Better-Than-Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones Recipe and Tutorial

gift dessert tin, Currier and Ives metal tin

(I’m re-running this post from last year in honor of Thanksgiving!! Have a blessed week!)

Want some Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones without standing in line? Here’s the recipe! Perfect for a cold fall morning, these pumpkin scones are so moist and flavorful you’ll be wanting to make them year round.

Do you love the aromas of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger? While the scones were baking, the smell coming from the oven was so fantastic it seemed everyone wanted to join us and hang around the kitchen. They were just waiting for a taste test and a handout :)

Spicy glazed Pumpkin scones, dessert tutorialThese moist and delicious pumpkin scones, with the sweet taste of pumpkin and spices of fall, are drizzled with a spicy glaze. If you love pumpkin, this sweet and spicy scone is sure to please!

Ingredients for the Scones:

–2 cups whole wheat flour

–1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (we used Rapadura)

–1 tablespoon baking powder

–1/2 teaspoon sea 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 (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

–3 tablespoons half-and-half

–1 large egg

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


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In the bowl, 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. ‘Rub’ butter between your fingers until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas.

ingredients for scones, rubbing in the butter

cutting in the butter, making scones3. 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.

scone ingredients, organic pumpkin, Trader Joe's

dough for cutting for English scones4. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick rectangle approximately 4 inches by 12 inches. We used a ruler! NOTE: the less patting and handling of the dough at this point, the lighter and moister the result!

5. Use a 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 pieces of dough.

measuring and cutting triangular scones

6. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 14-16 minutes, or until light brown.

7. While the scones are cooling, make the powdered sugar-spice glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, the 4 spices, and milk together until smooth.

spicy glaze topping, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg

spicy glaze topping, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg8. Drizzle over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (about an hour). You can use the corner of a baggie, snip the tiniest of holes there, and gently squeeze out the icing making pretty zig-zags and swirls to ice your lovely scones! Add as much or as little as you like!

squeezing on the glaze, powdered sugar glazeFind a pretty tin and dress it up with a lacy doily! These are sure to be a pleasing addition to a friendly gathering!

doily, Currier and Ives metal tinWe love the rich aromas and spices of fall…can’t you just smell them? Bon appétit!

Adapted this fabulous recipe from one on SweetPeasKitchen.

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~ Jacqueline

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7 Responses to Better-Than-Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones Recipe and Tutorial

  1. ChristyH says:

    Those look very tasty and I think I can smell them through the computer! I LOVE to bake and just wish I didn’t so so much of what I bake. LOL

  2. I am planning on making these soon! :)

  3. Laura S. says:

    I will have to give these a try! I miss living less than a mile from Starbucks although our bank account doesn’t. ;-) Thanks for the inspiration, Jacqueline. May your family have a very blessed and joyful Thanksgiving holiday!

  4. Laura Osborn says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe and tutorial. Made them tonight with my daughter and they are delicious!

  5. Carole says:

    Hi there, today I am collecting pumpkin recipes. Please do drop me a line on if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

  6. These do smell lovely! Just pulled them out of the oven, and my 3 yr old is mixing up the glaze as we speak. :) Thank you for an easy & tasty recipe!

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