Raisin Scones

In my mind there’s nothing better than a warm scone with butter alongside good cup of Irish tea. So simple, but so delicious too.

freshly baked raisin scones on a cookie sheet

Irish Scones vs American Scones

Being Irish, I grew up eating a lot of scones. The Irish love scones. Traditional buttermilk scones, raisin or currant scones, brown scones. All the scones. Our scones are a little different to the American variety, though. They tend to be more buttery, more crumbly and not as dry. They’re probably closer to an American biscuit than an American scone. We also don’t have as much variety in flavors. We tend to mostly stick to the three aforementioned ones! Isn’t that funny?

If you’re American and you’ve never been a fan of scones, you’ve got to give these a try. My husband despised scones until he tried mine, and now they are one of his all-time favorite mid-morning treats.

Close up of the fluffy scone with raisins visible and a golden brown top

Scones are a simple and quick recipe

Scones are also a great recipe to whip up if you’re having guests over. The mixture is quick to make and mostly has pantry staple ingredients. If you don’t happen to have golden raisins on hand, you can just leave the out and make traditional plain Irish scones instead. You can also use raisins or another dried fruit like cranberries with some orange zest added for flavor. However, the golden raisins, (or sultanas as we call them in Ireland) are plump, sweet and juicy, and really the perfect addition to these scones.

Irish raisin scone cut open on a plate with butter spread on top

Best Served…

Irish scones are best served warm with butter. If I’m feeling a bit fancy, I’ll use my favorite orange butter, but regular butter is great too. You can eat them cold, too, or pop them in the microwave or toaster oven for a few seconds to warm them up again the next day. I wish I could tell you how long they will keep fresh, but we’ve alway eaten all them within 2 days! I’m sure they will be fine for another day or so past that, as long as they are kept in an airtight container, not in the fridge.

Basket of big fluffy scones

Other Irish Recipes

Irish Raisin Scones

Irish raisin scone recipe
This recipe for Irish raisin scones was passed down from my mother. Served warm with butter for breakfast or afternoon tea , these authentic scones are simple to make, perfectly sweet and absolutely delicious!
Jenna Shaughnessy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serving Size 16 scones


  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 10 oz butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup golden raisins


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • With your hands, rub the butter into the flour until it resembled course breadcrumbs.
  • With a whisk or fork, mix the egg into the milk.
  • Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Slowly add the milk until you have a soft dough. It should just come together and you should be able to handle it without it being really sticky.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and knead a couple of times just to remove any cracks. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.
  • Roll out to around 1½ – 2 inches thick. Cut into circles with a round cookie cutter or a glass dipped in flour.
  • Place on a floured/buttered baking sheet (or use parchment paper). You should get about 16 scones.
  • Brush each scone with milk to help brown the tops when baked. Optionally, you can also sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the scones are lightly golden on top.
  • Best served immediately but can be warmed the following day or eaten cold.
    in process shots of making the scone dough


Ovens vary. On your first attempt, start watching the scones after the 10 minute mark to see how long they take to get golden on top. You may need more or less time depending on your particular oven.

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