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Starbucks Pumpkin Scone Recipe
Starbucks Pumpkin Scone
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Bread
Calories: 480
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (38 reviews)

During the holiday months you'd better get over to Starbucks bright and early if you want to get your teeth around a delicious pumpkin scone. These orange triangles of goodness are made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, and they quickly vanish out the door when fall rolls around. Each scone is generously coated with a simple plain glaze and then spiced icing is drizzled over the top for the perfect finishing touch. But good scones are more than just good flavor. To get the flaky texture we'll cut cold butter into the dry ingredients, either with a pastry knife and some elbow grease, or by pulsing away at it with a food processor, until all the butter chunks have been worked in.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

2 cups all-purpose flour
Submitted on: 12/19/13
These are so good :0
Submitted on: 11/26/09
Everyone loves these; even people who don't normally care for scones! They're moist and don't last for long. I make them smaller. Better than the original!
Submitted on: 09/05/08
This is a fall favorite in my house and a tradition since it was posted years ago! They are a lot of work, but WELL WORTH IT.
Allison H  
Submitted on: 11/28/07
I've been making this recipe for a couple of years now (whenever you first posted it) because it was always my favorite thing to get at Starbuck's! They've changed their pumpkin scones now and I can still get them the original way at home! They taste just like the originals but I can make them how I like them -- a little less icing, not as dry/hard, and I can eat them warm fresh from the oven. Thank you so much!!
Submitted on: 10/09/07
OMG!!! Yummy delicious hunks of pumpkin goodness! I doubled the recipe right off the bat, which was the smartest thing to husband and kid had the first batch eaten before the second batch was even done cooking. Excellent recipe, will make time and again! One hint...keep husband and kids away, or be sure to double the recipe!
Sandy W  
Submitted on: 06/22/07
This is such a great recipe and they are easy to make. This is making me crave one of these tasty scones just writing about them. :)
Submitted on: 02/28/07
Very easy recipe to make and the glaze is spot-on. The scones themselves lack the tooth-chipping texture of the original, but hey, who says Todd shouldn't improve on an original? Very good scone, but won't fool your husband. Also, recipe says it will make 6 scones, but they were HUGE! I would cut it into eight scones next time.
Submitted on: 01/31/07
This receipe is very good and is hard to tell the differance from the Starbucks version. They are so light and fluffy my mother tells me they taste like pumpkin doughnuts. My co-workers love them and all want the receipe.
Submitted on: 11/04/06
I've never tried Starbuck's pumpkin scones, but these are fabulous! The spices add just the right taste, and my husband (who claims to not like pumpkin) loved these. I'll be making these many times during the holiday season. Thanks for a wonderful addition to my 'best' recipes!
Submitted on: 10/03/06
Even better than the Starbuck's ones according to my daughter, she said their's are dry. I've never had one there but LOVE these. I usually double it as one batch just isn't enough. They do freeze well without frosting.
Submitted on: 03/14/06
Yum yum yum. Never had a Starbucks scone (or coffee even), and I see no reason to now that I have this wonderful recipe. They are so moist and tender, which can be difficult to achieve with a scone!
Submitted on: 01/30/06
I had been really into baking with pumpkin (pancakes, breads, etc) when I saw this recipe. I couldn't wait to try it. They smell so delicious when baking and my husband could hardly wait until they were done to dig in. He loved them so much he begged me to make some more for him to take to work to share. Everyone I've made them for just raves about them and my husband is ADDICTED!
Submitted on: 01/15/06
I, too, was thrilled to see this recipe listed! I think that these are better than Starbucks. They are more tender and flaky than some of the harder and drier scones I've had at Starbucks. I used heavy cream and light cream instead of whole milk and they were great. My husband (who does not like pumpkin) ate two of them (coated in icing, of course), and said they were great. The kids loved them as well. A HUGE HIT!
Submitted on: 12/13/05
These were wonderful as is. The kids loved them, I loved them, and I didn't even have enough to take into work. Wonderful!
Submitted on: 12/07/05
Todd, you did it again. Wow, this recipe is absolutely delicious. I think you outdid yourself on this one. 5 stars +++++++++.
Submitted on: 12/06/05
I've never had a Starbucks pumpkin scone, but was anxious to make these. They were such an incredible hit. I took a dozen out and came back with none. Then I made 2 dozen and within 5 days they were gone. My husband loves them, my 8-year old loves them, even my 3 year old loves them. And, of course, I love them. These will be Christmas gifts for sure this year. Thank you, Todd. You're the best!!
