Whole Wheat & Olive Oil Berry Biscuits


A long day today, starting with 5 batches of whole wheat and olive oil scones for the volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity build, and ending with a stint as traffic reporter on the Homestretch (CBC Radio One), which always means I don’t get home until around 6:30. I planned to pick up some sour cream for peroghies but once in the car lacked the gumption. We ate frozen spinach pizza instead. (There is this President’s Choice Chicago-style deep dish pizza that has a ton of spinach on it, then a small amount of mild, chewy mozzarella, topped with tomato sauce. It’s the least greasy pizza I know, and W will eat a ton of it despite the thick layer of green stuff. Tonight a handful of raisins made a surprise appearance thanks to W.)

However. I did get some requests from volunteers for the recipe for the scones we had at coffee break, and I am just too happy to oblige. After all, they did account for a large chunk of my caloric intake for the day. (Quality control is important.) You know those little packets of coarse Sugar in the Raw? They are perfect for sprinkling over the top of your scones before you bake them. One packet is enough for one batch.

Whole Wheat & Olive Oil Berry Biscuits


Yields1 Serving

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp.  sugar (optional)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp.  baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup  butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
1 cup fresh or frozen berries (don't thaw them)


Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.


Put the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a food processor or into a medium mixing bowl and pulse or stir until well blended. Add the butter and oil and pulse or stir with a wire whisk or fork until crumbly. If you’re using a food processor, transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.


Add the milk and berries and stir gently just until the dough is combined.


Pat the dough into a circle that is about 1” thick and 8”-9” in diameter on the cookie sheet. (If they are sweet and you want a brown, crunchy top, brush them with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar.) Cut the circle into 8 wedges with a knife or pastry cutter and separate them on the sheet so that they are at least an inch apart.


Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden. Serve warm. Wrap well and freeze any you don’t eat the same day.



 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1 cup whole wheat flour
 1 Tbsp.  sugar (optional)
 1 Tbsp. baking powder
 1/4 tsp.  baking soda
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1/4 cup  butter, chilled and cut into pieces
 1/4 cup olive or canola oil
 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (don't thaw them)



Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.


Put the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a food processor or into a medium mixing bowl and pulse or stir until well blended. Add the butter and oil and pulse or stir with a wire whisk or fork until crumbly. If you’re using a food processor, transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.


Add the milk and berries and stir gently just until the dough is combined.


Pat the dough into a circle that is about 1” thick and 8”-9” in diameter on the cookie sheet. (If they are sweet and you want a brown, crunchy top, brush them with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar.) Cut the circle into 8 wedges with a knife or pastry cutter and separate them on the sheet so that they are at least an inch apart.


Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden. Serve warm. Wrap well and freeze any you don’t eat the same day.

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52 comments on “Whole Wheat & Olive Oil Berry Biscuits

  1. Lesley
    April 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I am so admiring of the gumption it takes to self-publish 10,000 books! And I am also very impressed with the parents who forgo their garage to facilitate the enterprise. I raise my glass to courage (yours) and generosity (theirs).

    P.S. I love the PC pizza…have you tried the brie and portobello thin crust? I have eaten two in the last two days.

  2. Elaine
    April 4, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Completely unrelated to any scone-type recipes, I wanted to tell you that I made your rosemary-parmesan twists (https://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/2008/12/15/day-350-salmon-rice-skillet-and-rosemary-parmesan-twists/) for a potluck the other day, and it occurred to me that the dough, rolled thin, would make a fabulous low-cal crust for a chicken pot pie. I made a double-batch and pre-baked the bottom pie shell for a few minutes, then added pot pie fillings and topped it with a bit more of the dough.

    The verdict? Unbelievable. So freaking great. Although it’s spring, I’m super excited to use this for all of my savory pies, because to eat a chicken pot pie without that extra stick of butter? Wonderful.

  3. Sondha
    April 4, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I have got to say, your vegetable cobbler made an appearance on my table at lunch, and it was well received by all 🙂

  4. kate Z
    April 4, 2009 at 4:00 am

    The scones look delicious! I made your chocolate chip cookie bars the other night and they were a huge hit around here.

  5. Manon from Ontario
    April 4, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Hey you, are you trying to be MORE busy than I?
    I got to tell ya, I’m really happy sugar shack season is coming to an end soon. Today and tomorrow we open our sugar shack to the public, and I serve my customers samples of our syrup, maple tartelettes, taffy and maple fudge, just to sweet them up a little 🙂
    We love doing it, althought we are exhausted, really much by now. My hubby and I are starting to snap at each other, and that’s a sign that we need rest.
    I can’t wait to start to cook away again, and I really want to try those scones, they look delish.
    Let me tell ya, May will be “Dinner with Julie” recipe month, along with alot from your 3 cook books 🙂
    Love your blog, your are fun to read Julie, thanks for that.
    Have a great weekend.


