Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones

Talk about fall comfort food on a platter. Apples, cinnamon, and warm scones.

And the drippy glaze doesn’t hurt either.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones -  Finally, scones that aren't dry! The perfect fall comfort food packed with apples, cinnamon and that glaze!!

It wasn’t that long ago that I was one of those people who firmly believed that all scones were dry, boring, and tasteless. Cardboard with calories.

The Best Glazed Mixed Berry Scones changed my mind about scones in general, and I adapted this recipe from that one.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones -  Finally, scones that aren't dry! The perfect fall comfort food packed with apples, cinnamon and that glaze!!

The scones are tender, moist, buttery, and will make you feel all warm and cozy.

The scones contains grated apple, plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Apples and warming spices go hand in hand. It’s not overdone and you do need bold spices to stand up to two cups of flour and grated apples, but always season to taste. My taste says more is better when it comes to cinnamon.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones -  Finally, scones that aren't dry! The perfect fall comfort food packed with apples, cinnamon and that glaze!!

Rather than using milk or heavy cream as the wet ingredients, sour cream is my secret weapon. Not only does it moisturize and tenderize the dough, but since it’s cultured like buttermilk, it helps the scones rise higher and stay lighter.

There’s plenty of apple in every bite providing flavor and bits of chewy texture. As the scones bake, the apples release their juices which also helps to ensure the scones are anything but dry. Just don’t overbake.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones -  Finally, scones that aren't dry! The perfect fall comfort food packed with apples, cinnamon and that glaze!!

The glaze is a simple confectioners’ sugar glaze or you could use Salted Caramel. I’ve done so many caramel apple recipes that I thought I’d change it up.

Now you know what to do with all those apples you picked or bought at the store because they were on sale when your eyes were bigger than your stomach.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones -  Finally, scones that aren't dry! The perfect fall comfort food packed with apples, cinnamon and that glaze!!

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Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones

The scones are tender, moist, buttery, and packed with robust cinnamon flavor. It's not overdone and you do need bold spices to stand up to two cups of flour and grated apples, but season to taste. Rather than using milk or heavy cream, sour cream is my secret weapon. Not only does it moisturize and tenderize the dough, but since it’s cultured like buttermilk, it helps the scones rise higher and stay lighter. Juicy apples add chewy texture and moisture. Because moisture content of apples varies, if your dough needs more flour to come together, add it; and bake as long as necessary until done.

Yield: 8 medium/large scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 24 minutes

Total Time: about 45 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

Scones
3/4 to 1 cup grated apple loosely laid in cup, not packed (I used 1 extra-large unpeeled Fuji apples)
2 cups all-purpose flour + about 2 to 4 tablespoons for work surface and hands

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold (1 stick)
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream (lite is okay)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
about 1 to 2 tablespoons cream or milk, or as needed for consistency
Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce or your favorite, optional for drizzling instead of confectioners' sugar glaze

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment; set aside.
  2. Scones - Grate the apples using the coarsest blade of a box grater (not worth dirtying a food processor); set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add 2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, optional salt, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the butter, and with a pastry cutter or two forks, cut the butter in. You can use a food processor, but I find not having to wash it is a big time-saver. I smoosh the butter with forks and when it's the size of large marbles, I use my hands and knead it in. It will feel like semi-wet, cool sand. Some larger pea-sized butter clumps are okay; set bowl aside.
  5. In a small bowl, add the egg, sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine until smooth.
  6. Pour wet mixture over dry, and fold until just combined; don't overmix or scones will be tough.
  7. Add the apples and any juice that was released and fold until just combined; don't overmix. Dough will be wet and shaggy.
  8. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons flour over a Silpat  or clean work surface and lightly coat hands.
  9. Turn dough out onto surface and shape it into a 8-inch round, approximately. Dough is very moist, wet, sticky, and tacky, but if it's being too stubborn or too wet to come together, sprinkle with flour 1 tablespoon at a time until you get it to come together and into a round.
  10. With a large knife, slice the round into 8 equal-sized wedges.
  11. Using a flat spatula or pie turner, carefully transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet spaced at least 2-inches apart. Do not crowd because scones puff and spread while baking. Bake for about 20 to 24 minutes, or until scones are very lightly golden and cooked through; don't overbake or scones will be dry. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Because they're baking in quite a hot oven, watch them closely starting after about 15 minutes to ensure the bottoms aren't getting too browned. Baking times may vary widely based on moisture content in the apples, climate, and oven variances; bake until done.
  12. Allow scones to cool on baking tray for 5 to 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling. While the scones cool, make the glaze.
  13. Glaze - In a small bowl, add the confectioners' sugar and slowly drizzle in the cream as needed, whisking until smooth. Depending on desired consistency, you may need to play with the cream and sugar ratios slightly.
  14. Liberally spread about 2 tablespoons glaze over each scone, or as desired.
  15. Optionally drizzle with caramel sauce. Scones are best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. I'm comfortable storing glazed items at room temperature, but if you're not, glaze only the scones you plan to consume immediately; I don't recommend refrigerating them because they will dry out.

