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Easy Cinnamon Chip Scone Recipe

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Cinnamon Chip Scones and Sunday Morning

There are certain foods you eat because you’re trying to be smart and fuel your body with a healthy diet. There are others you eat because you love them and because they become a tradition in your home. This cinnamon chips scones recipe falls in the latter category and has become a go to treat in our house on special occasions and on those weekend mornings when you just want a little something extra and delicious to start your day.  These cinnamon chip scones are amazing and they pair well with a lazy Sunday morning, a good cup of coffee, and the sudoku or crossword puzzle-like activity of your choice. Our kids love them too which is great because it’s not always easy to find kid friendly items that the whole house loves. You might consider having your kids eat a healthy breakfast with lots of fresh fruit in order to earn their scones. That’s how we do it in our house and when our kids hear that cinnamon scones are in the oven it’s not long before their breakfast plates are empty and they’re ready for scones.

There are Good Scones and Bad Scones

Have you ever wandered into a cafe or Starbucks and been enticed by the scones only to instantly regret it after the first bite when it explodes into a dust cloud of crumbs?  If so, you are not alone. I also dislike the crusty sugar you often find on the outside of a lot of scones. What’s that all about? Get that off of there!  After being disappointed  by several bad scones my search for a good scones recipe began. I figured if I found a few good scone recipes online I could try them out and then, hopefully, tweak the scone recipe I liked best into something really delicious.

Forgive me for not remembering all the recipes I tried out, but eventually I arrived at a winning recipe for delicious cinnamon scones. This biggest hurdle I faced was finding good cinnamon chips for baking because I couldn’t find any at our local small town supermarket and so I had to search around and find some on the internet. How did folks cook with great ingredients before google? 🙂

It’s all about the Cinnamon Chips

Without a doubt the star ingredient that goes into this recipe are the cinnamon chips — it’s right there in the title after all, Cinnamon Chip Scones! With that in mind I say to you, not all cinnamon chips are created equal. We found this out the hard way when we strayed from our go to brand of cinnamon chips only to be met with serious disappointment when our scones didn’t live up to the level of deliciousness we had come to expect. Since that experience we always try to have cinnamon chips from King Arthur Flour on hand (I think you can make 3-4 batches from 1 package). We often buy our flour there too since they seem to make high quality ingredients. If you find a different kind of cinnamon chip that you prefer, great! But we definitely recommend the King Arthur cinnamon chips if you are struggling to find one you like and we stress the importance of this ingredient. Whenever I make these cinnamon chips scones I’m always surrounded by our kids who are each trying to steal cinnamon chips for an advanced taste test. Hard to blame them!

Scone Morning = Happiness for All

Everyone in our house is happy when it’s a cinnamon scone morning because everyone loves them! But I’m also happy because they are so easy to make and then my husband Greg is always happy to do the kitchen cleanup after being rewarded with scones.  When I first made them my son Sam said, “Mommy, I’m taking big bites because these cinnamon scones are so yummy!” and then continued with “Mommy, now I’m licking the plate.” Hard to beat the lick the plate endorsement.

Enough of the tantalizing details, on to the recipe:

Easy Cinnamon Chip Scone Recipe
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Cook Time: 18 minutes

Easy Cinnamon Chip Scone Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips (We love King Arthur Flour Cinnamon Chips)
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.
  4. Stir in cinnamon chips.
  5. Mix egg yolk, buttermilk, and vanilla in a pyrex measuring cup.
  6. Add to dry ingredients.
  7. Stir until just combined.
  8. Scrape out onto floured surface.
  9. Knead 6-8 times.
  10. Divide dough in half.
  11. Form 6 inch circle with dough and cut each circle into 6 triangles.
  12. Place on baking sheet (not greased).
  13. (Optional) We usually skip this step, but you can brush the tops of your scones with an egg wash if you wan to give them some extra color.
  14. Cook for 15-18 minutes at 375 degrees. (rotate 180 degrees at halfway point)
  15. Cool on a wire rack.
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A Few Final Advanced Scone Making Tips

These few tips might help you on your journey to making perfect cinnamon chip scones every time:

  1. As mentioned above, find cinnamon chips you love.
  2. Try to not over mix or over knead your dough. You’re not making pizza dough, these scones need a little tender love and care. 🙂
  3. Use a good pastry blender. I use my OXO Good Grips Dough Blender with Blades which  Greg gave me one Valentine’s Day. Hmmm…do you think he was just trying to get scones more often?
  4. Use a dough cutter to quickly and precisely cut your dough. I use this OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose stainless steel scraper & chopper
    and it works great.
  5. Dust the bottom of the scones with a little bit of flour so that they won’t flatten out during cooking. You can also brush the top with your egg with to help give it shine and color.

 

Here are a few pictures of the process and the delicious result. I hope you try them out and enjoy them as much as we do.

 

 

mixing easy cinnamon chip scone ingredients

Slowly mix your wet and dry ingredients

 

easy cinnamon chip scone dough knead

Knead the dough gently

 

easy cinnamon chips scone dough getting

Even the dough looks delicious

 

easy cinnamon chip scone dough getting cut

A good dough cutter makes for quick and precise cutting

 

easy cinnamon chip scones ready for baking

Cut and ready for baking

 

easy cinnamon chip scones ready for baking

And they are ready for the oven!

 

easy cinnamon chip scones recipe

Time to eat! These cinnamon chip scones are as delicious as they look!

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Karyn
    January 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

    2 suggested edits: Add the part about brushing with the egg white to the recipe section as an optional step. Please add the oven temperature that you used. Some of us are novice bakers. 🙂 I found the time to bake, but not the temperature.

    • Reply
      mywifecancook
      January 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Great suggestions Karyn, thanks! We incorporated your suggestions into the recipe. Didn’t even realize we had left out the baking temperature we use (375 F.).

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    Kirsten @ Treat Yourself Sweeter
    December 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I REALLY want to try these but I’ve never seen cinnamon chips before… I think I could use choc chips but cinnamon chips sounds delish!

    • Reply
      mywifecancook
      December 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

      I think chocolate chips would be good also, but yes, the cinnamon chips are very good!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    December 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Yup I have been disappointed so many times with the stale scones at Starbucks. These sound delicious…and cinnamon chips. I will have to look for those.

    • Reply
      mywifecancook
      December 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

      That’s why I first tried making them. I don’t like the store bought ones that crumble to dust as you bite into them.

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    Julia
    December 16, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Love the recipe and your tips about cinnamon chips. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them at a store or just never noticed. Now they are on my to buy list!

    • Reply
      mywifecancook
      December 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

      I’ve always ordered them online. I stock up when there’s free shipping or a sale!

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    Veena Azmanov
    December 16, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Such a cool rustic recipe. I love such recipes. I can’t wait to try this. Great tips on the cinnamon chips I must look for them, not sure we get them here. Thanks for the recipe

    • Reply
      mywifecancook
      December 19, 2016 at 7:59 am

      You’re welcome. It’s one of our favorites!

  • Reply
    Sarah @ TheFitCookie
    December 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I love scones! Haven’t had them in years, but my mom used to make them regularly on the weekends for breakfast too, and would change up the recipe with different dried fruits and things. I need to make some gluten-free scones sometime soon, thanks for the inspiration!

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      mywifecancook
      December 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Yes, I need to try some different versions. It’s hard to switch up from a favorite!

  • Reply
    Arlene Mobley
    December 18, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    This looks awesome! These scones are perfect for breakfast lunch or dessert!

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