Pumpkin Scones

So, I know I just made you some pumpkin cake, but I have one more pumpkin recipe for you. Actually, I have a million more, but I promise to space them out a bit from now on. But these are just too good not to share.

A few weeks back, I stopped at for a coffee, and the pumpkin scones they had caught my eye. I didn’t buy one, and I’ve had them on my brain ever since. So after a few searches I happened to find a recipe on one of my favourite sites, and so I knew I just had to make them. Plus, they are supposed to taste just like the ones from Starbucks. I made just few changes to the actual scones, and the glaze, and I think they turned out terrific.

I whipped these up quickly Saturday morning to take on a visit to my parents home that day, and we were all blown away with how good they were! I’ve never had the ones from Starbucks, so I don’t know how they compare, but these were amazing. Even better than I could have imagined.

Now you will have to indulge me for a minute while I share a few cute photos with you of Aiden. This past week, my brother went to Portugal for a vacation, and we wanted to send some family photos to share with family there. So, I decided to do a little photoshoot. Well taking pictures of an almost 3 year old proved harder than I thought. Clearly, Aiden didn’t want to look into the camera, but I managed to get some cute action shots of him “bustin’ a move”. HA.

I did manage to get one smirky smile in there.

Thank you for indulging me. Now, back to the scones.

They’re moist, and full of pumpkin flavour. Have a nice warmth from the spices. And the glaze, well, what can I say? Perfection. The sweet glaze adds a nice amount of sweetness to the scones which are barely sweet. Then the spiced glaze adds a punch of spice which complements the scone and plan glaze perfectly.

These scones came together rather quickly, and would be the perfect addition to any breakfast, or brunch. Or in our case, afternoon coffee. I will definitely be making these again. The only thing I would change…make a double batch the next time.

Pumpkin Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 small, or 6 large scones

A moist pumpkin scone with a spiced glaze.


    For the Scones:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup homemade or canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons half-and-half
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • For the Spiced Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch ginger
  • 2 teaspoons milk


    For the Scones:
  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. Add in the cold butter, and using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is evenly distributed throughout the flour mixture, and no large lumps remain.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, egg, and half-and-half. Pour into the flour mixture, and fold to combine. Form the dough into a ball.
  5. On a lightly floured work surface, pat the dough into a long rectangle, about 4x13-inches, and about 1-inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 3 equal pieces. Cut each of the pieces once, on the diagonal, to make 2 triangles. Do the same for the remaining pieces. You will end up with 6 large scones. For smaller scones, cut the long rectangle in half horizontally, and then follow the same steps thereafter.
  6. Place the cut pieces of dough on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about an inch of space around. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden brown. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. For the Glaze:
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, and milk until smooth. Using a pastry brusch, pain the glaze onto the cooled scones. Allow to dry for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the icing is not wet before topping with the spiced glaze.
  9. For the Spiced Glaze:
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Either drizzle the glaze on the dried plain glaze. Alternatively, I put the icing into a small ziplock bag and cut a small hole into one corner and used it as a piping bag to make the zig zag pattern on top.
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Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from We Heart Food.

  • Monica Topping

    I am totally making these bad boys for Thanksgiving with my family. I had a trial run tonight, using homemade pumpkin puree and the dough was waaaaay too wet, but with a bit of extra flour, all was well. Think I’ll squeeze some of the extra water out of the puree before I use it again next week. :-) The family all had seconds and requested leftovers for their school lunch tomorrow. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Monica Topping

      PS- Adorable curly headed kiddo.

      • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

        Thank you :) :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Awesome!! Happy to hear you enjoyed them. For homemade purée I typically just put it into a fine mesh strainer to drain some of the juices, but it sounds like you have it under control :) Happy thanksgiving!!

  • Kathryn

    Had some leftover pumpkin puree from another recipe, so I randomly found these puppies on Pinterest and decide to give them go. Holy moly JACKPOT! They are absolutely delish, great recipe! Take THAT Starbucks!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Kathryn, so happy to hear you enjoyed them! They are the best fall treat! Thanks for the comment!

  • Danielle Wilson

    Love pumpkin scones! I linked to your recipe in my blog post :) http://wp.me/p12tDW-l6

  • sarahmary

    Wow, made these this morning and they are prob the best scones Ive ever had (and I make scones prb once a week) As much as I wanted too I didnt put on the icing they really didnt need it. I was a bit worried with the amt of sugar in these scones but they tasted great. Thanks for sharing I will def make these again!! Yummers!!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      So happy you enjoyed!!

  • tiffany

    Omg these scones are amazing. I made a double batch and i made them abit smaller. And they freeze awesome. I just take them out the night before.

  • http://twitter.com/ricosinazucar Rico Sin Azúcar

    I found your scones at Foodgawker and they look delightful!
    Thanks for the recipe 😉

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  • Maddie

    I made these for a British celebration day, they were a huge hit! It tastes just like the Starbucks scones, thank you for the recipe!

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  • Erika

    These sound absolutely amazing and your photos are gorgeous!!

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  • ildy

    Hi, your recipe sounds good, but what is “4 tablespoons haf-and-half” ?

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Ildy,

      Half-and-half is also known as table cream. It’s a cream with 10% milk fat. Hope that helps.

  • Jessie

    Those look like I need to make them immediately. Thanks!

  • Hannah

    I made these last night and they are SO good. So moist and soft and not overly sweet. My dough was really sticky so I had to add some extra flour, but they still turned out great. I will definitely be making them again. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Glad you liked them, Hannah! Thanks for stopping by to let me know. Have a great day!

  • Lisa Marie @ MidwestVeg

    Wow those scones are calling to me right now. It would be the perfect compliment to my pumpkin spice latte. Poor lonely latte. Definitely bookmarking your recipe! Yum!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      These would be absolutely perfect with a pumpkin spice latte! Now you have me craving one :)

  • pam

    Yum! The scones at the coffee shop are almost $3 each!?! I’d rather buy a can of pumpkin and make dozens of scones for pennies… and they taste so much better :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      I agree!

  • liz

    I’m enjoying your blog, Jessica (and your recipes!). I’m from Australia and the idea of icing a scone would be ……. just not done at all! (Mind you, I did enjoy the Starbucks version when I visited the US). Here, we eat plain scones with jam and butter or cream and pumpkin ones with just butter – always warm from the oven.
    We had a very interesting politician some years ago whose wife gained some fame with her pumpkin scone recipe (she later also entered politics..another story).
    Anyhow…here’s her recipe and very tasty they are.

    Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen’s Famous Pumpkin Scones

    Chef: Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen

    This recipe is courtesy of the website http://www.southburnett.net

    Degree of difficulty: Low

    You need:
    1 Tblsp butter
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 egg
    1 cup mashed pumpkin (cold)
    2 cups Self raising flour

    Beat together butter, sugar and salt with electric mixer.
    Add egg, then pumpkin and stir in the flour.
    Turn on to floured board and cut.
    Place in tray on top shelf of very hot oven 225-250c for 15-20 minutes.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks Liz! I would imagine most people are used to eating scones just the way you do, but I’m sure these would be a welcomed change. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe! Have a great day!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease

    I am usually not a scone person but these look so good! And the pictures of your lil’ guy are super cute…my three year old is the same way avoids standing still.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks Angela! I’m not much of a scone person either, mainly because I imagine they are dry, but these were nice and moist.

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Move over Starbucks! These look amazing! And you can definitely bring on the pumpkin recipes – I haven’t had pumpkin since last fall! And btw, Aiden is absolutely precious!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks