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Chile Cheese Cornbread Scone

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.

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 recipe

Chile Cheese Cornbread Scones

Yield: 12-16 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Turn out on a lightly floured counter and knead a few times until it holds its 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cool on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. Serve.
  6. 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.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 248Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 68mgSodium 578mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 5g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Friday 20th of January 2012

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


Thursday 19th of January 2012

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!


Tuesday 17th of January 2012

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


Tuesday 17th of January 2012

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

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Monday 16th of January 2012

Oh Katie, these look fabulous!

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