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Apple Cinnamon Scones Recipe

These Apple Cinnamon Scones are flaky, tender, and utterly delicious. They are THE perfect bake on a fall day as leaves begin to turn and flutter to the ground. Topped with maple cinnamon glaze, these easy-to-make scones are a scrumptious autumn treat.

Side view of maple glazed Apple Cinnamon Scone on a brown and white plate

If you’re a scone lover, you know there are different kinds of scones. In fact, I have a whole section at 31Daily devoted to these delicious treats for teatime, snacking… or to usher in a new season.

Scones are perfect to serve not only for afternoon tea, (see my post Fall Afternoon Tea for more autumn recipes and ideas) but even for an afternoon snack or entertaining. I’ll never forget a wonderful September afternoon spent on a neighbor’s patio with simple pumpkin scones and coffee. Simple entertaining with delightful conversation. And memories that linger.

If you love pumpkin scones, you might like my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones or 15-Minute Easy Pumpkin Scones for a quick and easy bake.

Side view of fall Apple Cinnamon Scones on a wood tray for breakfast

Apple Cinnamon Scones

While cream scones are the easiest to make, and scrumptious too, these apple scones are rather simple to make as well. They are almost a hybrid of a butter scone and a cream scone as they contain both ingredients for a wonderful, soft texture.

A little decadent, but these scones are so worth it on a fall day!

Top view of apple scones ingredients on a round wood board

Apple Scones Ingredients

The exact measurements for these Apple Cinnamon Scones are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. But if you’re in the mood to make them now, here are the simple ingredients you will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt (if using salted butter, reduce the amount a bit)
  • Baking powder for rise
  • Spices: cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh apple (peeled and grated)
  • Whipping cream and milk for a decadently soft scone
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract

Maple Cinnamon Glaze

  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Spices: ground cinnamon and optionally a pinch of cloves
Top view of unbaked apple scones on a baking sheet

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Scones

Scones are a simple to make treat. Here’s a quick overview of how I make these:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, or your fingers.
  3. Grate fresh apple over the dry ingredients.
  4. Whisk together the wet ingredients and pour over the flour mixture.
  5. Bring the dough together and transfer to lightly floured surface.
  6. Shape into a disc shape 1½ inches (or more) thick. Cut into 8 wedges and brush with milk.
  7. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes. Cool and glaze.

Best Tips for Baking Scones

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Handle the dough as little as possible, but enough that it becomes smooth and incorporated.
  • Freeze the scones on the baking sheet just before baking. This helps relax the fluten and soften the scones. It also helps them rise better.
  • Bake large scones (like these apples scones) until they are nicely browned; about 18 to 20 minutes, but check often as it varies with different ovens.

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Side top view of maple glazed Apple Cinnamon Scone for fall afternoon tea
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Side view of maple glazed Apple Cinnamon Scone on a brown and white plate

Apple Cinnamon Scones Recipe


  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Description

These Apple Cinnamon Scones are flaky, tender, and utterly delicious. Topped with maple cinnamon glaze, they are easy and perfect for fall.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (67g) sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice)
  • 8 tablespoons (115g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Maple Cinnamon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (50g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Cut in the cubed butter until crumbly but with visible pieces of butter remaining. Grate the apple over the flour mixture and stir to incorporate.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whipping cream, milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients just enough to bring the dough together. Transfer to a floured surface and begin folding the dough in half, pressing down gently and folding again until it becomes smooth. I like to use a bench scraper to help make this process super easy. Work the dough as little as possible, but enough to bring it together. Folding the dough helps develop delicious flaky layers in the scones.
  4. Shape the dough into a disc shape that is about 1½ inches thick. Cut into 8 wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the scones with little milk and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until lightly brown on top.
  5. While the scones cool, make the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves (the cloves are optional but I love the added flavor). Drizzle over cooled scones.

Notes

Baking Tip:

  • If you have the time, I like to place the baking tray (with scones) in the freezer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes. This helps the gluten in the flour relax, making the scones more tender and helps them rise higher.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Scones
  • Method: Bake

Keywords: scones recipe, apple scones, apple cinnamon scones,

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