Monday, September 10, 2012

Starbucks Inspired Pumpkin Scone Recipe

I don't know about you, but I am just over the moon that it's Pumpkin Spice Latté season again at Starbucks. But both thankfully (for my pocketbook) and unfortunately (for my cravings), we don't have a convenient Starbucks in our neighborhood. I suppose at this time of year that's also good (for my figure) because every time I get a Pumpkin Spice Latté I have to complement it with a delicious Pumpkin Scone.

Now, as a former barista, it is not difficult for me to recreate the superbly aromatic and creamy flavored beverage at home, but up until now there has always been something lacking. You'd be right if you guessed that the missing ingredient was a heavenly side of Pumpkin Scone, the trusty ol' companion to my sweet beloved PSL!

Not only is it one of my favorite caffeinated beverages, but the arrival of the glorious Pumpkin Spice Latté means that we're on the cusp of fall...therefore nearing the end of triple-digit heat here in Texas...which in turn means that the (self imposed) ban on using the oven has been lifted and I can start baking again...and THAT means that I can bake my own Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scones!

Well I did. Today. And guess what? Now you can too because I'm sharing the recipe :) Of course, I didn't do a side-by-side taste test or anything, but I swear these are just as good as the pumpkin scones from Starbucks. But I'll let YOU be the judge of that!

Homemade Maple Pumpkin Butter recipe P.S. You may also want to take a look at my Homemade Maple Pumpkin Butter Recipe. It's a delicious accompaniment to a fresh warm pumpkin scone!

Starbucks Inspired Mini Glazed Pumpkin Scones

See below for a reader's gluten free / dairy free version of this recipe

yields 24 delicious mini pumpkin scones


• 2 cups all purpose flour
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
• 3/4 stick of butter (6 TBS), melted
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
• 1 large egg
• 3 tablespoons half-and-half


•1 cup powdered sugar
• 2 tablespoons whole milk


•1 cup + 3 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
• 2 tablespoons whole milk
• 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin purée
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Preheat the oven to 425º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice) and mix well.  If you have a sieve then sift ingredients into the bowl, otherwise you can use your hands to mix and break up clumps in the mixture.

Add the melted butter to the dry mixture and fold in. Use your hands to continue to mix and break up the clumps the butter created into pea-size or smaller:

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe: dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine and whisk together the pumpkin purée, egg, and half-and-half.

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe: wet ingredients

Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and fold in with a wooden spoon or spatula to form a dough. If necessary you can use your hands to make sure all the dry ingredients are moistened well.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and form into a log and flatten into a rectangle approximately 12" long by 4", and about 1" thick. You can use a rolling pin or just shape it with your hands.

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe: flatten dough and prepare to cut

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into three equal sections, then cut diagonally from corner to corner of each of those sections. Cut diagonally the other way to make an 'X' in each of the three sections of dough.  If you want large scones, you can stop cutting here; but keep in mind they may need an extra minute or two of baking time.

Cut down the middle, longways, and again vertically through the middle of the three original sections of dough. You should have 24 more or less equal triangles of dough!

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe: Cut dough into triangles

Transfer the dough triangles onto the parchment covered baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Scones will rise a little bit during baking but they don't spread out much so they can be pretty close together.

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe: separate dough triangles and place on baking sheet

While your pumpkin scones are in the oven (creating tantalizing scents reminiscent of upcoming fall holidays) you can make your glazes. In one bowl, combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk and stir with a spoon to make your simple white glaze.

In another bowl, mix 1 cup + 3 1/2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 tablespoon of pumpkin purée, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and stir with a spoon. Transfer this spiced pumpkin glaze to a small ziploc bag or a small-tipped squeeze bottle.

When the scones have finished baking, place them on a wire rack and-here comes the hardest part- allow to cool completely before icing (and eating!).

Paint the simple white glaze over the top of the cooled scones with a basting brush and allow the glaze to set.

Then decorate with the spiced glaze by squeezing from the ziploc bag with a tiny part of the corner snipped off, or with your squeeze bottle.

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe: decorate with a spiced glaze drizzle

Serve and enjoy!

Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Scone recipe

I would LOVE to hear how you think these compare to Starbucks' Pumpkin Scones. If you try this recipe, drop me a comment and let me know what you think!!

Thirty Handmade Days


  1. In your ingredients you do not say anything about an egg... how many are there supposed to be, please?

    Thank you,

    1. Oh dear!! So very sorry about that :) Just one large egg. I'm fixing it now; so glad you pointed out the oversight!

    2. Thanks for the fix! I was getting ready to make these tonight and then was like... wait a second! lol I will make them tomorrow night! Thanks for sharing!

    3. You're welcome. Sorry you had to delay plans because of me! I hope they turned out great and were worth the wait :) Thanks again for visiting!

  2. These look so great! I love the two different glazes and can't wait to make them!

  3. I am so happy to find your recipe on Pinterest! I was just looking at the scones yesterday, yours look just like them! They look fantastic:-) Take care, Terra

    1. Thanks so much, Terra! I appreciate the kind words. I visited your blog by the way, and your food photography is amazing, first of all, and your recipes look awesome! I'm going to head back over and bookmark a few that caught my eye already!

  4. Do you have an option to print the recipe with both the ingredients and instructions, without the step by step pictures and the instructions combined?

    Fits into my DIY cookbook better than a six page printout:)

    Making these this am! Can't wait to eat them.

    1. Great suggestion, thanks! I never would have considered this but you're absolutely right, 6 pages is too much! Here is a printable version without photos (so only 2 pages) and I'm going to see if I can find a way to include it as a 'Print' button inside the post. That also will be good for my other recipe posts; thanks for the idea!

      Hope you loved the scones!

    2. These tasted fantastic, my golden retriever even jumped up to the counter and ate one while the glaze was setting!

      Will double the recipe next time, can't have enough of these:)

  5. I found your recipe on pinertest and made it for my Bible study group this morning. It was a hit! I intagram-ed a picture of my success and got MANY requests for the recipe, so you'll be getting some more traffic here! I baked mine for only 12 minutes and they were done very nicely, not too dry.

    Thanks for posting!

    1. Becky, that is SO great to hear! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and let me know; I am glad your pumpkin scones were a hit :) You really made my day!

      ~ Jessica

  6. These scones are perfect, I love pumpkin, and with the up-coming season these are definitely on my to-do list....Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a nice day!!! :)

  7. Loved your photos and instruction. I made an adapted version of this for the gluten free and dairy free crowd. It turned out delicious! We just loved it. I linked back to your blog for people to see your photo instruction. Thanks!
    Here is the adapted version, if you'd like to see

    1. Thanks so much, for linking, Laura! I have linked back to your recipe as well at the bottom of the post. I know there are a lot of people out there looking for gluten free & dairy free treats and will appreciate your awesome adaptation of these pumpkin scones, I'm sure!

  8. Absolutely love these! Haven't had the Starbuck's version to compare it to. Very clear and easy instructions. Thank you so much for posting!!!

  9. Oh heck yes on these scones! Putting on my list to make!


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