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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Copycat Recipe

No need to overpay for Starbucks scones anymore – these copycat scones are so easy to make and they’re a million times tastier too!

I’m so excited to be a part of Pampered Chef‘s Holiday Baking Bonanza campaign because I’ve been dying to make these copycat scones for months now! I actually make these pumpkin scones once a year around the holidays mainly because, well, if I make them all the time, I’m sure I’d eat the entire batch by myself which wouldn’t be the best thing to happen to me when it comes to skinny jeans. No, but really, these scones really put me in the holiday spirit and they taste a million times better than the Starbucks version!

With a crumbly, yet fluffy scone base and two kinds of glazes, these scones are completely irresistible. And as you can see from the step-by-step photos, they’re so easy to make too! Simply mix up your batter, which requires no kind of mixer at all, knead the dough out into a rectangle, cut into triangles and bake! See how easy that was? Then you spoon on that first glaze, drizzle on the second and eat! Now who wants to still buy those scones at Starbucks?

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Copycat Recipe

Yield: 8 scones

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

These copycat scones are so easy to make and they’re a million times tastier too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the spiced glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Add cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, egg and vanilla. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.
  4. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pill, roll the dough into a 10- by 7-inch rectangle, about 1-inch thick. Using a large knife or a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut into 2 even pieces crosswise, making four rectangles. Then cut each each rectangle into two triangles, making 8 triangles.
  5. Place scones onto prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar and milk. Whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk as needed; set aside. To make the spiced glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and milk. Whisk until smooth; set aside.
  7. When the scones are done, cool for 10 minutes and spoon the glaze on each scone before drizzling with spiced glaze.
  8. Allow glazes to set before serving.

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On my xmas wish list…someone to do all my dirty dishes and laundry 🙂

These are beauties! Love that you made a DIY/copycat version. They’re always better than the originals anyway! pinned

Thanks for the pin, friend! And if people can do the dirty dishes, mop the floors, do the laundry and fold – that would seriously be the best Christmas EVER!

These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them but I’m bummed because I also wanted to make the vanilla bean scones but for some reason the recipe does not pop up when I “click here” Just the picture. =(

So sorry about that, Anna. But I am confused as to which recipe you are referring to? I do not have a recipe for vanilla bean scones at this time.

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Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

I love your recipes and pinterest btw 🙂

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The scones look tasty! Definitely pinning these 🙂

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These scones look and sound amazing. I’ve never had one from Starbucks but I would not be surprised if yours are much, much better.

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Yes and yes! Two glazes?! I can get on board with this concept 🙂 These are beautiful! And they are clearly better than the original. By a long shot.

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Love these and my daughter is addicted to those scones. A dozen of them and this recipe is going to be a Christmas gift!

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Made these delicious scones this morning. So very good. You can cut the recipe down for the pumpkin glaze..I had way too much leftover. I also added 3.4 cups of chocolate chips, mostly for hubb, but I think some chopped roasted pecans would be a great addition, So pretty, and such a ‘Christmas Morning’ breakfast item–or, of course, whenever you feel like a delicious pumpkin treat. Hubster was sooo impressed, and he rarely says much unless I quiz him ! We had them with hot cocoa with whipped cream, scrambled eggs and sausage patties. This should hold us until our lite chicken salad for dinner ! Yum! Never had Starbucks, but now, I don’t even have a desire to try them! Thanks so much for sharing!

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i don’t think these taste like the starbucks ones maybe i did something wrong but I’ve been trying many diff recipes to find the ones starbucks makes.

That’s strange because I think they’re an exact replica, if not better!

i used regular sugar do you think that would make a huge difference?

Yes, absolutely. I recommend using all the listed ingredients here for optimal results.

I made these last night and the scone part was very good, easy to cook and came out perfect (although not as pumpkin tasting as Starbucks..will have to add more puree next time) I really liked them!

