Mar 11
2013

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger #recipe #baking

Long family road trips are typically peppered with stops at Starbucks. And Subway. Hey, don’t judge. When the choices are day-old gas station burritos and sub sandwiches, the sandwiches will always win out. The Starbucks pit stops happen first thing in the morning – jet fuel for the first part of the drive – and 3pm or so, lining up with my husband’s daily caffeine slumps. Of course, I’m never one to turn down a non-fat latte or two.

Within minutes of walking into the store, my boys have their noses pressed up to the glass case holding all of the treats. Lemon loaf, cake pops, muffins…all of those things that taste great with a cup of coffee, but have the calorie and fat count of a deep-fried Twinkie.

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger #recipe #baking

Inevitably, we get sucked into buying a blueberry scone for the boys to share. It’s got fruit in it. It can’t be that bad, right?

I made the mistake of googling the nutritional data for that blueberry scone. Well, 460 calories, 18 grams of fat and 24 grams of sugar later, I decided it was time to come up with my own scone recipe.

A couple of years ago, I posted my a fantastic scone recipe by my husband’s cousin. The recipe in this post is a direct rip-off of the flavors in that recipe, but with significantly less calories and fat. I kept the oat flour, chocolate chips and crystallized ginger, but cut the butter and sugar by more than half and replaced the cream with skim milk. Some of the switcheroos were inspired by a highly rated Cooking Light scone recipe.

The result? A tender, moist scone with a subtle bite from the crystallized ginger, a decadent hit of chocolate and a drastic decrease in calories and fat. To be exact, each scone contains 183 calories, 7.6 grams of fat and 9.3 grams of sugar.

And to top it all off…the boys loved them!

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the oat flour, place the oats in a food processor and process until finely ground, about 1 minute. Pour into a bowl and scoop 1 cup oat flour back into the processor. Reserve any remaining flour for another use.

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger

Add the all-purpose flour, sugar, and baking powder to the processor. Pulse briefly to combine.

Add the chilled butter to the processor and pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and the consistency of a fine meal.

Add the crystallized ginger to the processor and pulse to mix.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup non-fat milk, vanilla extract and egg white. Pour the mixture into the processor and pulse quickly until just mixed.

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger

Turn the mixture out onto a generously floured surface. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the dough. Lightly dust your hands with flour and gently knead to mix in the chocolate chips, and form the dough into a ball.

Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. With lightly floured hands, form the dough into an 8-inch circle.

Cut the circle into 12 triangles, keeping the circle of dough intact. (Yes, I realize the photo shows 8 triangles. I changed my mind on the second batch, which I didn’t photograph.)

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger #recipe #baking

Using 2 teaspoons of non-fat milk, lightly brush the tops of the scones. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar over top.

Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the surface of the scones are golden brown. Cool on the tray or on a cooling rack. Cut the scones apart and serve.

Healthy(er) Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger #recipe #baking
(Make ahead: The scones can be made ahead and frozen. Separate the raw scones from each other and place them on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place in the freezer uncovered. When the scones are completely frozen, place them in plastic freezer bags. Take them out a few at a time and bake for 17-21 minutes at 375 degrees F.)

Other lightened-up baked goods:

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Peanut Butter & Banana Whole Wheat Quick Bread
Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Cornmeal Muffins with Berries & Lemon
fANNEtastic Food’s Whole Wheat Pumpkin Goji Biscotti
Kiran Tarun’s Orange Raisin Scones
Chocolate-Covered Kate’s Single-Serving Blueberry Muffin

Low-Fat Scones Recipe with Chocolate & Crystallized Ginger
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: 12 scones
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups old-fashioned oats (for 1 cup oat flour)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3¼ oz. crystallized ginger, chopped (rounded ½ cup)
  • ½ cup + 2 tsp non-fat milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¾ tsp turbinado sugar (such as Sugar in the Raw)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To make the oat flour, place the oats in a food processor and process until finely ground, about 1 minute. Pour into a bowl and scoop 1 cup oat flour back into the processor. Reserve any remaining flour for another use.
  3. Add the all-purpose flour, sugar, and baking powder to the processor. Pulse briefly to combine.
  4. Add the chilled butter to the processor and pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and the consistency of a fine meal.
  5. Add the crystallized ginger to the processor and pulse to mix.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together ½ cup non-fat milk, vanilla extract and egg white. Pour the mixture into the processor and pulse quickly until just mixed.
  7. Turn the mixture out onto a generously floured surface. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the dough. Lightly dust your hands with flour and gently knead to mix in the chocolate chips, and form the dough into a ball.
  8. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. With lightly floured hands, form the dough into an 8-inch circle.
  9. Cut the circle into 12 triangles, keeping the circle of dough intact.
  10. Using 2 teaspoons of non-fat milk, lightly brush the tops of the scones. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar over top.
  11. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the surface of the scones are golden brown. Cool on the tray or on a cooling rack. Cut the scones apart and serve.
  12. (Make ahead: The scones can be made ahead and frozen. Separate the raw scones from each other and place them on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place in the freezer uncovered. When the scones are completely frozen, place them in plastic freezer bags. Take them out a few at a time and bake for 17-21 minutes at 375 degrees F.)
Notes
Calories 183 / Total Fat 7.6g / Saturated Fat 4.4g / Cholesterol 13.2mg / Sodium 171.4mg / Total Carbohydrates 27.1g / Fiber 1.2g / Sugars 9.3g / Protein 2.9g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 scone Calories: 183 cal (complete nutritional info listed below) Fat: Total 7.6g / Saturated 4.4g

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1 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 11, 2013 at 6:07 am

I’m all for healthier scones! :) These look great and I love the addition of crystallized ginger.

