It’s pumpkin time! It’s official. Mostly because it’s October, but also because I bought a 28-ounce can of pumpkin puree last week and now I have to use it up. That means pumpkin everything. Last week I made some amazzzing Pumpkin Pie Bars from Annie’s Eats that I forgot to blog about. This week were Pumpkin Scones, also from Annie’s Eats, but this time I won’t forget to blog about them because I’ve been eating them all week. Stay tuned for more pumpkin treats in the nearest future.

Pumpkin Scones
from Annie’s Eats

For the scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3-½ cup butterscotch chips
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
Dash of ground cloves
2 tbsp. milk

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk just to combine.  Add the cold butter chunks to the bowl and stir with a fork to combine.  Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and the largest butter pieces are no bigger than peas.  Mix in the butterscotch chips.  In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and  stir together gently just until the dough comes together.  If necessary, knead a bit with your hands, but be careful not to overwork the dough or you will end up with a tough scone.

Transfer the sticky mass of dough to the prepared baking sheet.  Pat the dough into a 8 or 9-inch round.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Slice the dough round into 7 or 8 wedges.

To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and spices in a small bowl.  Add the milk and whisk to combine, until a thick glaze is formed.  (If necessary, add a bit more milk to achieve a consistency good for drizzling the glaze.)  Use a whisk to drizzle the glaze over the finished scones (I use a plastic baggie with a tip cut off).  Allow the glaze to set before serving.

These were a little more moist than most scone’s I’ve made. I don’t think that’s a bad thing though. They were more cake-y than scone-y, but either way very taste-y. The glaze adds a lot of the sweetness, so I definitely recommend adding it. Otherwise, the scone itself is a little bit bland. They definitely reminded me of something you could easily find in a corporate coffee shop around this time of year… I ate one pretty much every day as my morning snack at work. It was kind of bittersweet today when I ate the last one. Oh well, I’ll just have to make more!