Dried Cherry Scones are an adorable Valentine’s Day breakfast! These homemade scones are super easy to make and will have your entire family feeling the love.

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These Dried Cherry Scones are amazing. They’re buttery and crumbly and the dried cherries add the perfect amount of tart. My kids are obsessed and ever since we started making this homemade version, they’ve been a Valentine’s Day breakfast staple in our house. 


This scone recipe was inspired by the delicious pastries at a local shop in our neighborhood. Nestled deep in our local park — which is more like a local forest — is a charming little food shack which sells some of the most enticing baked goods you’ve ever tried. It’s usually packed with an assortment of families, hikers and locals looking to relax and enjoy a light bite before hitting the trails or the playground. We’ve been going to this place since Kenya was a baby and he and his sisters light up anytime they know we’re headed there.


The word “shack” may conjure up the wrong image of this place, but I can’t think of a better name for it. Regardless, it’s totally charming and with pretty much anything I eat there I wonder, “what do they put in this to make it taste so good?” My kids particularly love their scones. Whenever they see these fresh, gorgeous, crumbly pastries stacked up neatly in the window, they get so excited that words seem to fail them.


With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to make heart-shaped, dried cherry scones with the kids. This is a great recipe to cook with your little ones. Mine love mixing the ingredients together with their little hands, shaping the dough into a big circle and then using a cookie cutter to press out hearts. Of course they taste just as yummy if you don’t have any heart shaped cookie cutters!


While the kids still love going for scones at our special shack in the woods, they majorly approved of our homemade version. I guarantee there will be a lot of love in the air at your house too when these come out of the oven!

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s recipes try my Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart TartsWaffle Heart Sandwiches or Puff Pastry Berry Hearts


Dried Cherry Scones

Dried Cherry Scones are an adorable Valentine's Day breakfast! These homemade scones are super easy to make and will have your entire family feeling the love.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 egg, beaten or 1 tablespoon heavy cream*(See step 7)


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Whisk the first four ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix with either your fingertips, a pastry blender, or two knives until it forms the texture of coarse meal.
  • Add the milk and cherries and mix gently until just incorporated (the dough may look a bit dry, but allow it sit for a few minutes and the flour will soak up all the milk).
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and gently press into a 1″ thick circle.
  • Cut out scones using a heart shaped cookie cutter.
  • Place scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with beaten egg or heavy cream, if desired (this will give the scones a golden crust)*.
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
  • Move immediately to a wire cooling rack and serve.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Catherine, I love this recipe. I was at a local cafe today & had afternoon tea with my son. They served a scone with crystallized ginger. He devoured that thing! So, for my luncheon with friends tomorrow I’m making this with ginger instead of the cherries. Hope it goes over well!

  2. Fresh cherries would probably work if you cut them into small pieces and as long as they aren’t too juicy!

  3. Any chance you have tried using agave syrup instead of the 1/2 c. sugar? I have a lot of the former on hand.

  4. I adore this recipe, and have made these scones many times. I use cranberries if I am out of dried cherries, and usually substitute part of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour. I tend to store them in the freezer and grab one on the run. Thanks, Catherine!

  5. I made these several times too and the tops brown too much. Next time I will either turn temp down, bake it for less time or cover it during the baking time. Yummy none the less.

  6. I have made these twice and need to lower my baking temp next time. They are turning brown on the bottoms at about 15 minutes baking time. Delicious but not sure what’s up–I have even moved the rack to the very top of the oven and still they are turning too brown.

  7. We made these for valentines morning, and they were so good! I had to substitute dried apricots and craisins since
    that’s what I had, but they were such a hit! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  8. Can’t wait to try these out tomorrow!! But wow…. just picked up the cherries… $8.99 for a container! eek!

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  10. Wow! These are fantastic! I test drive these to make sure they would be good for a valentines teacher treat, and boy were they delicious! I will definitely be gift wrapping these for my sons teachers. My cookie cutter was a bit smaller so 18-20 minutes worked better for my scones as my first batch came out a little too hard. Also sprinkled a little sugar on the top just for that little extra sweetness over the egg glaze. Thanks Catherine!

  11. You can cut them out the night before, place them on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic, and store in the fridge. They may look a little grey-ish in the morning but that color will fade in the oven!

  12. I want to make these for breakfast but don’t want to have to wake up so early to get them
    Made before school. Could I cut them out on a cookie sheet the night before and then bake them off in the morning or would they dry out over night? Thanks!

  13. I made these with half white and half whole wheat pastry flour, and I used sucanat for the sugar. They are delicious and my son loves them. I did realize I need a smaller heart cutter though – they came out rather large for a 15 month old. My bad!

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