Adapted from The Best Glazed Mixed Berry Scones 

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58 comments

  1. These look soooo good. A perfect fall breakfast!

  2. I love scones for all of the reasons you mentioned! The apple cinnamon combo must have filled your house with a glorious scent while baking! Pinned!

  3. This scone recipe is making me want to make several of your breakfast pastry recipes, get several bottles of champagne, and invite my friends over for brunch! (also, I am super excited to get your new pumpkin cookbook! I have a feeling it’s going to be my autumn baking bible!).

  4. Scones are delicious enough on their own, but when you add glaze to them they’re like heavenly. So good!

  5. Apple cinnamon scones on their own would be outstanding since I have only ever made plain ones. Add the glaze and I’d be in heaven. I think we’ll have to have these at our house soon!

  6. I wish I could take a giant bite of these!

  7. These look seriously amazing! Perfect fall scone, wish I had some now for a late night snack!

  8. Oh I love scones! The perfect treat for morning or afternoon tea. Love the apple cinnamon flavours in this recipe – plus a sweet glaze? Yes please!

  9. Oh wow! These look awesome. The glaze just makes these already fabulous scones look that much better.

  10. I love that you didn’t peel the apple more fiber=
    more scones can be eaten. these will go perfect with
    the cider I just bought.. love the icing!

  11. I didn’t have a good scone until recently, either. As a result, I never got why people ate them. It’s such a shame when bad bakers happen to good food!
    Love this recipe! And by the way, I’m a die-hard fan of the PB ones you posted a while back!

  12. I bet these smell so good (and taste fabulous too)! Scones should be a bucket list item for me. I like them but seem to forget about them…my mind is usually heading toward cookies or bars when I think about baking.

  13. Apple Scones?! Yes, please! These sound so amazing. Pinned!

  14. This scones look incredible, Averie! What a perfect treat for a cool fall morning. Pinned!

  15. Oh my word these look perfect!! They would go great with my coffee this morning :) PINNED!

  16. I love a well-made scone–but they are tricky to pull off! I took a trip to Great Britain several years ago and loved their scones and clotted cream. And tea, of course. :)

  17. A good scone cannot be beat! The crunchy edges, the soft inside, and you’ve got all those amazing fall spices and fruit! This is some serious coffeeshop comfort food Averie. Pinned!

  18. I love, love, love that you use sour cream. Such a genius idea. And the apple, obviously I’m in love. And I’d like to drink the glaze!! Pinned!

  19. What a great idea with sour cream! I’ve gotta try these

  20. Yes – these scones look anything but dry and boring – yum!!

  21. these are perfect for fall mornings Averie – and I’m with you n the cinnamon, more is always better

  22. Oh my goodness ~ crazy for these! Pinned :)

  23. I tried scones for the first time at a tea several years ago and haven’t since. They were dry and absolutely tasteless. Plus they were just plain… I can see that I need to try one of yours with the sour cream… Thanks for sharing the secret!

  24. These look awesome! I love scones, but haven’t made an apple one before, I’ll need to get on that! More is definitely better when it comes to cinnamon, I love cinnamon with apples. I’ll have to try the sour cream in scones, I tend to use buttermilk or Greek yogurt, need to try sour cream and see the difference!

  25. Wow what an inspired and rich scone recipe. I am in love!

  26. Sour cream is a genius addition for moist and fluffy scones. Love these, Averie!

  27. that glaze is calling my name! these look wonderful!!

  28. Girl, you have the BEST quotes! “Cardboard with calories.” I’m seriously cracking up… Almost all store-bought scones taste exactly like that! And it’s totally true about cinnamon. When I first started baking, I always doubled the amount in recipes. I can’t get enough — I’m almost as addicted to that as dark chocolate and peanut butter! ;) Love these gorgeous scones of yours — pinned!

  29. Can we just agree that that drippy glaze would be best served being poured into my mouth via a gravy boat? Because YES.

  30. Hey! I really want to make this recipe and I have everything except for the nutmeg and ginger. Do you think a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice will do the trick?

    • Perfect yes! Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in various amounts and ratios depending on brand so it’s kind of an all-purpose catch-all. LMK how they turn out for you!

    • Thanks for your speedy reply! Cant wait to make them :)

  31. These look delicious! Any chance for a pumpkin scone recipe?

    • You know when I made these, I *almost* made pumpkin scones but thought, well there are so many blogger friends who have already done them, I’ll do apple. If I make more scones this fall, it will for SURE be pumpkin!

  32. Thanks Averie, you are so sweet! I love your blog, everything turns out delicious, and I am not a skilled baker, so i owe it all to you! Definitely will be getting your pumpkin cookbook!

  33. I just wanted to express how thankful I am for all of your scone recipes. I have been making them pretty regularly for about a year now and my whole family loves them. I usually top them with a pinch of turbinado sugar instead of the glaze, but I love them both ways. Thank you!

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