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Apple Cinnamon Scones

Looking for a special treat for you weekend breakfast? These apple cinnamon scones are perfect.

I’m trying to beat the power outage as I write this on a Sunday morning ’cause I don’t trust that we’ll have power tonight or even tomorrow from this hurricane to do so. You all voiced to me via my Facebook page that you’d still love a recipe so I’m giving you one :)

The winds from Sandy are definitely picking up around here and I’m sure the rain is going to come soon. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a hurricane before. All the ones that have ever “hit” Virginia while I’ve been alive have all been tropical depressions. I think this is the first actual hurricane I’ll be in. This past June, we had that crazy derecho storm that caused us to lose power for 16 hours (others around me, way more), but this time around, it’s like a full two days of crazy sustained hurricane force winds and rain. I’m definitely not going into work. Honestly, I hope they just close work, cause even if they give us telecommute options, I probably won’t even have power to dial in.

Completely un-weather related, on Saturday, Jason and I went to see the movie, Argo, the movie based off of the Iranian Hostage Crisis in the late 1970′s. It was SO good (the movie, that is). The way they were to build suspense in it and show live footage of it all back then, was excellent. My heart was pretty much beating out of my chest near the very end. Holy crap. If you guys are looking for an awesome movie to see, go see that!

Also have you ever had Caribou Coffee’s hot chocolate? They’re to die for! I always get their dark chocolate hot chocolate. It’s like the most amazing hot chocolate. It’s so rich and I haven’t had a hot chocolate that compares to it.

Let’s talk about these scones. Not only is this the first hurricane I’ve been in, this is the first time I’ve ever made scones! I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to do so because these turned out so delicious and they’re SO EASY, too! I love the fall flavors in these scones. I also made these scones for KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure campaign. It’s almost the end of October, but it’s never too late to get a mammogram or to check yourself! I know too many women who have had breast cancer and some who have lost their lives to it. Don’t be another statistic! Be smart and get yourself checked out!!

Apple Cinnamon Scones
Recipe type: Dessert, Scones, Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8-12 scones
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground allspice
  • 4 tbsp. (1/4 cup) chilled, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup peeled & cubed granny smith apples (this was about 1½ an apple for me)
  • ⅓ cup cinnamon chips
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.
  3. Dice the butter into ½" cubes and put it in the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.
  4. Gently fold in the cinnamon chips and apples. Then in a measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  5. Make a well in the center of your flour and apple mixture then pour in the buttermilk mixture.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, start mixing the mixture together until just combined.
  7. Pour out the mixture onto a floured surface and press out into an 8" circle.
  8. Take a sharp knife and cut the dough into wedges and place them on the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  10. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Source: from Tutti Dolci



  1. 10/29/2012 at 8:11 am

    SO weird, I made apple cinnamon scones yesterday too!!!!! We are totally on the same page. I love your additional of cinnamon chips, wish I had thought of that one. Next time :)

    Hope you’re staying safe during the storm!

  2. 10/29/2012 at 8:11 am

    Stay safe! Glad you got this recipe up for us, though! ;)

  3. 10/29/2012 at 9:09 am

    Julie, so many thoughts after reading this!
    #1. Stay safe
    #2. If I were in a hurricane, I would want one of these yummy fall-fest scones with me
    #3. Argo is very next on our movie list to go see. Excited to hear another positive review!
    #4. Caribou dark hot chocolate ooooohhh my guuuudness. It’s molten chocolate goodness in a cup!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe and have a lovely day!

    PS. I am totally obsessed with scones. Make them every few weeks! I’m excited to try these apple cinnamon ones

  4. 10/29/2012 at 9:21 am

    Swoon – apple cinnamon anything and I’m sold. Thinking of you guys, stay safe from Sandy!

  5. 10/29/2012 at 9:48 am

    OMG stay safe! And eat lots of these scones.

  6. 10/29/2012 at 10:21 am

    I’m sure you guys won’t go hungry but I hope you stay safe too! I made scones for the first time a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe I’d been missing out for so long. Love these!

  7. 10/29/2012 at 10:26 am

    Girl, stay safe!! I’ll be thinking about you and praying for you…what a nightmare.

    These scones look completely yummy. I love apple cinnamon!!

