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Ham and cheese scones

Total Time
38 min
18 min
20 min
These savory scones will be a welcome addition to your breakfast table. The secret to creating the best scones is to start with cold ingredients: cold margarine, egg whites, and buttermilk. Cut the margarine into small pieces and then keep all the ingredients in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. When cutting the margarine into the dry ingredients, you want those pieces of margarine coated in the flour mixture so they’ll be distributed throughout the dough. You don’t want the margarine to melt before the scones are baked because those little bits distributed throughout the dough are what create the lovely layers in each bite. For a bit more flavor, add garlic powder to taste to the dough.


Cooking spray

2 spray(s), or enough to coat sheet

All-purpose flour

1½ cup(s)

Whole-grain wheat flour

½ cup(s)

Baking powder

1 Tbsp


2 tsp

Reduced-calorie margarine

3 Tbsp, chilled, cut into small pieces

Weight Watchers Reduced-fat Mexican style shredded cheese

¾ cup(s)

Cooked ham

cup(s), finely chopped

1% low-fat buttermilk

¾ cup(s)

Egg white(s)

2 large

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp, or up to 4 tbsp if necessary (for kneading dough)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a metal baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine first two flours, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl; cut in margarine with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in cheese and ham.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg whites with a fork. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
  4. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 to 6 times. Place dough on baking sheet and pat into an 8-inch circle; cut dough into 8 wedges. Bake until slightly browned, about 20 minutes.