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December 15, 2010

some recipes come straight from your mother’s brain.


some recipes take you back to when you were eight years old.


some recipes need no healthy tweaks.


some recipes are hard to put on paper because there are so many “as you go” measurements.


some recipes are so good that they will be passed down generation to generation.. and those recipes will never change.


and tonight, i am sharing one of those recipes with you.


my parents are missionaries in an LDS ward that is about 15 minutes from their home. a lot of couples serve missions when all of their kids are older and out of the house.. couples will travel all across the world to serve missions. let me just make it clear that i am SO glad my parents are serving a mission in a ward that is 15 minutes from their home and not a 15 hour plane ride from their home.

tonight was something called relief society. it is an activity with all the ladies in the church group. my mom had asked me to go with her and help make her famous scones. well, famous to me, anyway.

i know when most people hear the word “scone” they think of those dense, crumbly biscuit-type things. well, not in utah. in utah, scones are delicious pillows of deep fried heaven.


i promise, if you make these.. and eat these.. you will say that these are one of the most amazing things you’ve ever eaten. they are a little tricky.. so i am going to walk you through it!


∙1 packet dry yeast
∙1/8-1/4 cup very warm water ∙1 tsp salt
∙1 egg
∙1/2 cup sugar
∙3/4 cup milk
∙1/3 cup margarine
∙1/2 cup very cold water
∙3 ½ cups all purpose flour plus a bit more
∙Crisco for frying


1. Mix yeast & warm water in a big bowl.


2. Add salt, egg & sugar.

3. In a separate dish, heat margarine & milk to almost scalding, then add the cold water.


4. Make sure the margarine mixture is cooled down, then add it to the yeast mixture.

5. Add the flour to the bowl and mix well. Dough will be lumpy and very sticky.


6. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise 10-20 minutes.

7. Place the dough on a well floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with more flour.


8. Roll out the dough to about 1/2” thick and then cut dough (with a knife or pizza cutter) into desired size pieces.


9. Heat Crisco to 450° in a deep frying pan.

10. Pull each piece of dough a little thinner and place into heated oil.



11. Cook each side until golden brown, flipping each scone halfway through.

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They will puff up.. that is how you know they are turning out right.


12. Serve immediately with butter & jam or honey. Or all three. Or eat them straight up. Really… whatever floats your boat.


i love eating them with my mom’s homemade raspberry jam.. which is definitely another one of those recipes. but that is a story for another day.IMG_4109

i even made a handy, printable recipe card for you guys. just click on the image below to enlarge and print it out!


i ate three scones for dinner. nothing else. just three scones with jam. i want to have a fourth. i probably will.

when i got home, marshall said i smelled like i’d been working at a fast food joint. that’s OK, the smell is totally worth the trade off of how good these things taste.

now if you’ll excuse me, i need to take a shower.


1. have you ever had the utah version of a scone? what do you call it?

2. are there any family recipes that you make? what are they?

xo. janetha g.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 11:11 pm

    Mmmmm sounds great! I will admit I am not a big scone gal’ but I believe that if I make these, my mind may be changed. ;)

    We have a few family recipes: spaghetti sauce from scratch, banana bread, cranberry sauce, and a pumpkin chiffon pie are my favorites!

  2. December 15, 2010 11:14 pm

    Reminds me of a beignet, which I have eaten and LOVED, so I’m sure I would love these ridiculous pillows of awesomeness as well!

  3. momma b permalink
    December 15, 2010 11:17 pm

    Ahhhh just had one for a nite cap and will probably have a couple for breakfast too :)

    Great night thanks for your help xoxo!

  4. December 15, 2010 11:38 pm

    the fact that you’re breaking out a momma b recipe means it’s a guaranteed amazing velvet cake, choc chip cookies that you always call the best (pretty sure youve said that’s from her too)…but yeah, these look awesome!

    i have some gems here and there that I have gotten my mom to cough up that were my grandma’s recipe but since she never wrote anything down, much of it died with her…so sad.

  5. raluca permalink
    December 15, 2010 11:44 pm

    my boyfriend’s(russian) family makes those, too! But i don’t remember its name. anyway, i have one big suggestion: eat it with nutella!!! it’s so damn good that it’ll make you wanna cry tears of joy lol

  6. December 15, 2010 11:59 pm

    I make my grandma’s sugar cookies every Christmas.
    I can’t wait to try this! Do you think it would work in a fryer?

  7. December 16, 2010 12:16 am

    You had me at “crisco”!
    My mom’s mom was a hotel owner, so she didn’t cook all that often since my mom and her siblings often ate at the restaurant at the hotel. Everyone in my family know how to order room service brilliantly though!

