Cheese and Jalapeno Scones

Cheese and Jalapeno scones- a classic cheese scone with a kick of spice from the jalapenos. Perfect for afternoon tea, a snack or a buffet.

Close up of four cheese and jalapeno scones

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Scones are such a British thing aren't they? And so easy to make too. I love them- traditional scones, fruit scones, cheese scones, all the scones! 

Cheese scones are possibly my favourite type of scone. I like them so much because they are versatile; they work for breakfast, a snack or afternoon tea and all you need to have handy is a knife and some butter. I made some mini cheese scones for my nephew's first birthday party recently and they went down very well with the parents and the children. This time I wanted a bit more kick with the cheese. A lot of spicy cheese scone recipes use cayenne pepper, but I find that to be a bit forceful, a bit sharp and I wanted something a bit more subtle against the cheddar, so I made Cheese and Jalapeno Scones. Jalapenos are spicy, but they also have a touch of sweetness to them, which I think is a better match. You can use red or green ones for this recipe- I used both. They give a little, spicy kick, nothing too scary.

Finding fresh jalapenos is difficult in the UK, but jars of pickled slices are freely available in the supermarkets. I used those, rinsed them so they weren't too vinegary and chopped them finely. I also didn't hold back on the cheese. I use double the amount that most recipes suggest, because, come on, they are supposed to be cheese scones! Cheese scones need to be cheesy, right? There's nothing worse than biting into a cheese scone and wondering, where's the cheese?

Cheese and Jalapeno Scones- 4 different images with text

Make Cheese and Jalapeno Scones
(make 15 full size scones or 25 mini scones)

Cheese and Jalapeno Scone dough
Mix the ingredients into a dough and turn on to a floured surface.

Cheese and Jalapeno Scones ready to bake on a baking tray
Roll out the dough and cut with circle cutters.

Cheese and Jalapeno Scones close up
Bake until golden brown and risen.

Cheese and Jalapeno Scone buttered on a white plate
Slice and serve with butter.

Close up of cheese and jalapeno scones with a text overlay

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Cheese and Jalapeno Scones

Cheese and Jalapeno scones- a classic cheese scone with a kick of spice from the jalapenos. Perfect for afternoon tea, a snack or a buffet.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • 450g self raising flour
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 110g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 300ml skimmed milk
  • 12 slices of jalapeno
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to  220 (200 fan, gas mark 7).
  2. Mix the salt and the flour together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Cut the softened butter up into small pieces and add it to the bowl.
  4. Use the tips of your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until there are no large lumps left and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  5. Rinse the jalapeno slices (if you are using pickled ones) and then chop into very small pieces.
  6. Add the jalapeno and the grated cheese to the mixture and stir through until they are well-distributed.
  7. Pour in the milk and stir until all the flour is incorporated and you have a sticky dough.
  8. Flour a flat surface or a large chopping board and turn the dough out on to it.
  9. Knead the dough lightly, not too much or you'll make the scones tough.
  10. Pat the dough down with your hands until you have a fairly even circle of dough that's about 2-3 cm thick.
  11. Use an 8cm round biscuit cutter for full-size scones or a 5cm cutter for minis.
  12. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place 6-8 scones onto it, brushing the tops with a little milk.
  13. Pop them in the oven  for 12-15 minutes. They should have turned a golden brown when they are ready.
  14. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
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  1. Hello Victoria - I am visiting from the Mostly Blogging meet and greet! I too am a food blogger! I host a link party every Sunday (goes Sunday to Sunday) and would love to have you visit sometime!!

  2. Thanks for visiting- I would love to join in :)

  3. This looks yummy. Being from Louisiana a little spice is always better.

  4. Whoo these look tasty :)

    Thanks for stopping by the weekend blog hop. Hope you can join us at Creative Mondays later:)

  5. I love the idea of adding some jalapeƱos to your scones, a kick without being too much.

    1. Thank you- it pleases the chilli lovers in my family (notably my dad).

  6. I love that this is a savory scone recipe, and love it even more that it's spicy! :) Love me some jalapenos! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! I'm featuring this as my favorite for this week's DDT. Please feel free to stop by and grab the "Featured Favorite"button, and please share more great recipes!

  7. Yum, these sound so good! I totally agree with you that cheese scones should be cheesy! And I love the idea of putting jalapenos in the scones for a spicy kick - I can imagine that must work really well. Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x


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