National Library Week Day 5: Chocolate Chip Scones and Magazine Giveaway

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chocolate Chip Scones
Chocolate Chip Drop Scones

Today is the last day of National Library Week on the Food Librarian blog! (Sure, NLW actually goes til Saturday, but I gotta rest!)

Thanks for all your nice comments about libraries! They are really inspiring. We are all facing tough times, and it is great to hear that you appreciate your local library. Did you know that one easy way to support your library is by Going. To. The. Library. People love statistics, and high circulation and visits to the library really say a lot. So, please visit your library and check it out (get that pun? Yeah, library humor ain't so great...I'll stick to baking.)

Chocolate Chip Scones Chocolate Chip Scones
I made some easy-peasy Chocolate Chip Scones. Most of my baking is done before work; I'm a morning person and wake up at some crazy hour. But, hey, it's morning and I don't have time to fuss. Thus, the Drop Scone. No forming in triangles, just scoop, drop and bake (and take a shower while they bake! :)

Chocolate Chip Scones
Check out those sensible shoes on the Librarian Action Figure and her cool pile of books.

Today's library thing is WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan. Sometimes, your local library just doesn't have the book you want. So, here is a suggestion. Look up the book in WorldCat - a global collection of library catalogs. You can see if a nearby library has the item...perhaps it is worth the drive. If not, look into your library's Inter Library Loan (ILL) program. ILL is a worldwide system of borrowing books from other libraries. You start the process at your local library (there is usually a nominal fee). Even if your local library has a small collection, ILL can bring you books from all over the world!

National Library Week 2010 Giveaway - Chef Set Page Tags

To celebrate Day 5 of National Library Week, I'm giving away the following to one lucky winner:
a. Magazine subscription to Everyday Food OR Cooking Light (one year, U.S. addresses only)
b. Chef Set Page Tags (purchased from Girl of All Work)

To enter the Day 5 Giveaway, simply leave a comment below (one entry per person) and I'll pick the winner from a hat (aka Random). Deadline for all contests: Monday, April 19, 2010 at midnight PDT. If your comment isn't linked to a blog where I can find you, please leave your email. Shipping to U.S. addresses only. Librarian Action Figure not included.

Also, don't forget to all the giveaways! Deadline is Monday!
Day 1 Giveaway: Cookbook and Chef Post-its
Day 2 Giveaway: Loaf Pans
Day 3 Giveaway: Disney Stuff
Day 4 Giveaway: Cupcake Liners

Thanks soooo much for celebrating National Library Week with me! And a special Hello to all the librarians who stopped by the blog! - mary the food librarian

Chocolate Chip Drop Scones
Click here for printable recipe
Adapted from Bon Appétit, December 2000
Original recipe yields 6 triangle scones. I got 18 small drop scones.

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced
1 teaspoon (packed) grated lemon peel (I skipped this)
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chilled buttermilk
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Glaze: Milk and 2 T sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Line with Silpat or parchment two baking sheets.
3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a small mixing bowl or your measuring cup, blend together buttermilk, egg yolk and vanilla. Set aside.
4. Cut up cold butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. (If you are adding the lemon zest, add here). Using your fingertips, rub in butter until the mixture is sandy or like rice grains.
5. Mix in the mini chocolate chips
6. Pour buttermilk mixture over the flour mixture and mix until dough comes together. Do not overmix. Dough will be moist and soft.
7. If you want to make triangle scones, gather the dough and press out on floured surface into an 8-inch round. Cut into 6 wedges.
8. If you want to make drop scones, use a scooper to scoop dough onto lined baking sheets.
9. Brush tops of scones with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
10. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. (Mine were small so they baked in 18 minutes).
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Angie said... [Reply to comment]

I love both of those magazines! I hope I win :)

angelilee91@gmail dot com

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

The library is definitely my second home.

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

Oooh, I love chocolate chip scones! Looks delish. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

Those scones are fabulous! I bet they taste wonderful!



Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said... [Reply to comment]

this scone look so yummy! Have a nice weekend ahead.

theresa and trent said... [Reply to comment]

great cooking light!!

annmao said... [Reply to comment]

I am always up for chocolate, any time of the day, esp breakfast!
Thanks for hosting the National library week celebration and the giveaways!
annmao929 at gmail dot com

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I think scones are my favorite morning treat, especially when they contain chocolate. :)

Amy K said... [Reply to comment]

These look wonderful! Thank you for all your giveaway opportunities this week.
Thanks to all library professionals - an incredible resource for all!
the.k.krew at gmail dot com

grace said... [Reply to comment]

fluffy scones, not dry in the least--excellent work!

EricaThomas said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! Ever since I lived in London, I have enjoyed scones so much!!

Kim said... [Reply to comment]

The scones look so good. I love the pictures on your site. Happy Library Week!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

I love that WorldCat will show you how to cite your source, too!

Emily said... [Reply to comment]

The library is one of my favorite places to go, I am a bookworm and I love to cuddle up in a corner with my favorite book and just take in the smell of old books. I always feel at peace when I am in the library, kind of like I do when I cook, everything just kind of melts away!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

The scones look delicious. I always wake up early too and have often made scones like this myself. Just lump the dough onto the baking tray and then eat warm with jam and fingers. Yum! Mashed banana works well with the choc chips too.
The giveaway looks great - wish I could enter but I live in the UK

Jessica M. said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for a great week of celebrating baking and libraries...I had a lot of fun passing your posts on to friends at the library where I work!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

YUM - chocolate chip scones look so good!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

im totally on board with the drop scones! i like to bake before work sometimes as well but that often leaves me thinking of shortcuts. the magazine subscription would be really cool to win!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

I've heard great things about Everyday Food and I'd love a subscription! :)

BettyCupcakes said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds delicious. I puffy heart love my library- makes my world go 'round, really. I've always been a book person, so free books is a dream come true!

Beth said... [Reply to comment]

I love the shot of the shoes and the scone! AWESOME!

I also love Everyday Food Magazine. I just started getting it and the recipes in there are really great!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

These look great, I think I may have to make them tomorrow! Yay for National Library Week! Those are some great giveaways, lucky Americans;)

SJA said... [Reply to comment]

I've used worldcat to convince someone that what he's looking for doesn't exist. "Yes, I know you have a vague recollection of it, but if I am searching 10,000 libraries at the same time and getting no hits, that might mean you imagined it."

pxilated said... [Reply to comment]

Those scones looks delicious!

Donna said... [Reply to comment]

Chocolate Chip Scones sounds fantastic. Thanks for all the great sounding recipies this week.

Renee said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for all the great recipes. You have inspired me to get more serious about baking again. :-)

june said... [Reply to comment]

My library colleagues will love these.
Thank you.


Mrsblocko said... [Reply to comment]

Our regular library, that is within walking distance, is closed for remodeling until late this spring. There is a brand new library about a 10 min drive away. There are people in the town I live in that this is too far!!! I call those people crazy. I can't imagine a week without visiting the library at least once.

Leticia said... [Reply to comment]

once i told you that i'm an librarian too... and i reeeeeally love the way you explain the services that the library may provide! :) congratulations! you're a great librarian! :)

lelinhacastro @ gmail . com

Leslie J said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to have a subscription to Cooking Light--I need some healthy ideas. :)

Jessie @ simplysifted said... [Reply to comment]

One of my favorite uses for my local library is to preview cookbooks. I'm lucky to have access to the NYPL system so I can get pretty much any cookbook that's been out at least a year. That way I can test a recipe from the book and then decide if I'd like to buy it.

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

Yum. I've been on what I feel like is the world's largest chocolate kick for a couple of weeks now, and I keep waiting to get past it but no such luck. These chocolate chip scones look amazing!
World Cat is my friend, and I'm waiting for several ILL things to come in as I write this. I've actually been waiting for a couple of weeks -- I hope they come soon!
Thanks for hosting National Library Week on your blog, Mary! I've loved the action figures and the posts this week.

