I love scones, especially during fall and winter when cold weather makes baking all the more enjoyable. These scones are a welcome treat, with the wonderful flavor of pumpkin pie and the added cheesy yumminess of cheddar. They're wonderful with a hot mug of coffee or tea on a chilly weekend morning.
I highly recommend making a bit of cinnamon-honey butter to go with these. Yum! This recipe is adapted from the website Lemons and Anchovies.

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Cook time: 12 minutes 

Total time: 30 minutes 

Yield: 10-12 scones

Pumpkin Cheddar Scones


  • 2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut in cubes
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk plus more for brushing scones
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in the cold butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the grated cheese.pumpkin scones dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and two eggs then fold the wet ingredients into the dry until everything is incorporated. The mix will seem a little dry, but don't overmix it. Add half of the milk and stir. Add the rest of the milk and kneed the mixture with your hands. It will be a bit on the sticky side.pumpkin scones
  4. Scrape the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface. Flour your hands and form it into a round, flattening it to about 1/2-inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough and transfer the pieces to your baking sheet.pumpkin scones
  5. Brush the tops with a little milk, and place the tray in the oven. Bake the scones for 10-12 minutes or until they're golden. Serve warm.

pumpkin scones finished

pumpkin scones with honey butter

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Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
These scones are full of delicious fall flavor.