Coconut Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Coconut Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Mom was definitely on my mind with this recipe. She was the flavor inspiration for these Coconut Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks. Give her anything with that coconut and chocolate combo, and she’s a happy girl!

I also know how much she just plain loves any scones that I make…a little sweet, puffed up high, with a light texture and a moist crumb. This time around, I swapped out half of the all-purpose flour for white whole wheat, and tried coconut milk in lieu of buttermilk. Add in some dark chocolate chunks, with coconut inside and out (just look at that beautifully toasted coconut on top!), and these scones are really something special. Just like my mom.

Mom and girls at Itasca 1976

Flashback to 1976, when our family visited Minnesota’s gorgeous Itasca State Park, where the mighty Mississippi River starts its southerly journey to the Gulf of Mexico. We walked across the headwaters multiple times as a family over the years, but I especially love this photo with Mom when us girls were so young.

Happy Mother’s Day to the most awesome mom ever!

Coconut Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks


Coconut Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Yield: 8 scones


  • 1 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 c. sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk, well stirred
  • 2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2'' pieces
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4'' pieces (I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao)

for the coconut topping:

  • 1 T. milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 c. sweetened shredded coconut flakes


Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and coconut.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, coconut milk, and extracts.

With a rigid pastry blender or two large forks, cut butter pieces into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles course meal, with small chunks of butter still visible. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a fork just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chunks. Do not overmix.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Pat into an 8'' disk and cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet.

for the coconut topping:

In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg white. Brush lightly over each dough wedge and then press coconut flakes lightly onto the tops of each wedge.

Bake until scones are golden brown and set, about 13 minutes. Let cool on pan 5 minutes before removing to wire rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Scones are best eaten the day they are made. But a great trick for eating them the next day? Simply preheat a baking stone in a 300° oven and then set already baked scones onto the stone for 3 to 5 minutes. The scones will be almost like fresh baked!

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Harry and David Mothers Day Tower of Treats Gift Deluxe

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to send Mom or Grandma or another special lady in your life this beautiful tower of deliciousness. This giveaway comes straight from Harry and David, a company that prides itself in exquisite food gifts. I had the pleasure and extreme honor of spending some time with Harry and David last fall in their southern Oregon home, and can attest to the awesomeness of this company and its products.

This Mother’s Day giveaway is for a deluxe tower of treats, a gift packaging that Harry and David is famous for. It’s so much fun opening up the individual boxes, all beautifully wrapped.

Here’s what’s included (a $59.95 value):

    • Royal Riviera Pears
    • Milk Chocolate Moose Munch Popcorn
    • Lemon Lavender Cookies
    • Raspberry Galettes
    • Original Baklava
    • Dark Chocolate Cherries
    • Chocolate Toffee Almonds
    • Assorted Truffles

My mom received this same exact tower. After opening it, she immediately texted me a photo and a thank you with a bunch of little emoticon hearts. My parents love, love, love all the products from Harry and David! Longtime favorites of theirs, included in this tower, are the Royal Riviera Pears, Moose Munch Popcorn, and Dark Chocolate Cherries. Mom loved the Raspberry Galettes and said the Lemon Lavender Cookies were very unique and tasty, too. She also told me they set aside the truffles and Moose Munch, saving them for an extra special treat. :)

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Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end on May 4th, 2013 at 12:00 am CST. One winner will be chosen at random and then notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize, or another winner will be selected. A farmgirl’s dabbles and Harry and David are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.
Disclosure: I was provided with a tower of treats from Harry and David for review, which I happily gifted to my own mom (much to her delight!) for Mother’s Day. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. To read the full disclosure of this site, please go here



38 Responses to “Coconut Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks”

  1. #
    Maria — April 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

    The scones look fabulous and I love Harry and David:)

  2. #
    Tieghan — April 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oh these look perfect!! Dark Chocolate and Coconut together is awesome!!

  3. #
    Marie — April 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I love tower gifts.

  4. #
    John — April 30, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Both look yummy!

  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Mmm what a lovely treat!

  6. #
    Angie — April 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    What a sweet photo, and the scones look amazing too!

