Pastries of all kinds are treats we can look forward to savoring, whether at breakfast or paired with a much-anticipated cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. While we associate scones with delicate floral cups and saucers, Victorian-era novels, and all things British-themed, the light and crumbly biscuits are enjoyed throughout the world for good reason. They make a wonderfully quick and satisfying snack, they can be flavored any which way, and they are surprisingly easy to make.
Mixing in chunks of sweet apple and aromatic cinnamon elevate scones to crave-worthy treats that still offer a simple and delicious pairing to your comforting tea or coffee. An authentic English table would serve them with jam and clotted cream or butter, but with the addition of cinnamon and chopped apple in the recipes below, your elegant teatime scones will be full of flavor all on their own!
1. Apple Cinnamon Scones
Light, sweet, and crisp on the outside, these scones bring big flavor to dainty little pastries by including more cinnamon, more buttermilk, and a unique glaze that coats the outside with even more apple goodness. Dry ingredients flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt get more of a lift with the use of both baking powder and baking soda. This recipe walks you through the stepwise procedure and gives descriptive notes of the consistency you’re going for, which you’ll find helpful when making other types of dough in the future.
Incorporating butter throughout the flour mixture is a breeze when you keep butter cold and let a pastry cutter do the work. Once you cut the dough into individual scones, chill before baking to help them keep their shape while rising upward in soft, buttery layers. Beat confectioners’ sugar into apple cider for a topping that adds even more cinnamon, apple, and zing.
2. The Kitchen Magpie’s Apple Scones
This apple cinnamon scone recipe uses the standard procedure of mixing dry ingredients first, then the butter and milk to hold it all together and shredded apple for the dominant flavor. You can easily make these scones fit your own preferences with guidance from the chef about choosing tart apples if you plan to make the glaze and sweet apples if you prefer no topping. The procedure throws in practical tips such as whipping up baked goods like these with apples that linger in your kitchen past the best-by date.
It also suggests shredding frozen butter into the dry ingredients as a convenient method of keeping it cold while the dough is coming together.
3. Apple Scones by AllRecipes
These scones bake up sweet and crisp with ¼ cup sugar in the dough and additional sugar sprinkled on top. The cinnamon is used to the greatest advantage by reserving it for dusting on top of scones just before baking, and mingled with a bit more sugar it can really shine. Before the topping, brush the scones with milk prior to baking to keep as much of the cinnamon-sugar mixture as possible on top of each pastry.
Both baking powder and baking soda help the dough rise and keep the finished scones from being overly dense.
4. Apple Cinnamon Scones by Live Well Bake Often
When following the procedure for these flaky and spiced scones, you’ll notice they call for both a generous helping of cinnamon and also nutmeg which are often used together for warm fall flavors. Wet ingredients include heavy whipping cream and one egg, which help form a soft pliable dough with a rich taste. Hints within the instructions encourage the use of a pastry cutter to incorporate cold butter into the dry mix and end up with a dough flecked by small chunks of cold butter.
During baking, these pure butter specks help create steam inside, which produces a flaky texture and greater lift. You’ll cut and fully separate the individual scones on the cookie sheet before baking.
5. Sally’s Baking Addiction Caramel Apple Cinnamon Scones
The author of this recipe shares skills she picked up while attending a baking event at Panera Bread, and treats readers to the bounty of kitchen wisdom. Start by freezing the butter, then grating it into the mixed dry ingredients and blending with a pastry cutter. Heavy cream and an egg as well as ½ cup brown sugar stack the deck for flavor.
Take care to keep your dough as cold as you can while you work, and after patting it down and slicing it into triangles, chill the scones before baking so they’ll hold their shape and rise. After they cool, make a salted caramel glaze to drizzle on top.
6. Apple Pecan Scones
The warm and earthy crunch of chopped pecans complements sweet chunks of apple in fluffy baked scones. Add both baking powder and baking soda into the dry ingredients bowl for a maximum rise while baking, and the recipe suggests a chopped Granny Smith apple for the right mixture of sweet and tart. With ½ cup each of butter and milk the dough will be somewhat moist, but keeping up with the flouring of tools and surfaces will make it more manageable.
Cinnamon is reserved for sprinkling over the surface of the scones with sugar before baking, letting it stand out as much as possible among other ingredients. These scones need only a delicate drizzle of glaze, which gives the pastries the appearance of liquid lace over a favorite teatime treat.
7. Boxwood Avenue’s Apple Scones
Try an inventive method of making scones crossed with apple pie! Using this procedure, you’ll tuck a heaping helping of syrupy apple pie filling dripping with sweet cinnamon sauce between two layers of soft and crumbly scone dough. The chef cans her own homemade apple pie filling made straight from the orchard, but assures readers that any apple pie filling you like will work well here and produce scones stuffed with apple slices.
You’ll mix the dry ingredients and cut in the wet ones, then form two discs of dough. Spoon pie filling onto one and cover with the other, then bake 15 minutes, giving the filling time to be absorbed and flavor the dough. Cut individual scones before finishing baking time.
