Pumpkin Scones with Browned Butter Icing

Brown butter's nutty caramelized flavor complements anything pumpkin. Drizzle it over savory dishes or swap it in place of melted butter in baked goods. A couple tricks make butter easy to brown: Cube the b utter so it melts evenly, and stir it continuously so it doesn't burn.

Pumpkin Scones with Browned Butter Icing
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
29 mins


  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, cut up

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Heavy cream or milk

  • 1 recipe Browned Butter Icing


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.

  2. In a medium bowl combine egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir with a fork just until moistened.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. Divide in half. Pat or lightly roll each dough half into a 6-inch circle. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut each circle into six wedges.

  4. Place dough wedges 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with cream or milk. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Remove from baking sheet; cool slightly on a wire rack. Drizzle Browned Butter Icing over scones.

Browned Butter Icing

In a small saucepan melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium-low heat. Continue heating until butter reaches a delicate light brown and has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and browned butter. Add enough heavy cream or milk (2 to 3 tsp.) to reach drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
12g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Folate, total 52mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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