Langley Family Christmas: Grandma Joan’s Scotch Scones

Joan Johnson's scones were a staple at every church and family gathering.

  • Dec. 9, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Grandma’s Scotch Scones

3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup shortening

3 cup flour (slightly packed)

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt (if using unsalted shortening)

1 cup raisins (optional)


Sift flour, sugar and baking powder together then work in shortening and raisins. Beat egg in a 1 cup measure and fill with milk. Mix egg mixture into dry mix. Place dough on a floured board and knead slightly. Pat or roll out to ¾ to 1 inch thickness, cut into circles (with a circle cookie cutter or by tracing around a small glass with a knife) and place on a cookie sheet close to each other. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. If using sour milk use ½ tsp baking soda and 1½ tsp baking powder.

My grandmother made these often, for every church event and many family gatherings. The photo is of my grandmother, Joan Johnson, who passed away a year and a half ago.

She would make these in various sizes but they would always be paired with her homemade strawberry jam. For church events she would make a batch loonie size but for the family, they would be the size of your palm. When I made them for her memorial tea everyone remembered her scones and the whole batch was eaten.

from Erin Bullivant

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