It’s that time of year, the moment when every recipe blog in the United States and Canada celebrates the goodness that is pumpkin with an overload of pumpkin recipes! I know, I know. You are inundated with so many pumpkin recipes that you are sick of them. You are wondering if any pumpkin recipe is worth making. Let me say this loud and clear. These Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones are worth it.
THEY ARE SO WORTH IT!
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Autumn. (Sigh) Golden yellow and orange leaves carpet the earth, days get shorter and crisper, and the smell of cinnamon, apple, cranberry, and ginger hangs in the air. Halloween and Thanksgiving sneak up on us, bustling the way to the Christmas holiday. In the center of it all? Sweet earthy pumpkin to represent the beautiful colors and smells of fall.
Pumpkin gets a bad rap because it’s used in so many recipes of Autumn, but blended with the right ingredients, pumpkin can be tasty, especially in these incredibly fluffy and tender pumpkin spice scones that combine the flavor of pumpkin with the caramelly-rich flavor of espresso. Even the glaze has a nice kick of espresso in it!
When to Eat Scones
These scones are great because they are easy to make and you can make them for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even a quick dessert. Serve them for your favorite book club or afternoon tea, they go perfect with a nice cup of coffee or chai tea latte.
A Different Kind of Scone
I recently made these for my nieces (one has an egg allergy so I used unsweetened applesauce) and they loved them! Unlike traditional flaky scones, these scones are more of a cross between a donut and a muffin. These pumpkin spice latte scones have a fluffier, more cake-like texture than traditional flaky scones. You’ll get over this the first bite you take. Have I mentioned how incredible they are?!
How to Make these Scones Healthier?
- Substitute honey for the white sugar. Honey has a lower glycemic index and is a natural sugar.
- Use grass-fed butter
- Use silken tofu instead of eggs or use unsweetened applesauce
Can You Freeze Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones?
Yes! You can freeze them baked or you can freeze the dough. My family loves warm scones right from the oven so I freeze the dough and pull it out to defrost a few hours before I bake them. Think about it…warm pumpkin spice latte scones on a Sunday morning ready to eat!
How Do I Get the Espresso Powder?
I use King Arthur espresso powder in these scones. You can get them by ordering from King Arthur directly but the espresso powder is also usually on sale at Amazon.
(Originally featured in August 2018 and updated November 2021)