CaSaundraLeigh said... [Reply to comment]

I subscribe to a lot of magazines..however, I can always make more room! :-)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Love, love, love my fact I'm stopping in today to pick up a book. I am always requesting books and the nice librarians find them and have them waiting for me when I arrive...I feel guilty about making them my personal bookfinders, but with two short people clinging to me, it makes things much simpler for me.

Those scones look perfect...I wish I could snap one up for breakfast. Alas, I will have a frozen waffle instead.

Yarnfoody said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for highlighting this important week! I can't wait to try these scones.

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said... [Reply to comment]

I will try the great scone recipe as we're scone freaks at our house and they are so easy to make :)

We're heading to our library for story hour in an hour. We've had a long lasting love affair with our local library. We donate all our unused hardcover books, our MOMS Club had a benefit garage sale & raised $500 for our library just last month, and I donate all my unused cookbooks there. Our library means so much to our family and to our community.

That Librarian action figure is awsome!

karen said... [Reply to comment]

It's so great that you enjoy your job so much! Scones are one of my favorite things to make - these sound delish!

Erin said... [Reply to comment]

ooh, Everyday Food, please!

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

These scones look amazing, like a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast!

Elise said... [Reply to comment]

Those scones look delicious, hopefully I'll have time to make them soon. Happy Library week!

Whitvia said... [Reply to comment]

Chocolate + scones= amazing

Ari said... [Reply to comment]

The scones look delicious!

Thanks for all the good library press this week! These days, we need all the help we can get.

Laurel7221 said... [Reply to comment]

Scones look great. Have you had the vanilla scones from starbucks? They are amazing.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

hi thanks so much for the chance to name is edna... my email is*

Marina said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely adore scones of any variety! I've never made chocolate chip ones, these look great.

Tamara Marnell said... [Reply to comment]

I don't technically /need/ those magazine subscriptions, because, um, I read issues at the county library :D But I certainly wouldn't /mind/....

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I must try your drop scone recipe!

Ms. K.I.M. said... [Reply to comment]

The scones look wonderful ... and the magazines wouldn't be bad either. :)

NikiTheo said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm... I love scones! Thanks for the week long giveaway!

LoriSB said... [Reply to comment]

we didn't go to camp in the summer as a kid growing up in LA in the 1970s -- I just went to the library. I knew that library like that back of my hand. I still recall where my favorite books were! they later rebuilt it/renovated it, and I have refused to go in. this summer, since my daughter has started to read, really read, I'm going to take her to the library .... which is a drive - I cannot wait until they finish building the library in our neighborhood!
Lori lorisambol at hotmail dot com

Melanie said... [Reply to comment]

Go to your library, walk in the door, check out a book or more, and pay a fine. We love to see you. And bring us some of these scones :)

caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Great recipe. That looks really good. Happy National Library Week to you!!

Hennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I never like to turn down a magazine subscription :-)

I love being able to go online, select a book and put a hold on it, getting an email when it is available and walking in, grabbing it and going (when I've got kids or much to do). And I love that I can get it from our local communities too without making the drive.

April said... [Reply to comment]

I have yet to make scones but those look so tempting! This weekend will have to be a baking weekend, I think.

Both magazines are awesome and I have now stopped buying cookbooks to make way for the Food magazine.

Erin @ The Sweet Life said... [Reply to comment]

I attended a very small, private college in Podunk, USA. It had a very small library to go with it. Interlibrary loan got me through grad school! It's amazing, and so many people don't know about it! Thanks for your Library Week (and not just for the giveaways!)'re doing a great job spreading the word about the wonderful world of public libraries!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

thank you for all the wonderful advice about libraries - I don't know how I would exist without mine! And thank you for this recipe, which I just might make tomorrow morning before my usual Saturday morning walk to the...(guess!)
These were all great posts, Mary!

Joanne said... [Reply to comment]

These remind me of the scones from Starbucks that I used to love (except these are much better in a homemade-delicious kind of way!). Great giveaway!

Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

I was afraid of making scones for AGES, but now I've successfully made them a number of times. Yum!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love those magazines and have wanted to subscribe to them! I also love my local library. I plan on volunteering when I retire in a few months!

Tazeen A said... [Reply to comment]

I wish I could be a morning person like you.. wow..

I LOVE Eating Well Magazine!

chestnutflour said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog and love libraries! I'll have too try this recipe. it looks awesome.

beth said... [Reply to comment]

thanks for plugging libraries all week! the Nancy Pearl pics have been freaking priceless. I liked Wednesday best.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The chocolate chip scones look YUMMY! I used to work at the local library, and I think it's great that you're exposing people to all the great things libraries have to offer :) and the fact that librarians are super cool too!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

Once again looks yummy, too bad I dont work closer and get to sample things anymore.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

hose scones look great!

polinium said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my gosh, those scones look delicious.
polinium at gmail

Christine said... [Reply to comment]

I say that this scone would be perfect for breakfast.

Also, I was kind of sad when the local libraries here started using self checkouts because I looked forward to chatting with the librarians. =(

Thanks for the giveaways!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, a foodie librarian who can write! I hope I win! BTW, do you also have the deluce Nancy Pearl action figure? The figure you show is the original. I have both on display in my office.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Library Week!

Natalie said... [Reply to comment]

i have cooking light but i would LOVE the other one...can't get enough of food magazines :)

congrats on another successful national library week!

Robin said... [Reply to comment]

Yum, scones!

DailyChef said... [Reply to comment]

I love scones, especially with chocolate chips! Delicious :)

Mrs. G said... [Reply to comment]

I love the idea of drop scones.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yum, yum, extra yum! I'd love to get the Everyday Food subscription!

Fathima said... [Reply to comment]

love those magazines....

Tessa said... [Reply to comment]

Love those magazines! I agree with the drop scones. My triangles always end up huge anyway :o)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Nothing better than chocolate for breakfast. Love it!

LibraryGirl62 said... [Reply to comment]

Ohhhh I love scones...and magazines...and libraries :)

Memória said... [Reply to comment]

1. Those scones look perfect. I love the inside of the scone. Wow.

2. Once again, I must admit I love the pile of books and the librarian's sensible shoes!

3. I would love a subscription of "Everday Food" and those page tags!

4. I've used WorldCat and the Interlibrary Loans various times in my campus library. Thanks for sharing such helpful information about the biblioteca! :)

5. Thanks for the great giveaway, Mary! You're awesome!

Lisa Sewell said... [Reply to comment]

Dear mary the food librarian,

So glad I found you...You are now officially my "favorite" study break. You see, I am in Library School (SJSU SLIS) and before settling in, I thought I would read my "American Libraries Direct" post and FOUND you at the very bottom of the page. (In my opinion all the best articles are on the bottom of the ALD page) Anyway, I love your blog. I have two passions (well ok 3) in life: baking, librarianship and my family (who love my baking). I will visit often. Thank you for the beautiful photos of your culinary excellence and sharing "library things" with your readers. I also subscribe to Cooking Light - a great read!


Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks -- this was a fun week at your blog.

The Urban Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Yum, I love scones and your library person is pretty cute as well. I always have scones in the freezer, ready to bake. I am going to have to add these to my collection!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Organization AND a new subscription! I'm in librarian heaven! pjseeger at

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love scones and I love chocolate. This combination was made for me!


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The scones look delish.

Brenda J. H.

Kathy said... [Reply to comment]

The scones look great!

passmenotby at inbox dot com

Baking and Mistaking said... [Reply to comment]

Yay for scones that require no cutting! The simpler, the more likely I am to make them.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i do so love libraries. unfortunately i have gotten away from going - between their reduced hours due to budgets and my working 2 jobs - there are just not compatiable hours. but your post is inspiring me to go :)

jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

The Cilantropist said... [Reply to comment]

I was just planning on baking some scones so maybe fate is telling me to make yours. :) Thanks for the great recipe, and super cute librarian.