  6. Theresa
    April 4, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Those scones look good. Is it pronounced Skon or scone? 🙂 Any other foodisms that people mess up?

  7. Cheryl
    April 4, 2009 at 5:38 am

    You need all the calories to fuel you through your Doodlebops adventures this weekend!

  8. JulieVR
    April 4, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Skon or scone – both are right! It’s like phyllo – fee-lo or fie-lo – both right.

  9. Pam
    April 4, 2009 at 5:45 am

    I laughed about the spinich pizza because my girls have the same reaction to that very same pizza…I dare not tell them there are iron filled vegetables on it for fear they’ll turn their noses up at it.
    Anyways,Great scones!

  10. Carolyn
    April 4, 2009 at 6:13 am

    The first version of one smart cookie is still my go-to book for healthier baking. (and I have approximately 100 cookbooks, with more than half being baking books.) I used the original version so much that I had to buy another copy (of the re-released version), but not before I bought a back-up copy of the original version for my mom. So, I’m not asking for a copy of the original version, but want you to know how I LOVE that book!

  11. Shelley Somerville
    April 4, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I just discovered your website awhile ago and love it. Also realized I own one of your cookbooks “grazing” which I use frequently.

  12. Evelyn
    April 4, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I had a dream the other night in which your recipe was featured.

    I was freezing cold and sick when I went to bed the other night, so I fell asleep with the electric blanket on. I woke up a few sweaty hours later convinced that my kids had forgotten to take me out of the oven before putting in four loaves of your “Raincoast Crisp” breads to bake.

    Obviously I’ve been thinking about making that recipe for a while now. I think this is the time.

  13. Vicky
    April 4, 2009 at 7:51 am

    the scones look really good will make a batch soon, really like reading your blog and of course i would love your cook book to add to my collection, hint, hint, thanks for the entertainment, being a senior I love it, vicky

  14. LisaGee
    April 4, 2009 at 8:06 am

    It sounds like you accumulated some great karma yesterday by keeping up the energy of all those H for H volunteers! Can hardly wait to try those scones.

    By the way – I have totally stopped buying bread at the store after finally giving in and trying the No-Knead bread recipe over a month ago (I’m on my fifth loaf). I just whipped up a batch this morning so that we can get up tomorrow to fresh-baked bread. See how you’ve changed my life? 🙂 (By the way, I would love an original edition One Smart Cookie)

  15. Tagyn
    April 4, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I am so happy you have decided to blog everyday in April-I miss you when you don´t check in!
    I am going to try those scones- they look good. Also made the monkey cake for my daughter´s birthday and it was a big hit, thanks!!!

  16. Britt
    April 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Wow, those scones look absolutely fantastic! I have an Easter brunch potluck coming up next week and have been keeping my eye out for tasty additions!

  17. glenda
    April 4, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I am so in for the cookbook! I have heard (read?) it mentioned so often here and if it is half as good as the recipes on this blog….well, bring it on!

    Your photos are always so appealing (and the stories so amusing )…I just can’t keep up with all your good inspiration! Were do you find the energy?!?

  18. Hanna
    April 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I made these this morning and just finished one. So good! I used reaspberries and will definatly make them again. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Christina
    April 4, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I’m off carbs … BOOO 🙁
    Seriously though, it’s not fair, my skinny muscular(and hot if I do say so myself) husband puts in little effort, eating carbs the whole time and looks awesome and me … I look at a carb and I swear I feel my butt grow! Sorry for the venting, the delicious scones made me do it 🙂
    I’m making Taco’s for dinner tonight. We’re haveing 6 guests and I thought what a fun dinner for adults! It’s not your average Taco’s either. The recipe has been handed down from my mom and had an assortment of spices (curry, chilie powder, sage, tumeric, tyme … just to name a few) and it is probably the best taco meat ever. The great thing is I can make a taco salad and still feel like I’m getting something good.
    Sorry I don’t have anything more intersting to say, I had to put something in here to put my name in for a cookbook, unfortunately it’s more of a ramble! HA!

  20. Jen
    April 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I was just thinking about baking scones this morning! I have a feeling I couldn’t stop myself at one package of raw sugar …isn’t the crunchy sugar on the top the best part?!

