Apple Cinnamon Scones are perfect for fall baking. You'll love how your home will be fragranced with apples and cinnamon while the scones bake. The delicious fall treat is perfect for brunch or simply with coffee on a crisp morning.
Apple pie gets far too much attention this time of year. I am more of a scone girl myself. I find them more versatile. You can eat an apple scone anytime, even grab one for the road.
This Apple Scone recipe uses fresh apples and plenty of ground cinnamon, a delightful pairing anytime of year, but iconic of autumn. They can even be made ahead, to be the perfect host when you have overnight guests. making these scones would also be a fabulous activity to do with kids after taking them apple picking. They could even take their accomplishment to school with them the next day.
How to Make the Scones
Here is a visual guide to preparing the cinnamon apple scones with step-by-step directions in pictures. Printable recipe card below..
Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F. Also line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Peal and dice apple into small pieces. Set aside.
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Cut cold butter into chunks. The colder the better. Pop it in the freezer a few minutes before if you like, but don't actually freeze it.
Cut the butter into the dry mix with a pastry cutter.
No Pastry Cutter?
Simply use the largest fork you have or cut in the butter into the dry ingredients with two butter knives. Neither is ideal, but will work in a pinch.
Mix in milk then add the diced apples to the bowl. Mix them in then lay out on a clean surface to knead until you have a nice dough ball.
Yes, you can use cream instead of milk. You may just need to add an extra tablespoon or so.
Roll the scone dough out about an inch thick. Cut out the scones and place on the prepared baking sheet. Leave an inch or two between each scone.
Bake for 15 minutes. Cool a little before serving.
Serving Apple Cinnamon Scones
Of course, the traditional clotted cream goes great with these scones. Butter, whipped heavy cream or even Greek yogurt could be used if you prefer.
Jam is the other classic condiment for scones. In my opinion, apricot jam, orange marmalade, apple jelly or even apple butter would be nice with the apple flavor of these scones. A little smear of gooey caramel might do the trick as well.
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Apple Cinnamon Scones Recipe
- 1 apple
- 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Pinch salt
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup butter (½ stick) cold
- ½ cup milk
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Peel and core apple. Cut into small cubes and set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add sugar and cinnamon into flour mixture and mix.
- Cut cold butter into small slices and cut it into bowl of flour using a pastry cutter.
- Add milk and stir, allowing ingredients to start forming the dough.
- Add cut apples and roll on a clean working surface. Knead until dough forms.
- Roll the scone dough with a rolling pin, until it’s about 1 inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter that’s about 2 ½ - 3 inches in diameter and cut dough into circles.
- Place each circle on lined baking sheet, about 1-2 inches apart from each other.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!