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Starbucks’ Secret Scone Recipe

During Fall and Winter I become a Starbucks frequenter. I’m not much of a coffee drinker (as in, I don’t seek it out, but if it’s there I’ll drink it), but I’d die for one of their pumpkin scones. And then I came across a recipe claiming to be Starbucks’ secret recipe and I thought, surely not.

I didn’t think the recipe could come close. I mean, I’ve tried plenty ‘secret’ recipes for famous foods only to be disappointed (although, I have Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana down to an art…a recipe for another day). But, believe me, these scones are right on the money. And I’m a scone snob.

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

For the Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
7 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
6 Tablespoons cold butter
½ cup canned pumpkin
3 Tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg

For the Powdered Sugar Glaze:
1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

For the Spiced Glaze:
1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. You MUST line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and
ginger in a large bowl. Use a pastry tool or a fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg.
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and form the dough into a ball. Pat
out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick
rectangle about 3 times as long as wide. Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to
slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal portions. Cut each
of the portions in an X pattern (four pieces) so you end up with 12 triangular
slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or
until light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.

4. To make the powdered sugar glaze, mix the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. When scones have cooled, spread plain glaze over the top of each scone.

5. To make the spiced glaze (which is a MUST, scones are just not the same without this glaze), while the powdered sugar glaze is firming, combine all of the ingredients for the spiced glaze. Drizzle over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (about an hour).

About Jess Keller

I'm an author, speaker and chocolate eater who's chasing hard after my dreams.

3 responses »

  1. Ummm delicious! How have I never known about this recipe before? I LOVE the pumpkin scone. It’s a battle to not purchase one every time I get a coffee. Now that I can make them myself, I’ll never need to fight that battle again. For me, it’s all about cost. Paying $5 for coffee and a treat isn’t in the budget all the time. Thanks, Jess!

  2. Yummy! I like scone very much.


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