Gingerbread Scones

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Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (194.5 g)
  • Calories 536.4
  • Total Fat - 18.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 78 mg
  • Sodium - 503.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 84.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
  • Sugars - 39.8 g
  • Protein - 9.6 g
  • Calcium - 205.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Step 2

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 3

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Step 4

Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.

Step 5

Stir in the lemon zest and dried cranberries, if using.

Step 6

In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, molasses and vanilla and then add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.

Step 7

Mix just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.

Step 8

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick. Cut into 6 wedges.

Step 9

Place the scones on the baking sheet.

Step 10

Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.

Step 11

Sprinkle the tops of the scones with some rolled oats.

Step 12

Place the baking sheet inside another baking sheet to prevent the bottoms of the scones from over browning.

Step 13

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Step 14

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Step 15

To Glaze: Mix together icing sugar, maple syrup, and milk, adding more sugar or milk until you get the desired consistency.

Step 16

With a spoon drizzle the glaze over the tops of the scones and let dry.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Be sure to use cold butter for best results when blending into the flour mixture.
  • If desired, you can substitute dried cherries or raisins for the dried cranberries.

  • Instead of light brown sugar, use coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index, so it won't cause a spike in blood sugar levels. This will make the scones a bit healthier.
  • Instead of buttermilk, use almond milk. Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy products and is much better for those with lactose intolerance. It will also give the scones a nuttier flavor.

Coconut Cranberry Scones Replace the dried cranberries with dried coconut flakes, and add an extra tablespoon of molasses for sweetness.

Maple Glazed Bacon - This sweet and savory dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Gingerbread Scones. The salty bacon pairs wonderfully with the sweet glaze, making it a great side dish to the scones.

Cinnamon Spiced Apples: This simple yet delicious side dish is the perfect complement to the Maple Glazed Bacon. The subtle sweetness of the apples pairs beautifully with the salty bacon, and the addition of cinnamon adds an extra layer of flavor. It's a quick and easy dish that will add a little something extra to your Gingerbread Scones.


Q: How long should I bake the scones for?

A: Bake the scones for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Q: Can I use a different type of flour for the scones?

A: Yes, you can use other types of flours such as whole wheat, spelt, or oat flour. However, you may need to adjust the amount of liquid in the recipe accordingly.

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Fun Fact 1: The first gingerbread recipe was written in the 16th century by a French court chef. It was a very elaborate recipe and the gingerbread was served at royal feasts.

Fun Fact 2: Gingerbread is a favorite treat of Queen Elizabeth II. She enjoys it with a cup of tea and has been known to give it as gifts to her guests.