The place I work at is right next to a Starbucks, but I’m so put off by their prices that I’ve never gone in. Why get a piece of cake for 3 euro when I can make an entire cake for 3 euro? Yup. I’m cheap. ;)

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Cheap is good! Nothing to be ashamed about there. And I’ll bet your cake is a hundred times better!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

I love that you looked up the nutritional information of the baked goods at Starbucks!! Isn’t it sick? When you know how long it takes to burn off it’s funny how easy it is to pass. Of course it’s another story for children. ;-) Good for you for making a healthier version at home!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

So true, Liz! That would be a 50 minute run just to work off one Starbucks scone.

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5 Deborah March 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

When we go to New Mexico, we always stop at Subway on the way. Not many choices!!

These scones look wonderful, and I love that they are lightened up.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Thanks, Deb. Yes, Subway’s the go-to road trip stop.

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7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

So gorgeous and irresistible, even without the extra fat and sugar!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Thanks, Sommer! I love being able to indulge without the guilt.

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9 Alyssa @ Kitchen Cures March 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

I really like scones, but agree with you about how much butter normally goes into them. These look like a great alternative, and I love the combination of chocolate and ginger. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Thanks, Alyssa! Usually there’s at least a stick and a half and that just makes those scones far less tempting (i.e., more guilt-filled).

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11 Sandy @ RE March 11, 2013 at 8:45 am

Those are the 2 stops we make when we travel for soccer! Funny! We usually always get the oatmeal at Starbucks and to be honest, I’m kinda done with Subway. Not crazy about their bread. LOVE this post and recipe, Dara!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Yes indeed, Starbucks and Subway are the road trip regulars. I have to admit that I actually look forward to our family drive traditions. :)

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13 Becky @ Olives n Wine March 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love the photo of the HUGE pile of chocolate chips on the dough – that is my kinda pastry ;) Thank you for sharing a healthier scone option. I can deal with a 180-calorie scone anyday!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

LOL. Chocolate chips make everything better, don’t they?

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15 Brianna March 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

Yum! I have found myself guilty of giving in to the pastry cabinet and Starbucks too! The blueberry scones? Delicious. But not 460 calories delicious! I’m bringing the goodies for Bible Study this Sunday…I just might have to bring these along :).

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

That pastry cabinet is nothing but trouble! :) Next time we go on a road trip, I think I’ll be bringing some homemade scones for snacktime.

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17 carrian March 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

Those look perfect! Gosh, I haven’t had a good scone in far too long. I better try your recipe this weekend.

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Thanks, Carrian. I hope you have a chance to try them!

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19 Holly March 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

I like the made-ahead option and will have to try that. Heating up just one serving might be the key to me keeping these healthier. I have NO will power when it comes to sweets and would very likely eat more than my share which defeats the purpose of trying to make them healthier!

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

It is so handy to have these stored away in the freezer and to just take out a few of them on the weekend.

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21 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

Love these scones, Dara! The oat flour is such a great idea!

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks, Laura. The oat flour is great to have on hand for scones, muffins and pancakes.

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23 Lori @ RecipeGirl March 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

These look amazing. I love that you figured out how to make scones healthy!!

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thanks, Lori. I can’t tell you how glad I was that these turned out as well as they did.

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25 Joan March 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

You might want to change the directions on those scones … you said cut into 8 equal triangles. I think you meant 12.
I have no problem at all with Subway. You don’t have to buy the sub. They also sell just salads. They put a bunch of lettuce in a container and top it with your choice of veggies and meat (if you want meat). Always a nice choice. And many of their subs have less fat than you would think.

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thank you for catching that typo, Joan! I’ve never tried the Subway salads…I’ll have to veer away from my “usual” the next time we stop in.

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27 Sanjeeta kk March 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

Yes!! This is on my breakfast table tomorrow…

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, Sanjeeta. I hope you enjoy them!

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29 Jenny Flake March 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

What a gorgeous recipe Dara, and I love that it’s healthier! Less guilt is always good!

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30 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, Jenny. You said it!

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31 Karly March 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

These look amazing! And I happen to love both Starbucks and Subway for road trips or days when I’m just being lazy. ;)

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32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Thanks, Karly. Two things that you can always find on the road…they’re a family tradition, for certain.

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33 Valerie March 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

Yikes, 460 calories per scone! Well, that certainly explains why my clever plan of swapping scones for cookies has not panned out. :D

These light, blithe, scones look scrumptious! By default, I adore anything with ginger.

