Dark Chocolate Peppermint Scones

When my book club met to discuss The Secret, Book, & Scone Society, we also had to have snacks and not just any snacks we needed to have scones! Why scones? Because in the novel one of the characters, Hester, is a baker and makes comfort scones. These scones are based on what she thinks her patrons will be comforted by.

“I just ate the most amazing scone at the Gingerbread House, but the baker said the recipe couldn’t be duplicated because her scones are based on people’s fondest memories. She told me that she uses a basic recipe and adds certain ingredients after talking to each customer.” “That’s what I’ve heard as well,” Nora said.”

The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

Hester makes quite a few scones in this mystery but I decided to go with a peppermint chocolate one as she makes that for the character who gets murdered, as his death is the catalyst that brings our ladies together and what forms the The Secret, Book, and Scone Society

“Even though he ordered a comfort scone, I sensed that he didn’t think he was worthy of comfort. He seemed weighed down by guilt. When people with an untroubled conscience enter my bakery, their faces light up like a Christmas-tree star. If they’ve come to Miracle Springs to seek relief from cancer or arthritis pain or what-have-you, they still glow with that firefly light when the aroma of fresh-baked bread envelops them. That scent speaks of coming home…but this guy’s lips were practically zippered closed. I decided it would take a powerful flavor combination to coax a good memory to the surface, so I went out on a limb and chose a wintery recipe: Peppermint mocha.”

The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

As Hester doesn’t give an exact recipe, I went looking online and found this Peppermint Scone recipe from Domestically Blissful. In The Secret, Book, and Scone Society Hester mentions putting mocha in her scones, I don’t like mocha so I chose a recipe without it.

Ingredients for Scones:

  • 2 & 3/4 Cups Flour + Extra for Stickiness
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Cold Butter
  • ½ Cup Half & Half
  • ½ Cup + 3 Tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer, optional

Ingredients for Icing

  • 2–3 Tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer
  • 1 Dash Peppermint Extract
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1–2 Candy Canes, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, preheat your oven to 400° degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl sift together 2 & 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 pinch of salt.
  3. Use a cheese grater to crumble 1/2 cup of butter into the dry ingredients.
  4. Then stir the butter crumbles into the dry ingredients.
  5. Next, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the 1/2 cup of half & half, ½ cup + 3 tablespoons French vanilla creamer, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  6. Stir until combined and then form the dough into a ball.
  7. Flatten with your hands and fold the dough in half. Repeat this process 3-4 more times to create layers.
  8. Roll the dough out so that it is 2-3 inches tall then use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into scones.
  9. Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the top of each scone with French vanilla creamer.
  10. Place the scones in your preheated oven and bake your scones for 12-17 minutes.
  11. Let cool slightly and then top them with peppermint icing created by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of French vanilla creamer, 1 dash peppermint extract, and 1 cup powdered sugar to your desired thickness.
  12. Before the icing hardens, sprinkle crushed candy cane on top of each scone.

These were absolutely delicious! We all loved them and were very comforted as we discussed our book. As we met in February or discuss this book, I had plenty of candy canes left to go on top.

For more scones, go to Sweet Cream Scones

For more recipes, go to Brown Butter Matcha Brownies

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Cinnamon Bun Scones

So every Wednesday, starting last October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I was reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had Cederberg Tea Company Rooibos + Ginger Tea, Cranberry-Spice Scones with Maple Cream, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés, Fotina & Pork Puffed Pastry, and Mini Apple Pies.

The second week we had Chami Spice Ginger Plum Tea, Dark Chocolate Ginger SconesCurried Egg Salad Triple Stacks SandwichesTurkey-Apple Tea SandwichesFotina Flower Puffed Pastry, and Lemon Gingerbread Cake.

The third week we had Organic India Tulsi Masala Chai Tea, Parmesan and Chive SconesCucumber Aioli CanapésHam, Cheddar, and Apple Tea SandwichesCranberry, Brie, and Rosemary Bites, and Mini Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

And now to the fourth week. This week we had Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey, Lavender and Earl Grey Scones, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tomato Hummus Salad, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, and Triple Berry Salad.

Week five we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl Grey, Haarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Easy Fruit Tarts.

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That brings us to week six, when we had Cinnamon Bun Scones, Curry Egg Salad Triple Stack Sandwiches, Cranberry Feta Cheese Pinwheels, Meat Pies, and Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies.

As I was unable to share these earlier I’m catching up now and am starting with scones of course!

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This comes from Bake or Break.

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Ingredients Scones:

  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (99g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup (177ml) milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients Glaze:

  • 3/4 Cup of Confectioners’ Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 3/4 Teaspoons of Milk

Directions for Scones:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. Combine the milk, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  7. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  8. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the dough.
  9. Gently stir until the batter is just swirled with the cinnamon mixture.
  10. Drop the dough by 1/4-cup portions onto prepared pans. Leave about 2 inches between scones.
  11. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until golden brown.
  12. Cool the scones on a wire rack for 5 minutes while you make the glaze.

Directions for Glaze:

  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar with 3 teaspoons milk. Add more milk if needed to achieve pouring consistency.
  2. Add to scones.
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These were extremely delicious and easy to make. We all couldn’t resist them.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Easy Fruit Tarts

For more recipes, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

For more scone recipes, go to Lavender and Earl Grey Scones

For more tea posts, go to Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches