Pumpkin Scones Recipe

These pumpkin scones with maple glaze are fluffy, lightly spiced, and the perfect way to celebrate fall. Pumpkin spice fans unite!

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze | A Couple Cooks

This post is sponsored by Roxbury Mountain Maple. All opinions are our own.

What makes you feel most alive? Asking this question is such a passion of mine that perhaps it’s my answer (how meta is that?). But also: Great conversation on deep subjects. Meeting and connecting with someone new. Creating something beautiful (many times with food). Dreaming up business ideas or creative partnerships. Sharing food with people I love. Gazing onto the blue ocean in Santorini. Geeking out with a great chef. Oh, and baking cozy-spiced pumpkin scones now that the air has a certain chill…for Alex and me, that makes us feel seriously alive.

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How to make pumpkin scones with maple glaze

These pumpkin scones with maple cream came about when a family-run maple syrup business asked us to create another recipe using their maple cream. And what is maple cream? It’s natural and simple: maple syrup that is heated and stirred to produce a pure maple spread. The cream has an intensely concentrated maple taste that is perfect spread on PB toast, apples, and muffins.

Maple cream now comes in two flavors: golden, a light, delicate flavor, and dark (our favorite), which is rich and caramel-y. Here, we’ve used them both as a glaze to top pumpkin scone, which are a take on a recipe from our friend Melissa of The Faux Martha. (You may remember her from our podcast on minimalism.) And let me brag on Melissa a bit: the base scone recipe is out of this world! And our adaptation with pumpkin makes for the fluffiest, scone I’ve ever tasted, with the perfect salty-sweet balance. To her recipe we added pumpkin, spices, and the maple cream glaze. The maple cream works perfectly as a glaze, even solidifying a bit after spreading.

Related: 12 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

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How to find maple cream

Want to try some maple cream for that maple glaze? You can order some yourself with a coupon code from Roxbury (see below). And it makes a perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift, when the time comes. But let’s continue thinking it’s early fall, shall we?

Want to buy it? Check out Roxbury’s Amazon Store for their maple syrup, maple cream, and maple sugar. Enter promo code “maple169” for 10% off your order! Here is the golden cream and the dark cream.

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This pumpkin scones recipe is…

Vegetarian. For plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan, go to Vegan Scones.

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Pumpkin Scones Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x


These pumpkin scones with maple glaze are fluffy, lightly spiced, and the perfect way to celebrate fall. Pumpkin spice fans unite!


  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Maple cream, for glazing (or use this Simple Powdered Sugar Icing)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a measuring cup, whisk together eggs, then stir in the cream and pumpkin. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or fork until it resembles a coarse meal.
  4. Pour the cream mixture into the center, then gently stir until the dough just comes together.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the dough on the baking sheet and form it into a 6″ square. Cut the square in half to form two rectangles, then place any crumbs on top of one rectangle and place the other rectangle on top. Gently press out or roll the dough into a 6” square again. Cut the dough in half, then into thirds leaving you with 6 rectangles. Cut each rectangle on the diagonal resulting in 12 triangular scones. Loosen each scone from the bottom and place it back on the baking sheet in an even row.
  6. Lightly brush the top of the scones with the cream that remains in the measuring cup. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden and cooked through. Cool on a cooling rack.
  7. To serve, spread each scone with maple cream. Serve immediately; scones are best the day of baking and do not save well. (To create the glaze shown in the photograph, we spread each scone with golden maple cream, then heated a bit of the dark maple cream and drizzled it on top.)


Adapted from The Faux Martha

  • Category: Baked
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: English

Keywords: Scones, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Scones, Maple Glaze, Maple

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    September 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Deep questions for Monday morning! I think I feel most alive when I accomplish something – performing well in a race, baking something beautiful, finally submitting that chapter I took too long to write!

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    September 12, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Fall morning air.

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    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    September 12, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I feel most alive when it’s fall time and the weather is beautiful! Pumpkin seasons is on the horizon, so I’m totally swooning over these beautiful scones! Maple cream is amazing!

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    September 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Love your blog. Making this recipe ASAP.

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    September 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Baking makes me feel most alive!

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    September 12, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Yum, pumpkin scones sound like a great pairing with maple. Being from Vermont, I’m a little biased for Vermont maple syrup, BUT I’d definitely give this maple cream a try if I won the raffle…

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    September 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I love maple cream! These scones sound wonderful!

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    September 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

    A fall run under aspen trees + warming up after with a latte and a baked goodie (ahem, pumpkin scone) = Happiness! Love y’all’s blog!

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    September 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I haven’t had any cravings for anything fall inspired yet– this is the first thing that sounds perfect though!

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    Jennifer Berkey
    September 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    This quick bread made even more luscious and special with the maple cream!

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    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    September 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    These look incredible. I love fall weather – especially hiking through the woods and the leaves are changing!

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    September 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I feel most alive when summer finally gives way to fall – the mornings are cool and the days are sunny and breezy – perfect!

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    Emily Krieger
    September 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    These look amazing! I’m a huge pumpkin scone fan, and that maple cream looks fab! I feel most alive when I’m outdoors – the fresh air, flora, and fauna just make my heart full.

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    September 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I feel most alive outside! And you guys. Thinking about you often. I can’t wait to see what sweet reward is ahead — hoping hoping for your little family!

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    Amanda Bustos
    September 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Those scones look delectable! A cool, early morning run followed by a hot cup of coffee. The best!

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    Ariana Wilfley
    September 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I feel most alive when the wind is blowing through my hair and I can take a big deep breathe of life!

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    Bianca T
    September 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    looks delicious! id love to try!