Leah said... [Reply to comment]

Mary...You're nuts! And I'm lovin' it! Sensible shoes and cool pile of books...Only you could make that funny and relatable! Thanks for the chuckle!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I actually referred someont to their local library today and thought of you!

Thanks for reminding us all about what our local libraries have to offer. I need to get myself there soon.

I love baking while in the shower- double tasking. These look like puffy cc cookies.

Jacqueline said... [Reply to comment]

Food librarian?! As a baking enthusiast who also works in a library, I love it! Thanks for the giveaways!

Tracey said... [Reply to comment]

I love the library!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

Looks good--scones are my favorite!

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

I love Cooking Light!

DPLK said... [Reply to comment]

I've long subscribed to Cooking Light, but funny enough I don't remember if I've ever perused an Everyday Food before. The chocolate chip scones look yummy!

queenscook said... [Reply to comment]

Great week's worth of recipes, etc.

Lanoire said... [Reply to comment]

Libraries are awesome. I rediscovered my public library about five years ago. Wish I had sooner.

sk8kate said... [Reply to comment]


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Holy Cow! That is the funniest action figure I've ever seen!! =)
I wake up at an ungodly hour too, but unfortunately I don't have any time other than to get ready for work! Bleah.

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said... [Reply to comment]

Your scones look delicious! I love books, magazines and the library! :)

Charli said... [Reply to comment]

Those are some pretty snazzy shoes ;). I love the "shower while they're in the oven" strategy too!

veronica said... [Reply to comment]

Interlibrary loan is like magic. And so are chocolate chip scones. :)

Mrs. Godfrey said... [Reply to comment]

I would love a subscription! Pick me!

Bea_Rabbit said... [Reply to comment]

one thing---i love scones...

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Am I too late?! I want a magazine... and those scones!

Lisa Q

Jules Someone said... [Reply to comment]

Love those scones! And love easy even more.

Amber2Zoe said... [Reply to comment]

Such a great week of giveaways for such a great reason!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I will have to try this baking and showering thing! Love the drop and bake idea instead of forming into triangles.

(BTW, since I'm new to you I thought I'd let you know that I found you through Monica H's blog).

Thanks for posting!

Amy S. said... [Reply to comment]

Those look yummy. I've been avoiding making scones because of the roll out & cut. I think I'll try the drop method!

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like my kind of recipe...simple and delicious!

rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Drop scones...great concept. Love it!

Jennie said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Belated NLW, Mary! You're posts last week were outstanding. I hope the budget situation out there is ok, although it seems to be in a craphole for all of us. At least reading your blog cheers me up!

Joanna said... [Reply to comment]

I have a confession: sometimes I still have a hard time figuring out the difference between scones, biscuits, muffins, and really giant fluffy cookies... :)

Anne said... [Reply to comment]

Your chocolate chip scones look delicious. Great giveaway, I enjoy reading food magazines. I love books and spending time at the library.

Cherine said... [Reply to comment]

Those scones are fantastic!!

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome job on National Library Week Mary! I've been living under a rock, so am now just catching up on your posts.

Welcome to our crazy blessed life said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Librarian Week!! My son just had a field trip to the library today. He broke my heart and told me he didn't want me to be there...he's 5 boo hoo!

Ciao Chow Linda said... [Reply to comment]

I'm at the library all the time - I was there today and had lunch with my friend who's the head children's librarian at the Princeton Public Library. I also made your lemon cornmeal cake and it's the latest entry on my blog. Happy National Library Week.

Roo said... [Reply to comment]

I think I'm going to have to make these scones tonight.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

I looove the look of these! It's like a scone cookie mmm.

LGrant said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog and site. I'm with all these other folks about their library. Next to baking, my library is my next love. I bake for my librarians every trip. They love getting treats and I love sharing with them. They even take care of my containers until I return and pick them up. I agree we need to support our library more than ever. It is so sad when I hear of an area where libraries are closing due to lack of funds. Luckily I'm in an area that really loves their librarians and makes sure they stay with us.

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