My cinnamon scones are buttery, rich, and heavily spiced. They have an irresistible crunchy cinnamon sugar topping and cinnamon chips throughout! You don’t need any special pans or equipment to make this simple recipe.
They make a great breakfast with a cup of coffee, but they are also perfect for dessert. The flavor reminds me a lot of the cinnamon crunch bagel at Panera.
This recipe uses mostly baking basics like flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and cinnamon. The only unique ingredient you’ll need is cinnamon chips.
You could leave the chips off and these scones would still be great, but adding the chips gives you fun bursts of cinnamon sugar flavor throughout your bite.
I use coarse kosher salt rather than table salt in the recipe. It gives you pops of salty flavor which work really well. If you don’t have kosher salt on hand, substitute with 1/4 teaspoon of table salt.
How It’s Made
To make the scones, preheat your oven to 400F and whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Next, cut cold butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Mix with your hands until the butter looks pea-sized.
Tip: It is very important that you use cold butter. Warm butter will integrate into the batter too much. The little pieces of butter make the scones flaky.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients – eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
Next, slowly mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just combined – it will be lumpy.
Use your hands to gently fold in the cinnamon chips.
Spread the dough out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet in a thick circle and sprinkle with a mixture made of sugar, cinnamon, and a touch of heavy cream. The heavy cream helps the topping stick to the scones.
Use a knife or a bench scraper to cut the dough into 8 wedges.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the sides are slightly browned.
Expert Tips and FAQs
For a twist, you could also bake these scones with a crumb topping instead of the cinnamon sugar topping.
These scones are best on the day you make them. They’re so good that you probably won’t have leftovers. But, if you do, they will last for a few days at room temperature in an airtight container. They will also last for months in the freezer when tightly wrapped and stored in an airtight container.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter cold
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream cold
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cinnamon chips
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Cut butter into small pieces and mix into dry ingredients. Mix until butter looks pea-sized.
- In a separate bowl, mix eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
- Slowly mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just combined – it will be lumpy.
- Use your hands to gently fold in the cinnamon chips.
- Place dough in a thick circle on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Mix all topping ingredients in a small bowl and spread evenly over the circle of dough.
- Use a bench scraper or a knife to cut the dough into 8 even wedges.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the sides are slightly browned.
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