cranberry-studded pumpkin scones.

Save yourself three bucks and a trip to Starbucks, and instead invite some friends over for coffee at your house and serve up these outstandingly delicious cranberry-studded pumpkin scones using this recipe, modeled very closely after the exquisite (and hugely popular) pastry served up at your “local neighborhood Starbucks” (although I do believe that is, in fact, an oxymoron).

starbucks pumpkin scones

cranberry-studded pumpkin scones: tender yet dense, sweet, tart and spiced.

Extremely quick and easy to make, these cranberry-studded pumpkin scones are the perfect solution for any extra (uncarved) pumpkins you have kicking around your house from Halloween… or cans of unspiced pumpkin purée for that matter.

These scones scream “festive,” from Canadian Thanksgiving through Halloween to American Thanksgiving through to your December holiday(s) of choice. They will fill your home with the type of intoxicatingly homey and warm cozy aroma that votive candles are named after. And the mildly sweet spiced pumpkin pastry speckled with occasional dots of cranberry tartness will titillate your tastebuds and curl your lips into a satisfied smile.

pumpkin & cranberry, from october to december: tastes of the festive season.

Cranberry-Studded Pumpkin Scones

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Scone Ingredients

1½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup pastry flour
10 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground ginger
6 tbsp cold butter
½ cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped

½ cup pumpkin purée
3 tbsp half-and-half
1 egg

Icing Sugar Glaze

1 cup icing sugar, plus 1 tbsp
2 tbsp whole milk

Spiced Icing

1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp whole milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch allspice

Tips & Substitutions

  • If you’re not keen on fresh cranberries, or don’t have access to fresh ones, you could always substitute in an equal amount of dried cranberries or raisins, and reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe by 3 tbsp.
  • Go ahead and substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar if you wish.
  • You may have noticed that sometimes a batch of scones will turn out perfect, other times too dry, and other times too sticky, even when you follow the same recipe? This is because flour absorbs different amounts of liquid depending on the weather (humidity) or its freshness. If you find that your dough is little too sticky or dry, try adding a little more flour or half-and-half, respectively.

    starbucks pumpkin scones

    for a more tender texture, be sure not to overhandle the dough.

Scone Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease with a neutral flavored oil).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger.
  3. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry knife, fork or food processor until the mixture is uniformly crumbly and resembles cornmeal.
  4. Add chopped cranberries to flour mixture.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together pumpkin purée, half and half, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Form the dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a 1-inch thick rectangle, roughly 9 inches long  by 3 inches wide.
  7. Use a large, sharp knife to slice the dough into thirds through the width. Cut those three equal rectangles diagonally so that you now have 6 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake in preheated (425 degrees F) oven for 14-16 minutes until scones turn light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.

    glazing and icing pumpkin scones

    the sweetness on top: glaze. let set. decorate with spiced icing. let set. enjoy!

Icing Sugar Glaze Directions

  1. Keep the scones on the wire rack (with a piece of wax paper underneath to catch drippings) while decorating.
  2. Mix the icing sugar and milk together until smooth.
  3. When scones are cool, use a pastry brush to paint glaze over the top of each scone.
  4. Prepare spiced icing as the white glaze hardens.

    pumpkin scone's glaze and spiced icing

    molasses adds a rich color and flavor the the pumpkin scone's spiced icing.

Spiced Icing Directions

  1. Mix the icing sugar, molasses, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice until smooth – it should be quite thick.
  2. Decorate icing over hardened glaze using a pastry bag with a very fine tip or a squirt bottle.
  3. Allow icing to dry at least one hour before serving.
cranberry-studded pumpkin scone

skip the line (and save some cash) and make your own "starbucks" pumpkin scones at home.

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  1. Janet Bryson

    These look delicious – I plan to try them this weekend for bookclub. And the photography is lovely!

  2. Leanne Rankin

    Made these today for an American Thanksgiving baby group… rave reviews! They are delicious and easy to make, keep the recipes coming you truly have a gift!

  3. Made these today (minus the cranberries which I didn’t have). Very impressive looking and tasty.

  4. Made these yesterday and still need to go out and buy a bag of icing sugar later today. Couldn’t resist taking a nibble, and the scones are just perfect. I let the dough rest in the fridge over night (because I was having trouble managing my time yesterday :) and they turned out so tender!! This one’s going in the recipe box! Thank you!


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