Cinnamon Sugar Scones


These scones remind me of the cinnamon-sugar cookies that my great grandmother would roll out and bake from scraps of pie dough. Freshly baked, the crispy edges of these scones are a nice contrast to the moist interior. The layers in these scones separate beautifully while baking, revealing the deep dark cinnamon sugar flavor inside. Use a heavy-duty pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture.

Recipe reprinted with permission from ONE BOWL BAKING: SIMPLE, FROM SCRATCH RECIPES FOR DELICIOUS DESSERTS © 2013 by Yvonne Ruperti, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Image Evan Sung

Cinnamon Sugar Scones
Makes: Makes 6 (4-inch) scones
Scone batter:
  • 1¾ cups (83/4 ounces or 235 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) half-and-half, cold
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar to sprinkle on top
  1. Place an oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. To make the batter: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal, but is not clumping up. Stir in the half-and-half and egg until combined.
  4. To make the filling: Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10 x 6-inch rectangle. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon over half of the rectangle, then fold it in half.
  5. Roll the dough out again into an 8-inch x 6-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon over half of the rectangle, then fold in half.
  6. Pat the dough into a 6-inch circle and cut into 6 wedges.
  7. Evenly space the wedges on the pan, sprinkle with sugar and bake until golden and just firm, 15 to 17 minutes.
  8. Let the scones cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

4 Responses to Cinnamon Sugar Scones

  1. Kami Akiyama December 15, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    This turned into a huge mess. The dough was way too dry. I added a little bit more half and half which helped make it somewhat manageable. The stickiness of the dough made it difficult to roll into rectangles and fold in half. I ended up with a big, cinnamon-sugar-flour mess all over the countertop. I’m curious to know how this worked out for anyone else? I followed the recipe and steps exactly.

    • Dede Wilson December 16, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      Sorry to hear. We will reach out to the author and ask for any tips. The amounts are correct and it is a very short dough – there is a lot of butter in there!

  2. bannock December 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Here’s a tip: test a recipe before you print it and waste people’s money.

    • Kristen December 23, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      What was the issue? I tried this recipe last weekend and they came out well, what didn’t you like about it?

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