Cinnamon-Sugar Scones

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Scones were one of the first baked goods that I mastered on my own, and the dark chocolate chip scones that I’ve been making for almost 10 years have long been one of my mom’s favorite treats. Each year, for her birthday, I make her dinner and dessert, throwing out tons of options. Without fail, she always chooses Italian Sausage, Red Pepper & Mushroom Risotto and those dark chocolate chip scones. It’s always her favorite meal of the year. These cinnamon-sugar scones are created in a very similar fashion to the rock star chocolate chip ones, with the addition of some butter, cinnamon, and swapping out chocolate chips for cinnamon chips. The result is a wonderfully tender texture and a big kick of cinnamon – perfect for a special breakfast treat. When my mom tried these, she said they rivaled the chocolate chip scones. Needless to say, with a lot of cinnamon-lovers clamoring for them, they didn’t last long at all.

The thing I love most about making scones are how unbelievably easy they are to pull together. You can go from raw ingredients to fresh-from-the-oven scones in about a half hour. You can’t beat that! It’s a simple process of mixing together the dry ingredients in a bowl, cutting in the butter, pouring in the cream, then quickly mixing it together. Dump it out, pat into a circle, cut, and bake! Simple and quick – my favorite kind of baking.

I usually find Hershey’s brand of cinnamon chips in the local grocery store, where the chocolate chips are stocked. If you can’t find them at your store, you could always order them online – King Arthur Flour carries a 16-ounce bag. I like to keep a bag on hand – I’ve thrown them into quite a few things, plus I might snag little handfuls here and there as a snack as well ;-)

Do you have a favorite scone recipe?

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Cinnamon-Sugar Scones

Yield: 8 scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes
½ cup cinnamon chips
1 cup heavy cream

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in the butter, using your fingers, two knives, or a pastry blender. Mix until mixture resembles coarse meal, with mostly pea-size lumps of butter. Stir in the cinnamon chips. Pour heavy cream over the ingredients and stir with a spatula until dough begins to form. Don't over mix.

3. Transfer dough to a floured countertop and knead dough by hand just until it forms a ball. Form scones by patting the dough into a ¾-inch thick circle. Cut the scones into triangles or use a biscuit cutter for round scones.

4. Place scones on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Using a pastry brush, lightly the scones with heavy cream. Sprinkle scones with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake scones for 12 to 15 minutes, or until light brown. Cool scones on a wire cooling rack and serve. Store leftover scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

(Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)

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70 Responses to “Cinnamon-Sugar Scones”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

    These look so good. I have a weakness for the cinnamon ‘n sugar combo..in just about anything :)

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  2. Mary @ Bake Break on March 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

    There is something so comforting about a good scone – these look perfect for the job!

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  3. Jennifer on March 26, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I’ve never tried making scones. Last Mother’s Day, I threw a tea party for my mom and made crumpets. I imagine they must be pretty similar. I love the cinnamon part of this recipe though.

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  4. Sydney S on March 26, 2012 at 1:31 am

    My favorite scone recipe (so far in life…) is found in this YouTube video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85jp13AN6LI

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  5. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on March 26, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I love scones! Do you take requests? :) My favorite scone is Panera Bread’s orange scones. They are delicious!

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  6. Free Coupon on March 26, 2012 at 2:40 am

    It’s look delicious. I would like to try it on my coming weekend. Thanks for sharing such tasty & sweet recipe.

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  7. Kiri W. on March 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Cinnamon sugar is such a winner :) I love the “pie” before you cut scones.

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  8. Lianne on March 26, 2012 at 6:14 am

    These look really good! (: Scones are one of my favourite things to have on a Sunday afternoon! Making me miss the ones my mum makes! heh

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  9. Katrina on March 26, 2012 at 6:24 am

    These sound absolutely fabulous! Love this idea!

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  10. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on March 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I’ve never heard of cinnamon chips before. Are they like chocolate chips, but cinnamon? Genius idea!

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Yep! They’re exactly like chocolate chips, just cinnamon :)

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  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I have a weakness for anything that includes cinnamon chips, love these!

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  12. Miriam @ Overtime Cook on March 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

    These look delicious! I’ve been dying to try making scones…bookmarking these!

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  13. Blog is the New Black on March 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

    These look to die for!

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  14. Erin @ Brownie Bites on March 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful! I love working with no-fuss thick doughs like this.

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    • The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook on February 1st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, I agree! This is so easy and super quick, and yet, they have magical results. Definitely my favorite thing that I’ve baked!! :)

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  15. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on March 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I also love cinnamon scones! I have a recipe that is similar, however, it has a layer of cinnamon sugar in the middle, in addition to the cinnamon chips!

