Light and crumbly Pumpkin Cranberry Scones are the perfect fall breakfast! No fuss to put together and healthy with the added ground flax seeds and sweetened from maple syrup!
The smell of beautiful pumpkin scones filled with fall spice wafting through the kitchen and the house is utterly intoxicating. I'm baking another batch as I write this post!
Weekend breakfast baking is sometimes fun and spontaneous. I have been on a waffle kick for a while. Every so often I think about scones; like these fantastic pumpkin cranberry scones.
Pumpkin Cranberry Scones
I made the scones twice this weekend. The first time was with part whole wheat flour. I really liked the part whole wheat flour version. It's not easy for me to sneak whole-wheat flour in every recipe and get the kids to enjoy the recipe. I will try another time and maybe just use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups all-purpose. It's important to not work the dough too much. If you feel it is too sticky to work with, you could sprinkle on a little more flour into the dough while you knead it.
The second time I baked the pumpkin cranberry scones, I used entirely all-purpose flour, I increased the maple syrup another tablespoon (so total 3 Tablespoons maple syrup) and I added an egg. If you decide to bake with part whole-wheat flour and follow the original recipe, the scones will be a little more dense. I added ginger and another dash of cinnamon. The next time I bake them, I am going to sub the butter for coconut oil for a delicious fall vegan breakfast idea. If you change up the recipe, let me know what you did and how it turned out!
Pumpkin Cranberry Scones FAQ
Does it matter how much I mix the scones?
Take care not to overmix this dough. It should all just be combined. The scones could become tough from overmixing.
What if I’m having trouble shaping the scones?
When you flatten your dough into 1-inch thickness you’ll feel the consistency. If it seems too wet and sticky, sprinkle a little flour on top and knead it in gently and flatten again.
How long do these scones stay fresh?
Once the scones have cooled completely, simply keep the scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Wrap them up and place them in a zipped lock freezer bag stored in freezer for up to 3 months.
Pumpkin Cranberry Scones
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 4 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- FOR THE TOP
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar
- 1/2 cup oats
- PUMPKIN GLAZE
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice or milk
- 2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, ground flax seeds, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir in the dried cranberries.
- In a small bowl whisk together the pumpkin, butter, egg, vanilla and maple syrup. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Bring dough together gently with a wooden spoon.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it just a bit to combine (do not overwork the dough. If it is too sticky, sprinkle a little flour onto the dough and knead it once or twice before flattening. Pat dough into a round approximately 1-inch thick. Brush with orange juice. Sprinkle on the turbinado sugar and the oats. Cut with a small biscuit cutter (yields about 12 pieces.cut with larger biscuit cutter yields 8 scones)
- Place the scones on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Brush with orange juice. Sprinkle on the turbinado sugar and the oats. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden and cooked through (if you are cutting them with large biscuit cutter or cutting them into wedges, will take about 20 minutes).
- While scones are baking, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle on the scones as soon as you take them out of the oven.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information presented below is an approximation and may vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
Oh I'll definitely try these out! What I actually love about scones is the delicate flavor without a lot of sugar so we can eat them warm with either jelly or cheese. I love the pumpkin-cranberry mix... just too perfect for an autumn weekend! And look how high yours rose!!!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
I wish I had a couple of these for breakfast right now!
Delish! Love the fact that you used maple syrup as the primary sweetener (aside from the dreamy glaze topping, of course!). 😀 .
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Oh I wish we could trade scones too! These are so pretty, I love your pumpkin glaze! 🙂
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
Oooh! Pretty round pumpkin cranberry scones, Lora! Love that you made a pumpkin glaze and made the scones lower in sugar using maple syrup. I'm working with pumpkin, too, this week. (Who isn't? LOL!) I adore using orange juice in glazes, too. They're just so much sunnier. 😉 Thanks for sharing! P.S. Still not able to follow your blog in Bloglovin'. Not getting the feed and not sure what is up with that. But! You have been added to my blogroll.
Hello!!!! I feel like its been forever since I've been to your blog. I just realized that Bloglovin isn't bringing your feed in! Not sure why, but I haven't seen any of your posts since April!!! No wonder I haven't been doing 12 Loaves....Sheesh!
These scones look marvelous! So yummy!!! I am definitely putting them on my "to make" list!
Rachel @thedessertchronicles says
these look delicious, especially the pumpkin glaze!
These are lovely, Lora! Fall on a plate.
Paula - bell'alimento says
I'll take half dozen please ; )
Just lovely Lora - I'm pinning for the holidays 😉
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
You know, cranberries are so under-appreciated. I'm so glad you included them in these scones... I think the tartness really takes it to a whole new level.
Sorry I've been MIA recently. I've missed you!
Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes says
Wow, these are awesome. Pumpkin in the glaze, how interesting! Scones are one of my obsessions, and there are never enough recipes in my files. Adding this one!
these scones are delicious!! I just made a batch! I love how easy they were to put together and that they only dirtied one bowl and one small pot from the butter!
I used half whole wheat pastry flour and fresh cranberries because i had them around. i skipped the glaze and am so happy to have found a healthy, simple, breakfast treat!
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Agness of Run Agness Run says
I love scones and this recipe seems delightful! Yummy!