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Pumpkin Scones With Cinnamon Sugar & Whisky-Soaked Raisins

These pumpkin scones with cinnamon sugar and whisky-soaked raisins are the most perfect, crispy Autumn morning pastry! Serve them with hot apple cider, or your favorite Autumn tea!

You may be thinking you need to soak those tasty raisins for hours to get them nice and plump. Surprise! It takes only 5 minutes, and you won’t believe how tender and juicy they are!

Pumpkin scones beside a small pumpkin and sunflower on a wooden board.

Your holiday houseguests will LOVE to wake up to the smell of these divine little scones fresh out of the oven! They have a way of filling every corner of your home with the most dreamy pumpkin spice aroma for hours!

They’re not too sweet, not too crumbly – just moist and perfectly spiced.

A Few Pro Tips!

  • Make double sure your salt is unsalted. For some pasty recipes, it doesn’t matter too much, but for this recipe it really does. The Kosher salt is all the salt they need. There are few treats more disappointing than an overly salty pumpkin scone.
  • Make sure to use very cold butter. If you want to get extra airy, tasty nooks and crannies into your scones, chop your butter into teeny, tiny pieces, then freeze it before you mix it in. That way the butter pieces will stay firm.
  • When you mix your dry ingredients together, push your brown sugar through a mesh strainer to make sure it mixes in properly. No matter how dry it is, it’s usually a little chunky/sticky, and you don’t want the sugar to bunch up in the dough.

Pumpkin scones cooling on a wrack over a lace tablecloth.

How Do I Store These Pumpkin Scones?

They store perfectly fine in a container with a lid in the fridge for at least 2 weeks – if they last that long.

What Can I Serve Them With?

These were MADE for unsalted butter. Plain and simple. I wouldn’t use a jam. They’re already sweet enough and don’t need any extra flavors.

Can I Substitute Whisky For Something Else?

Sure! A sweet port or bourbon would do nicely, or if you want to go non-alcoholic, you can use apple cider or simply water and a tsp. of honey instead. They’ll all make your raisins plump and juicy!

How Do I Reheat Them?

Simply toast pumpkin scones in the oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes and they’ll come out perfectly toasty and delicious!

Pumpkin scones on a plate, smeared with butter - the plate is garnished with raisins and a few dry roses.

What Do I Need to Make Them?

  • Sauce Pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mesh strainer
  • Measuring Cup
  • Cutting board
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • Small mixing bowl

How to Make Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Sugar & Whisky-Soaked Raisins – Step by Step:

Start by pre-heating your oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step by step instructions on how to make pumpkin scones.

1. In a sauce pan, add 1 cup of raisins and ½ cup whisky. Bring to a boil (about 2-3 minutes) then let the raisins boil for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the raisins in the sauce pan until step 9. They’ll be plumping into the tastiest little raisins while you mix your dough!

2. Add 2½ cups flour, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tbsp. baking powder, 1½ tsp. pumpkin spice, ½ tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. kosher salt to a bowl and whisk together.

3. It helps to strain your mixture through a mesh strainer to break up any clumpy brown sugar. Simply break it up and push it through the strainer with a spoon.

4. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, mix ¼ cup heavy cream, ½ cup pumpkin puree, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 beaten egg. Set aside. You’ll be adding this to your flour mixture once you’ve completed the next step.

Step by step instructions on how to make pumpkin scones.

5. Chop cold, unsalted butter into pieces then use your hands to mix it into the flour mixture until you’ve got a crumbly texture. Make sure to leave a few small bits of butter unmixed. That’s how you get some tasty nooks and crannies in your scones.

6. Once the flour mixture is mixed into crumbles, pour in your pumpkin mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.

7. Once mixed, gently strain the whisky out of your raisins (make sure to save that whisky for a tasty sip!) and pour them into your mixing bowl. Gently mix the raisins into the scone dough.

8. In a small bowl or on a plate, pour 2 tbsp. flour. Cover your palms and fingers and pick up some dough. Make a ball that’s about as big as a golf ball.

Step by step instructions on how to make pumpkin scones.

9. Place the balls onto your baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart.

10. Brush each scone with a beaten egg.

11. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp. granulated sugar, 1/8 tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. brown sugar (break up the brown sugar as best you can) and sprinkle liberally on the scones.

12.Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes. Allow them to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve with butter and swoon.

Pumpkin scones on a wooden board with a small pumpkin in the background.

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Pumpkin scones beside a small pumpkin and sunflower on a wooden board.
Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Sugar & Whisky-Soaked Raisins
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

These pumpkin scones with cinnamon sugar and whisky-soaked raisins are the most perfect, crispy Autumn morning pastry!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: International
Keyword: pumpkin scones
Servings: 20 scones
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Genevieve Morrison
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cups whisky
  • cups flour
  • cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • tsp. pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter - unsalted
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
Extras
  • 1 large egg - for brushing the scones
  • 1 tsp. granulated white sugar - for sprinkling
  • tsp. cinnamon - for sprinkling
  • ½ tsp. brown sugar - for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp. flour - to coat fingers
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a sauce pan, add 1 cup of raisins and ½ cup whisky. Bring to a boil (about 2-3 minutes) then let the raisins boil for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the raisins in the sauce pan while you create and mix your dough. 

  3. Add 2½ cups flour, ⅓ cup packed brown sugar, 1 tbsp. baking powder, 1½ tsp. pumpkin spice, ½ tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. kosher salt to a bowl and whisk together. It helps to strain your mixture through a mesh strainer to break up any clumpy brown sugar. Simply break it up and push it through the strainer with a spoon.

  4. In a separate bowl or measuring up, mix ¼ cup heavy cream, ½ cup pumpkin puree, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 beaten egg. Set aside. You’ll be adding this to your flour mixture once you’ve completed the next step.

  5. Chop cold, unsalted butter into pieces then use your hands to mix it into the flour mixture until you’ve got a crumbly texture. Make sure to leave a few small bits of butter unmixed. That’s how you get some tasty nooks and crannies in your scones. 

  6. Once the flour mixture is mixed into crumbles, pour in your pumpkin mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.

  7. Once mixed, gently strain the whisky out of your raisins (make sure to save that whisky for a tasty sip!) and pour them into your mixing bowl. Gently mix the raisins into the scone dough. 

  8. In a small bowl or on a plate, pour 2 tbsp. flour. Cover your palms and fingers and pick up some dough. Make a ball that’s about as big as a golf ball.

  9. Place the balls onto your baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart, and brush each scone with a beaten egg.

  10. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp. granulated white sugar, ⅛ tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. brown sugar (break up the brown sugar as best you can) and sprinkle liberally on the scones. 

  11. Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes. Allow them to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve with butter and swoon.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have pumpkin spice, simply mix 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1 ½ tsp. ground allspice and 1 ½ tsp. ground cloves to make some yourself.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Sugar & Whisky-Soaked Raisins
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Potassium 189mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 37.3%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Gloria Nicolls
    September 26, 2018 at 7:19 am

    You can grind the cinnamon adhere into powder. Sprinkle it in excess of your buttered toasted bread. Chew the bread slowly and gradually and completely to encourage the production of the digestive juices in your mouth. Consequently, ahead of swallowing, the process of digestion in the mouth already commences.

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