8. Civilized Caveman’s Apple Cinnamon Scones
At once appetizing and nourishing, these pastries actually fit within the Paleo and several other diets by incorporating almond flour instead of all-purpose. Shredded coconut adds texture, and baking soda helps them rise. One egg helps hold them together in place of butter.
Along with minced apple and cinnamon, you’ll use raw organic honey for a natural sweetener bursting with flavor. The prep work goes by quickly and they bake up in 10 short minutes, which takes care of one of the hefty challenges of dieting: the time it takes to plan and cook nutritious, filling diet fare at home.
9. Easy Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Scones
A wealth of recipes have been developed in recent years to fit the needs of people who have difficulty digesting the gluten in the flour. This actually applies to a significant percentage of the population as well as others who enjoy the health benefits of eliminating gluten from their diet. Blends that contain several types of gluten-free flour work best in holding pastries together and achieving that flaky, buttery consistency.
These scones get their sweetness from maple sugar or coconut sugar and a boost of flavor from rich buttermilk. The recipe suggests a bright, fruity, well-chosen glaze that pairs tangy apricot with maple syrup. You’ll simply simmer the syrup with apricot jam until thick and pour over cooled scones.
10. Cranberry Apple Scones
While this flavor combination immediately brings to mind an autumn and holiday mood, deliciously soft and crumbly scones dotted with sweet and tangy fruit make a perfect breakfast, brunch, or teatime snack any time of year. Almond flour and cinnamon add a nutty spiced taste, and fruit flavor mixes right into the base of the wet ingredients when you combine the flour mixture with applesauce. Maple syrup sweetens the batter with a rustic twist before the addition of cranberries and freshly chopped apple.
The generous portions of fruit pack these scones with sweet and tangy flavor and keep the inside soft and moist.
11. Apple Scones with Maple Cinnamon Glaze
These scones wrap the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple all into one lightly sweetened treat that fits into your morning, breaktime, and anytime around the clock. While combining your dry ingredients, give the butter a quick 10 minutes in the freezer before grating it into the bowl. This will help spread it throughout the flour mixture in small bits, creating a crumb texture.
Buttermilk and one egg will transform it into a slightly sticky dough. Separate into individual scones and brush with full-bodied cream before baking for a light crust outside. A cinnamon and maple syrup glaze makes the flavors within really pop.
12. Apple and Oat Scones with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Big hearty grains and delectable spice lend these confections a down-home, rustic appearance—a tender pastry you can really sink your teeth into. A sizable helping of oats mixed into the dry ingredients makes for a thicker crumb, seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Buttermilk moistens the dough and brings out the flavor, and the recipe’s suggestion of thicker chunks of apple match these crumb-covered scones perfectly.
Creating the crumbly dough by cutting dry ingredients with cold butter works the same with the flour-oat mix. You’ll separate the dough into individual wedges before baking and give them a coating of buttermilk that will hold the topping in place. Sprinkle with oats and raw sugar for an attractive flourish and sweet crunch.
13. Cinnamon Roll Apple Scones
The star power of strong cinnamon flavor and creamy sweet frosting reminds us of baked cinnamon rolls while fluffy and lightly sugared dough lets these qualify as the go-to British snack. A brilliant combination! The dough packs in plenty of healthful grains and nutty flavor with ground oats, whole wheat as well as white flour, and flaxseed.
Wet and dry ingredients are gently creamed together to keep the finished texture light and airy. After forming the dough into scones, each gets a coating of egg wash and a hint of cinnamon sugar topping. Once scones are cool, the finishing touch is a frosting of confectioners sugar, butter, and milk.
14. Spiced Apple and Carrot Scones
This recipe takes some of the most wonderful things about carrot cake—its endlessly indulgent moist texture and its cake batter speckled with an array of colors and flavors—and lets us enjoy them in individual scones. The rich variety of ingredients includes lots of fruits and vegetables for tons of moisture and flavor in the dough. Dry ingredients mix with cinnamon and ginger, pecans, maple syrup, and your choice of applesauce or mashed banana.
The tide of juicy flavors comes from grated apple, carrot, cranberries or raisins, orange zest, and pineapple juice. As well as tender scones, this mix of ingredients makes for a treat that’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
15. Apple Chai Sourdough Scones
The subtle taste and country charm of sourdough fit perfectly with chunks of chopped apple and cinnamon. A sourdough starter blends with the wet ingredients of scone dough along with vanilla and buttermilk, while loose chai tea ground up with a mortar and pestle adds warming flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Follow the recipe’s suggestion of cubing the apple into slightly thicker chunks for stronger bursts of flavor.
Give the scones a dusting of raw sugar before browning them in the oven.
16. Apple Snickerdoodle Scones
Of all cookies, snickerdoodles have the most powerful cinnamon flavor and definitely don’t skimp on the spices. These scones mimic the vanilla sugar cookies scented with a batch of choice spices and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar before baking. This recipe uses the richest possible ingredient to pull the dough together, whipping cream, and the extra fat helps create soft, moist centers.
You’ll also use more cream to brush over the scones and keep the cinnamon sugar topping in place for baking. Just like your favorite cookie, you’ll get tender pastries with a light cinnamon-rich crunch.