Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones aka Green Scones are delicious year-round, but can also be a fun green treat for St. Patrick’s Day.
We have a feeling that many of you think our kids love everything we make. Well, it’s true that they do like an awful lot of what we cook for them, but there are plenty of times we go to battle over our creations. Our co-founder, Catherine, is often testing new recipes in my kitchen and she says that she wishes she could video my kids’ reactions to them — because there are plenty of responses and they’re not always harmonious.
When Catherine was making these flakey Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones, her son Kenya walked in and saw them on a cookie sheet. He’s always famished when he comes home from school and so Catherine offered him one. Here’s how the rest of thae scene played out.
Kenya: “Eeeeww! What are these? They’re green!”
Catherine: (big smile on my face) “They’re scones! You love scones! And they have cheddar cheese in them, too!”
Kenya: “But they’re green.”
There are few things cuter to us than watching our kids make a major culinary decision. Do they show a bit of weakness and give in to his mom — which kids obviously hate to do — or does he hold his ground and prove to her that anything green that shouldn’t be green is inedible?
While Kenya pondered his decision, Catherine quietly picked up a scone and took a bite. After a few minutes, Kenya did the same. They both sat at the counter, eating in silence, until he couldn’t stifle it anymore and said, “These are really good!” Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Catherine wanted to jump up and down and reply, “I told you so!”, but instead she played the cool mom and simply smiled.
Sometimes just a bit of patience and not pushing your kids is all you need to make green food become good food.
Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 1/.2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unstaled butter, chilled and chopped into cubes
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup packed fresh spinach, finely chopped
- 6-8 chives, chopped (about 2 tbsp)
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Whisk the first four ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix with either your fingertips, a pastry blender, or two knives until it forms the texture of coarse meal.
- Add the milk, chives, spinach, and cheese and mix gently until just incorporated (the dough may look a bit dry, but allow it to sit for a few minutes and the flour will soak up all the milk).
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface and gently press into an 8 x 8 inch square.
- Cut the dough into 9 even squares.
- Place scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Move immediately to a wire cooling rack.