Blueberry Drop Scones for Mother’s Day and Bake Sales

by Maris Callahan on May 7, 2011

When my alarm went off at seven a.m. today, my instinct was to shut it off – it’s Saturday, so I must have set it by accident!

Well, it’s a good thing I thought twice because this morning I was a guest on NBC Chicago’s morning show to promote the food blogger bake sale I’ve been blabbing about over here for the past few weeks. Despite my near-miss at oversleeping I was able to function properly on live television, thanks in part to the coffee that a very kind production staffer handed me while I set up.

Before I talk scones, please note my lovely floral apron, courtesy of Kitchen Gadget Girl! You like? Sometimes I wear aprons because they look cute. Today, honestly, I wore one because I didn’t think the camera would be very forgiving to the white flour I was likely to spill on my black dress.

I digress. Let’s get back to the reason we’re all here right now: scones.

Along with my chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, I’m baking Blueberry Drop Scones to sell next Saturday. Even though I want you to come out next week and buy them to help end childhood hunger I am going share the recipe for all of the non-Chicagoans out there.

Or, if you can’t wait until next week these would make a perfect addition to your mother’s day brunch table.

Blueberry Drop Scones
Originally posted on In Good Taste on April 9, 2009


2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup dried blueberries (I also tossed in a handful of frozen fresh blueberries that I had on hand)
1/2 cup milk, plus more if needed
Coarse sugar, for topping (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add cut up butter and toss to coat. Using your finger tips, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles very coarse sand. A few large bits are ok, but try not to have any pieces larger than an average pea.

3. Stir in dried blueberries. Add about 2/3 of the milk and stir. Add remaining milk gradually until the mixture comes together into a slightly sticky ball. Divide dough in eight even pieces and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a bit of coarse sugar, if desired.

4. Bake for 16-19 minutes, until scones are a light golden color. A toothpick should come out clean, but color is a reliable indicator for these.

Makes 8.

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Leslie April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

Oh yes..I love the fact that dried blueberries can be used!!


VeggieGirl April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

Haha I’m the same way sometimes with the “food movement” ;-)
Love the addition of dried blueberries!!


ksgoodeats April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

What a great recipe!! I just got a bunch of dried blueberries I could use :) Perhaps there will be baking in my near future!


alexandra April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

yum! These look awesome. I have house guests arriving tonight, staying till Thursday…they may be in for a treat. i have about 5 bags of frozen blueberries on hand. i need to do something about that.


kat April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

Those look like they would have been perfect for this lazy Sunday morning


Ashley April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

I should not have read this before getting breakfast!


elra April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

Maris my dear, this utterly look so good. What a perfect post to see on Sunday morning.


Pearl April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

dried blueberries? oh my :)


Allie O. April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

Blueberry scones have become one of my favorite breakfast indulgences – although I’ve never tried making them myself. I usually have one at the local coffee shop where I go to catch up on offline reading on Sunday mornings.


Chrissy April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

Those look great! I love drop scones; I only have one good recipe that I always turn to and could make good use of another one. I use dried cranberries and figs in scones a lot too.


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

Trader Joe’s sells a wonderful mix of dried blueberries, cranberries and cherries — would be perfect with these scones!


Heather April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

i have no shame in admitting that i too purchase delicious produce when it is seasonally not available in my area. and my life is better for it ;)


Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

They look delicious and great to know that you can use dried blueberries too! We mostly buy frozen ones here unless they’re in season. It gets too crazy expensive otherwise at $5-6 for 3 ozs.


Scoop April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

Looks yummy! We love scones so I will have to try this new twist on dried blueberries.


Sophie April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

MMMMMMM…..Maris!! They look so delicious!! Love your recipe!! Yum Yum Yum!!


kate April 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love a good scone. These would be good with dried cherries in them too…..which I have on hand, and hmmmm…..I suddenly see scones in my near future.
Gotta run!!


