Best Traditional Treacle Scones

Treacle Scones Recipe

Treacle is a thick syrup made from refined sugar that is very similar to molasses. It comes in many varieties including pale, golden, and dark. The darker the treacle, the more robust the flavour profile is. It is very commonly used in British cuisine and desserts.

There are plenty of traditional Scottish recipes for treacle scones. They add such an amazing, sweet flavour, without having to deal with the sticky mess. Even though it is a sweetener, you won’t be using it to replace the sugar, but rather to add depth and richness.

If you grew up in Scotland, then treacle scones were probably a childhood favorite. This recipe should bring back those fond memories, as you bite into the sweet and fluffy scone and enjoy a nice cup of tea. There is truly nothing better. The best part is that these treacle scones would make the perfect dessert, or accompaniment to that first cup of tea or coffee in the morning.

The ingredients needed for this scone recipe are similar to a basic recipe, ensuring they are fairly easy to make.

Check out some more super scone recipes before you get baking:

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Treacle Scones Recipe

Treacle Scones Recipe

Best Traditional Treacle Scones

Nicola Turner
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British, scottish
Servings 8 servings


  • oven


  • 250 grams self-rising flour
  • 60 grams black treacle
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 grams butter room temperature
  • 100 milliliters milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl.
  • Add the butter and rub together with your fingers until the texture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the baking soda and mix to combine.
  • Pour in the milk and treacle, and mix quickly. Then fold over just until dough forms.
  • Tip the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and form the dough into a circle.
  • Pat down until the dough is 3-4 cm thick.
  • Use a sharp knife and cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • Place the scones onto a greased baking sheet.
  • Beat the egg and then brush the top of the scones with it.
  • Place the baking sheet into the center of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!


Do not overmix the dough as this can make your scones denser.
You can use a food processor to combine the butter with the dry ingredients if you are looking for speed.
Sifting your dry ingredients together prevents lumps.
Keyword treacle scones

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