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Gingerbread Scones Recipe (that tastes like Christmas!)

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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 very popular.

Gingerbread scones and holiday love

Now with having a toddler, I am extra into these holidays.  For Halloween, my daughter had three Halloween costumes this year.  Two of them I bought last year the day after Halloween.  I am frugal, after all.  Squish 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 events so I don’t get too carried away.

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

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Let’s talk about this gingerbread scones recipe for a brief minute.

A big important step 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.

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

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4.5 from 2 votes

Gingerbread Scones Recipe

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!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 scones


  • 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 = 4oz/115g
  • 1/4 cup molasses = 3oz/85g
  • 1/2 cup milk any kind - cow, coconut, almond, etc.
  • 1 tsp milk for top


  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. Devour these scones with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Recipe Notes

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. 

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48 thoughts on “Gingerbread Scones Recipe (that tastes like Christmas!)”

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  2. This looks great and I have all the ingredients. I’ll have to make it. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hope you love these gingerbread scones! I always love when I have all the ingredients for a recipe and am not missing like one ingredient (which often happens! lol)

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  4. 5 stars
    Your Gingerbread Scones look delicious! Hope you are enjoying your week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks so much!!! You too! I got a break away with some friends this weekend – it was super nice.

    1. Haha, they’re pretty tempting!!! And really, they taste the best max a day or two after you make them so it’s only logical to eat them all quickly…;-)

  5. These sound delicious. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link party. I pinned this! Hope to have you join us again this week.

    1. Thank you so much Sheri! ❤️ It has been more than a week since I made the most recent batch of these scones…I think it’s time to make them again! lol

  6. This just might have to be Christmas morning breakfast!

    1. Yay! This would make a great Christmas morning breakfast! (For us along with the requisite apples and oranges – can’t mess with tradition over here! lol)

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  10. Dawn

    Can I put raisins in this recipe?

      1. Dawn d

        I finally got to making these scones with raisins. The dough, at least in my hands, was a bit dry, so I added a little milk, and I would recommend smoking, or even boiling the raisins a bit, especially if they are dry as mine were.

        1. Dawn d

          SOAKING the raisins, not smoking!

        2. Thanks for checking in after making the gingerbread scones Dawn! Amount of liquid for scones can be a bit variable (it’s different than when you make cookies or brownies). I’m glad you listened to your baking intuition and added a bit of milk. 🙂

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  14. Judy

    These look wonderful! Excited to try them. I, too, love the accuracy of measuring ingredients by weight instead of volume. Could you list both in your recipe?

    1. Hi Judy! I hope you love these gingerbread scones. I added more weight measurements to this recipe…let me know if there’s anything I could add to make it even more user friendly 🙂

  15. These sound delicious! Can these be made gluten free?

    1. Hey Cindy! I haven’t tried to make them gluten-free. If you try I would not use coconut flour or almond flour in this recipe (unless you want to totally modify it!) I would try using 1:1 gluten-free flour mix like Bob’s Red Mill. If you try them this way let me know how they turn out!

  16. Elaine

    Hi, the recipe looks awesome! Is there a substitute for molasses or do I need to add it to my shopping list? Xx

    1. Hey Elaine! There is no sub for the molasses in this recipe – it’s totally needed to give a lot of the gingerbread flavor. Def put it on your shopping list, this recipe is worth it! 🙂 You can also use the extra molasses in ginger cookies, gingerbread loaf, or making your own gingerbread latte at home!

  17. Karen

    Unsulphured molasses? Or doesn’t matter? Whole milk or would 2% be okay? And for sure 1 whole Tbsp of baking powder? Seems like a lot. I’ve never made scones before but these sound very good, so I want to make them soon! Thank you

    1. Hi Karen! Yes definitely 1 tbsp baking powder. I tried with less and they just didn’t rise as well. Any kind of milk would work so yes 2% would be great. This gingerbread scones recipe would work with any type of molasses – fancy, darker, blackstrap. I hope you love them! 🙂

  18. Heather T.

    4 stars
    These were great. I always make my scones in the food processor makes them so easy and quick. I may sprinkle with cinnamon sugar next time.

    1. Glad you liked them Heather! And they’d be super yummy with that cinnamon sugar topping too 🙂

  19. Julie

    We are making these for Christmas morning brunch. Is it possible to make the dough the night before and refrigerate and then bake it in the morning? Or do you think the scones will not come out right? Thanks!

    1. Hi Julie! It should be possible to make the scone dough ahead of time, but I’d do a couple of things. I would pat the dough out into the flat circle and cover it with saran and foil so it doesn’t dry out. It will be much easier to pat the dough out into a nice circle right when it’s made so I would do it then instead of putting a ball of dough in the fridge. Then take the dough out of the fridge and let it sit for about 20 minutes on the counter before baking (maybe when your oven is preheating). That should do it! You might need to add another minute or two to the baking but just keep an eye on them. I hope you love them! Merry Christmas!

  20. These look so good!! What a perfect festive breakfast to make for Christmas morning!

    1. Hi Vanessa! I wouldn’t prep them more than a day ahead. And make sure they are wrapped very well (I use two layers – wax paper or saran, and then a plastic bag) if you are just making the dough and not baking them until the next day. These gingerbread scones are most delicious the day they are baked, but are still very yummy the day after. If we’re eating these scones two days after they’re baked, I pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to freshen them up a bit!

  21. Diane k

    These completely burnt on the bottom. I think 425 is way too hot!

    1. A standard temperature for scone recipes is 425. Some call for 400, others call for 450, and some recipes even call for starting at 500. As with any baking, individual ovens will vary with different recipes. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to taste them in their full deliciousness!

  22. Diane k

    Other recipes say 12-15! Not 17-20!

    1. Some scone recipes have less time, some have higher temperatures. Many scone recipes that have a shorter bake time do have higher temperatures or start at a higher temp.

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