Looking for a really easy Cinnamon Scone recipe? These cinnamon scones are SO delicious and surprisingly simple to make! They’re a longtime family favorite!
Easy Cinnamon Sugar Scone Recipe
We have been making this Cinnamon Scone Recipe for almost a decade and it’s a tried and true favorite at our house!
It’s perfect as a special weekend breakfast or to take to a brunch get-together. We love making it for Christmas brunch each year!
It’s way simpler than it looks and it easily impresses guests! Plus, it’s SO delicious.
As you can see by this old photo of Kathrynne (look how tiny she was!!), we’ve been making these for a really, really long time at our house! 🥰
I have fond memories of the older three helping me whip up a batch of these in the kitchen when they were younger. (And now they’re old enough to bake recipes themselves!)
Just remember when making these that there’s no need to do it perfectly. In fact, I believe the beauty of homemade cinnamon scones is that each one has a little bit of personality!
Cinnamon Sugar Scone Recipe Ingredients
For the Scones:
- 2 cups flour (I used unbleached all-purpose, but you could use half whole-wheat, half unbleached)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg, separated
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice)
For the Crumb Topping:
- 2 Tablespoons sugar (I like using Turbinado )
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Icing:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-3 teaspoons milk (just enough to make the glaze spreadable)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to make Cinnamon Scones
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
4. Separate the egg white and yolk. Set the egg white aside.
5. In a smaller bowl, mix egg yolk, honey, and buttermilk (or milk/lemon juice mixture).
6. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
7. On a floured work surface, form the dough into a ball.
8. Roll or pat the ball into a half-inch-thick disc, roughly 8 inches in diameter.
9. Cut dough into eight equally-sized pieces.
10. Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet (a pie spatula makes this very easy).
11. Whisk the egg white until froth forms and brush over the tops of the scones.
12. Mix turbinado and cinnamon together and sprinkle over egg-white-topped scones.
13. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
14. While scones bake, mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until a thin glaze forms.
15. Drizzle glaze over scones after they come out of the oven.
How to serve Glazed Scones
Scones are a great dessert or special treat with your morning coffee. They are also a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe — paired with an egg dish and fresh fruit.
The scones look so fancy plated on a pretty platter… no one will ever guess how easy they are to make!
How to store this Cinnamon Scone Recipe
After the scones are completely cooled and the glaze has hardened, you can place scones in a food storage container with a tight-fitting lid and store at room temperature for a few days, or freeze them for longer.
Cinnamon Scones Recipe FAQs
Buttermilk is the key ingredient in making them soft and moist. Also, keeping the butter nice and cold will help create more air pockets in the dough when it bakes.
Either will work, but we prefer buttermilk. Do not substitute regular milk as it’s not as thick and the results won’t be as tasty!
The biggest difference is the amount of sugar — cookies have as much as 3 times more sugar than scones. Scones also contain a lot more liquid, making them softer and more muffin-like.
In order to get that nice hardened glaze, simply let your glazed scones “dry” for 20 – 30 minutes before putting them away or covering them in any way. If you cover the scones immediately after glazing them, the moisture cannot escape and the glaze will remain wet.
These cinnamon scones are honestly some of the best scones I’ve ever tasted — flaky, soft, and beautifully delicious! I hope you enjoy them as much as our family has over the years!
For the Dough
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter very cold, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg separated
- 3 Tbsp honey
- ⅓ cup buttermilk or ⅓ cup milk mixed with ½ tsp lemon juice
For the Crumb Topping
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
For the Icing
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-3 tsp milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400ºF
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
- Separate the egg white and yolk. Set the egg white aside.
- In a smaller bowl, mix egg yolk, honey, and buttermilk (or milk/lemon juice mixture).
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- On a floured work surface, form the dough into a ball.
- Roll or pat the ball into a half-inch-thick disc, roughly 8 inches in diameter.
- Cut dough into eight equally-sized pieces.
- Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet (a pie spatula makes this very easy).
- Whisk the egg white until froth forms and brush over the tops of the scones.
- Mix turbinado and cinnamon together and sprinkle over egg-white-topped scones.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
- While scones bake, mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until a thin glaze forms.
- Drizzle glaze over scones after they come out of the oven.
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Let me know if you try this Cinnamon Scone Recipe and what you think of it! I’d love to hear!
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