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Recipe: Kid-Friendly Chocolate Drizzled Scottish Scones

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Ever since Disney’s Brave came out, it’s been a very Merida household for me. My girls love everything about Merida (except for the darker/scarier parts in the forest...watch out for that). And yes, we own Merida wigs. (Thank goodness they haven’t thought yet to ask me to put one on. Give them time.)

One of the best ideas my eldest had was to make some “Scottish food” one evening. Leaving haggis and salmon-and-oatmeal out of the equation, I knew Scotland had some yummy choices. So after a little research, we all set to work making kid-friendly “Scottish” scones. This is also a great idea for a future Princess Merida party I know I will have to host.

It took a trial or two, but the finished product was delicious. We drizzled ours with chocolate—you can also add confectioner’s sugar mixed with a little water to get a glaze. Here’s what we came up with. Try it at your Disney Brave party!

Chocolate-Drizzled Scottish Scones (pronounced “scoons”)

chocolate scones

Mmmm, chocolate scones. Of course, I completely forgot to take pictures, so here's this gorgeous pic that looks a lot better, taken by Ashley Bischoff/Flickr

I love traditional Scottish scones, but they’re a bit on the dry side for my kids’ tastes. So we experimented and found that sour cream added just the right touch without being too “wet.” The overall texture stays airy and light. Delicious!

You will need:

  • A food processor or hand mixer
  • A large bowl
  • Two cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • A small bowl
  • A double boiler or a microwave-safe bowl

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, unsalted (make sure the butter is very cold, but not frozen)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 1/3 c. white sugar
  • 2 tbsp. (1 oz.) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • A pinch of salt

For chocolate drizzle:

  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Place oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees while preparing the recipe. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In your small bowl, use a fork to whisk together the egg and sour cream. Set aside.

3. In your food processor bowl or a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the sugar. Mix very briefly, about 5 seconds, then add the sour cream/egg mixture.

4. Cut butter into 1/4” cubes (approximately). Begin mixing in the bowl using your paddle attachment (or mix on low for a hand-held mixer). Mix ONLY until the butter has broken up to approximately pea-size pieces.

5. Remove the dough from the processor or bowl; divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, gently pat the first half of dough into a circle about 6" in circumference. Cut dough into triangles by cutting across, then across to make a square, then each square into triangles. You should wind up with 8 scones.

6. Place the scones onto the parchment paper. Now repeat steps #5 and #6 with the second half of dough. Bake in center rack of oven for 18-22 minutes. Scones should be a light golden brown.

7. Remove scones and allow to cool completely on a wire rack or on more parchment paper. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in your boiler or in microwave, checking every 30 seconds. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the completely cooled scones; refrigerate to harden the chocolate. Take out of refrigerator and serve.

Have your tried this recipe? What do you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Chris and his family loved the movie Brave, though his youngest (three) will have to wait till it comes out on video - which will be in their possession the hour it comes out. His eldest is getting more interested in baking, so more variations of cookies, deserts, cakes and breads will soon be enjoyed in the household! Chris is a stay at home Dad, web designer and freelance writer. Check out more Scottish traditions and recipes in his Brave birthday party article.

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Chris's eldest daughter (5) knows that the word "Hawaii" equals a fun, sunny destination, even if she's not quite sure where it is. With the hot weather this summer and a couple tiki torches haunting his garage from last year, it's definitely time for another luau party. You can visit Chris on his Facebook page - drop by and say aloha!

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