Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

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I don’t know about you but I love a scone. It kind of has muffin vibes but makes you feel way fancier.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Scones

  • All-purpose flour: No need for any fancy flour here.
  • Brown sugar: I chose to use brown sugar in these scones for the warm, molasses touch it adds.
  • Baking powder: To help them rise and puff.
  • Kosher salt: Every sweet treat needs a little salt to balance out the sweetness.
  • Cold butter: It’s super important that your butter is really cold for scone making. It helps provide the flaky texture they are known for.
  • Heavy cream: Adds richness and moisture to the scone. It helps thin out the glaze on top too.
  • Vanilla extract: Just a touch for some extra flavor.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon and apples are perfect together. Cinnamon adds warmth and a bit of spice to the scones.
  • Apple: Any apple will work in these scones but I prefer one that is a good mixture of sweet and tart to balance out the scones. Honeycrisp, pink lady and jonagold are great options.
  • Powdered sugar: You can’t make a glaze without powdered sugar.
  • Maple syrup: The maple syrup is added to the glaze for some additional fall flavor. The maple marries perfectly with the apples and cinnamon.
These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Tips for Scone Making

Scones used to intimidate me but I promise you, they are so much easier than they seem.

The most difficult part is cutting in the butter to get those crumbly bits of butter throughout. I have a fun trick to help you out with the process.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Instead of cutting the butter into small pieces, use a boxed grater to grate the butter. Sounds weird but it’s a total game changer.

The butter is smaller which makes it easier and quicker to incorporate into the flour mixture. This will yield a tender, flakier scone since the dough will be handled less.

This is a great trick for pie crust too so keep that in mind with the upcoming holidays.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Apple Prep

You can use any apple you like in this recipe. I like something in the middle as I stated above but you do you. If you’re looking for a tart, sweet or mid-range apple, check out my guide to the best apples for baking.

I had to decide whether I wanted diced apples or shredded apples in these scones and in the end I went with shredded for a few reasons.

First, I liked that they would add more moisture to the scones. They release a little liquid while baking but not enough to throw off the texture.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Second, chunks of apples in baked goods sometimes don’t cook very much and you end with with hard chunks throughout. That’s not good in my opinion.

Shredding the apples ensures they cook enough and still gives you that bite of apple.

Lastly, because they are shredded the apple is evenly distributed and you get a little apple goodness in every bite. Just what you want in an apple cinnamon scone.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Scones

Grab a large bowl and add the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon and kosher salt. Mix together.

Grate the cold butter next then add to the bowl of dry ingredients. There are a few different ways you can incorporate the butter.

Use a pastry cutter, two fork or your hands. You’ll want the mixture to resemble coarse sand and still have little bits of butter chunks throughout. If you’re using your fingers, pinch it the butter as you mix to break it up a bit.

Now add the heavy cream, shredded apples and vanilla extract and mix until it just comes together. It may be a little crumbly still.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Dump the mixture onto a pastry mat or a piece of parchment paper and pat into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Cut into 8 pieces and move to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Leave a few inches between each scone to give them space to rise as they bake. Brush the scones with a little heavy cream. This will give the scones a shiny, golden crust while baking.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

Bake the scones. Meanwhile, mix up the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, kosher salt and heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency.

Once the scones have cooled, drizzle the glaze over them. You can do this with a spoon or pour the glaze into a ziplock bag, cut the corner and drizzle.

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.

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These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.
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Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze

These Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect fall treat. Easy to make and perfectly tender.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon scones
Yield: 8 scones
Author: Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. cold butter, grated
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup shredded apples (1 apple should be perfect)

For the maple glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add grated butter to the mixer and cut together with a pastry cutter or two forks, until it resembles course sand.
  • Add 1/2 cup heavy cream, vanilla extract and shredded apple. Mix until it just comes together. Lay out a pastry mat or piece of parchment paper. Dump mixture onto the mat or parchment paper and gently pat into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Cut into 8 even triangles.
  • Place scones 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until light golden brown.
  • While scones are baking, make the maple glaze. Add powdered sugar, maple syrup, heavy cream, vanilla and salt to a bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add to a small ziplock bag. Set aside.
  • Once scones have cooled, snip a small corner off the ziplock bag then drizzle scones with the maple glaze. When glaze has hardened, store in an air tight container for 3 to 4 days.

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