Monday, September 24, 2012

Spiced Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

I had my first pumpkin scone years ago and I have to say it was a magical experience.  For someone who loves pumpkin and baked goods as much as I do it was the perfect morning creation.  So when it came time bake some birthday treats for my friend Lauren a few weeks ago I decided to whip up a batch of pumpkin scones inspired by Starbucks and the result was very happy.  I think Lauren and I are both openly addicted to seasonal treats and these hit the spot.  The pumpkin flavor is subtle and comes together with the spices and sugar glaze to make a happy party in your mouth.  

I found a recipe from Recipe Girl and tweaked it to fit my tastes.  Now if you want yours to look exactly like Starbucks I would skip the spice glaze altogether, but if you want them to taste super amazing slather that spice glaze on there and thank heaven for it.  

Spiced Pumpkin Scones:

  • 2 cups  flour
  • 1/2 cup  white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

Plain Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk 

Spiced Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cloves
Preheat oven to 425.  Grease and flour cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.  I vote for parchment paper.  

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.  Combine pumpkin, milk, and egg set aside. 

Using forks or a food proccessor (if you have one use a food proccessor and save yourself some time.  Don't try to impress us by doing it by hand cuz we all know it's a pain)cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles sand or fine meal. 

Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients slowly.  Don't do it the other way around or you'll get nasty lumps, believe me.  

Form the dough into a ball, if it's too wet add a little extra flour but it should be slightly sticky.  Divide the ball into two balls.  

Dust cookie sheet with flour and form one ball into a rectangle.  Divide the rectangle equally in three small rectangles.  Using a floured knife cut each rectangle diagonally so you have six little triangles.   

Space out the triangles since they will expand when baked.  Bake for 12 minutes or until bottoms are slightly browned.  

Repeat with second ball of dough. 

While they are baking combine ingredients of simple glaze then combine ingredients of spice glaze.  

Once scones are slightly cooled brush with plain glaze.  When the glaze dries brush with the plain glaze.  The simple glaze gives the spice glaze something to hold on to so you get yumminess in every bite.

Then the best stept, enjoy the scones and share with friends!

 How cute is the box?  I found them at Michael's. 

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