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Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

These pumpkin scones are better than Starbucks! They are soft and pillow-like on the inside with yummy notes of pumpkin pie spice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: pastry, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, scone
Author: Tara Moore


  • 3 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c butter cold and cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c half and half + 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 c canned pumpkin puree


  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, white sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt
  • *Add this to a blender or large food processor along with the cold butter (see note below)
  • Pulse until it has turned into the texture of sand and the butter is completely cut into the flour
  • Pour this back into the large bowl
  • Combine the egg, half and half and pumpkin puree in a separate bowl, whisk until combined
  • Make a well in the flour and pour all but 1 tbsp of the wet ingredients into the dry (reserve the 1 tbsp for brushing on the scones prior to baking)
  • **Using a fork, mix everything together, gently and as little as possible (see note below)
  • Transfer to a floured surface, gently patting down with floured hands to create roughly a 10" circle
  • Cut into 8 triangles (for a better rise, cut straight down with a floured knife blade and lift up, do not drag the knife)
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the reserved 1 tbsp mixture over the top
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • In a small bowl make the glaze; whisk together the powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, milk and salt until smooth
  • Cool the scones and drizzle on the glaze



*crucial step for the most perfect tender/soft scones, if you skip blending or using a food processor your results may be different than mine.
**it may look dry at first but keep mixing gently together, you can always add an extra splash of half and half just be careful not to add too much