  21. Donna
    April 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I would love a copy of the original Smart Cookie book.
    Since I already own one, I would give the new one to one of my sons – maybe the one whose Starting Out” cookbook I keep using.

  22. Pat from Ontario
    April 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I read,”I recently acquired “sufficient balls” to start requesting free stuff”, and asked myself how do you collect balls? I collect airmiles points, but had never heard of collecting “balls”. On second reading I realized what you meant!!! I had a good laugh at myself.

    Don’t put my name in for the cookbook, as I have one, but I am anxiously awaiting the new stuff you get with your “sufficient balls”!!!

  23. Erica B.
    April 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I’m having friends in for brunch on Sunday, I’m torn… not sure if I’m going to make these scones or the equally fabulous slab scones of yours that I made earlier this week.

    I’m with Lesley, it took serious gumption to self publish – you go girl! I love One Smart Cookie and Grazing and cook from them and from DWJ A LOT…several times a week even. Thank you Julie! 🙂

  24. Linda
    April 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Would love a copy of the “original” and looking forward to the re release of Grazing.

  25. Rose
    April 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Love scones! I too would have to use five or six packets of sugar to spill over the top of my scones before baking. I love the sweet crunchiness it creates. Regularly use your recipe but use frozen blueberries which we picked fresh in Richmond, B.C. last August and freeze for use all winter. Hey, Julie…how goes the weight loss efforts. I’m still just holding steady (I hope) which is better than gaining!


  26. Sue (London)
    April 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    The scones and the tomato cobbler look amazing. Will add ingredients to my shopping list! Although I have One Smart Cookie, I give it as gifts ALL THE TIME because its so brilliant, so count me in.
    Manon from Ontario if you’re reading this I’m dying to know where you’re located. I’ve been wanting to visit a sugar shack this year – I love all things maple – let me know: suevac@gmail.com

  27. LisaMer
    April 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hey Julites! Just wanted to let those of you in Calgary know that I found those Canton beans at my local London Drugs (the one in Royal Oak). They had the chili black beans and the red pepper and pesto lima beans. I was beyond excited. 😉 I think I’ll transform the black beans into quesadillas and eat the limas straight up with cream (thank you, Molly at Orangette!).

    I won a Lou-chewed OSC last time around, so no need to put my name in the draw, Julie.

    Those scones are on my to do list for the weekend (along with sorting through N and G’s clothes!).

  28. Haruko
    April 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I made a corn chowder soup that my husband and I enjoy but the kids are often lukewarm to at times, depending on their mood. I added a twist by adding/dropping some dumplings in it for the last 15 minutes of cooking and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it, as did we. I will definitely do that again.

    I love your blogg and would love a copy of your book.

  29. Susan
    April 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve never been one to ‘waste time’ reading blogs – until I stumbled onto yours. And I’ve certainly never taken the time to post a comment, but I would LOVE a copy of your book. I love digging around previous posts, you are so very human, you make me chuckle. Julie, you’ve inspired me to cook creatively and I thank you for it. The other day I made your banana bread and the hoisin lettuce wraps, both fabulous. Thanks for the witty and wonderful posts, I look forward to them every day! And may I please have some of the sourdough starter?

  30. Leah
    April 4, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I recently discovered your blog via ‘It’s Just Food.’ (I think Ned is the cutest and used to watch him on Cook Like a Chef!) I love your recipes and have tried many of them, my favourite being the black bean soup. My family loves scones and I have a fantastic recipe for cranberry scones. I like the fact that yours uses whole wheat flour – I’ll definitely try them! I would love a copy of the cookbook as I’m always experimenting at making my baking more healthy. Oh, and I absolutely love the veggie curry recipe from It’s just food – it’s become part of the regular rotation in our house!

  31. Lorissa
    April 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    These look great – I am going to make them tomorrow! I still have my original one smart cookie, but half of the pages are covered in chocolate smudges due to my messy baking habits 🙂

  32. Janet
    April 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Julie, I’d love to get some of your sourdough starter if you’re still planning to hand it out.

    This past week has been a great baking/cooking week, both trying some old things and making new. Made chicken souvlaki for the first time – yum, that’s definitely going to get made again. Made hot cross buns, and also a blackberry pie – very yummy!

    Supper tonight was Moong and Masur Lentil Curry from the book “Elegant and Inspired Vij’s Indian Cuisine”. It has become a family favorite. Actually we’re on a bit of an East Indian kick right now, so I’ve tried a lot of recipes from Vij’s book.
    One of our favorites in Vij’s book is Mint Mango Chutney.

