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Maple Pecan Scones With Cinnamon Butter (And A Gluten-Free Option)

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Whether you’re hosting a tea party or just looking for a tasty breakfast snack, this maple pecan scones recipe with cinnamon butter is a delicious addition to the menu. It’s also incredibly easy to make (even easier than most scone recipes…which aren’t that hard to begin with).

Maple pecan scones recipe

This maple pecan scones recipe makes a heavier pastry than the traditional scones recipe. The consistency is something like a cross between shortbread and biscuits.

Which means they are a great candidate for making with gluten-free flour (if that’s something you’re interested in). I have tried them using King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour, as well as regular flour, and it’s pretty hard to tell them apart.

Either way, I love to serve them warm with cinnamon butter, and they are divine!

Now on to the recipe.

Maple pecan scones with cinnamon butter

Ingredients

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Here is your shopping list:

  • nuts: about 1 cup pecan halves – enough to make 3/4 cup chopped pecans. Walnuts will also work.
  • baking supplies: 2¼ cups flour (you can substitute King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten-free Flour*), 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • spices: ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dairy: ¾ cup whipping cream, 1/3 cup butter
  • maple syrup: about 2/3 cup

How To Make Maple Pecan Scones

Prep work

Heat the oven to 425℉.

Start by chopping the pecans. They should be in small enough pieces that they are easy to eat in a scone. You’ll need ¾ cup of chopped pecans.

Ground nuts in a mini food processor

Add 1/3 cup of the chopped pecans to the food processor (I used my mini food processor).

Grind them until they are finely ground.

Mix the batter

All the dry ingredients for maple pecan scones in a bowl

In a large bowl, combine the finely ground pecans with the 2¼ cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt and the remaining chopped pecans with a spoon.

Maple syrup being added to the flour mixture in a bowl

Add ⅓ cup maple syrup and ¾ cup whipping cream.

Maple pecan scones dough being mixed in a bowl

Stir by hand just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Don’t mix it too much or the scones will turn out tough. For this reason, an electric mixer should not be used.

The dough will be very stiff and crumbly but should be sticky.

Shape the scones

Forming a ball from the dough

Form the dough into a ball.

Sprinkling flour on a wood cutting board

Sprinkle a little flour on the counter or cutting board.

Scones dough being patted out to form a circle on a cutting board

Flatten the dough out into a circle that is about 10 inches across and 3/4″ thick.

Circle of dough being cut into wedges

Use a sharp knife to cut the circle into 8 wedges. You can also use a cookie cutter to make different shapes if you prefer.

Place a layer of the parchment paper on the baking sheet.

Maple pecan scones wedges on a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Then place your wedges onto the parchment paper.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until the scones are lightly browned.

How to make cinnamon butter

While the scones are baking put together this simple cinnamon butter recipe.

Beat 1/3 cup butter with a mixer until it is fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Gradually add in ¼ cup maple syrup and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.

Continue beating until the syrup has dissolved into the butter without any lumps. This may take a few minutes.

maple pecan scones on a plate

Serve the scones warm with cinnamon butter.

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Maple Pecan Scones With Cinnamon Butter

Wanda Simone
These scones made with maple syrup and nuts taste absolutely delicious served warm with the cinnamon butter. Perfect for a tea party, brunch or a breakfast treat.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 8 scones
Calories 422 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor with a knife blade
  • large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Mixer with a mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

Maple Pecan Scones

  • 1 cup pecan halves or 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 ¼ cups flour or King Arthur's Measure for Measure Gluten-free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup whipping cream

Cinnamon Butter

  • cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

Maple Pecan Scones

  • Heat the oven to 425 F.
  • Start by chopping the pecans. They should be in small enough pieces that they are easy to eat in a scone. You’ll need 3/4 cup of chopped pecans.
  • Add 1/3 cup of the chopped pecans to the food processor. Grind them until they are finely ground.
  • In a large bowl, combine the finely ground pecans with the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the remaining chopped pecans.
  • Add the maple syrup and whipping cream.
  • Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Don’t mix it too much or the scones will turn out tough.
  • Form it into a ball. The dough will be very stiff and crumbly but should be sticky enough to hold together.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on the counter or a cutting board to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Flatten the dough out into a circle that is about 10 inches across and 3/4″ thick.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the circle into 8 wedges. You can also use a cookie cutter to make different shapes if you prefer.
  • Place a layer of the parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  • Then place your wedges onto the parchment paper.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until the scones are lightly browned.

Cinnamon Butter

  • Beat 1/3 cup butter with a mixer until it is fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Gradually add in the maple syrup and cinnamon.
  • Continue beating until the butter is fluffy and the maple syrup has dissolved. This may take a few minutes.
  • Serve the scones warm with cinnamon butter.

Notes

  • These scones turn out just as well with gluten-free flour. I used King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour
  • To prevent the scones from turning out tough, always mix the dough by hand, not with an electric mixer.
  • Along the same lines, don’t mix the dough too much or the scones will turn out tough.
  • Walnuts can be used instead of pecans if that’s what you have on hand

Nutrition

Serving: 1 sliceCalories: 422 kcalCarbohydrates: 45 gProtein: 5 gFat: 25 gSaturated Fat: 11 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3 gMonounsaturated Fat: 9 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 51 mgSodium: 239 mgPotassium: 161 mgFiber: 2 gSugar: 15 gVitamin A: 571 IUVitamin C: 1 mgCalcium: 86 mgIron: 2 mg
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This post was originally published on December 4, 2019 but was updated with new content on July 13, 2022.


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12 Comments

  1. I had no idea scones were so easy to make, These sound so good with pecans and the cinnamon butter, I love cinnamon.

  2. Mmm, I love a good scone recipe! And I love that the only sweetener in this one is maple syrup! It sounds absolutely delicious.

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Nikki! This is my favorite scone recipe, partly because it doesn’t have any refined sugar in it 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    What a wonderful and festive scone recipe, Wanda! I appreciate that you give a gluten-free option.

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Cyna! I’m trying to eat gluten-free these days so I’m always happy when I find baking recipes that work with gluten-free flour 🙂

  4. I love scones! I’ve never made them but I sure enjoy them. Love that you offer a gluten-free version of your recipe too.

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Marie! These ones are actually super-easy to make, too, which is always a bonus in my books 🙂

  5. Yum! I can just imagine how wonderful this would be with coffee and the cinnamon butter. Great that it can be made gluten-free too. Pinned.

  6. 5 stars
    How did you know I had some walnuts in my pantry? So without wasting more time, I am going to give this recipe a try.

    Thanks for the precautions and the step-by-step pictorial presentation.

    I will be back to tell you how my maple walnut scones turned out…lol

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Happy I was able to help you use up some of those walnuts 🙂 Enjoy!