Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese Scones

Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese Scones

These delicious scones are perfect for a quick and satisfying breakfast or snack. They’re lower in fat and calories compared to traditional scones, thanks to the use of reduced-fat cheddar cheese, light butter, and applesauce.


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried herbs (thyme or rosemary, optional)
  • 2 tablespoons light butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it lightly.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the self-rising flour, grated cheese, salt, garlic powder (if using), and dried herbs (if using).
  3. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, cut the softened butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in the unsweetened applesauce and low-fat milk until a soft dough forms.
  5. Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured surface a few times until smooth.
  6. Roll out the dough to about 1-inch thickness. Use a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out scones.
  7. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  8. Remove the scones from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.


  • For a richer flavor, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of the light butter with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it’s manageable.
  • You can brush the tops of the scones with a little milk before baking for a shinier crust.
  • These scones are best enjoyed warm, but they can also be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


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