First, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in the middle of the oven.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together
All-Purpose Flour (2 1/4 cups)
Granulated Sugar (1/4 cup)
Baking Powder (1 1/4 tsp)
Baking Soda (1/4 tsp)
Salt (1/4 tsp)
Butter (1/2 cup)
into small cubes and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter till it resembles coarse crumbs.
Next, stir in the
Chocolate Chips (1/2 cup)
and set aside.
In a small measuring cup containing
Buttermilk (1/2 cup)
, add in
Vanilla Extract (1 tsp)
Red Food Coloring (1/2 tsp)
. Whisk everything together till well mixed.
Add into the flour mixture.
Stir JUST until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.
Then transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and then pat the dough into a circle about 7 inches round and 1 1/2 inches thick.
Cut out heart shapes with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Gather scraps and cut out additional heart shapes.
Place the heart shaped scones on the prepared baking sheet.
Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk. This helps in browning.
Then decorate with tiny sugar hearts.
Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove the baking sheet from oven and cool slightly on wire rack.
Then transfer the baked scones onto a wire rack to cool. And we're done!
These scones are best eaten the day they are baked, preferably shortly after they are out from the oven. As always, enjoy!