Air Fryer Scones

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These air fryer scones are the best. In this recipe for big fluffy scones, we will be showing you how we converted our family scones recipe to the air fryer and why you will never want to make scones in the oven again.

You can also use the basic air fryer scone recipe and mix and match it with other ingredients such as making air fryer cheese scones.

air fryer scones

Air Fryer Scones

Well, you can’t take Yorkshire out of the girl.

I grew up in a small seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England. The town was (and still is) loaded with lots of similar places to eat out. Local fish and chip shops, local carvery restaurants and of course plenty of tearooms that sell scones and tea for brunch or afternoon tea.

My grandad would take me to his favourite tearooms, and it was wonderful to enjoy a scone together and enjoy each other’s company. It was on a cobbled street that was often used for filming vintage TV shows and even though it was great value for money and never expensive, it always felt like an expensive treat.

Sadly, my grandad died several years ago, but my grandma’s favourite scone recipe does live on and when I bought my first air fryer many years ago, I was soon baking my grandma’s scone recipe in the air fryer.

Today we are going to be showing you scones in air fryer, how long to cook scones in air fryer, the best scone mix recipe, what temperature to cook scones in air fryer and so much more.

Beyond our scones in air fryer, we have many more baking ideas for you to try including: air fryer rock cakes, air fryer cake, air fryer fat rascal, air fryer tea loaf and lets not forget about air fryer Victoria sandwich

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Can You Cook Scones In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can! Scones are fantastic in the air fryer. They are easy to make and are so easy you can make them with your kids.

Scones was also the first thing I ever baked at school, and you can see why. As air fryer scones start off with 3 simple ingredients of self raising flour, butter, and milk.

It is also a fantastic basic baking recipe that you can adapt and make into different recipes. For example, you can roll out scone dough and you have a pizza base, or make a savoury version and use it as an alternative to dumplings for your stew.

How To Make Scones That Rise?

The secret to the perfect recipe for scones in air fryer is to use self raising flour. This scones self raising flour recipe is brilliant because it uses less ingredients, and because of the raising agent the scones rise perfectly, as you can see if you scroll through our scones step by step photos.

Can I Make Scones With Plain Flour?

No, its not recommended to make scones with plain flour or with all purpose flour. Instead, you need to make scones with self raising flour, or in the USA what they call self rising flour. This is because you need your scones to rise, and instead they will be like pancakes.

Scone Dough

What I love about our scone dough is that it’s the perfect basic scone recipe that become your go to for so many different air fryer scone recipes.

For example, you can just make a simple change and you have air fryer cheese scones, or air fryer fruit scones, or even cranberry scones or air fryer cinnamon scones for Christmas.

When experimenting with scones in the air fryer, I recommend you try out a few different flavour combinations. Then when you do add 28g or 1oz of your favourite extra ingredient for the best air fryer scone recipe for the season.

For example, your scones made in the air fryer could be:

  • Air Fryer Blueberry Scones
  • Air Fryer Cranberry Scones
  • Air Fryer Pumpkin Scones
  • Air Fryer Strawberry Scones
  • Air Fryer Fruit Scones
  • Air Fryer Cheese Scones

Then just use our basic air fryer scone recipe for your base, then add in 28g of your extras.

After you have rubbed your fat into your flour and before adding the milk, mix in your extras. Such as 28g grated cheddar cheese for cheese scones, or 28g of raisins for fruit scones.

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Ninja Scones

You can also make scones in ninja air fryer or scones in ninja foodi. Simply follow our air fryer scones UK recipe and then swap the traditional air fryer basket for one in the Ninja or one using the basket of the ninja foodi. Then make sure you set it for the air fry button.

Do You Have A Bread Machine?

Plus, this air fryer scone recipe could also be paired with your bread machine. Why not use the machine to make the easy plain scone recipe and then cook the scones in the air fryer.

To make bread machine scones, dump in the ingredients in the same order we do and let the bread machine do the hard work.

Now let’s jump into what scones air fryer ingredients you need…

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Scones Air Fryer Ingredients

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Flour – For the best results use a quality self raising flour. Try not to go too cheap as it will show in your scones.

Butter – Any butter will do and get it out of the fridge an hour before baking, that way it will be easier for you to rub your butter into your flour.

Milk. When baking scones, it is the milk that helps combine the dough and make that creamy delicious scone texture. You can also use buttermilk too if you prefer. Do avoid low fat milk though as it will not produce quality scones.

Egg Wash. To get that golden glow on your scones you will need to add egg wash to your scones. Though ours are overly golden because we let our little ones loose with the egg wash and they don’t have a limit.

Extras. You can also add in extras such as dried fruit, cheese, or just keep it simple with some caster sugar.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this air fryer scone recipe, it has just been our Philips Air Fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for air fryer baking, as well as for other air fryer classics.

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I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them.

Plus, we recommend you head over to our air fryer recipes category as we have more than 500 tried and tested everyday air fryer recipes and have been air frying for 10+ years.

How To Cook Scones In Air Fryer?

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  • Prep. Load into a mixing bowl flour, sugar, and butter. Chop the butter into small bite sized chunks as it will be easier to prep your scones. Then using your fingertips rub the fat into the flour and sugar until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Extras. Now add in your extras if adding anything such as grated cheese, pumpkin puree, diced strawberries etc.
  • Milk. Next add a little mix at a time and mix with your hands until you have scone dough. Then roll out your dough and using a medium sized cutter, cut your scones.
  • Air Fry. Load the scones into the air fryer, brush with egg wash and air fry for approximately 7 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

How Long To Cook Scones In Air Fryer?

