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Gingerbread Scones Recipe (That Taste Like Christmas!)

Gingerbread Scones Recipe (That Taste Like Christmas!)

This gingerbread scones recipe is perfect to make when the weather gets cooler.  Curl up with your coffee and a gingerbread scone or three…a delicious way to enjoy fall or winter.

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Another scones recipe?  Oh yes!! 

Please don’t tell me you are tired of scones and break my little scone-loving heart. 

You can’t be tired of these because they are cozy and will make you think of the holidays…they are gingerbread scones!! 

Warm spices of cinnamon, ginger and cloves all cuddle together and make these gingerbread scones. 

With your help of course!

This is one of the best scones recipes for this time of year in my (totally biased) opinion. 

My favorite months of the year are October, November, and December.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…I love all the holidays and all the food related to those holidays.

In case you missed it, this recipe for these healthy pumpkin scones has been super popular!

Related post: 10 fun social distancing Christmas ideas that kids will love.

Gingerbread Scones and Holiday Love

Since having my daughter, I am extra into holidays. 

For Halloween, Miss O had three Halloween costumes.  Two of them I bought last year the day after Halloween. 

I am frugal, after all. 

Miss O decided she would be a chef for the trick-or-treating. 

She wore an apron and a big poufy chef’s hat and carried around a tiny wooden rolling pin. 

The hat was too big on her so it kept falling down over her whole face but she just kept walking.  Must. Get. Candy.

These gingerbread scones make me think more of Christmas and I totally get why people with kids get so excited about Christmas. 

I already booked her Santa pictures and I’m really having to watch my spending on Christmas events so I don’t get too carried away.

If you’re all into gingerbread recipes right about now, you have to try this 2-minute gingerbread mug cake too – it’s so good!!!

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For the cost of one coffee shop scone, you can make this whole batch of gingerbread scones! 

So worth it to bake at home. 

Not to mention your house will smell amazing when you bake these scones. 

Who needs Christmas scented candles as a room freshener when you can bake scones instead?!

Gingerbread scones with maple vanilla icing

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Let’s Talk About This Gingerbread Scones Recipe

A big important step when you make these gingerbread scones (or any scones) is you want your butter to be cold. 

That will make sure your scones are super flaky and tender when you bake them. 

I use a pastry cutter like this to cut in the butter. 

You want the butter pieces to be about pea-sized. 

The pastry cutter works so much better than the back of a fork or two knives.

I also love using a scale to weigh out some ingredients. 

It’s an easy way to make sure you have the right amount of ingredients like the butter in this recipe.

Maple Vanilla Glaze for Gingerbread Scones

I have had some requests for a sweet topping for these gingerbread scones.

Who am I to say no to icing?

I was happy to oblige.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make a maple glaze or a vanilla glaze for these gingerbread scones, so I decided the best answer was to use both.

This sweet maple vanilla glaze puts these homemade scones over the top.

These gingerbread scones are delicious naked (the scones – not you), but for that extra decadent, Christmas brunch kinda feeling, you might want to go ahead and add the frosting.

Okay turn on your oven and let’s bake these gingerbread scones!

Gingerbread scones with maple vanilla icing
Yield: 8 scones

Gingerbread Scones Recipe

Gingerbread scones with maple vanilla icing

This gingerbread scones recipe is perfect to make when the weather gets cooler. Curl up with your coffee and a gingerbread scone or three…a delicious way to enjoy fall or winter.  Perfect for a snack, dessert, breakfast or brunch!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups unbleached white flour, = 8oz/240g
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, regular, etc.
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar, for sprinkling on top
  • 1/2 cup cold butter in cubes (or vegan butter), = 4oz/115g
  • 1/4 cup molasses, = 3oz/85g
  • 1/2 cup milk, any kind - cow, coconut, almond, etc.
  • 1 tsp milk, for top

Maple Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter, or vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl: the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or the back of a fork, cut the butter cubes into the flour mixture until the butter pieces are around the size of peas.
  4. Pour in 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup molasses and stir everything together until it's incorporated.
  5. Bring the dough together with your hands a couple times and then flatten out onto a cookie sheet.  You can use parchment or spray underneath but I usually find that mine doesn't stick to the tray after baking.  Pat the dough into a circle that is about 3/4" thick.
  6. Brush the top of the dough circle with 1 teaspoon of milk and then sprinkle with the 1 teaspoon of sugar.  The milk will help the sugar stick and the sugar will give a nice crunchy topping to these gingerbread scones!
  7. Cut into 8 wedges.
  8. Bake at 425 F for 17-20 minutes, until risen and golden brown.
  9. Add the optional icing, and devour these scones with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Maple Vanilla Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk or stir all the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. With the back of a spoon or with a knife, spread quickly over the scones.
  3. This icing will set fast so stir and spread!
  4. Devour these gingerbread scones!!


You can use a vegan butter like Earth Balance instead of the butter to make these gingerbread scones vegan! Coconut oil wouldn't work as well because it melts faster, but a vegan butter substitute works well. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Sunday 4th of December 2022

Out of this world! I didn’t make the glaze they were phenomenal without it. Just wow!


Sunday 4th of December 2022

I'm so happy you liked these gingerbread scones so much Gittel! Thanks for writing in! xx


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Could you use gluten free flour instead to make them gluten free?


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Hi Angie! Yes you can! These gingerbread scones will work with a 1:1 gluten-free all purpose mix. They won't work with almond flour or coconut flour. Sometimes I feel like I need to add an extra tablespoon or two of gluten-free flour, so feel free to do that if the scone dough feels a bit too sticky. Good luck! Hope you love them!


Sunday 30th of October 2022

Could I prepare the dough and put it in the pan ahead of time, refrigerate then bake in the morning? Headed out of town for a girls weekend and would love to bring and bake in the morning.


Monday 31st of October 2022

Absolutely! They might need a couple extra minutes of baking because they will be well chilled overnight. Make sure the dough is wrapped well in the fridge, and you're good to go! Thanks for your interest in my gingerbread scones recipe. Hope you love them too!


Saturday 29th of October 2022

So good, I made them this morning and even though my husband isn’t a breakfast person, he ate 2! This is a keeper recipe


Saturday 29th of October 2022

Aww, yay! I love hearing that! Thanks for trying my gingerbread scones recipe and glad you guys loved them.

Phyllis H Sage

Sunday 9th of October 2022

I like a lot of spice in my gingerbread so I increase the cinnamon in the ginger to one teaspoon each and the cloves to one half teaspoon. They're excellent.


Sunday 9th of October 2022

Thanks so much for trying this gingerbread scones recipe Phyllis, and for your review. xx

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