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Baking chocolate chip scones and other homemade goodies is a tasteful way to show loved ones that you care.

Easy-to-make chocolate chip scones say 'I love you' to that special sweetie

Here's a sweet idea: surprise your favorite someone with a special homemade treat to show you care.

When deciding what to make — think chocolate, a treat many call the "food of love."

Whether for a breakfast-in-bed birthday or anniversary celebration or a quiet brunch at home for two or a few, something sweet, such as these delicious, easy-to-make scones can say "I Love You" to your special sweetie.

Chocolate Chip Scones

3¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 cups (12-ounce package) dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

2 cups chilled whipping cream

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Additional sugar

Powdered sugar (optional)

Heat oven to 375° F.

Lightly grease two baking sheets. Stir together flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.

Add whipping cream, stirring just until ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.

Knead gently until soft dough forms (about two minutes). Pat into 4½-inch-by-16-inch rectangle about 1¼ inches high.

Divide rectangle into 12 smaller rectangles, each measuring 1½ inches by 4 inches. Cut each rectangle diagonally, forming a total of 24 triangles.

Transfer triangles to prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, if desired.

Makes 24 scones.

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