  7. #
    Brittany — April 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Wow, looks amazing!

  8. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I love that photo. These are certainly great for mother’s day!

  9. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — April 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Mmm, toasted coconut is one of my favorite things ever. I’d love to wake up to a batch of these on Mother’s Day!

  10. #
    Angela @ — April 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

    These are perfection! I am just going to have to adapt them, them hoard them for myself (hey, I’m a mom. So that is okay, right? Bwahaha!) I love the 70’s photo at the headwaters. It is amazing that the rocks are very much the same now.

  11. #
    Donna — April 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I love the old photo of your Mom and you family. Look how crystal clear that water was! Also love the hair-do your Mom had back then and the “pixie” cuts of you girls.

    As for your recipe, that is a winner for sure. I think my Mom would appreciate a batch for her on Mother’s Day this year, so thanks for the recipe.

    And the contest for the Harry and David tower giveaway-THAT”S AWESOME! Hope I am your lucky winner Brenda!!! ;)

  12. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    These are absolutely irresistible!

  13. #
    Kerry — April 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Your 70’s photo just made me giggle! Being from MN I think of all the “up North” vacations around Itasca! Don’t you wonder how many feet have crossed those headwaters? All the beautiful trails. S’mores by the fire…the best! I’m going to have to try making these scones. Yum! Thank you for sharing!

  14. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Your mama and I sound a lot alike in our love for flavors! Coconut + chocolate is one of my alltime faves, even beating out choc+pb! These scones are perfection!

  15. #
    Kim — April 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Yum! You can’t go wrong with that flavor combination. Coconut is a favorite for both my husband and my Dad, so I may have to hold onto this one for Father’s Day, too!

  16. #
    Paula — April 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    These scones look Wonderful!

  17. #
    Cookin Canuck — April 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Those scones are some of the most perfect ones I’ve seen. I’ll bet your mum will be thrilled with them!

    And Harry & David…yep, I love every single thing that they make.

  18. #
    Jess — April 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    What a great idea to put those flavors in scones. I love any excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, and this seems like an extra tasty way to accomplish just that, Brenda!

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love chocolate with coconut, beautiful scones!

  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

    What a fun scone! I could sure use a couple of these for breakfast tomorrow!

  21. #
    Mom — May 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for making these when we visited Brenda. You hit the nail on the head when you picked this combination of flavors for me. Yummy!

    • Brenda replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:13 am


  22. #
    Marly — May 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Oh, these look fabulous! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  23. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — May 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Chocolate and coconut are one of my favourite combos too – these look wonderful!

  24. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    These scones look fabulous and delicious (love the flavor)! Thanks for the fab Mother’s Day giveaway, too! Have a lovely week, Brenda.

    • Brenda replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, Georgia! Hope you’re having a great week!

  25. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    They look so great with the toasted coconut on top. I’d love these for Mother’s Day.

    • Brenda replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 am

      I wish I could send every mom one of these on Mother’s Day, wouldn’t that be lovely?! Have a great day, Barbara. :)

  26. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I adore that photo with your mom! Such a wonderful recipe for Mother’s Day. My mom would adore these!

    • Brenda replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Thank you, Ali! :)

  27. #
    Mercedes — May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    These scones combine my favorite ingredients, so I cannot wait to make them! And it would be so much fun to give this awesome H & D gift basket to the best mom in the world for mother’s day!

    • Brenda replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Thanks, Mercedes – hope you’re doing well (despite the fresh snowfall on May 2nd!!). :)

  28. #
    Jackie {La Casa de Sweets} — May 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Chocolate and coconut is just about my favorite flavor combo!!!!

  29. #
    Kristy Lynn — May 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Those scones look amazing!! I love scones and want to learn to bake them!

    • Brenda replied on May 5th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks, Kristy. I’ve made quite a number of different recipes for scones and keep coming back to a basic formula that I love. If you think my description of these scones sounds good to you, please give these a try. They’re easy to make!

  30. #
    lynn — May 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Your scones look heavenly! Printed out the recipe and hope to try it soon.

    • Brenda replied on May 5th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      I hope you like these, Lynn – thanks!


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