  8. December 16, 2010 3:27 am

    I love the cake like scones but have never heard of the ones your making here, they sound intriguing! x x

  9. December 16, 2010 5:35 am

    Wow, this recipe looks so involved but SOOOOOOOOO worth it!!! Hats off to you for even attempting and mastering them. Mom’s recipes are always the best!
    <3 <3 <3

  10. December 16, 2010 5:36 am

    Awwww ! SO sweet of you to share this family recipe! I love family recipes, and like you said, its great to pass down : )

    WOW , neve rhad a Utah scone, but looks so good especially with that jam on it! xoxo

  11. December 16, 2010 5:52 am

    woah! the inside of that doughy goodness looks beauttiful! I’ve never had a Utah scone- i didn’t realize there was a difference!

  12. December 16, 2010 6:04 am

    they have those in New Orleans too and they are covered in powdered sugar and honey.We have in TX too and they are called Beignets. check this out.
    Just like mamma B’s!
    Oh they are dang good. But the best part about this post is the hand me down recipe….those always taste the best.

  13. December 16, 2010 6:11 am

    Oh man those look awesome! I will be right over ;)

  14. December 16, 2010 6:31 am

    These look delicious! They remind me a bit of the Fritas that my family makes.. except we dip in cinnamon and sugar when we are done.. these are very similar.

    My Christmas gift from my Aunt this year is all of my Grandma’s recipes straight from Italy. I’m so pumped.
    For now, I make bread from scratch… meatballs and sauce.. French Onion soup and a few others.. those are the main ones.

    Side note: I just spent over 100$ at contingo…My wallet thanks you!

  15. December 16, 2010 6:55 am

    holy yum! these don’t look like the scones i’m used to…they look like beignets! either way, i don’t care what you call it, i just want it in my belly :)

  16. December 16, 2010 7:07 am

    Deep fried scones. Oh God. Amazing. I make Madeleines and my grandmother’s Hungarian hazelnut cookies, but neither are a patch on those…

  17. December 16, 2010 7:24 am

    These are totally new to me! Delicious, but never had ’em!

    There are family recipes that we share in our family, but most of them haven’t been passed down to me yet ;)


  18. Kelie permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:47 am

    In Louisiana, those are beignets. Cafe du’ Monde in the French Quarter has the BEST EVER. Tons of powdered sugar and steaming hot cafe au lait. Next time you make your mom’s recipe try them dusted with powdered sugar – HEAVEN!!!!

  19. December 16, 2010 7:54 am

    These look fantastic! I love all the topping you could put on them to make them even more amazing!

  20. December 16, 2010 7:58 am

    THOSE are scones baby! I love them! My mom always just used the dough from her famous white bread. So so good!

    My parents are serving a mission in the Spanish branch, 15 minutes from their home. I’m also SO glad they aren’t in Ghana or something!!!

  21. Michelle M permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:14 am

    My parents taught on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and these are exactly like the Navajo fry bread they make. If you make a larger version of each scone, it’s really good as a base for a taco type dish. We do that and then pile meat, beans, cheese, lettuce, well you get the idea, on top. My husband’s side of the family calls them dough dads. No idea why. And they eat it with the honey and butter.
    Delicious either way!

  22. December 16, 2010 8:16 am

    its so true that some recipes don’t need a healthy tweaking! I’m definitely making my mom’s shortbreads for my blog and it uses 1/2lb butter, and i think i’ll be making a double batch, so 1lb of butter. sounds so wrong, but the cookies taste so good! i want a traditional classic for Christmas, maybe i’ll healthify it another day hehe

    those scones look soo deadly, yum

  23. December 16, 2010 8:22 am

    So cool. I have never seen a scone made like that before. And good for your parents for volunteering- that is just SO wonderful. We have a few family recipes, most I don’t know the actual recipes for yet….I have to get on that :)

  24. December 16, 2010 8:23 am

    These are like a combination of frybread and a beignet. Whatever you want to call them, they look fantastic!

    My dinner last night was roasted garbanzo beans, granola with almond milk, pumpkin seeds and chocolate. Randomness. :)

  25. lowandbhold permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:27 am

    Those look great!

    I make my Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, my Aunt’s cranberry salad, and my mom’s chex mix, stew, corn chowder and any other recipe she bestows upon me because she is an AMAZING cook!

  26. December 16, 2010 8:28 am

    I have..we call them doughgies…and as a little girl we would dip them in over easy eggs…or put powdered sugar on them and eat them straight up…so yummy!!

  27. December 16, 2010 8:41 am

    Yum! These remind me of indian fry bread -little pillows of fried heaven!

  28. Brandi permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:41 am

    wowza – I’ve never heard of this version of scones! But they look great :) especially with that jam.

  29. December 16, 2010 8:46 am

    Awe, you just took me back to an old childhood favorite! My mom and her side of the family made these (except we were lazy & used pre-made dough) – but we called them “doughboys”!! I looooove them but haven’t had them in forever. I might need to find an upcoming “special occasion” to make a batch. :)

  30. December 16, 2010 9:28 am

    I love Utah’s version of scones way better than anywhere else’s definition! Those look amazing! Good ol’ Relief Society:) We have a thing called date bars that are passed down from generation to generation.

