Pumpkin Scones

This past weekend was so beautiful! My husband and I spent a wonderful Saturday morning walking the dogs around the downtown canal and enjoying an amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. While we were in Starbucks I spotted the pumpkin scones and just had to have one! I mean seriously, what is better than a pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin scone on a crisp fall morning? This recipe, like many that I have posted, starts off like this: I am at a restaurant or bakery and try something truly amazing and I have to go home and recreate it. This is exactly what happened with this recipe, the second I bit into the moist pumpkin scone from Starbucks, it was on! I went home and searched for a pumpkin scone that could rival the one I had earlier in the morning. I could hardly wait for Sunday morning to try the recipe that I found. As the scones were baking, the smell coming from the oven was so fantastic that my husband and even my dogs were sticking around the kitchen! :) These moist and delicious pumpkin scones, with the sweet taste of pumpkin and spices of fall, are brushed with a scrumptious powered sugar and drizzled with a spicy glaze. If you love pumpkin, this sweet and spicy scone is sure to please!

Pumpkin Scones

These moist and delicious pumpkin scones, with the sweet taste of pumpkin and spices of fall, are brushed with a scrumptious powered sugar and drizzled with a spicy glaze. If you love pumpkin, this sweet and spicy scone is sure to please!

Yield: 12 Scones


For the Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg
For the Powdered Sugar Glaze:
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
For the Spiced Glaze:
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with fit the paddle attachment, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and form the dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick rectangle about 4 inches by 12 inches. Use a large knife to slice the dough making three equal portions. Cut each of the portions in an X pattern (four pieces) so you end up with 12 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
While the scones are cooling, make the powdered sugar glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. When scones are cool, use a pastry brush to spread plain glaze over the top of each scone. Allow to firm.
While the powdered sugar glaze is firming, combine all of the ingredients for the spiced glaze. Drizzle over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (about an hour).

Recipe Note: you can freeze unbaked scones and enjoy hot from the oven scones any day of the week. Just freeze on a baking sheet until firm, tightly wrap in plastic wrap and place in a ziploc freezer bag. When ready to bake just pop into the oven straight from the freezer, no need to thaw. Just add a few more minutes to the baking time.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker originally adapted from We [Heart] Food

195 Responses to “Pumpkin Scones”

  1. #
    Southern Elle — September 27, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    I’m being driven mad by pictures of delicious looking pumpkin scones. Not a pumpkin to be found in Dublin!

    • Cindy replied: — September 15th, 2011 @ 7:54 am

      the recipe calls for canned pumpkin, do you have those? i’m going to try this recipe this weekend… i can not wait! :)

      • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

        I hope you enjoy them! They are one of my favorites this time of year! :)

    • graciesbakes replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 7:16 am

      have you tried Fallon & Byrne – I just found some there a couple weeks back. They had delays last year getting it but they have it now!

  2. #
    nesrine — September 27, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    look yummy, never baked pumpkin scones before, should give them a try !!!

  3. #
    oneordinaryday — September 27, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    Definitely getting bookmarked. These look delicious.

  4. #
    Kristen — September 27, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Ooooh, I just had my first pumpkin scone (along with my regular autumn pumpkin spice latte’, too!) from Starbucks a few weeks ago! I will definitely have to try this recipe. =)

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    Rachel — September 27, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    mmmmm scones…and pumpkin! I love anything pumpkin whenever I can get it. I’m currently enjoying a mug of pumpkin spice tea. All I need is a scone to go with it!

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    Tracy — September 27, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    These scones look wonderful! I need to make some!

  7. #
    torviewtoronto — September 27, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    perfect for this season

  8. #
    Joy — September 27, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    That looks great. I love scones. I just haven’t had the chance to try making them.

  9. #
    Big Boys Oven — September 27, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    a lovely and delicious pumpkin scones and I like your spice glaz too!

  10. #
    3rdfloorbakes — September 27, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    I love how there are two glazes. Yum!

  11. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — September 27, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    They look awesome! So happy you enjoyed the recipe!

  12. #
    Karen — September 27, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

    I bet these smelled fantastic in the oven! Yum! I love Fall food…your scones look delicious!

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — September 29, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    Oh these are perfect for fall! Just love that drizzling icing.

  15. #
    baking in lisbon — September 30, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    This scones totally remind me of my vacation in california, I always would eat one at breakfast!

  16. #
    TheshoeboxKitchen — October 3, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    Hey, we’re about to make these tonight in the shoeboxkitchen. Can’t wait! Thanks for the recipe and beautiful photographs!

    • Christina replied: — October 3rd, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

      Awesome! :) Let me know how they turn out!

  17. #
    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — October 3, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Oh how I love Starbucks!! This is definately what I am making next with pumpkin, they sound amazing.

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  19. #
    Jamie Poster — November 1, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    Oh my god, I ate them for dinner. I couldn’t wait!

  20. #
    Kelly — November 18, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Awesome recipe, works well!

  21. #
    Emily — November 19, 2010 @ 12:42 am

    These look amazing and almost exactly what I’ve been searching for. I’ve never made scones or glaze before and I was hoping to make a maple glaze. Do you have a recipe for maple glaze, by any chance? Thanks so much for posting this!!

  22. #
    Emily — November 19, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

    Thanks for the recipe link to the maple glaze! Looking forward to trying it out!

