Everything Cream Cheese Scones


Savory scones meet classic bagels in this tasty recipe.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 scones

Why should bagels have all the fun? We adorn tender scones with everything bagel seasoning—typically dried onion, dried garlic, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds—which you can buy or make yourself. What's more, we fold cream cheese into the tender dough and then top with a sprinkling of fresh chives to draw on classic bagel toppings. Serve these split, alongside scrambled eggs, and top with more cream cheese and smoked salmon, or slather with salted butter.

Pro tip: For even, straight-sided scones, use a bench knife or pastry cutter to divide the dough.

Everything Cream Cheese Scone torn in half
Greg DuPree


  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces and chilled

  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled

  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped, divided

  • 1 large egg white

  • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Pour milk into a liquid measuring cup. Add whole egg, whisk to combine, and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add cream cheese and butter and then, using your fingers or a pastry blender, work cream cheese and butter into the flour mixture until butter pieces are pea-size or smaller. (Cream cheese will work in more seamlessly.)

  4. Pour in milk-egg mixture, and then stir until mostly combined. Add 2 tablespoons chives and mix with your hands until combined. (Dough will be stiff.) Do not overmix.

  5. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into an 8- by 6-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 8 rectangles (about 3- by 2-inches each). Arrange at least 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet.

  6. Whisk egg white and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl, and then brush tops of the dough rectangles with the egg white mixture. Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning and remaining 1 tablespoon chives.

  7. Bake until scones are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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