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Maple Scones with Pecans

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Well HELLO Maple Scones with Pecans.

These scones are a Fall delight: light and fluffy and finished with a sweet maple glaze on top.

Reasons to fall in love with Maple Scones

  • Only 9 ingredients for this simple scone recipe (and you probably have most or all these ingredients in your pantry already!)
  • Taste like fall!
  • Moist and soft inside
  • Buttery and flaky
  • Crumbly on the edges
  • Your new favorite Fall scone!
maple scones on a cooling rack

If you like these Maple Scones I bet you’ll also like these Maple Cookies, this Apple Spice Cake, and these Maple Snickerdoodle Muffins!

Maple Scones Ingredients

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

For the scones:

  • All-Purpose Flour: As the name suggests, all-purpose flour is suitable for all types of baked goods such as bread, pizza, cookies, etc. It provides the structure in baked goods.. so it’s really important!
  • Baking Powder: I love adding baking powder to most of my baked goods because it adds volume. It gives them a little lift towards the sky.
  • Salt: Adding salt adds flavor to the scones.
  • Cinnamon: Because cinnamon and Fall are a must!
  • Butter: Butter is important when making scones because it is responsible for the flakiness and crisp edges.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is a thick liquid, which is important to prevent the scones from coming out dry and flat. Sticking to heavy cream will ensure the scones taste better and look better rather than using another liquid, like milk.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar will a touch of extra sweetness and flavor.
  • Egg: Will add flavor, structure, and lift to the scones.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds flavor and sweetness. Also an essential for yummy baked goods!
maple scones with pecans with glaze on top

For the Maple Glaze:

  • Powdered sugar: Works beautifully to make icings and frostings because it dissolves so easily.
  • Butter: Just a touch is needed for the glaze
  • Maple Syrup: Essential for making the maple glaze! The maple syrup will add the actual maple flavor, which we need, want and love.
  • Vanilla extract: Adding vanilla extract will provide added sweetness and flavor.
  • Pecans: Garnishing with the pecans will add protein, flavor, and a crunchy texture.

How to make Maple Scones

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and cut the cold butter in using a pastry blender.
  3. In medium sized bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, heavy cream, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.
  5. Combine using a rubber spatula.
  6. Form the dough together, cut into 8 triangles.
  7. Bake until golden brown on top and cool. Top with glaze and enjoy!
step by step of making scones

Scone Baking Tips

  • Use cold butter – or even frozen butter for a better rise. The colder the better.
  • When it comes to mixing, don’t over do it. Mix just until the dough comes together.
  • Using heavy cream or buttermilk (thick liquids) avoids the scones from coming out flat and flavorless.
  • Work fairly quickly with the dough so the cold ingredients stay cold.
  • Be sure to work on a lightly floured surface and you can add a little bit of flour to help form into a ball, but do not add too much.
  • Cut the butter into the scones using a pastry blender.
  • Cut the scones into squares using a bench scraper for clean cuts.


What if I don’t have heavy cream, what can I use instead?

Replace with buttermilk or sour cream.

How to make scones in advance:

Freezing scones before baking: Freeze the scone wedges on a plate or baking sheet for 1 hour.Then layer them in a freezer-friendly bag or container. Bake from frozen, adding a few minutes to the bake time or thaw overnight in the fridge and bake as directed.

How to freeze and store scones:

Freezing instructions after baking: Let them cool at room temperature and place in a re-sealable bag or airtight container to protect from freezer burn. Enjoy them within 3 months.
Storage instructions: Once baked and cooled, store them in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Can I make these gluten free?

While I have never personally tested this recipe using gluten free flour, you can try a 1-1 gluten free flour or an oat flour.

Can I use frozen butter?

Yes. Working with very cold butter when making scones is a crucial step so using frozen butter can be done. When the scones are baked the butter melts in the oven and creates an ultra-flaky, tender, soft maple scone.

I hope you love these maple pecan scones as much as we do!

maple scones with glaze and pecans on top

Do you prefer scones or muffins?

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4.66 from 26 reviews

Maple Scones with Pecans

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 scones
These maple scones with pecans are a Fall delight: light and fluffy and finished with a sweet maple glaze on top. Grab your coffee and get cozy!


  • 2 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 8 Tbsp. cold, unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, pure
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (for garnish on top of glaze)

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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silicone baking mat (like a Silpat)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
    2 cups All-Purpose flour, 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Add the cubed, cold butter into the drying ingredients. Using a pastry cutter, cut butter into the flour until pea-sized coarse crumbs form.
    8 Tbsp. cold, unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • In medium sized bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, heavy cream, egg and vanilla.
    1/2 cup heavy cream, cold, 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 large egg, 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Combine using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until slightly incorporated. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and fold just until combined in a ball and flatten out and form into a circle. Dough may appear dry, but will form together. If dough is sticky, use flour as needed (but not too much!)
  • Shape the scones by cutting them into 8 triangles using a bench scraper.
  • Optional but recommended: freeze the scones for 15-30 minutes, especially if you feel the dough got warm while you were working with it. Cold dough = best scones.
  • Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-16 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
  • Make the glaze: melt the butter in the maple syrup, either in the microwave or on the stove in a small saucepan. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, mix until smooth.
    1/3 cup maple syrup, pure, 2 Tbsp. butter, 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Spread glaze on top of cooled scones and garnish with chopped pecans.
    1/3 cup chopped pecans (for garnish on top of glaze)
  • Scones are best the day of, or store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Enjoy!




Alternate ways to cut butter into flour:
  • If you don’t have a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour, you can use 2 knives to literally cut the butter into the flour.
  • You can freeze the butter and use a box cheese grater to grate the butter into the flour.
  • You can use the food processor to combine the butter into the flour, be sure to stop when there are still pea-size bits of butter visible in the bowl.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1scone, Calories: 451kcal (23%), Carbohydrates: 60g (20%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 21g (32%), Saturated Fat: 6g (38%), Cholesterol: 44mg (15%), Sodium: 445mg (19%), Potassium: 121mg (3%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 34g (38%), Vitamin A: 781IU (16%), Calcium: 142mg (14%), Iron: 2mg (11%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Today is the third time I used your recipe, the scones come out PERFECT every time!! Very delicious!!

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These are delicious! The whole family enjoyed them. I spent a few minutes toasting the pecans while the scones cooled. Definitely worth the extra step. I plan to make these again. I want freeze them to have on hand whenever we want a sweet treat.

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I love this recipe! Made it today and the flavor didn’t disappoint. I took mine out at 12 min and I wish I would have at 11. My oven does run a little hot. The flavors are perfect for fall. Will make again.

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These are by far the best scones I have ever eaten or made! They are so flaky! I added a little almond extract to the glaze and added slivered almonds instead of pecans! So yummy!


These turned out so well! I made these in 1 hour and my guests said they were the best scones they’d had. Light and flaky with good flavor were the comments. I think it really helped not over working the dough…I only folded it in enough to get it into a nice disk. I also brushed the top with heavy cream just to give it a softness. 5 stars!

Last edited Posted: 2 years ago by Nikki

Really good scone recipe. Not too sweet, not too dry. I made 16 small instead of 8 regular size.
Then I can have two ?


Wow! I just now made these for a group of ladies coming over tonight for a Bible study. They are so good! Probably best scones I’ve ever had/made. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


I can have these maple scones for breakfast every day! Absolutely love the flavor! Yum!


These are amazing!!! So easy to make, and totally make your house smell like fall. Delicious fall flavors.


Maybe it’s finally time for me to try my hands at sweet scones… because this looks amazing!!