Recipe By Bea
Published May 15th
Prep 5m Cook 10m Additional 5m Ready In 20m
Servings 15 scones Calories 184.6

This is a very old recipe. Serve these flavorful scones warm with butter. They may be a little heavy for modern tastes but you can lighten the texture up by using an egg in place of some of the milk if you like.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (treacle), or more to taste
  • 1 cup milk

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. 2 In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender. Combine milk and molasses in a small bowl; stir into flour mixture until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut out circles with a medium biscuit cutter and place pieces on prepared baking sheet so that they are barely touching.
  3. 3 Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Move to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. For soft scones, cover with a dry cloth for 10 minutes. For crisp scones, do not cover.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 184.6
  • Carbohydrate 26.8 g
  • Cholesterol 17.6 mg
  • Fat 6.8 g
  • Fiber 0.9 g
  • Protein 3.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.2 g
  • Sodium 297.8 mg
  • Sugar 2.3 g

Chef's Notes

If you want to try it with treacle, you can buy black treacle online or at some large supermarkets.


  1. Everyone loved these! We made them for St. Pat's day. The only change I made was to add about 4 tbs of sugar. We wanted it a little sweeter. I will probably start making these instead of biscuits. They were moist and flaky and had a great flavor.
  2. Wow! Three thumbs up! Used soft marg instead of butter and delighted my vegan husband. Quick easy and tasty. Definitely a keeper!
  3. These scones were amazing! I made them for some Irish friends and they loved them. Add a bit more spice and molasses and serve them with butter and apricot preserves!
  4. I just made these for breakfast they were very good but you dont really taste the molasses due to all the spices. I would call them Gingerbread scones.My 6yr old and husband loved them. I will make them again but alter the spices I used my food processor on the pulse setting and they mixed - Read more ...
  5. Really easy to make and great flavour! I had to add more milk and molasses. Not too sweet at all. Perfect with jam or just butter.
  6. These scones are very good. I decreased the cinnamon to 1/4 teaspoon for my fiance and they are still very flavorful. Easy to make- I used my KitchenAid mixer with excellent results. A quick favorite!
  7. the scones didn't have enough flavor - not enough molasses not enough spice. they were also too dry as is; I added more milk... rather a disappointment....
  8. Best if eaten the day they are baked! Very good topped with maple icing.
  9. A great scone! I scaled the recipe down to eight (8) and it worked wonderfully. The molasses favor is very subtle and I would almost recommend adding more. Would this change the consistency? This is not a sweet scone, so those looking for more sweetness might want to jazz it up a bit. Overall, the - Read more ...

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