    Thanks Julie for your blog. I read it at the end of my day for my relax time!

  33. Kate
    April 5, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Seconds on the big Thank You for posting everyday this April. What a treat.
    I’d love to be in the mix for a copy of One Smart Cookie.
    The raisins were on the pizza?

  34. Jan
    April 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I’m going to try your hot cross bun recipe this week. Hope I don’t mess it up.

  35. Becky and the Beanstock
    April 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

    What a great cause, Habitat for Humanity! And such lucky volunteers, getting fed these scrumptious (if a picture tells the truth) scones. My fiance is British and so I’ve been experimenting with different scone recipes for him (to say he loves them is an understatement — when he was 8, he spent all his allowance in the scone shop). I can’t wait to try this one out on him.

  36. BeccA
    April 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Just discovered your site, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Was just browsing your books at Amazon. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win one here 😉

  37. Barb
    April 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    The scones do look great. I’m going to copy and paste as soon as I leave here.

  38. Larissa
    April 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    OOOOOHH!! i’ve wanted your cookbook for a while and still haven’t gotten around to getting a copy. so lets see… i’ll tell you about a cheesecake i made recently that i came across on another website i frequent… tastespotting.com. that’s a really good website if you want to avoid studying. so yes, the cheesecake was peanut-butter oreo. yum. but i will definitely use more oreos next time. i think our canadian packages are smaller than the american ones. go figure. k hope you had a lovely weekend!

  39. Natalie
    April 6, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I love LoVe LOVE the Dr. Oetker spinach pizza, not greasy at all, but a very thin-crust pizza. With just a little tangy tomato sauce, VERY yummy!

  40. Jen T
    April 6, 2009 at 6:29 am

    The Dr Oetker spinach pizza is ghee-ross! I would rather eat spinach in a salad or something. Maybe if I added more cheese on the pizza to drown out the soggy green stuff – I might be able to stomach it better.

    Here’s hoping for a cookie book. Now I can do any kind of cookie!

  41. Lana
    April 6, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Here’s my comment:
    I love your blog and I love you.
    And I would love a cookbook!

  42. jenn (in niagara)
    April 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

    wow those scones do look fantastic! cant wait to try them out! and am so happy you are writing every day in april! good for you! and lucky for us your fans!!
    i made a wild/brown rice and veggie currie last night..i heated the oil first and then the spices for a bit till they were so aromatic i was jumping for joy, then i threw in the veggies to saute! yum
    and i too would love one of your cookbooks! i already adopt your advice as to only using 1/2 the butter/fat in my cookie recipes…:) take it easy out there!!

  43. Susannah
    April 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE One Smart Cookie (and Grazing too). I have renewed it so many times from the library that I have reached my limit and have to return it (or face serious overdue fines!). I was telling my sister about it than all of a sudden she sends me a link to this blog – how cool now I can get more great recipes.

  44. Sarah (Calgary)
    April 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Julie. As usual I am one of the last to post for FSF – so glad you take that into consideration. As you might be starting to figure out, I use my afternoon “my mind needs a” break time to catch up with your blog. It is incredible how energy flows – I have been thinking about tracking down a scone recipe (love the idea of ww and oo) and making foccacia. Imagine my delight at finding both today. Would love an original copy of your book.

  45. Sneh
    April 7, 2009 at 3:16 am

    These are plain gorgeous! I was looking for a wholemeal scone recipe and these are just perfect for what I had in mind 🙂 Thnx!

  46. erin
    April 7, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Am I too late for free stuff fridays? I had to go for a root canal yesterday, so was a bit too distracted to check your blog….It was fine, though, all that worrying for nothing, as per usual!!

  47. colloquial cook
    April 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Lovely scones – olive oil, really??

  48. Cucinista
    April 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Really looking forward to trying these!

  49. Anonymous
    February 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Wow amazing-I recently have been having a craving for strawberry scones but wanted something with whole wheat and not too much butter. This fit the bill. I used 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil and 1/8 cup of canola oil. You could definitely taste the olive oil but it was a nice compliment to the berries. I used about 1/4 cup blueberries and the rest was strawberries. I might use even more berries next time. I have never made scones before and at about 15 minutes I opened the oven to see big, golden brown and flaky scones. I had 1.5 with jam and butter and a drizzle of agave nectar. SOOO good. My hubby doesn’t like berries so I intend to freeze the rest. Thanks so much-delicious!!!

  50. Anonymous
    February 27, 2010 at 7:34 am

    BTW I calculated each one to be 251 calories for anyone who is interested.

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