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Sweet Reading: Cookies and Cream Scones Recipe and a Giveaway for The Secret Ingredient by Laura Schaefer

Reading is totally sweet. We all know that. But novels are even sweeter when they involve baking recipes! A few years ago, I was charmed by Laura Shaefer's young adult novel The Teashop Girls, about three friends who are trying to save the main character's grandmother's tea shop in Madison, WI; now, there's a follow-up novel entitled The Secret Ingredient, which is a sweet but not saccharine continuation of the tale of Annie and her friends growing up and learning their place in the world--this time centering around a scone-making blogging competition.

So, they're super cute books for young girls to read, but happily, Paula Wiseman books has offered a copy of The Secret Ingredient for giveaway! Just add a comment to this post (or comment on the CakeSpy facebook page) with your favorite type of scone. 

and--bonus! Here's a recipe for one of the scones from the book.

Cookies and Cream Scones

Adapted from The Secret Ingredient


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped sandwich cookies (I used about 8 coarsely chopped berry oreos, because they were pink in the middle)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together first; cut in the butter. Stir in the beaten egg and the cookie pieces. 
  3. Slowly add the buttermilk to form a thick dough. Knead the dough on a board, roll to a 1-inch thickness, and cut the dough into 2-inch rounds or triangles.
  4. Place each piece on a greased cookie sheet and brush the tops with the milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Reader Comments (22)

Blueberry! DELISH! :)
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
My alltime favorite scone is a pumpkin scone sold at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, WI!
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
I love scones made with any kind of dried fruit. Blueberries, raisins, apricots, anything.
August 4 | Unregistered Commenterladywild
My favorite scone would be.....an orange scone(:
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterKeziah Kate
I love maple scones. yum yum!
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
Scones that involve cherries, definitely! Hope I win!
And thanks, Cakespy!
with butter! doesn't really matter what type of scone...
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
I love a good sweet scone with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. So totally yum!
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle
My favorite scones are definitely chocolate chip--the buttery, crumbly scone and the pockets of almost-but-not-completely-melted chocolate sweetness? Throw in a little sugar sprinkled on top and I'm a happy camper. :)
Cranberry-Orange, Blueberry, Pumpkin, the list goes on and on. There isn't a scone that I don't love!!!
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterLondra Fleming
Sounds like a really cute book! My favorite scone recipe is a recipe for blueberry scones I got from a family I babysat for in college...so fluffy and good!
August 4 | Unregistered Commentersara
Either my Mocha Chip scones or Snickerdoodle scones. Yum!
August 4 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
My favorite scones were these plain, buttery ones in Ireland. I wish i had the recipe - they were simple, but with this unique taste to them that made them very different than American scones. SO good.
August 5 | Unregistered CommenterTara
How lovely! I love a light-as-air scone dotted with plump raisins.
August 5 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Dyer
my owen creation of white chocolate apricot; or my smore's scones i make w/chocolate graham cracker crumbs, mini chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff...soooooo decadent!
August 5 | Unregistered CommenterChristine S
I love raspberry white chocolate. Yummy!
Lemon Poppyseed, please? :)
August 6 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
Blueberry! Nothing like it when they're still warm!
August 6 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda S
White chocolate raspberry scones are soooo delish - perfect sweet/tart balance!
August 6 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
I love the Peach Pecan scones they sell at my local Whole Foods Market.
August 7 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca M.
Raspberry & chocolate scones! But I would definitely try these cookies and cream scones too!
August 7 | Unregistered CommenterTK
the book is amazing and i would love to try this recipe
October 5 | Unregistered Commentermarira

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