It is rarely the actual change in weather that first makes us think about the changing of the seasons.  An advertisement for the new fall boot collection, talk of tailgating and football games or the return of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and much-loved Pumpkin Scones may be the first clues that remind us of the cooler weather and leaves changing colors that are coming our way.

It is amazing to me how excited people get about Starbucks’ specialty drinks becoming available again each year.  The Pumpkin Spice Latte and Peppermint Mocha are the two popular drinks that really seem to make some people giddy.  A few of the treats Starbucks offers also have a cult-like following such as the Pumpkin and Vanilla Bean Scones.  And who am I to argue with what is wildly popular at a major chain coffee shop?

These Pumpkin Scones have been referred to as “copy-cat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones” because of their similarity to famous scones that you buy with your coffee.  I just call them really yummy Pumpkin Scones.

Scones are traditionally on the drier side as far as baked goods go and this makes them particularly enjoyable with a cup of coffee or tea to wash them down.  Whether you are a Starbucks worshipper or simply love scones and fall flavors, these Cinnamon Spice-Glazed Pumpkin Scones will remind you that the season change is upon us.

Cinnamon Spice-glazed Pumpkin Scones
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
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Serves: 16
The flavors of fall celebrated in perfectly spiced pumpkin scones
  • For the scones
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (you could use only all-purpose flour if you would like and just use 2 cups instead of 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup, plus 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • For the powdered sugar glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • For the spiced glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  1. For the scones
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a large bowl (or bowl of a food processor), combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.
  5. Add butter cubes and beat or pulse to combine until a coarse, crumbly mixture is formed.
  6. In another small bowl, mix pumpkin, milk and egg.
  7. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and mix until well-blended.
  8. Flour a flat work surface and place dough onto surface. Pat dough and knead a few times to bring the dough together.
  9. Roll dough into a rectangle about ½ inch thick.
  10. Cut dough into 3 strips lengthwise and then cut each strip into triangles.
  11. Place triangles onto prepared baking sheet and bake 15 minutes.
  12. Cool completely before glazing.
  13. For the powdered sugar glaze
  14. Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and mix until smooth. Spoon or brush over cooled scones.
  15. Allow glaze to dry before applying spiced glaze.
  16. For the spiced glaze
  17. Combine ingredients and mix until smooth.
  18. Put the glaze into a small ziploc bag, squeeze the air from the bag, close the top and cut one corner of the bag to pipe the glaze over the scones.
  19. Recipe adapted from The Accidental Cook

combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices

add butter and mix until coarse mixture is formed

combine pumpkin, milk and egg

add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and mix

place dough onto floured surface and roll into a rectangle

cut dough into triangles and bake

once cooled, apply powdered sugar glaze, followed by spiced glaze

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18 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Trisha
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Mercedes these look PHENOM! I love scones and LOVE pumpkin! And any type of glaze always makes me happy 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:00 am

      Thanks Trish! They were pretty yummy!


  2. Cassie
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Nothing beats a homemade scone! I literally never buy them anywhere since I started making them from scratch. I love this glaze too!


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:01 am

      I feel that way about so many baked goods Cassie. I would almost feel guilty buying them when I know how easy they are to make!


  3. Elaine
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    What a great idea! I’m loving all of the pumpkin recipes I’ve seen lately, but this is certainly one of the most unique ones. And they look so delicious-I’m sure they are even better than the Starbucks scones 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:02 am

      Thank you Elaine! I like to think they are right up their with the Starbucks version!


  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    These are absolutely, insanely perfect. I need a spoon and some alone time with that glaze 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:04 am

      Hayley, I wouldn’t judge you at all if I saw you with a spoon and bowl of glaze!


  5. Sue
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    These scones look delicious Mercedes. I love pumpkin and look forward to trying this recipe.


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:04 am

      Thanks Susie! This is such a fun and easy fall recipe! Let me know if you try them and what you think!


  6. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Oh wow.
    People do go crazy over the pumpkin drinks, it is a little insane! It is still summer in LA so I’m not ready for pumpkin lattes yet…pumpkin scones on the other hand I could eat year-round.


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:05 am

      It is getting really chilly here already (low of 42 last night!). But it feels good!


  7. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    These are perfect! I love a good scone!


  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    Pumpkin scones are the best, yes please!


  9. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    I looove scones, and homemade are SO much better than any Starbucks version! I love the glaze!


  10. Holly
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    yum, I recently made some maple oat scones. It’s Autumn (Fall) themed scone time!


    • Mercedes
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 8:06 am

      Maple Oat Scones sound delicious as well! Thank you Holly!


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