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Chocolate Chip Scones with only 5 ingredients are easy and delicious for a quick breakfast or as an accompaniment for Sunday brunch.

I am not a big fan of breakfast. Usually I am satisfied with a protein smoothie as I am getting ready to start my day. Then the weekend comes and I have more leisure time to enjoy brunch out with friends, which usually consists of a plate filled with eggs Benedict and fresh fruit.

Then there are the days when I don’t have to rush around first thing in the morning but I don’t have hours to spend out on the town gossiping with the girls. That’s when something like a delicious chocolate chip scones and a frothy cup of coffee comes into mind.

Chocolate chip scones are simple to make and easy to enjoy as a dish on its own or as a tasty addition to a more elaborate spread for a hosted brunch. And scones are as versatile as a chocolate chip cookie with add-ins. Dried fruit, chopped nuts, or even peanut butter chips are great additions.

I cheat a bit with these chocolate chip scones with the use of boxed yellow cake mix. It saves me oodles of time spent measuring and mixing more ingredients as I like to keep things simple when it comes to my mornings. Seven ingredients is all you need, and two of those ingredients are salt and water!

I also like to save myself the headache of a messy cleanup by sliding a large piece of wax paper or a rubbery cutting board under my cooling rack. I’m not about wasting time scrubbing sticky sugar icing off my kitchen counters. Sometimes I will decorate my scones with colorful sugary ice cream sprinkles too, so the wax paper is even more useful during clean up.

However you choose to make a mess or top your scones, these will be a wonderful way to start the day!

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Chip Scones with only 5 ingredients are easy and delicious for a quick breakfast or as an accompaniment for Sunday brunch.


  • 1 1/4 cups yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, divided
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, 1 cup flour, and salt.
  3. Add the butter and combine. (I find it best to use clean hands here to really incorporate the butter.)
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  5. Add 1/3 cup water and mix (also best to use hands) until the mixture has a texture of a cookie dough.
  6. Add the remaining flour to a large clean cutting board or work surface. Add the dough mixture to the cutting board and pat into a 6x6 inch square (about 1 inch thick).
  7. Using a dough cutter (or a sharp knife dipped in water), cut dough into 4 equal-sized triangles.
  8. Carefully place each triangle onto the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart (scones will expand as they bake).
  9. Bake scones 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a scone comes out clean.
  10. As the scones are baking, set a large piece of wax paper under a wire cooling rack.
  11. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon water.
  12. Remove the scones from the oven and carefully transfer each to the the wire cooling rack.
  13. Allow the scones to cool 5-10 minutes then drizzle with the sugar icing.

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