E.P. April 8, 2009 at 3:00 am

Oh, yum. These look fantastic, and I’m a big fan of scones! I’ll have to give them a shot!


Run DMT April 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

Those look delicious! We get blueberries pretty early here in FL. In fact, blueberry picking season is here already! YAY!


marci May 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

those look delicious! i am a sucker for blueberries in baked goods.


Erica May 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

That is so cool that you were on tv! You look great. I love scones nothing like that dense crumbly goodness


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Mmm I love scones and blueberries are the best in breakfast goodies.


Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen May 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I love scones! These would be perfect for tomorrow morning! Yum! :D


Daryl May 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I sure wish I had one of these for my morning coffee tomorrow on Mothers Day!


Maris Callahan May 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I do offer free shipping :) But these stayed at NBC for the crew!


Three-Cookies May 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Congrats on the TV spot! And drop scones sound like a great idea, I’ve never heard of it before


Eva May 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Man those look fantastic! Such a great idea for a Mother’s Day treat. Congrats on being on Chicago’s morning show, that’s so exciting!!!


Reeni May 8, 2011 at 1:19 am

Congratulations on being on TV! I would of been scared to death! The scones are delectable – love how easy they are!


A Plum By Any Other Name May 8, 2011 at 2:58 am

Congrats on the morning show … and the fabulous apron! (Also, your scones look delicious.) ;)


yummychunklet May 8, 2011 at 3:49 am

These look delicious! I’m excited about the bake sale!


Baking Serendipity May 8, 2011 at 4:59 am

What an awesome thing to wake up for :) These scones look fantastic and I’m so jealous of your tv experience!


Ellie@fitforthesoul May 8, 2011 at 8:22 am

Maris, it must be so fun yet scary being on a show! way to go :D these look delicious and like a great recipe–for a saturday morning especially, like others have already said. have a beautiful day tomorrow!


chopinandmysaucepan May 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

Looks great Maris. I’m not sure about dried blueberries but the fresh ones are pretty expensive here at close to $50/kg.


Maris Callahan May 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

That’s steep! The dried blueberries at my Whole Foods were actually pretty expensive – $5.99 for a bag that amounted to about a cup. But that was my own fault for shopping at WF!

I’ve seen them cheaper elsewhere and you can definitely buy them in bulk. Amazon has 3 8-ounce containers for $21 – which isn’t bad.


bellini May 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

The bakesale is definietly a good cause and an axcuse to make something sweet and delicious. We created a cookbook to support school meals that we are quite proud of.


Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook May 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Glad you got up, that had to be exciting to go on tv! The scones look fantastic, perfect morning treat. Perfect anytime.


Bee May 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Oh wow! Morning Show? That’s amazing! Congrats! And the scones look lovely. I’ve never tried to make a scone strangely enough. It’s definitely on my to-cook list though!

Reply May 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I thought that was you!!! I loved your segment – You did great!
LOVE the scones, too!!!


Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd May 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I love the rustic imperfection of drop scones. Yours look great!


Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 9, 2011 at 1:51 am

These look so yummy! Scones are always delicious :D


Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

How exciting! You’re a TV star now! What a great opportunity to promote the bake sale, too. Thanks for reposting these scones. They look amazing and so easy, too.


Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I just watched the video clip and I saw you in action for the first time! :-) You looked great on the TV show! Congratulations! You made it so simple that I should try this recipe. After all, I love scones more than muffins and I love blueberry one the best! Why not, right? I am not a baker, so I’m just making it a big deal here. Hehee. Thanks for sharing the recipe,and you should do video recipe (not sure how you call it) every post! ;-)


Lisa Keys May 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

I have some dried blueberries and was wondering just what to do with them….and now I know! Thanks for sharing with us non-mid-westerners! You look great in that apron, too.


sweetlife May 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm

How fun, thanks for adding the screen shot..your goregous!! lovely scones, perfect for a bake sale!



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