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34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

LOL. They trick you into thinking those scones are healthy by adding the blueberries. :)

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35 kelley March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I don’t like taking the kids to Starbucks for that very reason. Usually I end up sharing said pastry with them! These look incredible. I love the heartiness of the oats and crystalized ginger is always in my pantry. I enjoy snacking on it and it’s fabulous in baked goods. Nice work!

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36 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thanks, Kelley! Oh yes, I always have to have a bite or two. Quality control, you know.

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37 Paula - bell'alimento March 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I’m a sucker for anything with ginger. And chocolate. LOL

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38 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I hear you, Paula. Thank you.

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39 Christy @ My Invisible Crown March 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I absolutely love a good scone but never thought of chocolate and crystalized ginger! Wow. And such an amazing plus heat they’re healthy(er)! :)

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40 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thanks, Christy. Chocolate and crystallized ginger is one of my favorite combinations in baked goods.

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41 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction March 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Love that you lightened up scones! The crystallized ginger and chocolate combinations sounds perfect!

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42 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thanks, Jessica. It’s a combination that my whole family loves.

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43 Shawn @ I Wash You Dry March 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Is it a crime that I don’t have a food processor? I need one now that I have seen this recipe! These look fantastic Dara!

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44 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Yes, you have to get one! That being said, this recipe can easily be made by hand.

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45 Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks March 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Healthy, beautiful and with ginger? I bet they’re delicious!!

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46 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks, Shea. They were a big hit here.

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47 Jess S. @ Floptimism March 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I love that your lighter version of a scone doesn’t just slash the fat, but also decreases the sugar. These look great!

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48 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Thanks, Jess. I hope you have a chance to try them.

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49 Vicki @ WITK March 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Those nutrition labels in starbucks keep me from buying anything from the case! So many calories! I’ve bookmarked this recipe because I have a large container of crystallized ginger to use!

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50 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Perfect, Vicki! I hope you have a chance to try the scones.

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51 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I love lightened recipes that taste like you’re indulging. The look delicious.

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52 Katrina March 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I don’t even drink coffee and I love going to Starbucks–great oatmeal….and lots of other delicious treats. Can’t believe a blueberry scone has 18 grams of fat–always shocks me to hear that and makes me wonder what in the world they put in it, because I know things can still taste delicious with a lot less fat/calories–like these scones that I so want to make now–and must soon. Delicious!

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53 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Their baked goods are so tempting, but so bad! Your recipe looks fabulous!

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54 Sheila March 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I love scones! This recipe looks fabulous. I love the idea of adding oats in by using the food processor! I’m going to give these a try.

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55 Donna March 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

These are beee-oootiful! I am loving your “no sacrifice” approach to lighter eating!

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56 fresh food store March 12, 2013 at 12:53 am

the bake looks so yummiee !! oats is a great addition to the recipe :)

Fresh Food Store

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57 Amanda March 12, 2013 at 6:20 am

They look fantastic and I just love how you healthified them! :) (I think I just made up that word)

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58 kristy @ the wicked noodle March 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm

These look amazing, Dara! I love crystallized ginger and it sounds like it would be delicious in scones. Can’t wait to try this!

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59 Angie March 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

These scones look so delicious! Chocolate makes everything better :)

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60 Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen March 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Healthy scones? Sign me up! I ate so many scones when we lived in London for 6 months, always with jam and clotted cream. Of course, my metabolism was a lot more forgiving back then… :)

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61 Lora @cakeduchess March 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I love how you made these lovely scones with oats…why didn’t I do this before?:))Now I can’t wait to try your lightened up version. Scones are so nice to have on a lazy weekend morning with a hot cup of coffee and the paper. :)

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62 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats March 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Healthier scones! You’re so good! I love them, but know they’re always loaded with butter! This is excellent! Now maybe I can still indulge once in a while without feeling guilty while trying to drop this baby weight! YUM!

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63 Megan {Country Cleaver} March 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Who doesn’t drool all over the glass case in Starbucks – I love it all, but my jeans do not – these look fabulous and oh so chock full of deliciousness!

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64 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

Dara,
I’m a tea drinker, and could never get over the cost for a tea bag and water (without any fancy foaming milk or machines) so going out for “coffee” just kills me. But I do it for the company.

Subway was our East Coast sled hockey road trip stop (my son felt about meatball subs pre-game like some athletes feel about their socks) but here in the midwest it’s morphed into Jimmy Johns.

I’m intrigued about the addition of ginger to chocolate–I throw chocolate chips into a batch of muffins a lot (1/4 cup goes a LONG way, especially the mini chips) but I’ve never tried ginger.

Thanks!

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65 shelly (cookies and cups) March 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

I love this version…I am a scone girl all the way, but I’ve never made my own! Gonna try these!

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66 Carla @ Carlas Confections March 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Yes I need to try these too! I love the crystallized ginger in it! SO awesome!

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67 J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats March 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Ginger and chocolate is such an underrated combination! Love this.

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68 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for linking to my recipe, Dara! I love your scones recipe with ginger!

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