COMBINE the flour, salt, baking powder, and pepper in a large bowl. Use the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps. Stir in the sausage and cheese.
COMBINE the maple syrup and the whipping cream in a separate bowl and then stir into the dry ingredients and add chives just until evenly incorporated.
PUSH the dough out in a ¾” thick circle and place on a parchment lined baking pan in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
CUT the chilled dough into 8 wedges but leave the circle of pieces together.
BRUSH a thin layer of whipping cream over the scones.
BAKE in the oven until golden brown around the edges of each scone, about 35 minutes.