Gingerbread Scones with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Posted on by on December 22nd, 2011 | 34 Comments »

Andy Williams once poetically sang; “Its the most wonderful time of the year”. And, he’s right. Seasonly themed music blaring from the radios, television shows and movies dedicated to your favorite time of year, holiday parties and family get togethers, overindulgence at it’s very best in forms of all things sugar. Cookie swaps in abundance and hot chocolate flowing like water. Crackling fireplaces and perfectly wrapped presents. The taste of peppermint lingering on your tongue for days

and the night time drives watching the most perfectly lit houses as you pass, stopping to smile at the most beautiful. It’s enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. After all Mr. Williams did say; “It’s the hap happiest season of all”.

We gorge ourselves on sugary treats and make excuses for each cookie, chocolate and candy cane we stuff in our mouth. I think the sugar rush helps everyone with this hap happy feeling. Sugar rush and these gingerbread scones. Which happen to only have a 1/2 cup brown sugar in the whole batch. So, go ahead, have two…or three.

This recipe was originally created for the French online cooking magazine, Goosto. When approached by them to create some Christmas recipes, I was super excited. I think the occasional gingerbread house was the only Christmasy thing I have ever made. And, that was back about 20 years ago (ack!). I equate Christmas with all things gingerbread and that flavor was the inspiration for this recipe. I substituted silan (date honey) for molasses and the dark caramel taste of the silan added that depth of flavor that would have otherwise come from the molasses. The addition of dried cherries and dark chocolate chips just seemed like the right thing to do.


2 cups flour
1⁄2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
1⁄4 cup milk
4 tablespoons silan (date honey)
1 egg
1⁄2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Add the butter and combine using a metal spoon until mixture resembles coarse meal and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat together milk, date honey and egg until combined. Add the flour mixture along with the dried cherries and dark chocolate chips to the milk mixture.
Combine until dough is formed.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a disk about 2.5cm.
Cut dough into 8 wedges and transfer to prepared baking sheet.
Bake scones for 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Posted on: 12-22-2011

    I bought some fresh cranberries today and was wondering what to do with them. Scones!!! These look lovely, did you use wholemeal flour or is the colour from the date syrup? So glad to have found you this year, Happy Holidays Beth!! x

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks so much Natalie! I am glad to have found you too! The color comes from the date syrup. I used just plain old flour for this!

  2. Posted on: 12-22-2011

    Beautiful scones and perfect flavors for the holidays! Love your photos, too! I’ve never heard of date honey, but will seek it out next time I shop for groceries. Thanks for sharing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks Lynne! You can possibly find date honey in a middle eastern market. It is called silan!

  3. Posted on: 12-22-2011

    You have brought together some of my favorite flavors-chocolate and cherries! These scones do look wonderfully rustic and tasty. Definitely something I could enjoy for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Amazing photos here-great post!
    I hope you have a wonderful as well as memorable holiday -enjoy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks Tina! I also love chocolate and cherries together. Its just one of those perfect combinations!

  4. Posted on: 12-23-2011

    I happen to have a bunch of dried cherries right now! This is absolutely perfect. This is the most wonderful time of the year, and I will celebrate it with these wonderful scones.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      You must make these if you have dried cherries! They are amazingggg!

  5. Posted on: 12-23-2011

    It’s nice to see a less sweet treat that still has all of the flavors of Christmas. These look beautiful!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks Kristen! Its a nice change from all those super sugary treats!

  6. Posted on: 12-23-2011

    happy holidays
    delicious looking scones

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks!! Happy Holidays!

  7. Posted on: 12-23-2011

    Thanks for fixing the email subscription Beth! These scones look delicious. I’ve never had scones that hve cherries in them…curious how they taste like. Happy Holidays!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Happy Holidays Nami! Hope you enjoyed every minute with your family!

  8. Posted on: 12-23-2011

    Oh, these look fabulous! I swear if you put dried cherries in any baked good, I’m in love with it!!! Happy Holidays, Beth!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Happy Holidays Liz! Hope you enjoyed some time with your family! I also love anything with dried cherries!

  9. Posted on: 12-24-2011

    Ohh gingerbread scones? That sounds so good! Anything gingerbread is delicious 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      These are a perfect fit for a gingerbread flavor craving !

  10. Posted on: 12-28-2011

    Your photos are beautiful and these scones sound heavenly :)! Now i am curious about date honey!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks so much Amy! You can find date honey in a middle eastern market or probably on amazon(?).

  11. Posted on: 12-28-2011

    Yum! I would just leave out the chocolate =)

    Where do you find date honey? I’ve never heard of it but I’m curious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Date honey is a staple here in Israel. Every supermarket has it! You can try a middle eastern grocer!

  12. Posted on: 12-28-2011

    These are gorgeous scones, I love the flavors…couldn’t be more perfect this time of year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Thanks Cassie!! Happy Holidays!

  13. Posted on: 12-30-2011

    Mmm. I could definitely handle a few of these.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      It is very hard to have just one!

  14. Posted on: 12-30-2011

    This looks delicious! Cherries and Chocolate are absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 12-30-2011

      Yes, cherries and chocolate are perfect together!

  15. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    Delicioso! Where can I get silan???? I’m intrigued!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      You can try a middle eastern market. I would think they would have it!

  16. Posted on: 1-2-2012

    I just love how they look I can’t wait to make them

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Thank you! They are so pretty arent they?!

  17. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    These look absolutely delicious… I love love love dark chocolate. And scones. Dark chocolate in scones. Yes, I like that a lot.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-8-2012

      Hahah Thanks Katie!!

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