White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones

 Buttery and delicate White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones topped with a light almond glaze - A no-fuss recipe that's perfect for the weekend!

Four White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Scones topped with glaze on a cooling rack

Scones are probably the easiest of breakfast pastries to throw together. They're just about as easy to make as biscuits but they taste much better.  Scones have a subtle sweetness and crumbly, buttery texture and are ideal for lazy mornings where relaxation is on the menu.

Why This Recipe Works

  • White chocolate and macadamia nuts go so well together. The creamy white chocolate alongside the crunchy buttery macadamia nuts is heavenly!
  • Simple ingredients.
  • They have sweet crumbly edges and soft, tender centers.
  • The scones are topped with a delightful, sweet glaze.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredients amounts and full recipe instructions. 

  • Flour: 2 cups of all-purpose flour is the standard amount of flour needed for homemade scones. You will also need a small amount for your hands and for dusting your work surface
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Gives the scones a little lift.
  • Salt: For flavor.
  • Sugar: I recommend using 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar.
  • Butter: Use a full stick of cold, salted butter. Make sure to keep the butter in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Cold butter is essential in making the best tasting scones. It ensures the scones will be flaky with crisp edges.
  • Milk: Use any percentage cow's milk (whole, skim, 1%, or 2%). You can also use almond milk, half & half, or cream instead.
  • Macadamia nuts: Use half a cup of chopped macadamia nuts, or you can leave them out completely for a nut-free scone.
  • White chocolate chips: Macadamia nuts and white chocolate go so well together! I love adding in a cup of white chocolate chips to the scone batter it's truly a spectacular addition!

For The Glaze

  • Powdered sugar: Use a cup of powdered sugar.
  • Heavy cream: Although I use 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, in my scone glaze, you can use half & half or milk instead.
  • Almond extract: For flavor.

Three White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Scones topped with glaze on a large plate

How To Make This Recipe

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and sugar.
  2. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the batter into the flour mixture until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Pour into mixing bowl and stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead very lightly and form into an 8-inch circle.
  6. Cut the dough into 8 wedges.
  7. Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

For The Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream, and almond extract until smooth.
  2. Drizzle onto the scones.
  3. Top with crushed white chocolate chips.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to use cold ingredients. The secret to flaky scones is to start with cold ingredients. Make sure your butter, egg, and milk are all cold. Just like making pastry, the fat has to be cold. If the butter gets warm, it melts and mixes into the flour.
  • Don't overwork the dough. Once you add in the liquid (egg, milk, etc.) stir the dough very little to combine. Remember to handle the dough as little as possible. Over-mixing the dough will lead to scones that are rather chewy instead of light and flaky.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Store Scones?

This White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scone recipe yields 8 scones. They keep well in the refrigerator but are best eaten in a day or so after baking them.

Can I Freeze White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones?

Yes, you can! Make and shape the dough into scones and freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer the frozen unbaked scones to a zip-top bag, and bake them straight from frozen, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time.

Three White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones topped with glaze on a large plate next to a small bowl of macadamia nuts and a small container of almond extract

Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones

Buttery and delicate White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones topped with a light almond glaze.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into small pieces, 1 stick
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips plus a few more crushed for topping
  • FOR THE GLAZE
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and sugar.
  • Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Pour into mixing bowl and stir until just combined.
  • Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead very lightly and form into an 8-inch circle. (Add a little more flour to the dough if the dough becomes too sticky to handle)
  • Cut the dough into 8 wedges.
  • Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for a minute or so, then transfer onto a wire rack.
  • TO PREPARE THE GLAZE
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream and almond extract until smooth. The glaze should have enough liquid in it to drizzle onto the scones so add a little more cream if necessary. Top with crushed white chocolate chips.

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19 thoughts on “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones”

  1. 5 stars
    These look wonderful. White chocolate and macadamia nuts are such a classic pairing. I’s great that you bake with your daughter. My daughter took no interest in cooking. My granddaughter is making up for it though. She LOVES to bake and we spend a lot of time in the kitchen together. So much fun.

    1. How nice that you and your granddaughter enjoy spending time in the kitchen. What wonderful memories you are making. Out of my five children, only my youngest daughter and my second oldest son enjoyed cooking with me and for my son who is living on his own, knowing how to cook has been wonderful. He surprises me with some of his kitchen creations.

  2. wow, these look insanely amazing! We love scones at our house and I fully intend on trying these guys out asap!!!

  3. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    What a sweet post! You have such a beautiful family and I love that you bake with your daughter. It makes it something really special. These scones look fabulous and I definitely agree about the white chocolate chips. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Faith. I love that my daughter still likes to hang out with me. I know now that she’s a teenager, that might change – hopefully not, though. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I love that your daughter came up with this combo! It makes me think of my mos favorite cookie – the Sausalito. But so much better because it is a scone (and I cannot resist those).

  5. 5 stars
    You have so many great recipes, but the scones look fantastic. Sharing. Your friend from TXWB, Lisa / Princess Mousey

  6. Rachel @ The Stay At Home Chef

    I almost feel guilty pinning these on my breakfast board, but let’s face it, desserts for breakfast are the best! These look like my kind of breakfast treat!

  7. I love this post. And I love that you are your daughter are baking together–I bet she loves have you to herself after all those years of sharing lol.

  8. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    All of my children are out and grown. I love the relationship that we have now. They text asking for recipes and photos of themselves in clothes, while they’re still in the dressing rooms. I love that they value my opinion, still.

  9. The scones look great – they are one of my favorite breakfast treats! I love cooking with my daughter as well. Over the years it has been an incredible time of bonding for us.

  10. Yum, these scones look fantastic. Luckily, I have some mac nuts on hand, will have to try your recipe this weekend.

  11. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic

    These sound amazing! I may just have to buy some macadamia nuts the next time I’m at Costco. My whole family loves macadamia nuts but they’re generally a splurge b/c of the price. Can’t wait to try these out!

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