Cinnamon Chip Scones

There is something about scones that makes me want to curl up on my couch with a cup of tea and spend hours watching old movies under a fuzzy blanket. This is definitely not a luxury I have very often, but I still make scones and simply eat them while running out the door.

Although the weather has warmed up here in Ohio, I was craving fall flavors and really wanted a cinnamony, buttery, delicious scone. Once I thought of a game plan, these scones were on mind through hours of shopping and errands. The plan? Cinnamon chip scones with a cream cheese drizzle—seriously, how good does that sound?!?

When I got home from shopping I threw together a batch plain scone dough and tossed in one cup of mini cinnamon chips and some ground cinnamon. The results were delicious; a nice buttery, slightly sweet scone bursting with fabulous cinnamon flavor. The cream cheese glaze made them extraordinary– so good in fact– I ate one for dinner instead of the filet mignon Brian grilled for me! Sound crazy? Well, keep in mind I am not much a meat eater and would take a starch and veggies over meat any day of the week!

Although I loved my last scone recipe, this one is my new fave. I made them much smaller than the Maple Oatmeal Scones; because I prefer them to be more dainty–yep, dainty! If you too want smaller scones, check out the Pioneer Woman’s picture tutorial for cutting petite scones by clicking here.

Looking for more scones? Check these out:
Maple Oatmeal Scones from My Baking Addiction
Pear Almond Scones from Good Life Eats
Bacon Cheddar and Leek Scones from The Baker’s Daughter
Lemon Blueberry Scones from Baked Bree

Cinnamon Chip Scones


For the Scones

1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter; very cold cut into pieces
2 eggs
1 cup *mini cinnamon chips

optional egg wash
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract extract
2 tablespoons milk


For the Scones

1. In a small bowl, blend the sour cream, vanilla and baking soda, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line with parchments paper.

3. In the bowl of your food processor, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and salt. Pulse a few times to incorporate. Add in the butter and pulse until butter is in pea-sized pieces.

4. Add in the sour cream mixture and eggs into the flour mixture and pulse until just moistened.

5. Remove scone dough from the food processor and into a bowl, fold in cinnamon chips.

6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll or pat dough into a 3/4 inch thick round. Cut into 12 wedges, and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. You can easily shape these any size you want.

7. Optional: Brush the tops lightly with egg wash.

8. Bake 13-16 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

1. Mix the cream cheese with the butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and milk in a bowl.

2. Drizzle over cooled scones in any fashion you choose, I used a pastry bag with a Wilton #3 tip to achieve the look shown in the photos.


- If you cannot find mini cinnamon chips, simply chop the standard cinnamon chips to make smaller pieces.
- No food processor? Simply cut the butter into the flour mixtures using a pastry blender.
- You can also freeze your butter in whole sticks and grate it using the large holes of a box grater; this will allow you to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture without too much effort.


39 Responses to “Cinnamon Chip Scones”

  1. Maria — April 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I am so glad you made these because I have several bags of cinnamon chips in the freezer! Now I know what to make:)


  2. merry jennifer — April 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve never seen cinnamon chips before, but this is a good excuse to go looking for them!


  3. Jenn @ Pete Eatemall — April 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    One more week of GFree then I am for sure making scones! Happy Baking!


  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Love cinnamon chip scones! That is my favorite scone flavor!


  5. Kirstin — April 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Scones are my favorite thing EVER to bake, I just made a version with a bunch of orange and lime zest and they were soooo good. I’m definitely going to remember this sweet variation! (once I get my hands on some cinnamon chips, of course)


  6. sheena — April 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    yay scones! loveeee scones. and i feel ya on having a scone for dinner. the other day i ate a chocolate danish for dinner. but i still do love my meat =]


  7. pamela — April 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Cinnamon Chip Scones sound absolutely HEAVENLY right now! Especially with the drizzle on top! YUM!


  8. Double Dipped Life — April 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    We love cinnamon chips around here. These look divine!


  9. Jill — April 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Ooooo…. these look great! I’ve been looking for a new scone recipe and will certainly try these!


