Pumpkin Scones {Starbucks Copycat}

August 13, 2014

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Pumpkin Scones – soft and tender, perfectly pumpkin-y and deliciously spiced. Then of course finished with the perfect vanilla and pumpkin glaze!

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Pumpkin Scones

Since I still had plenty of pumpkin left from the last pumpkin recipe I just posted (I always just by the big can), I decided to post another pumpkin recipe I’ve been dying to try.

Seeing as Starbucks isn’t currently selling pumpkin scones, I can’t say these are identical since I can’t do a side by side comparison, but I did go off the ingredients list they have posted on their website so they should be very close. Once you try these you might likely even say they are better!

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These are one of the softest and moistest scones I’ve ever had even though there is no cream in the dough base (unlike a traditional scone that uses about a cup of cream). They are pretty much my idea of the perfect scone, especially considering they are pumpkin and we all know how much I love pumpkin baked treats.

How could these not be good though? You get this deliciously spiced pumpkin scone topped with not just one icing, but two! I’m sure these are going to be a new favorite Fall baked good for me!


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4.93 from 78 votes

Pumpkin Scones {Starbucks Copycat}

These delicious pastries are likely to become a new favorite autumn treat! They're loaded with pumpkin and spice flavor and are even better than Starbucks!
Servings: 8 scones
Prep25 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , cold and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree , chilled (don't chill in can)
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp half and half


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp half and half , then more as needed

Pumpkin Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp half and half


  • For the scones:
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor pulse together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well blended (if you don't have a food processor you can whisk by hand in a large mixing bowl, then cut in butter with a pastry cutter). Add butter and pulse mixture several times to cut butter into mixture (large pieces of butter should no longer be visible). Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl and create a well in center.
  • In a bowl whisk together chilled pumpkin puree, buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract and honey. Pour mixture into well in flour/butter mixture. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon to incorporate, then knead in bowl (or on work surface) by hand several times to bring mixture together. Dust a work surface with flour then invert dough onto surface. Pat and shape dough into an even 8-inch round. Using a large knife, slice into 8 equal wedges (dust knife with flour as needed while cutting, it will be fairly sticky).
  • Transfer scones to a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with 1 Tbsp half and half then bake in preheated oven 13 - 15 minutes until tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes (no longer) before spreading with glaze.
  • For the glaze:
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and half and half, adding more half and half as needed to reach desired consistency (it should be fairly thick not runny). Spoon and spread mixture scones to evenly coat tops (use all of it). Let glaze set at room temperature.
  • For the pumpkin glaze:
  • In a mixing bowl (I just used the one from the glaze above without cleaning out) whisk together powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and half and half. Transfer mixture to a small Ziploc bag, seal bag, cut a small tip from corner and drizzle mixture over tops of scones. Allow icing to set. Best served day prepared.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Scones {Starbucks Copycat}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 209mg9%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 3095IU62%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.
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  • Shane

    The dough was so sticky that I had a hard time cutting and transferring into cookie sheet.

  • Sara Giali

    These are wonderfu! There has been a shortage of pumpkin puree this year, so I went ahead and used pumpkin pie mix, and all the spices as called for. Used fat free 1/2 and 1/2 as that is what I had. So yummy. They rose well and were soft and bouncy with crisp edges. I also added ground cloves to the pumpkin glaze, I loved the little zing it gives. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks so much, I mixed and baked all while playing some cafe jazz music in the background, and burned a coffee scented candle…..ahhh…..feel and taste of fall. I think these turned out every bit as good as Starbucks! Next time I may add some chopped pecans.

  • Huong Pytlewski

    Thank you very much. My daughter love all kinds of Starbucks cake. I made this scones followed your recipe. She said:” it’s really delicious like Starbucks scone” 😋 thanks again.

  • B

    Never have I ever left a comment on a recipe page, however: these scones are absolutely amazing, cannot tell the difference between Starbucks and these! They’re so tasty and were very easy to make. I love them so much, absolutely AMAZING

  • Kirsten

    These scones are delicious!! Wow!! Everyone loved them!
    Your suggestion of using cold pumpkin puree is great!! I always grate cold butter and then put it in the freezer before adding it to dry ingredients. . The cold ingredients sure makes a big difference in how much the scones rise.
    This recipe is a definite keeper!!
    Thank you

  • Merina Pacheco

    Best pumpkin scone recipe
    I prepare scones night before, cut and and place on parchment paper
    Cover with saran wrap and put in fridge.

  • Suzi B

    This Recipe does not even have the texture of a scone. I made it twice thinking that maybe I didn’t follow the directions exactly and both times we’re bad. My search for the perfect pumpkin scone goes on but this is not it and taste nothing like the Starbucks scones

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      The texture is a little different because of the pumpkin in the scone which adds some extra moisture. Sorry to hear you didn’t like them!

  • Vr

    Okay I liked the idea of this scone but it did lack some flavor in the scone. It needs more of the spices. The glaze was delicious the actual scone was soft not over firm or dry so I like this going itself just needed more of the pumpkin spice flavoring is all that’s why I only gave it a three next time I make this I will bump that up

    • Frances

      There is a Tbs. of Half and Half in the list of ingredients for the scones that isn’t mentioned in the directions. Do I add it to the rest of the wet ingredients to whisk with the pumpkin and add to the flour/butter mixture?
      Hope to get a reply soon causeI am making them now! 😄. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Forbes

      Love this recipe! How would you modify it for blueberry lemon and raspberry white chocolate scones? Thanks!

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        Unfortunately this recipe wouldn’t convert but you should be able to find a great recipe for that via google :).