These pumpkin scones are a copycat version of Starbucks’ pumpkin scone; they are warmly spiced and topped with two sweet glazes – one plain and one spiced.
This pumpkin scone recipe has been on the site for nearly six years and it was in desperate need of a revival and facelift! These scones were the result of a reader requesting a copycat version of the Starbucks pumpkin scone. If you’ve never had one, their pumpkin scones are spiced with the usual suspects – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves – and are adorned with not one, but two glazes. The first is a simple white glaze, while the second is stiffer, spiced, and a perfect complement to the flavor of the scones.
I have made quite a number of scone recipes and they’re all just a little bit different – from the chocolate chip cream scones to more savory, biscuit-like scones. These pumpkin scones have the consistency of a quick bread – they’re a little bit more cakey than the scones that are made with just cream, or with butter and buttermilk.
The pumpkin flavor shines through beautifully in the scones; they are not overly sweetened, so they pair well with the one-two punch of the icing. The spiced glaze in the Starbucks pumpkin scones is pumpkin-flavored; in order to achieve the same flavor, you could use a splash of pumpkin flavor.
The only two things that I changed in this recipe from the original are how the scones are shaped and the number of scones that the recipe makes. For this amount of dough, I found that dividing into eight (versus the original 12) yielded more robust and perfectly-shaped scones. In addition, over the last few years, I have found that shaping scones into a circle and then cutting into triangles is much simpler than shaping into rectangles and cutting triangles.
As with any type of scone, I love that I can eat these for breakfast and not feel the least bit guilty, and then have one for dessert after dinner, as well. Total win all-around!
Make the Scones: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Using a pastry blender (or fork), cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly and there are no pieces of butter larger than the size of a pea; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until mostly combined (the mixture will seem dry), and turn the dough out onto a clean work surface. Knead the dough a few times to ensure it is completely combined.
Pat the dough into a 7-inch circle. Cut the round of dough into 8 equal triangles. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Cool completely before glazing.
Make the Powdered Sugar Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Use a pastry brush to spread the glaze over the top of each scone. Allow to set (about 15 minutes) before proceeding with the spiced glaze.
For the Spiced Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze over each scone and allow to set before serving. (If the mixture is too stiff to drizzle, whisk in a splash of milk at a time to thin it out just enough to drizzle.) Leftover scones can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.