Pumpkin scones for two. This quick small batch scone recipe is full of real pumpkin and pumpkin spice! The best scones you've ever had because they're made with all cream and are super flaky!
If you like this recipe, you will also love my pumpkin ebook with 25 Pumpkin Recipe That Aren't Pie and 1 That Is!
The only time it's good to be flaky is when you're a scone. Wait, I should say that biscuits are definitely allowed to be flaky, too.
If you haven't seen my small batch biscuits recipe, you need to see that too!
How to make scones, the rule book:
First of all, a proper scone is made with all cream and a small amount of butter. It should puff up and out in the oven, and crack in a few places, too. While it's flaky on the outside, the inside of a scone, should be soft and muffin-y.
I don't make the rules for scones, friends, I just know how to make them the best way possible.
My small-batch pumpkin scones recipe makes 4 scones. It's perfect for a weekday morning when you want a quick breakfast treat. The scone dough is made all in one bowl, and then shaped and cut right on the baking pan.
They bake in less than 20 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to clean up the bowls and make the pumpkin spice glaze.
Pumpkin Scones Recipe Adaptations:
Because pumpkin is a very wet ingredient, I had to make a few adjustments to this recipe.
- Reduce the butter and omit the egg yolk.
- Add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. The moisture of the pumpkin replaced the egg yolk.
- Remember to use a big pan so the scones have room to breathe.
As a result of these changes, these scones are the BEST.
When I made my lemon scones for two recipe, you guys freaked because they're light and flaky, just the way they should be! I'm happy to report that the pumpkin scones are just as light and flaky.
Can you see how much these guys puffed up in the oven? The cracked portion and the crispy bit on the top is my absolute FAVORITE.
If you want great scones, don't use one of those scone pans! Scones need plenty of room to puff up in the oven, and they should have plenty of room around them while they bake. These pumpkin scones in the photo were pushed together for the photo; bake them spaced apart, please.
This is my quarter sheet pan, and it has plenty of room to space out 4 scones.
Are these better than Starbucks pumpkin scones?
In a word, yes, because the texture is better and they also have more spice!
I ordered a pumpkin scone at Starbucks to compare, and still, I love this recipe more!
Therefore, every morning, I resist the urge to hand out these pumpkin scones to everyone in line at Starbucks to prevent them from ordering their thin, flat ones!
Even though this recipe isn't overly sweet, you can sweeten it up with the icing. The pumpkin spice icing on top brings all the sweetness you need, but in my opinion, the glaze is optional. If you decide not to use the icing, pair the scones up with a cup of milky sweet coffee.
So are you ready to start baking? I'm going to hand this recipe over to you, friends, and then let you comment about their deliciousness. There's only so many times I can tell you how sweet, flaky, fluffy, tender, spicy and delicious these pumpkin scones are before you think I'm crazy!
Finally, I want to share my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice that really makes all of my pumpkin desserts sing.
Homemade pumpkin spice recipe:
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- scant ½ teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
Yes, black pepper is the key here! If you don't have all the ingredients in your pantry to make it, you can also buy pumpkin spice in a jar. Plus, I'm always struggling to use up my spices before they lose their flavor.
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Pumpkin scones with pumpkin spice glaze.
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
For the glaze:
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin spice.
- Dice the butter and add it to the flour mixture. Work the butter into the flour mixture until it's evenly distributed and smaller than peas. Use two knives, a pastry cutter, or your hands.
- Next, add the pumpkin and heavy cream in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour this on the flour mixture and stir until a shaggy dough forms. Don't overmix, but incorporate things well.
- Scoop the dough out, place it on the baking sheet, and use the warmth of your hands to make it stick together into a circle.
- Shape the dough into a disc 5" in diameter.
- Slice the dough circle into 4 even pieces. Brush each piece with extra heavy cream.
- Bake for 16-19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the scones are lightly brown on the edges.
- While the scones bake, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Pour on the scones when they come out of the oven. Serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g
Just made these and although I love scones it was because I make pumpkin dog treats for my fur baby and had to use up the excess. Usually I just make a few muffins but decided to go for small batch of scones today. Added chopped up praline pecans because hubby found in closet from Christmas and I need to use them up. Outstanding recipe, will make many times.
These are delicious. Not too sweet and perfect. Very happy with this recipe and will be sharing amongst my pumpkin loving friends
Thank you for all the amazing paired-down recipes. I’m forever cutting recipes in half for just the two of us. These scones were so easy and yummy. I had to sub the heavy cream with half and half, and it seemed to work fine. Can’t wait to try another recipe.
Such a good recipe! Full of flavor and not dry at all.
I made these gluten free (all purpose GF flour and sugar free (monkfruit). They were so yummy! I didn’t tell my family and they gobbled them down! Such a quick easy recipe! Thank you~