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  16. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on March 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

    This looks fantastic!! I love making scones! There’s a blood orange recipe from “Eat Live Run” that I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

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  17. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables on March 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love scones and this version looks delish!

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  18. Mariah on March 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I’ve been in love with these scones (http://annies-eats.com/2010/04/08/bacon-cheddar-scones/) for quite a while now. But yours might just convince me over to the sweet side!

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  19. Nancy @ CouponClippingCook on March 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    YUM! I love cinnamon. I’ve not heard of cinnamon chips before. So glad you mentioned them and where to get them.

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  20. Sarah K on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    These look soooo yummy! I really want to make them today, but I unfortunately don’t have heavy cream… Would it be alright to use whole milk instead?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Definitely!

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      • The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook on February 1st, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        I’m glad that you said this because I’ve been wondering about this! I wanted to make these scones again, but I don’t want to go buy heavy cream (because it’s not an ingredient I usually use that much). And now, I’m glad that I can make these any time by just substituting with milk! :) Thanks!

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  21. Jenn on March 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    These look incredible and sound even better!!! I have never been a huge fan of scones (I have only eaten a couple in my entire life and they have been super dry, hard, crumbly, and BLAND!) but those look like a horse of a different color! :0) I put cinnamon chips in my coffee cake and pretty much decimate the entire thing on my own… So I will not hesitate to try making these babies!!

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  22. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Pepper on March 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I love scones and I never make them because they need to be made in the morning. Do you have any suggestions on how I could make them the night before? I would love to bring some to work! Your scones sound wonderful! Love cinnamon and sugar together!

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Jennifer, I have prepared scones the night before, placed them on the baking sheets, and wrapped the sheets tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerated. In the morning, just brush on the cream and sprinkle the topping on, and bake!

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  23. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on March 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    These look delicious! My boyfriend is a HUGE fan of anything cinnamon and sugar, so I will definitely be making these for him! I actually just placed an order with KAF for some of their black cocoa recently…now I wish I’d added on cinnamon chips!

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  24. Kris on March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Jenn – Scones are meant to be a bit “bland” as they are designed as a vehicle for good jam and clotted cream. All this adding extras like chocolate or fresh fruit is a very North American way of making scones, very much like a biscuity muffin. Traditional scones are quite “plain” and flakey.

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    • Anne on March 20th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Kris, curious American here: what is clotted cream?

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  25. Mireia on March 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    This and the dark chocolate scones are both going to my pinterest!! Yum!!!

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  26. Jamie on March 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    These look delish :) I love the cinnamon-sugar combo. I will add these to our breakfast menu some time in the coming weeks – looking forward to trying it!

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  27. Jessi on March 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    These scones look amazing, another example of your awesome recipes! I think I’ve gotten half of Brussels hooked on your blog. I really enjoy reading it and I think others should too, so I’ve nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award. You can pick it up here: http://doctoratehousewife.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/kreativ-blogger-award/
    Congratulations =)

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  28. Christina on March 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Scones are my favorite breakfast pastry, and I’d love to have cinnamon scones in the morning instead of cinnamon toast. These look very pretty!

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  29. Stacey Rider on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Michelle these look delish! I’d make this early in the morning for my family just to make the kitchen smell wonderful… but I bet they taste great too! A must try!

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  30. Jessica @ HG on March 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Oh boy, scones have been on my hit list for a while now but I’ve not quite mustered up the mojo as I hear they are pretty tough. I had cinnamon sugar on the brain this week as well- they look great!

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  31. Ally on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Those are some good looking scones! Even better than Starbucks!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  32. Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet on March 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    This looks like a snickerdoodle version of a scone! Love it!

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  33. Paula on March 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    These look wonderful. No wonder your Mom said they rival her favourite dark chocolate chip ones. Next year you may have to treat her to a batch of each on her birthday.

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  34. Katie on March 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Ooh! I’ve never heard of cinnamon chips before. They sound fun! My favorite scones are the nutella scones from Baked Explorations, but I’m excited to try out these too!

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  35. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on March 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    These remind me of the scones at Starbucks which I am kind of obsessed with! These look sooo good!

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  36. Lyn @LovelyPantry on March 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I feel myself buckling under the pressure… these scones are wonderful.. you had me at cinnamon chips…

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  37. Jolene on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I’ve become completely obsessed with Cinnamon lately!! These will help!!

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  38. Joanne on March 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Nothing is easier or more satisfying than a well baked scone on a Sunday afternoon.
    Love this recipe.

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  39. Kaitlin on March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I still have yet to try to make scones. These look heavenly!

