Cinnamon Scones with Maple Frosting

Cinnamon Scones

One thing I love about marriage is that you learn new things about each other (literally) every day. Last year, Neil and I were in Starbucks and I gleefully ordered my first scone of the season to compliment my pumpkin spiced latte.  After placing my order, I turned to Neil and prepped his order by saying, “Aaaaand….” thinking he would get a scone as well.

Neil didn’t order a scone. I said, “Don’t you want a scone? Look, they’re covered in frosting!”

Neil: “I don’t like scones.”

Me: “What?”

Neil: “I don’t like scones.”

At this point, the Starbucks man’s eyes widened as he realized he was unwillingly flung into a marital dispute. We paid and as we walked back to the car I asked him to explain how he doesn’t like scones. He likes muffins! He likes biscuits! Basically he said they are too dry, too flavorless, and too boring.

Fast forward a year. Neil likes scones now. My sister actually made him the first scone he’s ever liked. The key to the recipe she followed is the presence of mucho heavy cream. This fall spiced scone recipe is original, although the inspiration for the maple frosting comes right from Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls (a staple in our house).

All in all, even if you don’t like scones, give this one a try. Neil is living proof that a man can change. At least when it comes to scones.


For the scones:

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

2 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the maple frosting:

6 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons brewed coffee

2 teaspoons maple extract

1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 425°. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Cut cold butter pieces into this mixture using either a pastry cutter or two knives. Continue to cut in the butter until some pea sized pieces form. There will be many smaller pieces as well.

In a separate small bowl, whisk the heavy cream, honey, and vanilla together. Add this cream mixture to the crumbs and stir until dough forms. Using your hands, turn dough out on a floured surface and knead for about a minute.

Cut dough in half, and place one half in a floured 8″ pie pan. Turn dough back onto the floured surface and cut this 8″ circle into 8 even pieces (like a pizza).

Place pieces on a non-stick baking mat on a sheet pan and bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool. Repeat with second batch.

As scones are baking, prepare the frosting. Using an electric mixer, whisk all frosting ingredients together until smooth.

Dunk the tops of the cooled scones in the frosting. Repeat as many times as the little devil on your shoulder tells you. “Go on…dunk it again…do it…”

Enjoy these scones with strong coffee. Makes 16 scones.

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Comments (14)

  • racmd 5 years ago Reply

    Best. Blog. Post. Ever. I could actually see u two having this convo and u kinda being offended that he didn’t like scones! 🙂

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Hi friend! Thanks for stopping by. I was perplexed when Neil said that! I thought everyone liked scones! Haha! Take care!

  • Mom Ostercamp 5 years ago Reply

    Had to share it! Such a great story, Whitney! Looks like a winner of a recipe!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks! Yeah, it was pretty funny!

  • Kaitosmom 5 years ago Reply

    These look soooo yummy….can’t wait to try and make. Could you tell me at what temperature to cook these lovelies in the oven (350….400)…thanks so much for sharing this fantastic recipe with all of us!!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Oh my goodness! Yes! So sorry about that… 425°. Hope you enjoy!

  • Lindsey 5 years ago Reply

    Yum! So glad Neil has seen the light when it comes to scones!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    He sure has! Now if only we could get him to like that stuffed zucchini recipe from Real Simple…hmmm….

  • ashley 5 years ago Reply

    I can’t imagine anyone not liking scones! But now that I say that, my hubby says the same thing – scones are dry and not sweet enough for him. But with frosting, now that’s another story. Love this!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Hey Ashley, that’s so funny! I wonder if he’d like these… Thanks for stopping by!

  • St Louis Restaurants 5 years ago Reply

    These look terrific. I love scones! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Great site!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks for stopping by our site. St. Louis is the greatest city in the world! You have an awesome list of places to eat on your site- love it!

  • I absolutely LOVE scones!! These ones sound incredible…I’m loving that maple glaze! 🙂

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Hi Christina! Yes, the maple frosting is perfect for autumn. I may or may not have licked the bowl after dunking…

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