But I followed the directions exactly for your frostings and it was runny (had to add more icing sugar) and I felt like the ginger was overpowering and I swear I only put the 1/4 teaspoon. I don’t feel like the Starbucks scone has any ginger taste…but luckily I like ginger so it was still yummy.

I think next time I will put just a pinch of ginger in and see what happens!

Thanks for the post!

Just found this today. I have tons of beautiful pumpkins in the garden this year: do you think this would work with real pumpkin purée instead of canned? Love to have your opinion! Thanks!

Yes, that would work amazingly well! After all, nothing’s better than homemade, right?

I just made these this morning and I have to say that they are scrumptious! I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfect. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

Came across the recipe last week and my second batch is in the oven now – my roommate and I demolished the first batch within a few days (this despite the fact that said roommate detests cloves… they were that good). The dough was a little bit dry, so I moistened it with a splash of caramel Bailey’s and it turned out amazingly. I bet these would taste good with a caramel drizzle, too!

These look amazing. Do you think they would freeze well?

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

These scones turned out great! I made them into circles. The glazes are very necessary to get that sweet, perfect bite. Next time I’ll add more spices to the dough. Unless a day-old scone has more flavor. Also: I veganized it using 2 ‘flax eggs,’ non-dairy butter, and almond milk.
Thanks for the recipe. Cheers*

This is my favorite Starbucks scone!! They look easy enough to make. Thanks for this great recipe!

I just made these. They are unREAL. Thank you!

Thank you for the recipe – the scones are really good! I had too much of the spiced glaze, so I used it to sweet my coffee, and still had much to much – so I had to make a second batch 🙂
PS: The recipe works great with “real pumpkin purree” (unfortunately I can’t get canned pumpkin in Austria)

Wow, I just cooked these scones, it’s fabulous! Thanks for this recipe 🙂 hi from Russia :))))

Just made these to surprise my kids for breakfast on our ‘pumpkin day’ – they are SO delicious!! Thanks for the recipe.

I just made these. I used a spoonful more pumpkin and needed about 5 Tbs. of milk, but that’s no doubt because of the moisture content of flour varying. Excellent!

I used buttermilk, used 1 cup of wheat flour and upped the pumpkin content, 1/2 cup didn’t seem like very much and what else is one to do with all the extra pumpkin? Consequently I had to use a lot of extra flour in the kneading/rolling stage. This also probably resulted in my scone being a bit more cake like that I prefer but nonetheless I was satisfied with the outcome. I will probably make these again this fall.

I just tried these. Its an amazing recipe, didn’t have to change any of the amounts of the ingredients. I haven’t even tried to pumpkin scones at Starbucks, but I am sure they can’t beat this recipe! So delicious, fluffy, but also rich. Also, the glaze does amazing things. The spices really come out perfectly in this whole thing!

Made these and they turned out AMAZING! Thank you for the recipe!

Well, I guess it’s just me, but what a disaster!! Maybe I had extra watery pumpkin puree, but I had to add another whole cup of flour, and that still wasn’t enough to make it all come together. I ended up just dumping dough on the pan. Cooking now and hoping for the best…while I clean up sticky dough from my counter 🙁

Deanna, that should definitely not be happening. Did you follow the recipe exactly as is without any substitutions? And what kind of pumpkin puree did you use?

The same thing happened to me! Added lots of extra flour, but still really sticky! They came out of the oven baked just fine, but I’m not sure why they were so watery. I just used a regular can of pumpkin, generic brand. It didn’t seem watery to me at first, but I’ve never used pumpkin puree before. Is it supposed to be pretty thick?

Yes, pumpkin puree does have a bit of thickness to it.

