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Gingerbread scones with maple vanilla icing

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 (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!!

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.