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  25. #
    Beth B — March 31, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    I just found your recipe last night and tried it (my hubby wasn’t too fond of the other recipe I used). I simply made a glaze of powdered sugar and milk and poured it all over the scones due to a quick descision of making them late at night. They were delicious this morning for breakfast and an afternoon snack. I took one to my hubby for dessert at lunch and he said it is much better than my old recipe! Thanks so much for posting! I am subscribing to your blog so I don’t miss any other great recipes!

  26. #
    Julie — August 30, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    Is there any way to download the recipe in printer friendly form? I tried the link above and it said it could not print as it violated the terms of service (not sure why). They look so yummy; I would love to add it to my recipe book. Thank you, Julie

    • Christina replied: — August 30th, 2011 @ 8:47 am

      It should be working now. Let me know if you have anymore trouble. I hope you enjoy the scones! They are one of my favorite things to make during the fall. Let me know how they turn out for you! :)

      • Julie replied: — August 30th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

        Just got it to print!! Excited about giving them a try as we go into Fall

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  29. #
    Kate — September 10, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Oh yum I have a giant can of open pumpkin in my fridge these sound great!

  30. #
    potatofaces — September 10, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    I know what i wil be making this halloween…

  31. #
    Angela FRS — September 10, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Fabulous, and it is finally cool enough to bake–these look wonderful.

  32. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 10, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Oh, my, do these look amazing! I’d love one with a nice strong cup of coffee, please.

  33. #
    Carolyn — September 10, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Your’e killin’ this poor diabetic with your beautiful pumpkin scones. But they sure are pretty to look at!

  34. #
    zoi lover — September 11, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    These look and sound wonderful. Want to try out my new oven and these sound worthy. One question-you didn’t specify salted or unsalted butter. Also want to make pumpkin pancakes soon. Pumpkin is a favorite of mine. Off to Starbucks for a pumpkin latte to tide me over til I can make your scones.

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

      You can use whatever butter you have on hand. I always use unsalted butter, just a personal preference. If you use salted butter I would decrease the amount of salt listed in the ingredients. If you give them a try let me know how they turn out for you! :)

  35. #
    Tiffany N — September 11, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Cannot wait for these to cool! I skipped the plain glaze and added 2 Tbsp of leftover pumpkin to the spiced glaze, as I’m pregnant and my sweet-tolerance level is lower than normal. They already smell fantastic!

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

      I hope that you enjoyed them! These scones are one of my favorite recipes to make this time of year! I will have to try adding pumpkin puree to the spiced glaze next time, sounds delicious! :)

  36. #
    Heather — September 12, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    My 13 year old son had a pumpkin scone from Starbucks recently and has been begging me to try and make some. He found this recipe and made them mostly by himself. They are fabulous. However, our dough was very wet and hard to work with…Any suggestions on what we might have done wrong?
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

      I am sorry to hear that the dough was very wet and hard to work with. :( I am not sure what might have gone wrong…i have made this recipe so many times and it has never turned out like that. If you have the same problem next time, try adding only 2 tablespoons of half-and-half and see if that helps. :)

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    Kristen — September 14, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Added chocolate chips! :) Big hit ! Thanks

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

      Mmmm…chocolate chips? That sounds amazing! I need to throw a few in next time bake these! :)

  39. #
    Michael Ann — September 16, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Going to make these for sure. I too love the Starbucks pumpkin scones!! Love their Maple ones too. mmmm…..

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    Michael Ann Riley — September 18, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    I made them too! This morning. I took the shortcut too and just made one glaze. I mad the spice one. I think next time I’ll just do the white glaze. They tasted amazing though!!! ooo,, I see someone put a recipe for maple glaze. That sounds good too. Anyhow, definitely a keep recipe!

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    Christy Dykes Mannon — September 21, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Ok, these are FANTASTIC!!! I made a couple changes though, I had to “make” my own half and half(we dont use that at all in our house lol) and I didnt have any cold chunks of butter on hand, so I just used refrigerated margerine — Initially, the scone(plain) didnt taste that much like pumpkin, but I read in the comments how one lady added 2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree to the second glaze(the spiced one) .. so I did that, but it just tasted sweet to me, so I added some more cinnamon and nutmeg to my taste(I like a nice spice taste with my pumpkin) and that REALLY pumped up the flavor and it is SOOOOO good!Thank you for post this amazing recipe!! :))

    • Christina replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the scones!! Thanks so much for sharing your adaptations to the recipe…I love to hear what others try and love. I will definitely try adding more cinnamon and nutmeg next time! :)

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    sl — October 2, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    this recipe has WAAAY too much wet ingredients. I had to add up to 2 cups of flour to get not even near a dense scone dough. I would suggest adding 2 cups of flour and removing some of the butter, cream and pumpkin. A scone dough has to be very dense…
    The taste was good, but nothing wow. i would not do this recipe again and Im off looking for another one!

    • Christina replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      I am sorry to hear that the recipe didn’t work out for you. As you can see from the pictures, I didn’t not have any problem with the recipe ingredients. I am not sure what might have gone wrong…I have made this recipe so many times and the dough has never turned out too wet. Is it possible that you misread the recipe added too many wet ingredients?

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    Susie — October 6, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Just made these and they are so good! I usually get my pumpkin scone fix at Peet’s, but now I can make them at home!

    • Christina replied: — October 9th, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

      Yea!! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! :)

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