Starbucks Cinnamon Scone Hack

Do you ever have mornings where you wake up and a bowl of cold cereal just won’t do?

Today was such a morning for me. I felt like making something extra special. My kids and I love the scones at Starbucks (guilty pleasure, I know), so I decided to make our own using items from our pantry.

If you’ve never made scones before, they are incredibly easy to make and require only a few ingredients. I decided on cinnamon scones, and was able to find and adapt a recipe from a cooking forum.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

* I didn’t have this on hand, but easily made do with 1/3 cup milk and a squeeze of lemon juice for acid.

Preheat the oven to 400Β°. Then have a trusty helper mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cut in the butter and mix until crumbly. In another bowl, mix the egg yolk (save the white for later) with honey and buttermilk until blended. Then, add to the dry mixture. Stir until just combined.

Using floured hands, form the dough into a ball on a floured surface.

Roll or pat it out until it’s roughly a half an inch thick and 8 inches in diameter. Cut pizza style into equally sized pieces.

Put onto a greased baking pan. Then, wisk the egg white until frothy and coat the tops of the scones. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes. I took mine out just prior to 10 minutes and they were perfectly flaky.

Now comes the yummy part: glaze! To make the glaze, I simply mixed a bunch of powdered sugar with a touch of milk until nice and thick. Then, drizzle. I topped with a dash of more cinnamon. Perfection!

Now I may be a little biased, but I truly felt these homemade versions were better than their Starbucks counterparts. They were perfectly flaky and buttery, and the double toppings made them extra cinnamon-y.

And in my son’s words, “tasty!”

Bon Appetit!

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    1. Good catch! Yes, the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp salt. I just added it back into my post.

  1. I can’t wait to try these. I found this on πŸ™‚
    I also have a food blog and will post my family’s response. YAY!
    Thank you!

  2. Hi, there! I made these this past Saturday…and SO GOOD! I found the recipe on Money Saving Mom, so thank you for sharing it with her. I posted about it on my “Favorite Finds” blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  3. I made these a few days ago. So easy and yummy! My son loved them. One piece of advice: make sure to separate the scones before baking. I kept them in the pie shaped(sliced) and they were taking a long time to bake. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. These were soooo good! I just made them for a party. There was not much flavor so I added a few tablespoons of cinnamon sugar in the bread mix. Sooo good! πŸ™‚

  5. These are delicious. My kids are sweet tooths and thought they were not sweet enough so the frosting helped. I know traditionally they are not supposed to be sweet. Thanks for sharing this, the recipe is a keeper!

  6. Thank you so much for posting these.
    They are soo good I alsoade them but
    Instead of the cinnamon on top I stirred
    In blueberrys and sprinkled sugar on top
    Before baking.

  7. These turned out so good! Cinnamon scones are my Mom’s favorite, so I surprised her one morning when she was sick with these lovely things! First thing i’ve baked thats not betty crocker lol πŸ™‚ They were so so good! Thank you for posting the recipe!

  8. I just stuck them in the oven and i cant wait, i didnt have any baking powder so i read an article that explained that you could replace baking powder with soda if you use half as much baking soda as in the recipe (only if buttermilk or other acid like ingredients are involved.

    im also making honey glaze to drizle on it mhhhhmmm

  9. I just made some cinnamon chip scones myself! I’m so used to rock-hard chewy, tough, dry, BLAND scones, but finally, these changed my life!! Finally, a scone that’s buttery, tender, soft, and delicate. Mmm. Literally the best thing that I’ve made.

    I used a slightly different recipe than yours with no eggs – so scones were more traditional – super moist, tender, flaky, and buttery. Yum! I’ll have to give your version a try!

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  11. I am addicted to scones at the moment and these look so yummy. I will definitely be trying this recipe out VERY soon πŸ˜‰

  12. hey found this on Money Saving Mom… I made the scones and am freezing them unbaked, will bake them tomorrow and see how they turn out. trying some make ahead breakfast ideas:)

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