  10. Jenna / Eat Drink Pretty — April 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Those are gorgeous and they look so good! I can’t wait to give them a try this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    You ROCK! These are beautiful. I have a bit of an addiction to those cinnamon chips. There might be about 5 bags in my pantry at the moment ;)


  12. hannah @ thepastrykook — April 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    it’s been years since my last scone. i think ive forgotten what it’s like. but u made me wanna make some soon! (:


  13. Joe @ Eden Kitchen — April 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Oh wow these look so amazing. What are cinnamon chips and can you make them yourself? The grocery stores here in New Zealand don’t have them…


    • Jamie — April 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      I don’t know if you can make them yourself–interesting question though! Here is the link to the online retailer where I purchased mine.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Bob — April 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    They look fantastic, love the cream cheese glaze. I didn’t used to be able to get cinnamon chips but I haven’t checked the stores near my new place. I should!


  15. Cherine — April 13, 2010 at 4:06 am

    This is a perfect treat!


  16. bunkycooks — April 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I have never seen cinnamon chips, but they are worth tracking down to make these! The scones look so good…where is my cup of tea?


  17. Kara — April 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I love baking with cinnamon chips, and these look heavenly. Can’t wait to give them a try. Yum!


  18. Jelli — April 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Your scones look really tasty. Great photos. Your Ohio weather mentions always make me homesick. Here in Costa Rica, the weather changes are much different (wet or dry) and oh, how I long for the sweet smell of springtime, dew on the grass, and the trees in bloom.


  19. Weekend Cowgirl — April 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I love scones and especially when they have no fruit like these!!! Yum.


  20. kristan roland — April 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    These look so yummy!! If only I can find cinnamon chips…the Walmarts here don’t carry them… :(


  21. Sara — April 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Jamie, the scones look delicious!!!


  22. Memoria — April 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Your scones look beautiful! Wow. I love the drizzle.


  23. mike — April 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I have cinnamon chips and made scones for work last Friday (I’m in a scone-mood). These look great! I was looking for a cinnamon recipe and ended up making chocolate instead. LOVE the glaze too – how great!


  24. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 14, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I get these a lot at starbucks, but I have to say that yours look way better and that cream cheese drizzle is awesome :)


  25. Jennifurla — April 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I was wondering if you could be my mom for a week or two possibly? I love all your pictures and recipes.


  26. Julie — April 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    The cinnamon in there sounds SO good…yum!


  27. Katie — April 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    YUM! I adore anything cinnamony and love scones so these sound just my knid of snack. Love the cream cheese drizzle too


  28. Taylor — April 15, 2010 at 12:11 am

    These look really tasty! I made some similar ones using rum raisins and cinnamon sugar,
    Love the Blog!
    – Taylor


  29. CaSaundra — April 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I usually crave fall flavors in the spring/summer too! I’ve never made scones, but I have a bag of cinnamon chips in the pantry calling my name now!


  30. ingrid — April 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I love scones but have never baked them before. For some reason I think of them as something that has to be eaten as soon as they’re baked and I just don’t have that kind of time. I need to figure out how to make it happen.


  31. I would love to make these but I can not for the life of me find cinnamon chips! I have looked in a few different places! grrrr


  32. anna — September 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I live in california and just recently ran across cinnamon chips at one of our grocery stores called albertsons. I grabbed a couple bags and now im very interested i making these. If anyone out there has an albertsons near by its the only store I know of that carries them. They are made by hersheys! enjoy!


  33. Jessica Skiftun — January 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Making these for brunch tomorrow… I hope they turn out as well as yours!


  34. The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook — February 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I love your cream cheese drizzle!! I just made some cinnamon chip scones myself! And mmm!!! They were so GOOD! Finally a scone that’s buttery, soft, and tender! I’m so used to rock-hard chewy, tough, dry, BLAND scones. Bleh!

    I used a slightly different recipe than yours with less flour – so the dough, and trust me when I say this, was not dry at all! I also didn’t use any eggs because I don’t like my scones too cakey; instead they were super flakey and butter and tender – almost like a biscuit. But a sweet, unique, and totally awesome biscuit! I hope to try yours soon and compare!


  35. Anna — May 2, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Great recipe – I like how you mixed the sour cream with the baking soda and vanilla first, added great texture and lightness to the scones!  My daughter loved the cream cheese frosting, like a cinnamon roll in a scone :). While not meant to be a health food I know, I have another similar recipe I make that uses 2% plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and the flavor profile is so similar I don’t think anyone would miss the flavor or the calories :). And subbing 1 cup of while flour for a whole grain flour adds interesting texture and a dash of health – and still doesn’t make it seem like a health food by any means.  Sometimes the little things here and there can help without sacrificing any of the deliciousness! 


    • Jamie — May 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Hi, Anna! I love your substitutions. Thank you for sharing!


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