March 13, 2013

Cinnamon Scones Recipe

The blog was a little quiet this week as we've been dealing with illness and recovering from the weekend's travels to see our family and celebrate the 90th birthday of my husband's grandpa!  Right now we are grateful for Grandma and Grandpa's protection the day before the party when they were in a car accident.  Though they both have some injuries, they are okay.

The origin of this cinnamon scone recipe is my friend Leena.  We were friendly last year at preschool drop-off when we were both pregnant at the same time...and then had babies only a few months apart.  This year we started talking much more, and I shared with her my email address and phone number.  From there, we stopped being "just friendly" and became friends.  She brought me these cinnamon scones once when she came to visit.  I promptly asked for the recipe!  They are a sweet scone...almost like a cookie but without a lot of sugar.

I've made this recipe a few times now.  Instead of breakfast, cinnamon scones are more of a snack or even a dessert for us.  Scones freeze beautifully, too.
Cinnamon Scones
Dough
2 cups flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter (chilled)
2/3 cup sour cream or vanilla/plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
Mix-Ins
2 tablesppons flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Topping (Optional)
egg or milk
sugar

First, prepare the mix-ins in a small bowl by combining them all together.  Set aside.

To make the dough,  mix the first five ingredients together in a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and work it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.  You may want to use a pastry blender or larger fork-or even your hands.

Make a well in the center of the mixture.  Add the sour cream and vanilla.  Mix together.  Add the mix-ins and the cinnamon chips.  At this point I use my hands to mix it together in the bowl.  It's the only way to get all the bits of flour from the bottom of the bowl.

Place dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or greased cookie sheet).  Form dough into an 8 or 9 inch round.  Cut into triangles.  (I cut 10-12 for snacking, but most people would probably prefer 8 triangles.) Ideally, spread the triangles out a bit before baking. OR Form two flat circles with the dough and cut into 8 smaller triangles. Mini scones are perfect for sharing at a large brunch.

Brush the round with egg or milk, if desired.  Top with a sprinkle of sugar.  

Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until the cinnamon scones are nicely browned on top.
Tips:
~ Cinnamon chips are made by Hershey's and specialty baking companies.  Not all grocery stores carry these, but they are available on-line at Hershey and Amazon...and larger grocery stores do carry them.  You can also use Hershey's product finder to find a store near you!  
~ I found that measuring the sour cream with a dry measuring cup instead of a liquid measure was best.  Maybe you already knew that.
~ If you have pearl sugar to top them, it makes these cinnamon scones extra pretty!
~ If you remove a frozen cinnamon scone from the freezer, exercise for a bit, and need a snack reward, it will be nicely thawed when you are done.  Of course, the microwave at low power works well to thaw them, too.

This was the first type of scone I had ever had.  The mix-ins and cinnamon chips really make this less biscuit-like, and more like a cookie.  You can actually use this same recipe to make cranberry scones by omitting the mix-ins and replacing the chips with Craisins.  The cranberry scone is more of a traditional scone and not as sweet.

Do you have a favorite scone recipe?  When do you serve them?
~ Annette {This Simple Mom}

8 comments:

  1. Annette, where do you find cinnamon chips? I have never seen them before.

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    1. My favorite grocery store (Redners) didn't have them, though they are at a Giant about 20 minutes away according to the Hershey product finder.

      I actually had my mother-in-law pick me up a bag at Wegmans. :)

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    2. **Sigh** I miss that Giant! :( Thanks I will look for them.

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  2. Yum, I might have to make this without cinnamon chips since I will probably make them before I go to the store.

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    1. Enjoy! I haven't tried the mix-ins AND cranberries yet. That is on my to-do list!

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  3. I think THIS will be my favorite scones recipe...and I really just came over to thank you for commenting on Jonathan and Kristen's adoption blog. It's early days, and they need encouragement. I was thrilled to see an encouraging comment from you!!

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  4. Your family has been a little busy with some serious situations of late!!

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  5. I'm so glad your Grandpa and Grandma are fine!! I can't imagine how scary that was for everyone!

    I'll have to give this recipe a try! I think I'll do like you and freeze some, too. We had a delicious pound cake brought to us tonight, and I'm trying hard not to overindulge in it! :)

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