Submitted on: 12/02/05
I've waited so long for you to give us the secret! And they were perfect - well, I thought they could use more pumpkin flavor but my beau said to only drizzle the frosting vs. cover with it next time to get more of that flavor. He may be right! SUPERB!!
Submitted on: 11/30/05
5 stars isn't enough. Absolutely wonderful!!! Thanks so much.
Submitted on: 11/29/05
WOW! This is a great recipe, everyone that tried one this Thanksgiving said....Wow! This is really good!
Anna Click- Pensacola, Fl  
Submitted on: 11/29/05
Incredible! Had these for our Thanksgiving Day breakfast and have decided to make them a tradition. The icing is really sweet so I just drizzled both icings over the scones.
Submitted on: 11/28/05
Wonderful! These had just the right amount of pumpkin flavor and sweetness from the glaze. It's a keeper!
Submitted on: 11/28/05
I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was yet so delicious. I have made about 5 batches and they are a huge success!
Submitted on: 11/28/05
My entire family was here for Thankgiving when I made these. Everyone loved them. Best of all, they were fairly simple to make.
Submitted on: 11/28/05
I was excited when I first saw this recipe. The girls at work send me to Starbucks every Sunday morning to buy them Mochas and scones. One in particular loves the pumpkin, so I made these for her. They all loved them! I loved them and I dont even like pumpkin that much.
Submitted on: 11/27/05
You should have seen my response when I saw that this recipe was the new clone for the week! My sister thought something had happened to me when I hollered so loud! :-) I spent too much money buying these last Fall/Winter at Starbucks. I tried some pumpkin scone recipes I found on the internet but they weren't the same. I made this recipe for our day-after-Thanksgiving dinner. They were incredible! Tasted just like the real thing! THANK YOU so much!
Submitted on: 11/26/05
This is one of the best clone recipes yet! It is just like Starbuck's Pumpkin Scone - delicious!
Patti Brown  
Submitted on: 11/25/05
These are delicious! I did not have a problem using margarine instead of butter. I did use half-and-half for the scones, but I used 2% milk for the glazes. I may try making smaller versions of these to bring at Christmas. Yummy!
Submitted on: 11/25/05
I first tried a Starbucks' pumpkin scone a few days before getting this recipe so it was a must to make. A very easy recipe, made it Thanksgiving morning. I used heavy cream and milk instead of the half and half. Awesome!
Submitted on: 11/24/05
Yum!! I absolutely love Starbucks pumpkin scones so I was really excited to try these. They're awesome! I've made scones before and this was the easiest recipe I've ever used! They are flaky and soft inside and the icing makes them taste exactly like Starbucks. I can't wait til tomorrow morning to have one with my coffee! Thanks for the recipe!
Submitted on: 11/24/05
Absolutely delicious! I didn't glaze it quite so much, and it was perfect: Not too sweet, not too bland. A truly perfect clone.
Submitted on: 11/24/05
These are awesome, totally worth making. The best scone you have ever ate.
Submitted on: 11/24/05
Just tried and and I wish I had made a double batch! Wonderful. I used milk (1%) instead of the cream and whole milk since it was what I had on hand and they are really good!  
Submitted on: 11/23/05
Fantastic...I love pumpkin and this is something different.
mary graham  
Submitted on: 11/22/05
This is a wonderful recipe...I could not do it better than it is!!!
Submitted on: 11/22/05
Thank you! I've been trying to recreate this recipe for a while -- I love the Starbucks pumpkin scones since the pumpkin keeps them so moist, but I stopped buying them after they added the icing a year ago (way, way too sweet!) I actually drizzled honey over them instead of glaze or icing -- Yum! (I will add a tad more sugar also to make up for the missing glaze/icing.)
Submitted on: 11/22/05
Wonderful, delicious. What more can I say.
Submitted on: 11/21/05
Recipe turned out really good (though I haven't been able to try the original yet). I did substitute 2% milk for the whole milk and half and half and it turned out just fine.
Janie (chef) from Indy  
Submitted on: 11/21/05
This worked up quickly once I got into it, and is a fairly easy recipe. If u have never made scone sure butter is very cold and use real butter! I omitted the clove however, not big fan of it, but that is my taste! Like all recipes make it ur own and just enjoy it! never had these before so i can't compare to starbucks....but these were the best I have ever made yet! p.s. Reduce oven temp to 420* if convection oven is used (fan) thanks!