Potato Scones for St. Patrick’s Day

Tara Noland

Today I bring you a special post. One that is near and dear to my heart. Something very special to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with, Potato Scones. My dear dear Irish grandmother would make these for me so many times. I can still vibrantly remember coming in the door and smelling the aroma of these amazing potato scones wafting through the house. She would have it timed perfectly to when I would be coming home. I would run into the kitchen and she would be lifting these out of her cast iron pan and onto a plate for me, butter at hand for smoothing on and melting. I would sit with a huge glass of milk and enjoy one after another of these delicious scones.

Potato Scones by Noshing With The Nolands


She never did share with me her recipe but I did also watch her many times and found one, years after she was gone, that comes pretty close to the ones I remember so well. When I asked for the recipe she would just say, oh it is a pinch of this and a mouthful of that. Fond memories I have of those days and my sweet grandmother. I hope you try these potato scones to help celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day with. You just need some leftover mashed potatoes from the night before. They have to be cold and dried out a bit, don’t use fresh mashed potatoes, it won’t work.

 Potato Scones by Noshing With The Nolands

Potato Scones by Noshing With The Nolands

Potato Scones


  • 8 oz. mashed potatoes cold from the night before
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cold butter and more for frying
  • 1 1/2-2 Tbsp. milk


  1. Sift together dry ingredients and rub cold butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles a coarse meal. Add the mashed potatoes and mix with a fork. Make a well in the center and pour in milk. Incorporate the flour into the milk until you can form a ball adding additional milk if needed.
  2. On a floured surface turn out dough and knead until you have a smooth dough. Roll out into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into triangles. Heat a cast iron pan with a dab of melted butter over medium heat. Careful not to burn the butter. Fry the scones about 3 min. a side until golden brown. Serve hot with a dab of butter.

TaraTopShotABOUT TARA: Tara is the editor of the kitchen here at BonBon Break. Her love of cooking started at a very young age where she would cook for her family. That love has continued over the years and now includes lots of time spent in the kitchen with her husband and daughter creating and entertaining. She also has a new found love of photography, working hard to increase her skills. When pulled away from the kitchen the family loves to explore and travel.

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