Mocha Scones + Giveaway

29 Nov

It’s fun when you’re inspired to make something, all because of one cool ingredient you acquire. So last month, Jason and I took a trip to Virginia since Jason was running the Marine Corps Marathon, plus we got to visit some family and have a little getaway. And praise God, we survived Hurricane Sandy with no damage and flew home without delay.

Now, while we lived in Northern VA a few years ago, one store I fell in love with was Trader Joe’s. So you can imagine I was stoked to stop in at the nearest location during our trip and grab a few treats to take home. Granted, they’ve recently built a few TJ’s in north Texas, but it’s still a bit of a drive from my home in the country.

Unfortunately, I was limited to things that could go in my carry on luggage. (darn, no cookie butter!) So I got a few tasty things like chocolate covered sunflower seeds and one of my new loves, a cinnamon sugar grinder. They also had a sugar, chocolate, and coffee bean grinder. Be still my heart! I had to buy it. My mind started thinking of all the delicious things this could be used with. Which (finally) leads me to this recipe – mocha scones.

I’m a big fan of scones so the first thing I wanted to make was a chocolate and coffee infused scone with some of this magical mixture sprinkled on top. I wanted to create a scone with the same rich flavor of a mocha, my go-to drink at coffee shops. Ladies and gentlemen, these scones are amazing. Don’t get me wrong, they’d be good by themselves, but grinding some of that sugar/coffee/chocolate on top adds another dimension.

So while at Trader Joe’s, I had you lovely blog readers in mind and picked up a spare to share. Plus, this is my 200th blog post (holy cow!) so I thought I’d make it extra special. To win this sweet little treat, you can:

1. (Mandatory Entry) Leave a comment on this blog post. It can be about anything, preferably telling me what you’d like to sprinkle the yummy sugar/chocolate/coffee on.
2.
 “Like” Beckster’s Laboratory on Facebook and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so. (current followers can too!)
3. Subscribe to Beckster’s Laboratory and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so. (current subscribers can too!)

You can enter the giveaway until midnight (central time) on December 10, 2012. I’ll pick a winner via a random number generator. Good luck!

Now on to the fabulous recipe…

Mocha Scones

Ingredients:
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp instant coffee (or instant espresso)
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chocolate chips
A sprinkle of sugar, chocolate, and coffee bean mixture

Yield: 8 scones

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, egg, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt, and instant coffee. Stir to combine. Add the butter and mix into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. (use a pastry blender or I just used the paddle attachment on my stand mixer) Mix in the chocolate chips and add the wet ingredients. Mix everything together until the dough comes together. If too dry, add a little more cream and if too wet, add a little more flour. (dough should be a little sticky)

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Shape it into a circle (about 7-8 inches) and cut it into eight wedges. (I like to use a pizza cutter) Brush off any excess flour and place either on a lined baking sheet or in a scone pan. Grind some of the sugar/chocolate/coffee bean mixture onto the tops of the dough. (optional)

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are firm and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in/on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve while warm or store in a container for a few days, reheating as desired.

Source: Adapted from Joy of Baking

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75 Responses to “Mocha Scones + Giveaway”

  1. Anna V. November 29, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Hi Becky!
    I would definitely make some cookies or these scones to grind some sugar/coffee/chocolate/amazingness onto!

    Also, I already like you on facebook. 🙂 And I am subscribed.

  2. Emily Cooks Vegan November 29, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    These look delicious 😀
    I would sprinkle it on top of my cereal/porridge in the morning, or make some of these scones! I just subscribed and liked your facebook as well x

  3. Lauren November 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I would sprinkle it in my mouth!!! 🙂 Love your delicious baking adventures, Beck!

  4. Corbett November 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I would love to sprinkle this on top of some toast with homemade Cinnamon Honey Butter (your recipe was much loved in this family!) I think it would also be amazing on top of a cup of cappuccino.

    You are “Liked” on my FB and I’m already a faithful subscriber 😉

  5. Jason November 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    I’d sprinkle it on cookies, or my hot chocolate!

  6. Jason November 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I liked Becksters Laboratory on facebook!

  7. Jason November 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    I am also following the blog, thanks for this great giveaway!