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    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen
    September 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    We were just using some of these same spices in baking this weekend and I completely agree – the certain chill in the air gives it something special! And it feels cozy! Right now baby belly laughs are making me feel alive! And – what i’m convinced are – her strong attempts at the word “CAT” as her first word.

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    September 13, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Ooh, good question. I feel most alive when going someplace new, or when sharing a meal with people. I can’t wait to make these for a fall breakfast sometime soon.

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    September 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    For me, it’s picnics with Andrew in Canterbury Park, walking on the Monon over to Nicey Treat and grabbing a popsicle for the walk back. And runs on the canal. This gorgeous weather has been totally tugging my heartstrings lately thinking that it may be my last summer-fall here in Indianapolis. But I’m working on living it to the fullest while I can :)
    Thinking of you guys, hope you’re enjoying the change of season as much as I am! <3

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    Kristen Brooks
    September 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    This looks so delicious! I need to try it!

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    September 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I feel most alive when I’m exploring new places or countries! Or just when I’m at the beach :)

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    September 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I feel the most alive when I’m with my loved ones laughing!

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    Jason T
    September 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Alive. Breathing deep the smells of the outdoor world around me. That’s how I feel it.

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    September 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Maple is what dreams are made of! I need some of this in my life.

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    Mindy Spyker
    September 13, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Something that gets my heart pumping and my spirit soaring. So many opportunities for this! Hiking big mountains, going on long runs, biking on back country trails, waking up to a winter wonderland. The best season is on its way in!

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    September 13, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Simple things make me feel alive. Fresh air, being near the sea, sitting down with a friend to talk, walking through an orchard. Living is in every day moments. :)

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    Justin L
    September 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I would LOVE to try this!!!

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    Alexandra Robertson
    September 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I feel most alive when I have had coffee, can take my son on a morning walk and actually get my hair and makeup done for the day lol. I feel like a new woman on those days!

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    September 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Sunrise yoga and all things chocolate :)

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    September 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Fresh air breezing through an open window!

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    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    September 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    YUM!!! These sound *amazing*

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    September 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Going to the farmers market on Saturday mornings….

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    September 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I feel most alive when I do something adventurous

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    September 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I feel most alive when breathing in fresh crisp morning air.

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    Breanna Galbraith
    September 13, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Standing next to the ocean or sinking deep in a pool or bath tub.

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    September 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Hiking in cool fall weather makes me feel most alive!

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    September 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Oh, I love this question! I’ve been thinking about it a lot too, especially because I’m in-between jobs and trying to figure out the next step, and I’m hoping that reflecting on this can help guide me down the new path. I’d say being really with somebody in conversation, truly listening to them and having them truly listening to you, makes me feel alive. There’s also the little yet big things, like the sound of coffee brewing in the morning, that pause when I’ve reached the top of a mountain I’ve been hiking, and a rainy evening. Thank you for this post, it was lovely to read and think about!

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    Shoshana Rose
    September 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I feel most alive when I am soaked with sweat after accomplishing a particularly tough workout.

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    September 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I’d love to try this maple cream, sounds delicious!

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    September 15, 2016 at 11:07 am


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    Elyse H.
    September 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Love this post and those scones looks amazing! It might sound cliche because this is a fall-themed post, but being outside in the crisp fall weather…crunchy leaves…s’mores…big pots of soup…these are the things that make me feel most alive :)

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    September 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Cool fall weather after a hot humid summer!

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    Andie Cozzarelli
    September 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Love the sound of this recipe! Can’t wait to experiment with a gluten free version! I feel the most alive on a long early morning run when the world is quiet and peaceful. Everything seems to fall in to place and just as I am reaching the end the sun begins to rise and it’s inspiring!

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    September 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Fall and cooler weather makes me feel alive after a long hot summer. It’s like a cool breath of air. Great time for journaling and quite time in the mornings.

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    Samantha Carroll
    September 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I think I will make these this weekend!! SO fallish!

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    September 15, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Sitting on a beach on a breezy day with a good book and a thermos of coffee does it for me.

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    September 16, 2016 at 1:38 am

    I feel most alive when I am outdoors witnessing nature in all its glory!

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    September 16, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Love this post! Conducting my choir through a really great performance is when I’m most alive.

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    September 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Love that crisp fall air after the oppressive summer heat. Early mornings sipping a warm cup of tea are about as good as it gets!

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    Elise Gahan
    September 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Eating food with friends and family is definitely something that makes me feel alive. Another top favorite is flying down a Colorado mountain skiining.

    Scones are my favorite weekend breakfast treat – I can’t wait to make these!

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    marilyn roche
    September 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    These look delicious!!

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    Rachel Tilly
    September 16, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Brisk fall air, bright blue skies, warm ocean breeze, cooking, watching my baby laugh and discover new things, spending time with loved ones–these are all times when I feel most alive!!

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    September 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I feel most alive when I’m in the sun! Sunshine makes me happy! Love to try some maple cream.

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    September 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Leaving the window open at night and that, crisp, cool air sweeps over my face. Nothing compares.

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    Suzanne (princapecos)
    September 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I feel most alive when I’ve been eating right and spending time outdoors… so I can’t wait for fall to get here (because it’s just been really hot here)!

    I’m so glad you shared this recipe. I just bought some pumpkin puree (my effort to will fall to arrive sooner) and was wondering what it might become.

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    September 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    swimming in a lake, or the ocean. breathing real deep. squishing my toes in the sand. being surrounded by good people and good conversation that drifts on into the evening. candlelight and campfires.

    among other things!

    these look delicious.

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    November 10, 2016 at 1:47 am

    This looks so delicios! I need to try it!

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