This air fryer scones recipe takes JUST 7 minutes to air fry. Just imagine that a homemade scones recipe cooked in 7 minutes, which is just enough time to plan your toppings once they are cooked.

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What Temperature To Cook Scones In Air Fryer?

The recommended air fryer scones temperature is 180c/360f to get the air fryer scones recipe almost cooked. Then finishing this classic scone recipe at 160c/320f.

How To Reheat Scones In Air Fryer

You can also use the air fryer to reheat your scones. Simply place uneaten scones back into the air fryer basket and cook for 3 minutes at 160c/320f. For if they are large scones that have not been sliced in half, increase the cook time to 5 minutes.

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What To Serve With Air Fryer Scones?

I love to serve my scones with strawberries, strawberry jam and cream. I am a strawberry addict, and nothing beats strawberries being cooked this way.

What I love to do (which also saves on washing up) is to load my strawberries, cooked scones and strawberry jam into the strawberry box and serve them in the sunshine with a couple of plates and a bottle of squirty cream.

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Then everyone can help themselves and you can all tuck in together.  

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This scones air fryer recipe is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2015 and again in 2021.

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Air Fryer Scones

These air fryer scones are the best. In this recipe for big fluffy scones, we will be showing you how we converted our family scones recipe to the air fryer and why you will never want to make scones in the oven again.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 6
Calories: 219kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Scones Ingredients:


  • Place flour and sugar in a bowl and mix. Add in cubed butter.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?
  • Rub the fat into the flour. Do this with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?
  • Add in enough milk to make a soft dough, for us this was 60ml. Then roll out your dough on a floured worktop and aim for at least 1.5cm thick or your scones will be too small.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?
  • Using cutters, cut your dough to medium sized scones and then place in the air fryer basket.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?
  • Spray the air fryer basket with extra virgin olive oil to prevent sticking and then brush the tops and sides of the scones with egg wash.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?
  • Air fry for 5 minutes on 180c/360f, followed by a further 2 minutes at 160c/320f.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?
  • Serve with strawberry jam, sliced strawberries and cream.
    How To Make Air Fryer Scones?



Height. If you would like really tall scones like you see in magazines, then double the ingredients and then double the thickness of the dough as you add the scones to the air fryer. Then add 3 extra minutes of cook time.
Traditional. Note that this is a traditional British scones recipe from the 1960’s and you are welcome to modernise them if you prefer.
Thanks for reading our air fryer scones recipe on Recipe This. We have many more Air Fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more dessert ideas, then I recommend you try our air fryer sponge cake next.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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20 thoughts on “Air Fryer Scones”

  1. 5 stars
    I love a scone and was quite skeptical about how they would turn out, but these were great and really fluffy and light, thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    Scones cream and jam cooked perfectly in an air fryer, what more can you ask for in the middle of the afternoon? Lovely recipe and quick to make thanks.

  3. 5 stars
    I need all the help i can get when cooking things that are not frozen, your instructions and step by step pictures are really helping e thank you.

  4. 5 stars
    I made twice the amount , left out the sugar and added cheese. Cooked 3 minutes extra . Haven’t had air fryer long and not confident yet . The scones were perfect, thanks for the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    No Fail Scones

    Quarter cup cream (any)
    Quarter cup lemonade
    Three quarters cup self raising flour
    brush with milk
    makes 4 scones in small air fryer

  6. 3 stars
    Using my Tower airfryer and exact recipe quantity timing was way out. Second batch I baked on 160° for 9 minutes, turned over and a further 5 minutes.
    Pretty good
    Chris, Worsley

    • Hi Christine,

      Sorry you were having trouble. We have just bought the Tower air fryer to see if many of our recipes are far out with regards to cooking times as we use mostly a Philips air fryer XL and Cosori XL 🙂

    • 5 stars
      I have a Tower air fryer and mine turned out first time. May be they are not all the same and differ sometime i know a few of my other electronic kitchen gadgets have this problem, where the same gadget does not do the same as the same gadget used by my mum.

  7. 4 stars
    It never even occurred to me that I couldn’t make scones in my air fryer. I used my normal potato and cheese recipe and, since my Instant Pot Vortex is square, made 4 big ones instead of 6. But I never use self raising flour. No Kiwi woman of my generation would, and even my English husband doesn’t like the aftertaste. I make my own baking powder with 1/3 baking soda and 2/3 cream of tartar. I had to learn to make Yorkshire pudding in a real hurry when I got married, and also pease pudding. I never tasted either until I went to dine with my parents in law. Fortunately for Roger, I like both. My scones turned out great in the air fryer even though I forgot to put baking paper under them. A couple of times I used my potato and cheese scone recipe to make bread, just using yeast instead of baking powder and was delighted with the result. Thanks for your recipe. It looks like a good one.

  8. 5 stars
    Thought i would try my mothers scone recipe in my air fryer and they turned out as though they were cooked in the oven. I used your timings and they were spot on many thanks for the hints and tips, loving your blog.

  9. Thank you for sharing your food with those who need it, instead of dumping it. You and your family come off as such genuine people. I haven’t bought a recipe book, but keep up with your email updates. The rate of exchange between Pounds and Rands is just horrific. I do like your recipes.


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