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Savory Gruyere, Apple and Sage Scones

These Savory Scones are flavored with the quintessential fall flavors of apple, sage, and Gruyere. Perfect for dipping into a warm bowl of soup!

A photo collage showing a bowl of butternut squash soup next to a container of savory scones.

Creating This Savory Scone Recipe

After all of our sweet treats last week with Madeline’s birthday party, this week had me craving savory things to eat — like these Gruyere, Apple and Sage Scones.

One of the things I love best about fall is fall baking. I love savoring scones on cooler mornings or as a late night snack with a good book in hand. When I think of baking, my mind often goes straight to the sweeter side of recipes but that doesn’t have to be the case.

I often forget about savory baked items because I have such a sweet tooth, but after this successful savory scone experiment I know there will be a lot more savory baking in the near future. And hopefully more hearty dinners that can be paired with freshly baked breads and rolls.

Rustic Rosemary Bread has been one of our favorite savory baked goods in the past, but my little herb garden was offering up lots and lots of sage this week so I knew I needed to do something with that.

I did some tweaking to my Basic Scone Formula to come up with a savory version of my favorite scones, which wasn’t very hard at all. Mostly, I just decreased the sugar.

Then I added in some finely minced sage — you don’t want to get a huge mouthful of herbs so it is best to mince them finely. Along with the sage, I paired grated apple and diced gruyere cheese. Because I knew the apple would add moisture to the dough, I decreased the liquid in the recipe.

Ingredients in Savory Scones

These apple, sage, and cheese scones call for fairly basic ingredients. You may have to make a quick trip to the grocery store for a few of them, but all are easy to find!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Apples
  • Fresh sage
  • Gruyere cheese

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Can I Substitute the Buttermilk?

Yes, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can make your own buttermilk substitute in about five minutes.

How to Make Savory Scones

If you’ve never made homemade scones before, don’t fret. They’re incredibly easy to make and are meant to look a bit rustic.

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. 
  2. Cut or grate the butter into the flour mixture. Then, stir in the sage, apple, and gruyere until well distributed.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine two of the eggs and buttermilk. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in the egg mixture and stir until it comes together.
  5. Whisk the additional egg in a small bowl combined with 1 tablespoon buttermilk. Set aside.
  6. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured counter and knead a few times until it holds its shape.
  7. Divide into two equal portions (a kitchen scale helps with this) and roll into 9-inch circles.
  8. Cut each circle into 6 to 8 triangles. Place the triangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Lightly brush with the egg wash, then bake until golden and cooked through.

How to Store Scones

You can keep the savory scones in an airtight container on your counter for up to three days. They soften and dry out over time, but they’ll still taste fine.

Can You Freeze Scones?

Yes! Let the sage, apple, and cheese scones cool completely, then place in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to eat, thaw overnight on the counter or reheat gently in the oven.

A savory scone on a white napkin that's laid over a small plate.

Can I Make These Scones Gluten-Free?

I’ve only made the savory scone recipe as written, so I can’t say for sure. If you want to make these gluten-free, I’d recommend using a one-for-one gluten-free all-purpose flour substitute. A substitute like almond flour likely wouldn’t work for these scones.

What to Serve with Savory Cheese Scones

I served these apple, sage, and cheese scones alongside a bowl of butternut squash soup for dinner, but they are also delicious warmed in the toaster for a savory breakfast.

Here are some ideas for dishes you can enjoy alongside the scones:

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Something I like even better than toaster pastries for a quick and cozy morning breakfast are these Maple Walnut Scones.

These Buttermilk Poppy Seed Citrus Scones make a tasty springtime scone. I’ve also given my basic scone formula in this post!

Another savory scone recipe that my family loves is this Bacon, Swiss, and Scallion Scones recipe.

Toasted almonds and coconut combine to make an incredible topping to these Almond Coconut Scones.

With fresh strawberries and a bag of Meyer lemons added to my grocery cart, these Strawberry Scones with Lemon Glaze were practically begging to be made.

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gruyere sage scone recipe

Gruyere, Apple and Sage Scones

Yield: 12-16 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Savory Scones are flavored with the quintessential fall flavors of apple, sage, and Gruyere. Perfect for dipping into a warm bowl of soup!

Ingredients

Scones:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (very cold)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 green or red apples, finely diced or grated
  • 2 - 4 teaspoons finely minced sage (according to your preference)
  • 1/3 cup diced gruyere cheese

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Cut or grate the butter into the flour mixture. Then, stir in the sage, apple, and gruyere until well distributed. Set aside.
  4. In a smaller bowl, combine the 2 eggs and buttermilk. Whisk until well combined.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in the egg mixture and stir until it comes together.
  6. Whisk together the egg wash in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  7. Turn out on a lightly floured counter and knead a few times until it holds its shape, adding additional flour if needed. 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.
  8. Cut each circle into 6 to 8 triangles. Place the triangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Lightly brush with the egg wash, then bake for 15-25 minutes at 375 degrees F, or until golden and cooked through.
  9. Cool on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. Serve.

Notes

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

Adapted from Basic Scone Formula

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 260Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 80mgSodium 358mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 6g

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