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.
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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. 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 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.
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 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!
- 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
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl: the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
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.
Pour in 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup molasses and stir everything together until it’s incorporated.
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.
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!
Cut into 8 wedges.
Bake at 425 F for 17-20 minutes, until risen and golden brown.
Add the optional icing, and devour these scones with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Maple Vanilla Glaze
In a small bowl, whisk or stir all the ingredients together until smooth.
With the back of a spoon or with a knife, spread quickly over the scones.
This icing will set fast so stir and spread!
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.
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