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Pumpkin Scones

These perfect Pumpkin Scones are studded with cinnamon chips and topped with a simple glaze, making for a craveable breakfast or afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

I love scones any time of the year, but especially during the fall.

After all, what’s better than cozying up under a blanket with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat? And scones are definitely one of my favorite afternoon sweet treats.

Right now, I’m obsessed with these Pumpkin Scones. They’re full of cinnamon chips and plenty of pumpkin pie spice so they taste like fall in every bite!

PUMPKIN CINNAMON CHIP SCONES

The first scone I ever had were the Orange Scones from Panera Bread. I immediately fell in love with them.

Since then, I’ve made Lemon Raspberry Scones, Cranberry Orange Scones, Toffee Almond Scones…I might be a little scone obsessed.

I know that every fall, people lose their minds over the Pumpkin Scones appearing at Starbucks. And while I love a cup of Starbucks coffee as much as the next girl, I actually prefer to make my own versions of some of their treats at home.

Especially the seasonal stuff that you can’t get year round! I mean, what good is it to fall in love with a pumpkin scone or sugar plum cheese danish if you can’t enjoy it any time?

Even though these Pumpkin Scones started out as a Starbucks copycat recipe, I ended up adding my own twist to them because I apparently can’t leave well enough alone.

In this case, I couldn’t resist adding some cinnamon chips to the dough. Who could blame me? The extra pockets of cinnamon goodness pair so well with the sweet pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN SCONES

The first time I tried scones, I was sure they had to be hard to make. After all, they sound and look so fancy!

But they’re really very simple to make. 

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter, a fork, or even a food processor to cut cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly. Set this aside.

Next, whisk together the wet ingredients. In this case, we’re using pumpkin puree, milk, vanilla bean paste, and an egg. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix in the cinnamon chips.

Use your hands to form the dough into a ball, then pat it out onto a lightly floured surface into an 8-inch circle. The dough will be about 1 inch thick.

Use a large knife or even a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 8 equal triangles. Place these on a lined baking sheet.

Bake the scones for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. 

After the scones have cooled on a wire rack, top them with a simple glaze made with:

  • 1 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

The bit of pumpkin pie spice in the glaze mimics the flavor in the scones themselves and is the perfect finishing touch! 

STORING AND FREEZING

Store cooled and glazed scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you’d like to freeze them for later, store them in a freezer-safe container or a zip-top freezer bag for up to 2 months. You can then let them thaw at room temperature or pop them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds before enjoying.

Two pumpkin scones on a white plate. One of them has been broken in half to show the inside of the scone

Pumpkin Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These perfect Pumpkin Scones are studded with cinnamon chips and topped with a simple glaze, making for a crave-worthy breakfast or afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mini cinnamon chips

For the glaze:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife, fork, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter are obvious. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, vanilla paste and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix in mini cinnamon chips. Form the dough into a ball.
  4. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into an 8-inch circle and about 1 inch thick. Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 8 equal triangular portions. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 14–16 minutes. Scones should begin to turn light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
  6. When scones have cooled, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over the top of the cooled scones. Let set before serving.

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Martha in KS

Monday 8th of November 2021

I always take treats to my physician when I visit twice/year. This time I took these pumpkin scones. She loved them, as did my niece & friend that I shared them with. Will be making again. Thanks for a great recipe!

Jamie

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the scones, Martha! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. -Jamie

Hollie

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Where do I buy cinnamon chips?

Jamie

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Mine are from King Arthur Flour, but Hershey's makes them as well.

Love2Bake

Thursday 7th of November 2013

The best scone I ever made.. Thank you.. will try different ones with orange zest, dried cranberries, and white chocolate.

The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook

Friday 1st of February 2013

I just made some cinnamon chip scones myself! I’m so used to rock-hard chewy, tough, dry, BLAND scones, but finally, these changed my life!! Finally, a scone that’s buttery, tender, soft, and delicate. Mmm. Literally the best thing that I’ve made.

I didn't use eggs in mine - so the scones were more traditional - super moist, light, fluffy, flaky, and buttery! I must try it with pumpkin next!

http://thekitchenkook.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-best-most-perfect-scone-recipe-ever.html

Katherine

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

I've made these twice before and they've been amazing each time. Just tripled the recipe and it turned out 32 scones for a big Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. All I changed was adding ground cloves to the scones and glaze. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe!

MBA

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

Katherine- I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for stopping by and providing your feedback - have a great day! -Jamie

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