Copycat Starbucks pumpkin scones are even better than the original! Lush and tender with big pumpkin flavor, this pumpkin scone recipe just might become your favorite. A bourbon glaze covers the top of the scones and a maple spice drizzle decorates the tops. These scones are as beautiful as they are delicious.
For this recipe you’ll need: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, butter, pumpkin puree, unsulfured molasses, heavy cream, eggs, Confectioner’s sugar, bourbon, maple syrup
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I think autumn has always been one of my favorite seasons.
With cooler temperatures people are enjoying their drinks on cafe patios and rooftop bars. Sunsets are more vivid. Autumn brings life back to Texans in a very real way. Here in Dallas we don’t see the leaves change until mid November but October usually ushers in cooler weather. For us 75 degrees is a welcome change for 100 degrees! The driest part of the year is over and we begin to get some rain. Best of all, it’s time for the State Fair, Octoberfest, FrightFest at Six Flags, and numerous other fun activities made possible by cooler temperatures.
In Texas boys get their homecoming dates huge mums to wear to the homecoming game and the dance afterwards. These mums get bigger every year – you’ve got to Google it to understand what I am talking about. The mum is usually a cluster of mums and about 12-inches or more in diameter. Sometimes teddy bears or other things are attached. Then there are long ribbons that cascade off of the mum and almost touch the floor. It’s a weird tradition that goes along with the football addiction here. I have no idea how it got started.
Then there’s Farmer’s Market. It’s always open here but in the fall it fairly overflows with every kind of produce, meat, and craft known to man. It’s full of color, and noise, and people bartering to get the best deal possible on the last few tomatoes of the season. East Texas sweet potatoes are stacked in towering mounds, the new crop of pecans is described as “the best crop in years!”. It’s described that way every, single year.
And pumpkin everything, everywhere.
I love pumpkin and I don’t know why I don’t make pumpkin things all year. I mean, there’s no law against pumpkin bread in February, right? It’s not like pumpkin isn’t available until October. Still, I follow the tradition and rarely, if ever, make pumpkin recipes before September or after December.
That just needs to be changed. Pumpkin addicts should be free to indulge without shame all year long.
These copycat Starbucks pumpkin scones just taste like autumn. They’re a rich golden color and the flavor is buttery-pumpkiny-spicy. The glaze is sweet with a touch of bourbon flavor then there’s a maple spice drizzle over the top of that. Gilding the lily, so to speak. If you don’t want to use bourbon then substitute heavy cream and it will still be amazing.
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Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze Nutrition Info
Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe
Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup tablespoons cold butter cut in pieces
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
- 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 cup Confectioner's sugar
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
- 1 tablespoons heavy cream, or enough to make a glaze
- 1 cup Confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup.
- Cream as needed to make the glaze the right consistency.
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Place a double thickness of paper towel on a plate.
- Spoon the pumpkin over the paper towel.
- Add a another double layer of paper towel on the top and press gently to extract as much moisture as possible.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the pumpkin, molasses, heavy cream, and egg yolk until well blended.
- Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer blend the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
- With the mixer running add the butter a little at a time and continue to blend until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs with pebbles in it.
- Stir in the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture until it forms a dough.
- Knead lightly on a floured surface for just a minute.
- Pat into a 1-inch thick circle.
- Cut into 12 wedges.
- Separate the wedges slightly.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- Mix the Confectioners, bourbon, and the cream until it is smooth and slightly runny.
- Spoon over the cooled scones and let dry.
- Mix the Confectioner's sugar with the spices.
- Add the maple syrup and enough cream to make the glaze smooth.
- Drizzle over the glazed scones.
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