Buttered Pecan Scones

I had forgotten what the holidays smelled like til I made these scones.  The aroma of pecans sautéing in butter or baking in custard for pecan pie is the essence of late December for me.  But, summer also smells like pecans sautéing in butter because everyone knows the best flavor of ice cream is buttered pecan.  I guess us Texans are just pecan eatin’ people.

Bake these for a romantic Christmas morning before all the relatives come to your house, and enjoy them peacefully with coffee.  Or, bake them the morning before a big Christmas shopping trip because they will comfort you as you drive all over town looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  You will miraculously not be annoyed at traffic, or stores that have not restocked their merchandise since Black Friday, or even the lady who pulls out the pepper spray in line (did y’all hear about that??).

I promise they’ll keep a smile on your face til lunchtime.  After lunch, though, you’re on your own.  I recommend cupcakes.

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Buttered Pecan Scones
Makes 2 scones.
  • ½ cup + 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons butter + 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup whole pecan halves
  • ¼ cup cream (plus extra for brushing)
  • Coarse sugar for the top, if desired
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and grease a small cookie sheet.
  2. In a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with the pecans. Let toast slowly over low heat until they are fragrant. When done, remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the 2½ tablespoons of cold butter and work it into the flour using your hands or a pastry cutter. When the butter is the size of rice grains and is evenly distributed throughout the flour, add the cream. Stir together lightly, then add the buttered pecan mixture. Dump the mixture out onto a floured board and need no more than 10 times to make the dough come together. Form a 6” long rectangle, cut it in half, then place on the baking sheet 5" apart. Brush with extra cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake for 15 minutes.



  1. says

    Butter Pecan is one of my favorite flavors….I think it’s a southern thing!! (actually I always thought it was an old person thing too, but we’re both young so that can’t be true!! )

    Totally bookmarking this. Looks so good!!

  2. says

    Well, there you go. I was just wondering what types of scones to make for Christmas breakfast this year and now you’ve helped me figure it out! Can’t wait to try these!

  3. says

    There is a very good chance I’ll make these for Christmas morning…you don’t have to try hard to talk me into anything with “buttered pecan” in the title!

  4. says

    My husband has this new recent obsession with pecans. It’s like he just discovered them for the first time or something and he’s sitting over my shoulder as I read this saying “you MUST make these” so they will be making an appearance soon in my kitchen :)

  5. says

    I was thinking these scones would taste wonderful with a side of that butter pecan ice cream… :) Thanks for another delish recipe, Christina, and for your delightful commentary with it!

  6. says

    When I saw these lovelies on instagram, I instantly knew I had to make them. Am making my 12 days of Christmas baking list and these will definitely go on them. Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe!

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