It was a mess when it came to kneading it on the lightly floured surface. I had to keep adding flour, but first I had to keep rinsing off my hands to get the sticky dough off. Then I tried to roll it out but it kept sticking to the rolling pin. I must have added at least another half cup of flour to this “lightly floured” surface and it really didn’t seem to help. I finally abandoned the rolling pin and pressed the dough out into a rectangle with my hands. When I used the pizza cutter the dough stuck to that too. I had to use a combo pizza cutter/spatula to get the triangles onto the parchment lined cookie sheet. These have had to be the most deformed scones I’ve ever dealt with. Even though these scones are really ugly, they do taste pretty good. Nice glaze. Best tip I can offer is to have an extra person or 2 to assist with the preparation, so they can keep adding flour to the surface while the other person or 2 is kneading and rolling the dough. This is not a good recipe for only one person to prepare. Unless you don’t mind ugly deformed scones!

I’m so sorry it was so difficult for you, but something may have gone wrong because these scones are meant to be super easy!

I love the scones so much I couldnt get enough of them … my team mates loved them too… I cant wait until I make another one of theses recipes

Loved the recipe so much I decided to make it vegan. Check it out http://labellepatel.com/2014/11/20/vegan-pumpkin-spiced-scones/

These are sooo good! I made them with my girl this morning 🙂 Thanks!

Can I replace the butter with coconut oil?

You can certainly try substituting coconut oil but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

Found this recipe (a little late but better than never!). The scones taste exactly the same – so good – but I had problems with the glaze. It seemed so easy but didn’t taste quite right, and definitely didn’t harder the way a Starbucks scone does. I am still looking to improve that part, but hey – worst case scenario, I just leave it off!

I had these at a friend’s party today and they blew me away! She told me this was the recipe she used and I immediately jumped on Pinterest to find it! I am a little concerned that I may eat them all if I make them myself so I was pleased to see the suggestion to make 12 instead of 8 under the nutritional information box.
I just wanted to point out that you will save an amazing 130.9 calories per serving by changing the servings from 8 to 12, not a mere 12 as indicated below. It’s probably just a typo, but I thought you might want to fix it :).

“Save yourself nearly 90 calories by making this version instead of picking one up at Starbucks (you’ll also avoid the inevitable temptation to add a super sweet beverage to your order by not entering the store!). And when you make these yourself, you can control the size so instead of 8, make 12! If you do, you’ll shave off another 12 calories per serving.”

Thank you for pointing that out!

I followed the recipe carefully; however, my dough was sticky to the point that I couldn’t handle it with my hands, let alone roll it. I had to resort to adding more flour to be able to work with it but unfortunately this came at the cost of altering the flavour of the scones. I ended up throwing the scones and left over dough into the trash which was a shame as I hate wasting ingredients. I know others have commented that they have had similar experiences – I have no idea what I did differently that would cause them to turn out the way they did.

Madison, can you share what kind of pumpkin puree was used here? I have found that different brands of pumpkin can be more watery than others.

I made these today for a potluck at work. They were a hit! The only thing i don’t like is the cloves in the icing. i would leave that out next time. My husband didn’t think it was a big deal, but I guess I’m just not a clove lover.
But they were delicious and beautiful! Thanks for the recipe!

These scones look fantastic! Wondering if I might be able to create a gluten free version for my daughter who has celiac disease.

I finally made these after having pinned them long ago, and I can’t believe I waited! They were amazing! And so much better than Starbucks! Even my husband liked them, even though he was adamant that he doesn’t like scones. They’re so much more moist than any scone I’ve ever had. The one downside to that was that I was planning to deliver them to friends the next morning and by then the glaze had nearly melted off (and they were just plain ugly), but the ladies at my bible study still enjoyed them thoroughly!
I linked back to your recipe here: http://stanwoodtoseoul.blogspot.kr/2015/12/new-community.html
Thanks for a great recipe!

How would these do on aluminum foil or just a baking sheet sprayed with baking spray? I don’t have parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet

Yes, that should work just fine.

I have pumpkin pie spice, how much of that would you use instead of the individual spices? I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

About 2 tsps, or more, to taste.

Really good, but my came out more cakey than sconey. What might I have done wrong?

YES. Pumpkin scones! Starbucks discontinued them or ran out or something. And I have CRAVED them. This recipe looks fabulous! Thank you!

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