Air fryer cheese and chive scones

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Time: 25-27 minutes
Servings: 8 scones
Intensity: Moderate


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar)
  • 1 large egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Additional shredded cheese and chives for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare Scone Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • Add the cold cubed butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and chopped fresh chives until evenly distributed.
  3. Form Scones:
    • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk.
    • Use a fork or spatula to gently mix until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat it into a circle about 1 inch thick.
    • Use a knife or pastry cutter to divide the dough into 8 equal wedges.
  4. Air Fry Scones:
    • Place the scones on a parchment paper-lined tray or in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between them for expansion.
    • Brush the tops of the scones with beaten egg for a golden finish.
    • Optionally, sprinkle additional shredded cheese and chopped chives on top of each scone for extra flavor.
  5. Air Fry:
    • Air fry the scones at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through. The bottoms should also be lightly browned.
  6. Serve Warm:
    • Once cooked, remove the cheese and chive scones from the air fryer and let them cool slightly on a wire rack.
    • Serve the scones warm as a delicious breakfast or snack. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two.

Note: Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the size and thickness of your scones and your air fryer model. Adjust cooking time as needed for desired doneness and browning.

These cheese and chive scones are wonderfully savory and perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or as a side dish with soups or salads. Enjoy!

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