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Homemade Chai Scones Recipe

This simple chai scones recipe is twist on some of my favorite scones. It’s light and includes ingredients you probably have on hand. To help you make this, I included some affiliate links, which earn me a commission if you shop with them.

Perfect afternoon snack with chai scone

I love a good scone. I’d do well in Great Britain, I think.

Pair my scone with a good cuppa, and I’m in heaven. I don’t add sugar or milk or even lemon to my tea, although perhaps that makes me less British?

I have a delicious base scone recipe that I often make for my kids on weekends. They love it with dried cherries and chocolate chips. Can you blame them?

I also make blueberry scones often, and I even tried a strawberry bacon scone that turned out delicious. Repeat after me: everything’s better with bacon.

Sometimes, I want a little bit more of a grown up scone. That’s when I make my mocha scones.

However, I’m on a tea kick right now. As good as those mocha scones are, I want something to pair better with tea. Duh, why not create scones based on my tea?

Easy homemade chai scone

And that’s how these chai scones came to be. I infused the milk I use to make the scones with my favorite chai then topped them with a chai drizzle. I love when a good basic recipe translates so well to other flavors and experiments.

Bite of chai scone recipe

Many scone recipes tend to be on the heavy side with lots of cream and butter and sometimes sour cream. Be honest. How often do you have cream or sour cream in your fridge?

Instead, this recipe includes ingredients I always have on hand. Besides that, I include oats which add a great texture and they add a creaminess when baked that means I can use regular milk to make them “healthier” than many recipes.

How good are these scones? A friend who spent her college years in London told me they were as good as or better than the scones she ate there. That’s good enough for me.

Chai oatmeal scone recipe

As with most baked goods, these are best the day you bake them. If you store them in a tightly sealed container after they’ve fully cooled, you can enjoy them the next day, too.

If you plan to eat them beyond that, wrap cooled scones tightly in a double layer of plastic and freeze for up to a month.

Homemade chai scone and tea

How to Make Simple Chai Scones

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a small saucepan, heat milk to a simmer with two bags of your favorite chai tea. Let simmer five to seven minutes.

Note that some milk gets used for the drizzle later, so make sure you measure it before you add it to the dough later.

Melt the butter. You want it melted but not hot. Remove it from the heat once you have just a few chunks left.

In a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and salt. Stir to combine.

Remove tea bags from the milk and squeeze. Add one third cup milk and egg to a small bowl and whisk until the egg incorporates fully, then pour the butter in and whisk again. Reserve the remaining milk.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir with a spatula just until the mixture comes together. Turn it out on a jelly roll pan lined with a silpat. Form into a circle about a half inch tall.

Form chai tea scone dough into a disk

Cut into eight triangles with a bench scraper.

Cut scones with a bench scraper

Use the bench scraper to pick up and carefully arrange the triangles into four rows, each two across with room between to grow a bit.

Use bench scraper to pick up scones

Place chai scones on baking sheet

Place into 425 degree oven for 10-13 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown around the edges.

Baked chai scones recipe

While chai scones bake, make the drizzle. In a small bowl, add powdered sugar. Add one tablespoon of the chai infused milk and stir with a fork. Set aside until scones finish baking, then stir again.

Let cool 3-5 minutes, then top with drizzle. Serve immediately while still warm or let the drizzle harden then serve. Make sure to let any leftovers cool completely before placing into a tightly sealed container on your counter for the next day.

Drizzle over chai scones

Have you ever tried chai scones? 

Chai oatmeal scone recipe

Simple Chai Scones

This delicious and simple chai scone recipe makes the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Make it with ingredients in your pantry, including oats, for a perfect flavor and texture. Even better, this recipe is ready in under a half hour from start to finish!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 scones
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 bags chai tea
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk to a simmer with two bags chai tea. Let simmer 5-7 minutes.
    1/2 cup milk, 2 bags chai tea
  • Melt butter and set aside.
    10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • In a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and salt. Stir to combine.
    2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups oats, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Remove tea bags from milk and squeeze. Add 1/3 cup milk and egg to a small bowl and whisk until the egg incorporates fully, then pour the butter in and whisk again. Reserve the remaining milk.
    1 egg
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir with a spatula just until the mixture comes together. Turn it out on a jelly pan lined with a silpat. Form into a circle about a half inch tall and cut into eight triangles.
  • Arrange triangles in four rows of two. Place in 425 degree oven for 10-13 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • While scones bake, make the drizzle. In a small bowl, add powdered sugar. Add one tablespoon of the chai infused milk and stir with a fork. Set aside until scones finish baking, then stir again.
    1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Let cool 3-5 minutes, then top with drizzle. Serve immediately while still warm or let the drizzle harden then serve.
  • Cool remaining scones completely before placing into a tightly sealed container on your counter for the next day.

Notes

  • Store them in a tightly sealed container after they’ve fully cooled so that you can enjoy them the next day, too. If you plan to eat them beyond that, wrap cooled scones tightly in a double layer of plastic and freeze them for up to a month.
  • For more tips and tricks, be sure to read the full article above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 207mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g

This site uses an online source to provide nutrition estimates as a courtesy. If you need exact values, please calculate yourself.


Simple chai scone recipe perfect for breakfast or as a snack. A lighter recipe with oats, this is ready to eat in under a half hour. It's the perfect 30 minute meal!

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  4. Nicole says:

    I love scones and these look so good! It would go along perfectly with tea!

  5. Tiffany says:

    I love the idea of adding chai to the scones! Now I want these for breakfast!!

  6. Lynne says:

    Two of my favorites…Chai tea and scones! I can’t wait to give these a try!

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