As much as I hate to admit it, September is already here and so is fall.

I’ve had a busy month with my brother’s wedding, visiting guests, and all the surrounding events (which just so happen to involve dessert–recipes to come!), so it’s taken me awhile to get back to normal and post new recipes. I dread saying goodbye to summer each year–especially when it seems like it’s been so busy and has gotten away from me–and although I’m not ready to leave the s’mores, sunshine and sand behind just yet, the flavors of fall do provide a consolation. Apples, cinnamon, and pumpkin leave the kitchen with a warm, comforting scent that makes me forget about summer for just a tiny second.

You never know, I may still have another s’mores recipe coming at you before all the leaves fall and the snow hits. :) It happens to be chilly in Minnesota right now after a major heat wave, but if the temps bounce back up, I’ll probably be back with a barrage of warm-weather treats. You’ve been warned!

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

Today, though, I have a delicious copycat Starbucks scone recipe that is a fall favorite and a perfect Labor Day dish. My family always gets together for a Labor Day brunch and, when served in the past, these scones have disappeared fast. They’re one of my favorite breakfast recipes!

I’m not sure where the “original copycat” recipe came from, but I’ve seen similar versions all over Pinterest and the blog world, and I’ve adapted it slightly after making these scones several times.

In addition to using up any pumpkin you might have on hand, these scones are great because they don’t require a lot of planning ahead. The butter is cold instead of softened, and most of the ingredients are pretty basic. While some scones tend to be dry and barely edible, these are different. The glaze dries and hardens, but it keeps the scones themselves moist and chewy. They’re sweet, spiced, and ideal for this cooler season.

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

And, truth be told, I’ve made them in other seasons, too. I like them so much that I used to make a whole batch for myself in my tiny apartment kitchen, and I had no problem finishing them off while they still tasted fresh. No roommate required.

Whether you can hardly wait for fall or you’re more reluctant like me, these tasty scones will make your life better. What can I say? Starbucks knows what it’s doing!

Happy Labor Day!

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 scones

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tbsp. COLD butter, cubed
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour a flat work surface.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Using a whisk, mix thoroughly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin and egg. Stir until well-combined.
  4. Using a pastry cutter or knife, cut butter into flour mixture until it becomes crumbly. Add pumpkin mixture to create a dough.
  5. On the prepared floured surface, knead dough into a ball, adding more flour if necessary. (The dough is often too sticky to handle and I’ve added up to 1/2 cup.)
  6. Roll dough into a circle that is about 1/2-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 12 triangles.
  7. Place triangles on prepared baking pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes, checking early to prevent burning. Scones burn quickly but are finished when they are light brown. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. To make the first glaze, whisk powdered sugar with milk in a small bowl until smooth. Spoon over cooled scones and allow to harden.
  9. To make the spiced glaze, whisk powdered sugar, milk, and spices in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over glazed scones and allow to harden before serving. Though the glazes harden a bit, they keep the scones moist!
  10. Store finished scones in an airtight container. They keep at least two days.


If you don't have parchment paper, thoroughly spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with flour. This dough can get sticky!

Be very careful not to burn these scones! Keep a close eye on them while they're baking - I learned the hard way that they take less time than you'd think!

Nutritional Info:

Servings: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 288.5
Total Fat: 6.8 g
Cholesterol: 32.5 mg
Sodium: 280.9 mg
Total Carbs: 54.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 3.7 g

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