Chile Cheese Cornbread Scone

Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Quick Breads, Scones | 19 comments

I love cornbread. I also love scones. So I decided that the two should get married. These Chile Cheese Cornbread Scones were a big hit with our family.

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We served them with Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili for dinner one night because I didn’t quite feel like making my usual Honey Cornbread Muffins. In fact, I think part of the problem was that I was out of honey.

chili cheese cornbread scones

And perhaps craving something a little more savory. I dug up my Basic Scone Formula and went to work to figure out how to create a savory cornbread scone.It just took a little tweaking – something that I love to do.

Because I liked cheese in the Savory Gruyere, Apple and Sage Scones so much I decided that I’d add some cheddar along with a diced up poblano pepper for a little extra pizzazz.

chili cheese cornbread scone

Freezing scones is quite similar to freezing many other baked goods. Check out my tutorial for How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles. You would follow the same basic technique here.

This recipe freezes well if you’re looking for something to stock in your freezer. I find frozen biscuits and scones rather convenient for the morning’s breakfast.

With this particular recipe, (aside from serving with a bowl of chili) I enjoy slicing the scones in half, stuffing a scrambled egg between the two halves, and eating it like a breakfast sandwich.

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Chile Cheese Cornbread Scone

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 - 45 minutes

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2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup cornmeal
4 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup cold butter
1 poblano chile, finely diced
1/3 cup cheddar cheese, grated or cut into very small dice
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk


In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into the flour mixture (Tip: Trick for Cutting Butter into Flour). Stir in the cheese and poblano. Set aside.

In a smaller bowl, combine the 2 eggs and buttermilk. Whisk until well combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in the egg mixture and stir until it comes together. Whisk the additional egg in a small bowl combined with 1 tablespoon milk or buttermilk. Set aside.

Turn out on a lightly floured counter and knead a few times until it holds it's shape. Divide into two equal portions (a kitchen scale helps with this) and roll into an 8 or 9 inch circle. Dust the bottom of the circles with flour.

Cut each circle into 6 or 8 triangles or use a biscuit cutter for circular scones. Place the scones on a parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly brush with the egg wash, then bake for 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until golden and cooked through.

Cool on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. Serve.

To Freeze: cool completely, then place in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 1 month.


You may substitute half of the all-purpose flour for freshly ground whole wheat flour if desired. I prefer White Whole Wheat Flour for it's mild flavor.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Tracy - January 12, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Love this savory scone recipe! Perfect for dipping into a bowl of chili!


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    Alison @ Ingredients Inc. - January 12, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    looks wonderful!


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    Anna @ the shady pine - January 12, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    This looks utterly delicious and a perfect marriage between the scone and the chilli!


  • 4
    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - January 12, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    oh YEAH. I think I might like these even more than cornbread muffins, and I didn’t think that was possible.


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    Living The Sweet Life - January 12, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Chiles are my absolute favourite addition to cornbread, I’ve never made them into scones. What a great idea!!


  • 6
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - January 12, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    Mmm this sounds awesome!


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    Kirsten@My German Kitchen...in the Rockies - January 12, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    That is a very nice variation form the traditional and more simple cornbread. Love the spice!


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    Aimee @ Simple Bites - January 12, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    Your descriptions have my stomach growling. Breakfast sandwich? Yes please. Great recipe, Katie.


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    Lisa - January 13, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    Perfect for freezing ahead for a grab and go snack or for breakfast sandwich!


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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions - January 13, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Oh yum these would go perfect with some ham and black bean soup that is a family favorite.


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    Tickled Red - January 13, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    YUM! My dad is going to love this recipe. He makes cornbread every single day :D


  • 12
    Wenderly - January 13, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    One word. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. (does that count as a word?)


  • 13
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - January 14, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Love the idea to combine cornbread and scones… I am pretty sure I will have to make these every time we have chili!


  • 14
    Deborah - January 14, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    I love the chiles in these – yum!


  • 15
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - January 16, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Oh Katie, these look fabulous!


  • 16
    kirbie - January 17, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    I love scones and cornbread too. Marrying them is such a great idea. I’m excited to try this out!


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    Anna - January 17, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Adding the gruyere is brilliant! More savoury! More delicious. This is a great post, Katie. Have to try this sometime. Thanks!


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    Deana - January 19, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I love your site….and your recipes…I’d love for you to share a few @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party, starts Friday night@6….Have a wonderful weekend!


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    MikeVFMK - January 20, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Love these. Would have scones every weekend if I had a choice. And love the savoury ingredients!


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