Pistachio Cardamom Scones

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Recipe: #38180

February 14, 2022

"Recipe source: community cookbook"

Original is 16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (73.9 g)
  • Calories 233.1
  • Total Fat - 12.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 16.9 mg
  • Sodium - 309.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  • Sugars - 9 g
  • Protein - 6 g
  • Calcium - 97.6 mg
  • Iron - 1.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2

Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Step 3

In a mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour -salt). Using your hands blend the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. Then add the chopped pistachios and lime zest; toss. Stir in buttermilk and the maple syrup. DO NOT OVERMIX.

Step 4

Divide dough into 2 balls and place them on a floured board. Pat dough down so you have flattened circular discs.

Step 5

For optional glaze: pour some buttermilk on top of each mounded disc, spreading evenly with a pastry brush. Sprinkle sugar over the discs (if desired). Cut each circular disc/mound into 8 wedges.

Step 6

Place scone on cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.


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.

  • When choosing butter for this recipe, make sure it is at room temperature for best results.
  • If you want to get the most flavor out of the cardamom, buy whole pods and grind them yourself.

  • Substitute almond meal for the flour to make the scones gluten-free. The benefit of this substitution is that it will make the scones more accessible for those with gluten sensitivities or allergies.
  • Substitute coconut oil for the butter to make the scones vegan. The benefit of this substitution is that it will make the scones more accessible for those following a vegan diet.

Chocolate Chip Scones Replace the pistachios and lime zest with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Omit the cardamom and maple syrup. Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. For the glaze, mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of milk.

Orange-Honey Yogurt Parfait - This light and refreshing parfait is the perfect accompaniment to the sweet and nutty flavors of the Pistachio Cardamom Scones. The combination of creamy yogurt, sweet honey, and tart oranges creates a delicious balance that will enhance the overall flavor of the scones.

Coconut-Almond Granola: This crunchy and nutty granola is the perfect complement to the sweet and tart flavors of the Orange-Honey Yogurt Parfait. The combination of sweet coconut, nutty almonds, and rich honey creates a delicious contrast that will help bring out the flavors of the parfait.


Q: How long do I need to bake the scones?

A: Bake the scones for 15 minutes or until they are puffy and golden brown.

Q: What type of flour should I use?

A: Use all-purpose flour for the best results. You can also use a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour.

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Fun facts:

Cardamom has been used in cooking for centuries, and was even referenced in ancient Greek and Roman literature. It was also a popular spice in the Middle East and India, where it was used in perfumes and medicines.

Pistachios have been cultivated for thousands of years, and were a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Queen Victoria is said to have been a fan of pistachios, and she even served them at her coronation banquet in 1837.