Chef John's Pumpkin Scones Recipe -
Chef John's Pumpkin Scones Recipe
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Chef John's Pumpkin Scones

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"Here's an example of how I would convince the public that pumpkin is great for any time of the year. Ironically, I did this because I had leftover pumpkin from Thanksgiving."

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Original recipe makes 12 scones Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk together 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Mix butter into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour-butter mixture. Stir in pumpkin puree, buttermilk, and pine nuts until just combined.
  4. Sprinkle a work surface with 2 tablespoons flour. Turn out dough onto the floured work surface. Shape into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Fold the rectangle in thirds, sprinkle with more flour as needed, and flatten to about 1 inch thick. Repeat 2 more times. Cut final rectangle into 6 equally-sized squares. Cut each square into triangles and transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Whisk egg and milk together in a small bowl. Lightly brush the top of each scone with egg wash. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar over scones.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Make a simple glaze for these scones by whisking together1 teaspoon milk, 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, and 2 teaspoons maple syrup until smooth. You may need to add some more milk or sugar, depending on how thick you want the glaze.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 30, 2012

I am going to give this a full 5 stars because I love the texture of this scone. It is light and moist for a scone. The taste is so nice but I did use fresh cooked pumpkin and added cinnamon, ground ginger and a bit of pumpkin pie spice. I would definitely make again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 17, 2013

This did not have the consistency of a scone. It was more like a regular, moist bread. Scones should be crumbly. I made it exactly as the recipe instructed, but I added spices. It would have been very bland without them. We will finish eating them with honey on them, but I will not make them again.

Dec 29, 2012

These are delicious, light layers within the crumb with just the right amount of sweetness. I used pumpkin seeds (pepitas) instead of pine nuts. I did not add any extra spices but that would be good as well.

Nov 01, 2014

I made these yesterday for a large gathering. They were the first things gone. I also added cinnamon & nutmeg to the batter and topped with a simple glaze of powdered sugar, cinnamon, milk and a splash of maple syrup. Oh I left out the pinenuts simply because I didn't have any on hand.

Dec 29, 2013

This was a very good scone recipe and I will use it again in the future. I did add spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and 1 tsp. of vanilla to the batter. I also eliminated the pine nuts and substituted them for chocolate chips. Yum! I'm not sure what the scones would taste like without the cinnamon and nutmeg. I frosted these with homemade cream cheese frosting and drizzled them with melted chocolate. My family loved them and they want me to make them again. For me, that means a recipe was a success :-)

Oct 28, 2014

I made this today for a work function. They came out great and were eaten right up. I made a few minor changes. I used 1% milk instead of buttermilk, instead of 1/3 cup pine nuts I used aprox. 2 1/2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts and 2 1/2 Tablespoons chopped milk chocolate chips, I cut them into 24 smaller pieces, and I did not use the egg wash on top.

Oct 14, 2014

I took the advice of several of the reviewers and added cinnamon and chocolate chips and these were divine. Thank you Chef John!

Feb 22, 2013

These were very moist, but the pine nuts ruined it for everyone in the family. I will make these again, but use walnuts instead. A more classic taste ...


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  • Calories
  • 174 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 8.4 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 236 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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