An afternoon tea just must have scones

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jennifer Levisen

Jennifer Levisen

 By Jennifer Levisen

I love afternoon tea. Just the idea of it makes the little girl in me want to twirl — OK, I still twirl — in her fanciest dress.

It is also a lovely activity to share with girlfriends, so when I was invited to co-host a bridal shower for my sister-in-law this summer I immediately suggested an afternoon tea theme. It’ll be a fun, light and elegant way to celebrate her upcoming marriage!

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While I’ve been scouring Pinterest for invitation and decoration ideas, I only needed to turn to my own cookbook collection for recipe ideas — told you I loved afternoon tea! We’re planning on cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate and scones. Lots and lots of scones. Here is one of my favorite scone recipes and the top contenders for the bridal shower. Enjoy!

Whole wheat peanut butter chip scones

Whole wheat peanut butter chip scones


Whole Wheat Any Chip Scones


• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled and chopped

• 1 cup whole milk

• 1/2 cup of your favorite chips — chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter



1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

3. Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix with pastry blender until it forms

the texture of coarse meal.

4. Add the milk and chocolate chips 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.

5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and gently press into 1-inch thick circle.

6. Cut dough into wedges and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Move immediately to a wire cooling rack and serve. Makes eight.


This recipe was adapted from one found on


Jennifer Levisen lives and works in Albert Lea. She enjoys finding new recipes to share with her family.