  8. rich morris December 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    this would be great to have! i’d love to sprinkle some yummy topping on my kids hot chocolate

  9. rich morris December 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

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  10. rich morris December 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

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  11. Ann Fantom December 2, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I would sprinkle chocolate on my daughter’s hot cocoa

  12. Ann Fantom December 2, 2012 at 7:12 am #

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  13. Ann Fantom December 2, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    I’m an email subscriber

  14. Cynthia C December 2, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I’d sprinkle some on ice cream.

  15. Jean Ju December 2, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    I follow on this blog.

  16. Jean Ju December 2, 2012 at 9:17 am #

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  17. Jean Ju December 2, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Mocha Scones make me so hungry. My sister like mocha scones.
    Thank you very much to sharing mocha scones recipe.
    I would sprinkle some try berries on top.
    Thanks for excellent giveaway.

  18. ohstac December 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I’m a fellow scone lover so that would be my first choice. Maybe good on some muffins?

  19. cbdileo1 December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    On the wonderful iced coffees my daughters make each morning!

    Thank you,

  20. Lynn Swanson December 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Yum mocha scones

  21. danielle lima December 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    this is so cool looking.

  22. Stella December 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I too love Trader Joe’s and can’t wait for the Austin one to open in August 2013!

  23. Cody Anderson December 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    This would be great on ice cream.

  24. Cody Anderson December 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

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  26. JAMES LYNAM December 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I WOULD SPRINKLE IT ON MY OATMEAL WITH BANANA BREAKFAST.

  27. jean8 December 6, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    I’d put it on hot chocolate

  28. Stephanie Larison December 6, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Mm, it would go on my cookies!

  29. Pat B December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I’d sprinkle it on the whipped cream topping my ice cream or pudding

  30. Pat B December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

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  31. Chrisitne December 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    on top of my cereal

  32. caitlin tate December 7, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    mmm on hot chocolate

  33. caitlin tate December 7, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    like on facebook

  34. ky2here (@ky2here1) December 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m going to sprinkle it on my tongue

  35. ky2here (@ky2here1) December 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

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  36. pricelessyona December 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I’d like to sprinkle on ice cream.

  37. Shannon December 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    I love chocolate and coffee together, I’d use this with hot chocolate and desserts

  38. Kimberly Hilbert December 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    That does look good. I’d rather it without the coffee, though :).

  39. Kimberly Hilbert December 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

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  40. Diane A December 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I’d sprinkle chocolate on my coffee

  41. Diane A December 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

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  42. annie December 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Yogurt, cookies, bread, toast, oatmeal… I could go on… delish!

  43. Whitney Lindeman December 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Ohhhh yes. This would be delicious on….anything. Oatmeal was the first thing that came to mind!

  44. Whitney Lindeman December 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

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  46. Angie P. December 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    This sounds like a delicious topping…perfect for warm drinks on cold days!

  47. csuet December 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I’d put it in my frozen coffee drinks, and on cheesecake.

  48. kiana December 10, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    this would be good on ice cream

  49. cassandra mccann December 10, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    maybe on home made doughnuts

  50. Melanie Montgomery December 10, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    On my icecream. Yummy.

  51. Padma Miller December 10, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I think ice cream.

  52. diane Baum December 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I would sprinkle it on my oatmeal

  53. Jennifer Peaslee December 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    I’d sprinkle it on ice cream! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

  54. Brandy Leigh Farmer December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I would put it on ice cream.

  55. Michelle Tucker December 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Well, this grinder has all my faves. I would love to give it a try.
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  58. Breanne December 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    I’d sprinkle it on cookies

  59. Ed Nemmers December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    I would like to sprinkle this on Hugh Jackman!

  60. Kim Parrott December 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Ice cream or cookies!

  61. Nicole Lancaster December 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I would put sugar/chocolate/coffee sprinkles on french toast, Ice Cream, or in my Iced Coffee.

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  64. Jessica December 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I’d sprinkle it on a bagel!

  65. Jessica December 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

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  66. Gianna December 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    On cake.

  67. Gianna December 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

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  68. Sand December 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I’d mix in in my oatmeal!

  69. Buddy Garrett December 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I would like to sprinkle them on donuts.

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  71. Tara C December 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I’d like to try it sprinkled on raspberry yogurt.

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  74. Michelle Tucker December 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I think it’d sprinkle it on french toast. 🙂 Congrats on your 200th post. 🙂
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