Almond and Cherry Scones: Perfect for Any Meal of the Day

Last month I received a little box from Spice Islands with three of their extracts: almond, vanilla and lemon. The packaging is adorable and I decided to try the Pure Almond Extract first.

But what to make!? Well, I happened to have fresh sweet cherries in my refrigerator and decided to make Almond and Cherry Scones. For some reason, cherries and almonds just seem to go together. I used a recipe from Nick Malgieri's Bake! for Cream Cheese Scones but added a few extras. {Note, in the past I've made Bacon Spinach Tart from the same cookbook.}

I found Nick's recipe for scones not the easiest, so I'm not planning to retype it. What I recommend is that you use YOUR FAVORITE scone recipe and add the following:

1 cup pitted and roughly chopped cherries
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/2-1 teaspoon of pure almond extract {I added 1/2 teaspoon because I was afraid of overpowering the scones, but think I could have added more}
sugar in the raw to sprinkle on top of the scones before baking

I loved the crunch of the almonds in the scones paired with the bursting juicy red cherries. The almond extract gave an additional fragrant kick. These scones last for a few days and can be frozen.

I made them using heart shaped cookie cutter just to have some cute treats to give to my friends.

Any other ideas for how I can use almond or lemon extract? I'm pretty sure I have vanilla covered ;)

Disclosure: I received the three extracts as a gift, but received no other compensation for this post.


DeliciousDish said...

And chocolate.. I'd add chocolate. :)

Belinda @zomppa said...

Agreed this is perfect for any time of day! cannot beat that combination.

Lauren (PB&G) said...

These look so good.. I LOVE cherry and almonds together!

Dannii @Hungry Healthy Happy said...

I love this flavour combination!