Prepare the ingredients for making your buttermilk scones recipe.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, and butter. Use your fingertips or a pastry blender to blend until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the flour mix and pour in the buttermilk.
With a butter knife, gently stir and cut the mixture until it begins to form a rough dough that almost comes together.
Pat the dough gently into a round or rectangle shape. When shaping the dough, lightly flour the work surface and your hands.
Cut each scone cleanly and straight down using a round cookie cutter, avoiding any wiggling or twisting motions.
Arrange the cut buttermilk scones, close together, on a lined baking sheet. Brush tops with extra buttermilk.
Bake your buttermilk scones until light golden brown and puffed, about 15 minutes.