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Cinnamon Roll Scones

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 23rd, 2016 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
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cinnamon-roll-sconeI love homemade cinnamon rolls. They’re a family favorite on lazy weekend mornings. Of course, there aren’t all that many mornings with kids home, now that I’m an empty nester with college-aged kids. When they are home, there isn’t a guarantee that all of us have a few hours to lounge and wait for cinnamon rolls. I mean, we try to make the time, but it just doesn’t always happen.

I could switch to store bought cinnamon rolls (Gasp!) or those ones that come in the refrigerated can (Oh, no!), but that’s not my style. So, I’ve found other ways to bring the flavor of cinnamon rolls to breakfast in a less time consuming way. Today I’d like to introduce you to my newest version.

These scones make a decent replacement for a cinnamon roll. Honestly, you do lose the texture of the cinnamon swirl that I adore. However, these scones fully deliver on the flavor of cinnamon. Plus, these scones are coated with the same frosting as cinnamon rolls, so you have that oh so decadent topping. And these are much less messy to eat, whether you choose fingers or fork, they are not nearly as sticky.

A final thought or four on why you need to try this recipe now:

  • Cinnamon is a flavor of the holiday season (at least to me).
  • So many treats are chocolate-centric. Not everyone is a fan of chocolate; be the hero for your chocolate-resistant friends.
  • Who doesn’t want to have frosting at breakfast?
  • They. Are. Delicious.

Cinnamon Roll Scones

Yields 6
A simpler & quicker way to make homemade cinnamon rolls, kind of


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
18 min

Total Time
28 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
18 min

Total Time
28 min

Ingredients
  1. SCONES
  2. 7 Tb. unsalted butter*
  3. 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  4. 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/3 cup sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 3/4 cup buttermilk*
  11. 1 large egg yolk
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  13. FROSTING
  14. 4 Tb. unsalted butter, softened
  15. 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  16. skim milk
  17. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. SCONES
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl blend brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with a pastry blender until soft crumbs form.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and remaining cinnamon; blend with pastry blender until butter is reduced to the size of rice.
  6. Whisk buttermilk, egg yolk, and vanilla in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup or small bowl. Add liquids to dry ingredients; mix until dough forms a ball.
  7. Crumble the brown sugar mixture over the dough and knead it into the dough, leaving some streaks.
  8. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and press into an 8-inch round.
  9. Cut into 6-8 wedges. Transfer wedges to rimmed cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the scones are crusty on top and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Serve warm with frosting.
  12. FROSTING
  13. Combine butter, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and vanilla using a hand mixer.
  14. Add additional sugar and milk to give the sweetness and thickness you prefer.
Notes
  1. 2 tablespoon butter need to be room temperature & 5 tablespoons need to be chilled
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