03/21/2012 09:29 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Irresistible Pepperoni Pizza Scones

Take all the cheesy goodness of pepperoni pizza and combine it with the savory flakiness of one of the best baked goods ever invented, and you've got pepperoni pizza scones. Served with a side of marinara sauce, they make a perfect snack, appetizer or even a fun meal served with a salad.

This recipe from Lauren's Latest is as easy as it delicious, and the end result is so much better than any delivery chain can produce. Plus, they're a lot healthier than popping some frozen pizza rolls in the oven, especially if you use nitrate-free pepperoni (I like Applegate Farms natural pepperoni). Make plenty, because these will disappear as soon as their amazing smell hits your household.

Pepperoni Pizza Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/3 cup cold butter
3.5 oz. package pepperoni
1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line sheet tray with parchment paper and set aside.

In large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir in butter and break into small pieces using a pastry cutter. Cut pepperoni into smaller pieces and stir into dry ingredients with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Stir in milk until all ingredients have moistened completely.

Sprinkle piece of wax paper liberally with flour. Scrape dough onto wax paper and top with more flour. Place another piece of wax paper over top and squish dough down to be 1 1/2 to 2 inches in thickness. Carefully remove wax paper.

Cut like a pie into eight pieces and place onto parchment paper. (If you don't sprinkle the bottom well with flour, the dough will stick, so be aware!)

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until scones are golden brown. Serve warm with marinara sauce.


Written by Julie Ryan Evans on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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