“Just Like” Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones

I’ve been on a scone making kick for some time now and it’s time I combine my love for making scones with my love of pumpkin. Every year Starbuck’s makes a delicious pumpkin scone with a thick sugar glaze that I look forward to devouring alongside a cup of coffee or my all time favorite, a chai latte. It represents Fall in every bite!

Being a baker I always enjoy attempting to make my favorites at home and it has become a fun challenge. I’ve made pumpkin scones in the past but it has been a while and I wanted to make them a bit sweeter.

When I went searching for a new recipe I found exactly what I was looking for!

Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones
adapted from this recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
7 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6 Tbsp cold butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 Tbsp half and half (or can use milk)
1 large egg

Powdered Sugar Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp milk (don’t make too runny)

Spiced Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp milk (don’t make too runny)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice


Preheat the oven to 425F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spice into food processor. Add butter and process until butter is combined and resembles coarse meal.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, milk, and egg. Add wet ingredients to processor and pulse until dough forms into a ball. Warning! This dough is a bit stickier than other scone recipes so be prepared and coat hands/dough with a some flour so it can be patted into a 3/4-1 inch thick circle. Cut into 8 triangles. You can also divide dough into two balls and cut into 6 triangles each to make a total of 12 scones. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, checking them after 10 minutes depending on their size. Scones should begin to turn light brown when done. Place on wire rack to cool and prepare for glazing by placing paper towels or waxed paper under your wire rack to catch drippings.

Powdered Sugar Glaze

Mix the powdered sugar and 1-2 tbsp milk together until smooth. Use a brush to spread glazed evenly over cooled scones.

Spiced Glaze

Combine ingredients for spiced glaze. Drizzle over the top of hardened powdered sugar glaze. Let set and then enjoy!


  • Jennifer

    Hello, I just made these and they did not turn out well at all. I made the vanilla bean scones earlier and they were amazing. Your recipe calls for 7 tbs sugar, is that correct. Even with the glaze they tasted like they had no sugar. Not sure what I did wrong.

    • Jennifer Lewis

      Hi Jennifer! Nice name ;-). So sorry these did not turn out well for you :-(. Yes, 7 tablespoons of sugar is correct which is over 1/3 of a cup of sugar and just shy of a 1/2 cup of sugar. Scones are generally not loaded with too much sugar. The icing should add the extra sweetness to the scones. Maybe give it one more shot. I haven’t made them for a couple of months and have a can of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin left so I’ll make them again to see what’s going on. Check out the other sites that made this recipe as well for ideas. Under my recipe title is a link to the website I found the recipe on. Again, very sorry they didn’t turn out the way you were expecting. Thank you for the feedback and happy baking!

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