to be defrosted before baking.

Uncooked scones go from the freezer right into the oven. A slight adjustment to the baking time by adding 2 to 3 minutes may be required.

Freshly baked ham and cheese scones on a parchment sheet.

Savory Scone Ideas:

Trying to think of other ways to serve up these savory ham and cheese scones? We have a few –

  • Breakfast – these ham and cheese scones make a great breakfast on the go. For this, we typically bake them the night before for a quick morning breakfast on the way to the office or road trip.
  • Brunch – serve warm on a brunch buffet.
  • lunch – Serve warm with a tossed salad.
  • Snacks – these make a great mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Appetizer – Serve warm with butter
  • Soup – Serve alongside Baked Potato Soup or Chicken Soup, or Clam chowder for a hearty meal.

Other Great Leftover Ham Recipes

If you’re looking for more ways to use up leftover ham, you might like my Ham Chowder, Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, or Deviled Ham Salad, or try this Ham Flatbread Recipe from Berly’s Kitchen.

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Easy! No-Fuss Ham and Cheese Scones [A Savory Drop Scone Recipe]

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Ham and Cheese Scones are an easy, simple, family-favorite way to use up leftover ham! This scone recipe is a drop scone recipe that is not fussy like a traditional scone recipe. There's no fear of overworking the dough here. Just light and fluffy scones each and every time!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, brunch, lunch, Snack
Cuisine English, French, UK
Servings 8 scones
Calories 288 kcal

Equipment

  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or Silicone Baking Mat
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cheese Grater (if grating from a cheese block)
  • Ice Cream Scoop (#8), 1/4 measuring cup or 4 oz serving Spoon – for dropping the dough
  • Sharp Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar Optional. [See Notes]
  • 4 tbsp Butter melted [See Notes]
  • 1 cup Milk whole, part-skim (2%), or Buttermilk [See Notes]
  • 1 cup Cheese shredded [ See Notes]
  • 2 whole Green onions (Scallions) [See Notes]
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, Italian freshly minced [See Notes]
  • 1 tbsp Chives freshly chopped [See notes]
  • 1 cup Ham chopped fine [See Notes]
  • 1 tsp Salt more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F/218°C. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside
  • Into a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Then add the ground black pepper, garlic powder, parsley, chives, green onions (scallions), melted butter and milk. Stir together just until a soft dough forms. Add the cheese and ham and stir until incorporated. Note: The dough will be sticky and wet. This is normal.
  • Using a #8 (4 oz) triggered ice cream scoop (standard size) or 1/4 cup measuring cup, portion out 8 level scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
    Do this by scraping the excess dough from the scoop either with a butter knife or by scraping the open edge of the scoop across the inside edge of the mixing bowl.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
    Note: A toothpick inserted into the middle of the scone should come out clean. If read by a digital thermometer, the center of the scone should read 205°F (96 °C). If they are still a little doughy, return them to the oven and bake 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  • Serving Suggestions:
    Breakfast – These ham and cheese scones make a great breakfast on the go. For this, we typically bake them the night before for a quick morning breakfast on the way to the office or road trip.
    Brunch – Serve warm on a brunch buffet.
    Lunch – Serve warm with a tossed salad.
    Snacks – These make a great mid-morning or afternoon snack or pick-me-up.
    Appetizer – Prepare smaller 2 oz biscuits for a sun appetizer. Serve warm with butter. Adjust the baking time to 12-15 minutes.
    Soup – Serve alongside Baked Potato Soup or Chicken Soup, or Clam chowder for a hearty meal.
  • Storage – See recipe notes for storage and freezing Suggestions.

Notes

  • Sugar – ordinary white cane sugar is what we use in this recipe but you can opt for honey, maple syrup, or your preferred sugar substitute. For a sugar-free scone, omit the sugar altogether.
  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted butter is acceptable for this recipe. Since this is a drop scone recipe, we use melted butter. For a more traditional cut scone recipe, you would use super cold, grated butter. No-fuss here! 
  • Milk – many recipes call for buttermilk which imparts a certain tanginess to the scone, it’s easy to make ham and cheese scones without buttermilk, too. Simply substitute whole or part-skim (2%) milk in place of buttermilk. In this recipe, we use whole milk. Note: I have not tested this recipe with soy, oat, coconut, or nut milk. If you do, please let me know how it turns out.
  • Cheese – the perfect cheese for this recipe is really up to you. Your favorite cheese will always taste the best in any recipe. For this recipe, we prefer a sharp cheddar. The bold flavor stands up to the flavors of the ham and herbs instead of shrinking into the background. Also, we grate our cheese from a block cheese rather than the prepackaged shredded cheese because we find it to be more flavorful. Other suitable options include Swiss cheese, gruyere cheese, aged Irish cheddar. For a spicy kick to your savory scone recipe, try jalapeno or habanero Jack.
  • Ham – finely diced, this is a great way to use up some leftover ham from your holiday dinner. If you don’t have leftover ham, you can use cubed ham from the grocery. It is typically sold in 16-oz packages in the meat department alongside the ham steaks. Other savory scone flavors– swap in bacon crumbles, smoked sausage, or diced turkey. For a vegetarian cheese scone, omit the meat without substitution.
  • Fresh herbs – Parsley, green onions (scallions), or chives – the flavor of fresh herbs make these scones pop. I prefer green onions (also called scallions) for the bright, bold flavor they provide. Chives have a more mild flavor that can be less discernable amongst the other bold flavors. I always add a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley just for the brightness and freshness in flavor it brings to the scone.

FAQs

How to Store Scones.
Store cooled scones in a refrigerator-safe storage container or food-grade zip-top bag. Wait until they have cooled completely to store them. Otherwise, condensation droplets will form inside the storage container or bag. See below for freezing instructions.
Do Ham and Cheese Scones need to be refrigerated?
Yes. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), all perishable foods, including scones, are not safe to eat after sitting at room temperature overnight. This rule holds true whether your scones have meat in them or not.
Can scones be frozen?
Absolutely. You can store both baked and unbaked scones in the freezer.
Baked scones will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer and you can reheat them within minutes in the oven or the microwave.
If freezing raw, follow the recipe instructions straight through to portioning them out on the baking sheet, then flash freeze them on the sheet pan in your freezer. Once fully frozen, remove from parchment and place in a zip-top bag for up to 1 month.
They do not need to be defrosted before baking. Uncooked scones go from the freezer right into the oven. A slight adjustment to the baking time of 2 to 3 minutes may be required.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(4 oz) SconeCalories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 12gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 579mgPotassium: 296mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 385IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 2µgCalcium: 210mgFolate: 63µgIron: 2mgZinc: 1mg
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