This Pumpkin Scone Recipe is filled with warm spices which makes it the perfect fall pastry. It’s made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, pumpkin purée, butter, and heavy cream. When these ingredients are combined with flour, baked, and topped with a spiced glazed icing, it’s magic!

pumpkin scones sitting on a baking sheet drizzled with icing

Why I love this pumpkin scone recipe

There’s nothing better than sipping a pumpkin spice latte and eating a pumpkin scone on a crisp fall or winter day. Instead of going to the nearest coffee shop, you can make your own scones right at home. It’s easier than you think and you can have as many as you want! They are great to give away as gifts as well. 

If this is your first time making scones, you’ll never want to buy them from the store again. They taste like pumpkin pie in scone form and are soft and moist on the inside. The kids will love them too! Before you know it, they’ll be the most asked for dessert this season.

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Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • White granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Butter
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Heavy cream 
  • Egg 

Icing 

  • Powdered sugar 
  • Heavy cream 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Pinch of nutmeg, ginger, and cloves

How to make this Pumpkin Scone Recipe

Preheat the oven. 

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk the dry ingredients together. 

Grate the frozen butter with a box grater. (It will look like shredded cheese.) Add the grated butter to the flour mixture, combine all of the ingredients.

Use your fingers to combine the mixture until it comes together in pea-size crumbs. Add the wet ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until mixed.

Add the wet ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until mixed.

Slowly add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredient mixture. 

Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients together. 

Sprinkle flour on a counter. Pat the dough into an 8-inch circle. 

Cut the dough circle in half. Next cut the circle in half again. Cut each quarter in three wedges. 

Brush the top of each scone with a thin coat of milk. 

Sprinkle the top of each scone with a light dusting of sugar. 

Move each scone to the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 14-16 minutes. (Or until the bottom of the scone is slightly browned.) Don’t overbake.

baked scones on a parchment paper on a baking sheet

Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool. After the scones have cooled, drizzle on the glaze.

pumpkin scones sitting on a baking sheet drizzled with icing

GLAZE

In a small mixing bowl add the powder sugar, milk, cinnamon, and a pinch of each nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. 

With an electric mixer combine the ingredients together to make the glaze. 

Drizzle the glaze over the scones. 

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Variations on this pumpkin scone recipe: 

Here are a few variations on making this delicious pumpkin scones recipe: 

  • Mix in the butter by hand or you can use a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Then, pour in the heavy cream, mix until just combined, roll the dough out, cut them into wedges, and then bake. 
  • To make these scones gluten-free, replace the all-purpose flour with almond flour. 
  • You can use canned pumpkin puree or you can make your own with a whole pumpkin right at home. 
  • You can adjust any of the spices in the recipe to what you like. If you like more cinnamon and less nutmeg, it’s easy to add a little in or take a little out. 
  • To give them as gifts, wrap them in crinkly cellophane paper and tie the tops with colorful ribbons. Place a little hanging card through the ribbon with the name of the pastry as well. Your friends and family will be delighted to get a homemade gift that they can eat! 

How to store pumpkin scones: 

Once the scones are baked, you can keep them in an air-tight container on the counter for up to three days. They will begin to get hard and crumbly if let out too long. 

You can also individually wrap and freeze extra scones. Place the wrapped scones in a freezer bag and into the freezer for up to three months. 

To thaw, leave them on the counter or heat them in the microwave in 30-second increments until warm all the way through. 

FAQs

How do I get my scones to rise and be fluffy?

There are a couple of factors at play when getting your scones to rise. The addition of the baking powder and egg is the first step. The second is to cut cold butter into pea-size pieces and not allow them to melt before you bake the scones. 

The butter creates little air pockets and helps make the dough rise and be tender and flaky.

Should scones be dry or wet?

The dough should be tacky and not too dry and crumbly or too wet and gooey. Once they are baked they should be moist on the inside and cooked all the way through.

Can you use water instead of milk in scones?

The use of heavy cream is best in scones to make them rich and tender. You could use milk in a pinch but water will leave you will less flavorful scones. You may not notice if you use lots of spices or a spiced glaze.

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Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄3 Cup  white granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 6 tablespoons chopped butter Frozen 
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
  • 3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream 
  • 1 Large Egg 

Icing

  • 2 Cups plus 6 tablespoons powdered sugar. 
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • Pinch of nutmeg, ginger and cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray a coat of nonstick baking spray.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Cut the parchment paper to fit the sheet.
  5. In a medium bowl whisk the dry ingredients together. (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger)
  6. Grate the frozen butter with a box grater. (It will look like shredded cheese.)
  7. Add the grated butter to the flour mixture, combine all of the ingredients.
  8. Use your fingers to combine the mixture until it comes together in pea-size crumbs. Set aside.
  9. Add the wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, cream, and egg) to a small bowl. Beat until mixed.
  10. Slowly add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredient/butter mixture. Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients together.
  11. Sprinkle flour on a counter.
  12. Pat the dough into an 8-inch circle.
  13. Cut the dough circle in half. (vertical)
  14. Next cut the circle in half again. (horizontal)
  15. Cut each quarter in three wedges.
  16. Brush the top of each scone with a thin coat of milk.
  17. Sprinkle the top of each scone with a light dusting of sugar.
  18. Use a large offset spatula to move each scone to the prepared baking sheet.
  19. Bake at 425 degrees for 14-16 minutes. (Or until the bottom of the scone is slightly browned.) Don't overbake.
  20. When done, remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  21. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool.
  22. After the scones have cooled, add the glaze.
  23. GLAZE

    1. In a small mixing bowl add the powder sugar, milk, cinnamon, and a pinch of each nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
    2. With an electric mixer combine the ingredients together to make the glaze.
    *(If the glaze is too thick add a teaspoon or two of milk and stir to mix.)
    *(If the glaze is too thin add in one or two tablespoons of powdered sugar and mix well.)
    3. Grab a glass and a small Ziploc bag. Fit the Ziploc bag in the glass with the open end of the bag towards the top of the glass.
    4. Spoon the glaze in the bag.
    5. Squeeze the open end of the bag closed.
    6. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag.
    7. Squeeze the glaze to the hole in the bag and drizzle the glaze on the scone.
    8. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Glaze drizzled
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