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Pumpkin Spice Scone Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Scones Recipe

  • Author: Jenna Braddock, RD
  • Total Time: 54 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Pumpkin scones are the perfect complement to a cup of coffee and a good conversation. Enjoy this slightly sweet scone recipe made with whole wheat flour and a spice glaze any time of the year.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons buttermilk, (divided)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar like turbinado (optional)

Spice Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, (2% or whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt.
  2. In a different medium size bowl, whisk together 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, pumpkin, egg and vanilla. 
  3. Grate butter on the large holes of a box grater, grate the butter. Gently toss the grated butter in the flour mixture to combine. 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir gently to incorporate. Batter may seem dry at first but continue to gently stir until it all comes together. 
  5. Dump batter onto a small parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangle 10” x 8”. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove dough from the fridge. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough in half long ways to create two long, skinny rectangles. Then, cut each rectangle into 6 bars for a bar shape. Or, cut each rectangle into 3 squares, then cut the squares diagonally to create 12 triangles. Leave the dough as is with cut marks (don’t pull them apart) and put them in the freezer while the oven heats, at least 5 minutes. 
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 F and put the baking rack in the center of the oven.
  8. Remove dough from the freezer. Peel bars/triangles off the parchment and place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 2” apart. (If the dough is very sticky, use a spatula to lift it from the parchment paper.) Brush the tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon of buttermilk and sprinkle with coarse sugar if using. 
  9. Bake scones for 17-18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a cooling rack. 
  10. When scones have mostly cooled (about 10-15 minutes), whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over tops of the scones and let dry. Enjoy! 


Scones are best enjoyed on the day they are made. 

  • Prep Time: 37 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Category: Brunch
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Fall

Keywords: pumpkin recipe, pumpkin spice, scone