  31. December 16, 2010 9:48 am

    oh YUM! :)

  32. December 16, 2010 9:58 am

    Um I never even knew there was a different version of a scone! I love baking with my mom. What a fun time for you :)

  33. December 16, 2010 10:07 am

    never have i ever had a utah scone. looks like i’m missing out!

    one of the family recipes that i indulge in are apple dumplings! xo.

  34. December 16, 2010 10:29 am

    Never heard or seen a Utah version of a scone! Looks great though. I agree some family recipes are so good that you can pass down for years and never change a thing!!


  35. December 16, 2010 10:50 am

    how funny! my uncle just made us some good old mormon scones the other night. i ate 2 instead of dinner and i was so sick. we did butter then powdered sugar, then poured on honey. we also make scones when we go camping.
    we have lots of family recipes. my favorite is the davis county school peanut butter bars! my great granny was a lunch lady and i have her recipe. that’s another utah thing i guess. sooooooo good, and fatty.

  36. Jennifer permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:55 am

    I agree with Kelie, those look a bit like beignets! Cafe du Monde looks like a tourist trap but is actually that good. Try the scones with powdered sugar. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  37. December 16, 2010 11:22 am

    I was born in Utah and when we went to visit over the summer we went to a small fast food joint in Provo and ordered scones and I was expecting a pastry type/biscuit and they gave us those!! They are soooo good with the dipping sauce!

    I’m LDS, and you made those in the church’s kitchen didn’t you? :)

  38. December 16, 2010 11:41 am

    I’ve never heard of fried scones. They look delish, especially with that jam! And I love your cute little recipe card.

  39. December 16, 2010 12:44 pm

    I’ve never had that, but if you made me some, I eat the f out of them.

  40. December 16, 2010 1:38 pm

    so, when i first saw scones on here, i was like those do not look like scones. then i soon realized i need to expand my definition of scone, hop on the first flight to utah and try one of these. like now.

    happy day lady :)

    love youuuuuuuuu

  41. Erika permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:56 pm

    We use store bought pizza dough from the bakery, stretch it out in pieces and fry it up. Spread with butter, cinnamon and sugar and enjoy. We call them dough boys. Not sure why…

  42. December 16, 2010 2:17 pm

    I have never tried those utah style scones! and i totally dont think of them in that way but they look like such a treat! my idea of them would be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar! WOW

  43. thedelicateplace permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:56 pm

    ive never had a utah version of a scone! sadly, i don’t make any of my mom’s recipes except for ginger snap cookies. um…how do i say this nicely? her cooking kinda sucks. it’s very sandra lee/ready in 20mins can, preservative, ready packaged EVERYTHING. i didn’t taste fresh, scratch homemade food until i got married!

  44. linds permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:40 pm

    thanks for the walk through. someday perhaps i can make these heavenly bites right in my own home. i was kinda waiting around to see if your mom would drop some off….maybe next time.

  45. December 16, 2010 7:45 pm

    Baaahaha. I love the title of this post. I have never heard of scones being made that way before!! But you can never, ever go wrong with deep fried dough. My mom is teaching me how to make my Nana’s meat pies this Christmas. I’m looking forward to it!

  46. December 16, 2010 7:52 pm

    Loved this post! Recipes passed down through the generations are the best kind. My mom and I make Christmas tea cakes every year, courtesy of my great grandmother!

  47. December 16, 2010 9:52 pm

    never heard of this type. they look AWESOME!

  48. December 17, 2010 8:36 am

    Omg. Must make. I love me some fried dough.

    That’s really neat about your parents mission work- were you raised LDS?

  49. December 17, 2010 9:04 am

    I didn’t know your parents were Mormon, so am I :)

    My Mom makes those scones, they are SO flipping good! We have them every year on Christmas morning, I’m counting down the days. My favorites are butter with a cinnamon/sugar mixture….*drool*….


  50. December 17, 2010 11:07 am

    i’ve never had fried dough, but this looks incredible! and in my personal opinion, crisco makes everything taste better ;)

  51. marisa permalink
    December 18, 2010 11:31 am

    It is a good thing you have this blog so we can have photographed tutorials of all of mom’s recipes. I want her to write them all down in her handwriting as well. :) What tutorial are you going to do next? Clam Chowder?!?

  52. December 18, 2010 2:24 pm

    I love your mom! If she would like to adopt another daughter…. lol
    I was wondering how your mom handled your relationship with Marshall etc being Mormon? She seems like she really respected your views and was supportive of you! She doesn’t seem like the type that would push her views down your throat or judge you. I don’t even know her and I feel like I would be confortable telling her anything and confiding in her/asking for advice! Your family is incredible!

  53. December 19, 2010 12:47 pm

    I wish I would have seen this post sooner – it pretty much makes my day. And of course it makes me want a scone – your kind of scone – with butter and honey. So glad you got to make them with your mom!

  54. actorsdiet permalink
    December 19, 2010 7:20 pm

    all that time spent in utah and i never had a scone!!! d’oh!


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