Milwaukee’s 5 Best Scones, Ranked

Does a not-too-dry version of this pastry exist? Yes!

The breakfast- or tea-time scone is the sweet (or savory) relative of the baking powder biscuit. It can be a bit drier than a biscuit, but should also be crumbly – crumbly and yet tender.

That’s a tricky result to achieve, which is why scones are too often a dry disappointment. But forever hopeful, I searched for the city’s best, sampling the specimens from five local bakeries.

The ranked results:


Stone Creek’s Mocha

Rich with chunks of dark chocolate, this is a tender but dense, dunkable dessert.
12 area locations


Miss Molly’s Lemon Rosemary

With a wonderful bumpy crust and echoes of sweetness, citrus and subtle herbs.
9201 W. Center St.


Batches Bakery’s Cheddar Scallion

These savory golden triangles offer subtle cheese-onion flavor and plenty of tenderness.
401 E. Erie St.


Rocket Baby Bakery’s Swiss, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil

So much potential and a good marriage of cheese-herb flavor, but the layery texture is marred by overbaking.
6822 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa


Colectivo Coffee Roasters’ Raspberry

Topped with a dab of raspberry jam, these pretty squares are nevertheless too dry.
13 area locations

“Game of Scones” appears in the March 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.