Cinnamon scones are a fragrant and delicately spiced version of scones that taste delicious. The vanilla cinnamon drizzle is quick and easy, but really makes this scone recipe extra special. Perfect for afternoon tea, a snack or dessert.
Cinnamon scones are a tasty delicately spiced version of the traditional British dessert. The vanilla cinnamon drizzle is quick and easy to mix together, but really makes this scone recipe extra special.
Enjoy these cinnamon scones as a snack, dessert or for afternoon tea. They're great with strawberry, apricot or any jam!
Yesterday my six year old daughter and I were making pancakes together. As she measured the flour into the bowl, her little hands quickly reached in and began running the flour between her fingers like sand on a beach.
My first instinct was to tell her to take her hands out, but instead I watched her enjoying herself and then I joined in and did it myself. Our hands were clean and I just didn’t see any real reason why not do it, besides that we’re not supposed to. The superfine grains fell from our hands, soft as silk and creating fine plumes in the air.
At what point do we stop sensory exploration? Or do we ever stop it? Perhaps baking is a way that we can still explore, as we taste, smell, knead, whisk…
When you make this cinnamon scone recipe, I urge you to be mindful and bake with your senses.
Enjoy that satisfying slow way the knife smoothly cuts through the cold butter and strikes the cutting board with a thud. Slowly rub the butter cubes into the flour with delicate fingertips squishing and massaging as if playing a tiny piano. Observe the scent of cinnamon as it wafts through the air and the spoon clinks against the side of the jar. Peel the apples in one slow long strip while the juice trickles down your hands into a little tangy puddle on the countertop.
I’m sure my children still notice the little things. They’re still enamoured with exploration and using their senses. It’s me who methodically gets on with the task at hand. Well no more.
I recently saw a popular meme on social media with a picture of a grown man that read, ‘Nobody asks me what my favourite dinosaur is, it’s like they don’t even care.’ It’s sad that in growing up we often lose a bit of life’s magic.
I’m not sure where or when things change, but I want more of that childish intrigue back. I want to put my hands in the flour, get it in my hair without caring and think about my favourite dinosaur.
Sensory play is a great joy for children, but perhaps grownups can have a bit of sensory play without walking through tubs of foam or blowing bubbles. We can get our hands into the bowl and rub butter into flour. We can make crumble and we can make scones.
- Make sure to use cold butter.
- Try them with 5 tablespoons of raisins.
- They're delicious with any jam. You could also try my carrot jam which is delicious with these cinnamon scones.
- Add a quick raspberry compote
- Looking for other scones? Try my pumpkin scones.
- Make it vegan: use dairy free butter, dairy free milk and instead of glazing with egg, use dairy free milk.
- Make it gluten free: use gluten free self raising flour
How to make Cinnamon Scones
Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and add the cold cubed butter.
Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it forms fine crumbs.
Using a knife, mix in the milk and vanilla until the dough starts to come together.
Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Note: Don’t overwork the dough or the scones could become tough.
Pat the dough into a thick round, then cut circles out with a round cookie cutter.
Place the rounds onto a baking sheet and brush with milk. Bake 15 minutes or until risen and golden.
Get the Cinnamon Scones Recipe
Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Cinnamon Drizzle
- 2 and ⅔ cups (325g) All purpose (plain) flour
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ⅓ cup (half a stick, 70g) cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
- ¾ cup (180ml) semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- milk , to glaze
For the vanilla cinnamon drizzle
- ¾ cup (75g) powdered icing sugar
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tsp milk
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/400F. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it forms fine crumbs. Using a knife, mix in the milk and vanilla until the dough starts to come together.
- Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times. Don’t overwork the dough or the scones could become tough.
- Pat the dough out to ½ inch/2cm thickness. Use a 2 ½ inch/6cm round cookie cutter with the edge dipped in flour to cut out as many scones as possible. Pat the scraps back to a dough and repeat.
- Place the rounds onto the baking sheet and brush the tops with the milk
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden.
For the vanilla cinnamon drizzle:
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the vanilla and 1 tsp of the milk, then stir until it reaches a thick drizzling consistency. If necessary to reach the required consistency, add more milk 1 tsp at a time to thin, or 1 tsp of powdered sugar at a time to thicken. Drizzle over the cooled scones.
- Best enjoyed on the same day or within 2 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
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