Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones aka Green Scones are delicious year round, but can also be a fun green treat for St. Patrick’s Day.
I feel like many of you think my kids love everything I make. Well, it’s true that they do like an awful lot of what I cook for them, but there are plenty of times we go to battle over my creations. As I am generally testing new recipes daily in my kitchen, I sometimes wish I could video my kids’ reactions to them — believe me, there are plenty of responses and they’re not always harmonious.
Today’s recipe is a perfect example. Kenya walked in to the house last week and saw the cookie sheet covered with these flakey Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones. He’s always famished when he comes home from school and so I offered him one. Here’s how the rest of the scene played out.
Kenya: “Eeeeww! What are these? They’re green!”
Me: (big smile on my face) “They’re scones! You love scones! And they have cheddar cheese in them, too!”
Kenya: “But they’re green.”
There are few things cuter to me than watching my kids make a major culinary decision. Does he show a bit of weakness and give in to his mom — which kids obviously hate to do — or does he hold his ground and prove to me that anything green that shouldn’t be green is inedible?
While Kenya pondered his decision, I quietly picked up a scone and took a bite. After a few minutes Kenya did the same. We both sat at the counter, eating in silence, until he couldn’t stifle it anymore and said, “these are really good!” Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat I wanted to jump up and down and reply I told you so!, but instead I played the cool mom and simply smiled.
Sometimes just a bit of patience and not pushing your kids is all you need to make green food become good food.
Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and chopped into cubes
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup packed fresh spinach, finely chopped
- 6-8 chives, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 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, chives, spinach and cheese and mix gently until just incorporated (the dough may look a bit dry, but allow it to 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 an 8 x 8 inch square.
- Cut the dough into 9 even squares.
- Place scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Move immediately to a wire cooling rack.
I have made these over 20 times in the past 5 years. My whole family loves them and they freeze really well. I typically freeze them raw and they bake really nicely. Our family likes extra sharp cheddar in the scones and I often add a bit of crushed fresh garlic. YUMMY!
I replaced the spinach with kale and chives with red onion. I also out three times the amount of cheese coz my kids were having fun mixing it in. Big hit with all. Last times I make with mozzarella so cheddar definitely makes it yummier. I also have frozen batter in the past and already cooked scones. The already cooked scones I feel come out fluffier. Thanks very much Weelicious for such robust healthy and creative recipes!!!!
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Second time I make it and both times enjoyed by daughter! On second time I even replaced 1/2 cup of all purpose flour with Millet flour – and still came out great.
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These are worth every bit of effort!!:) got my arm muscles moving while chopping the spinach n chives!:P
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just made and devoured two of these while they were still molten. my kids are gonna go bonkers for them. you’re the greatest!
Yum! Kellan, even at 19 months, is a pretty adventurous eater and will eat just about anything I give him. I’ve been looking for new things to make him for snacks and I think these are perfect! I’m pretty sure me and the hubs will love them too.
these are the best scones ever. I put green onions and mozzarella just because I did not have the other ingredients on hand. They turned out great! Hoping my son will love them in the morning.