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  40. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on March 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I am so ordering a bag of cinnamon chips and making these! LOVE!

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  41. Rosemary on March 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    These look very yummy, love cinnamon chips and cinnamon and sugar :)

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  42. Vinitha R on March 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    These look so amazing! Adding them to my to-do list!

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  43. Mar on March 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    These scones look lovely. I’d never heard of cinnamon chips before now … I’m curious!

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  44. Jaime on April 4, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Oh wow, cinnamon & sugar!! These sound like the perfect scones. I must look for those cinnamon chips!

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  45. Jennifer M. on April 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I just made these this morning for breakfast, and they were wonderful!! Tender, moist, and just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar :) My husband loved them! (And he is very picky). Thanks for the new addition to my recipe box!

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  46. Sarah Mendenhall on April 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Is there really a whole Tablespoon of baking powder in these? I just wanted to make sure before I waste a batch! :)

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    • Michelle on April 16th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Sarah, Yes, 1 tablespoon :)

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  47. Anne on May 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love to bake but have never tried scones. After you cut them, do you bake them in a circle or seperate the pieces on the baking sheet? I

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    • Michelle on May 4th, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Hi Anne, Separate the pieces and place on a baking sheet.

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  48. Nehad on May 14, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Hi Michelle,

    I’ve been a follower of your blog for a while now and I did try many recipes. All came out AMAZING. My husband, family and friends do not believe how my baking skills have improved since I found your blog. I tried the pigu, the Italian Easter Bread, Bacon Cheese Easter Bread, and Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls which turned out to be a HIT…I even taught it to one of my friends and she now LOVES me more than before :)))

    I’m interested to try the Cinnamon-Sugar Scones, yet I believe I won’t find the cinnamon chips around where I live. Is there any substitute for it? Should I put some coarsely ground cinnamon and sugar instead?

    Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    • Michelle on May 15th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Nehad, I would just omit them. There is already ample sugar and cinnamon in the scone dough, plus the extra sprinkled on top. Enjoy!

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  49. Heather on May 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Hi Michelle!

    I just love your blog, and have recently started my own. I just made your scones and included a post on them. Of course your photos are WAY better, but it’s a working progress right? These scones..absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    Heather

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  50. Katherine Johnson on December 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I have had these on my make-wish list since you posted them and had a hard time finding the chips. I live in Southern California and we’re not hurting for grocery stores – but I kept coming up empty. Until I went to WALMART!!! Beautiful cases filled with cinnamon chips. Off to bake…can’t wait to taste!

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  51. Tina B on January 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Made these Cinnamon Chip Scones yesterday…forgot to add the chips…..really!?? Grrr…..
    But they were still very good! If at first you don’t succeed….., right?

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  52. The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook on February 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Ermagawd. I. LOVE. THESE. SCONES! They’re literally the best scones I’ve ever tried. I have struggled and failed so long with baking scones. They were always too chewy, dry, and heavy. These, however, literally melt in your mouth. Mmm!

    http://thekitchenkook.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-best-most-perfect-scone-recipe-ever.html

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  53. Stephanie N. on June 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I just now read through the comments on this thread, and I’m glad I did. I’ve made other scones before that specifically instruct to leave the scones together in a circle after cutting the circle into wedges. So, when I made these scones, I did the same thing as I’ve done with some other scones in the past. The outside of the scones appeared to be done, but when I separated the scones, they were still a little gooey on the inside. Now I know why–they have to be separated on the baking sheet! Mine still tasted good when I baked them all together, but they were just a little dense. Thank you for the clarification above!

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  54. Moira on December 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    What brand is your baking mat? And is it the best in the market? I wanna invest in a good one, so I can make scones as awesome as yours… Thanks!

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    • Michelle on December 13th, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Hi Moira, The pastry mat is from King Arthur Flour. I can’t say if it’s the best on the market, as I haven’t used many different ones, but I love this one!

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  55. Olivia Munson on January 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Could I use a gluten-free flour blend? I’m gluten-free and these look delicious!!

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    • Michelle on January 15th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Olivia, I am not familiar with gluten-free blends, so I can’t say definitively how well the scones will turn out. If you try it, please stop back and share your feedback!

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  56. Janine on July 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Can I substitute buttermilk when I don’t have heavy cream or whole milk?

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    • Michelle on July 18th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Janine, You can, but baking powder does not neutralize acidic ingredients (such as buttermilk) like baking soda does. As a result, if you use buttermilk in this recipe, the sour/tangy flavor of buttermilk will be very prominent.

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  57. Erica on October 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    These are absolutely, positively the BEST scones I’ve ever had. And so easy to make! Thank you!

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