  8. 10/29/2012 at 10:44 am

    Yum! I could totally go for a scone in all this hurricane madness. I think I’m going to bake cookies this afternoon to distract my roommate and I from the fact that we’re legitimately trapped on an island with no transportation routes at the moment (they’ve literally shut down every public transport route). Stay safe, chica!

  9. 10/29/2012 at 10:56 am

    I’m terrified right now Julie and I hope you guys are staying safe! We still have power but they are saying this is the worst hurrican EVER to hit the atlantic basin. :(

    Thinking of you! and WANTING THESE SCONES! I love apples and cinnamon together! I have a few apple/cinnamon recipes this week (pending I have power!)

  10. 10/29/2012 at 11:04 am

    Stay safe!! I heard the pier in Ocean City MD is already gone and that’s so close to you! Hoping you endless power, internet, heat, and water during this time.

  11. 10/29/2012 at 11:11 am

    these look sooo good! i have a great cream scone recipe, which is more like cake! it’s so delicious. anyway, i just randomly found your blog this morning! I live in nova too! Totally trapped inside preparing for the storm! stay safe!

    • 10/29/2012 at 11:12 am

      Stay safe!! Where in nova are you?

  12. 10/29/2012 at 11:12 am

    I just bought a new Apple Cinnamon tea. I want one of these scones to go with it! They look great.

  13. 10/29/2012 at 11:18 am

    So glad you liked the scones, they look great! :) Stay safe in the hurricane!

  14. 10/29/2012 at 11:36 am

    It might not be hurricanning here in SEA, but I need scones. Stay safe over there – or have a party and hope it all blows over soon.

  15. 10/29/2012 at 11:53 am

    I have been thinking about going to see Argo. I’m glad to hear it was good. Also, these Apple Cinnamon Scones look delicious! For somebody being a virgin scone maker, you nailed it.

    Stay safe and dry out there.

  16. 10/29/2012 at 1:10 pm

    These look so great! I love your blog and your photography! Can’t wait til I get a minute to explore your recipes more. :)

    • 10/29/2012 at 1:24 pm

      Aw thanks, Rachael :) your photography is also lovely and your blog is so cute! Thanks for reading :)

  17. 10/29/2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hope you stay safe!

    I have never made scones either. But, these fall flavors sure make me want to!

  18. 10/29/2012 at 1:31 pm

    These look delicious, I’m always making scones and always looking for new flavour combinations! Need to try these :)

    Stay safe!

  19. 10/29/2012 at 1:34 pm

    beautiful scones! i think i’ll skip making an apple coffee cake and instead make these apple scones!

  20. 10/29/2012 at 1:43 pm

    Crazy weather, stay safe! These scones look delicious!

  21. 10/29/2012 at 2:07 pm

    I always thought scone is really hard to make, but judging from your recipe – you’re compeltely right. It’s sooo easy and looks delicious! I also heard about Argo – everyone keeps talking it as a must watch movie. Stay safe and keep us posted!

  22. 10/29/2012 at 2:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love that you added cinnamon chips, I was wondering what those were! Stay safe!

  23. 10/29/2012 at 2:18 pm

    We are baking twins :) I made apple muffins today! Love these so very much!

  24. 10/29/2012 at 2:53 pm

    STAY SAFE! Sending lots of love and hugs.

  25. 10/29/2012 at 3:11 pm

    Don’t you adore these cinnamon chips!! Great use of them. And I do love that we both posted a recipe with them on the same day. The scones look so fabulous. Hope you are staying safe and dry!

  26. 10/29/2012 at 3:59 pm

    Stay safe, Julie! And you’re such a dedicated food blogger – writing your posts ahead of your time for your readers. So glad you made scones for the first time! Aren’t they the best? I could live off of these for the rest of my life!

  27. 10/29/2012 at 4:07 pm

    Stay safe!! Can’t imagine losing power for so long, hopefully all the weather people are wrong!
    At least you have some yummy treats to enjoy in the mean time!

  28. 10/29/2012 at 6:34 pm

    Yes please! I’ve never made scones either, but judging by these beauties, I definitely need to! Yummmm! And please be safe in that hurricane, miss Julie. I need you <3

  29. 10/29/2012 at 6:42 pm

    Hope you all stay safe during the hurricane!! Prayers definitely sent your way! These scones look amazing! I love the idea of the apple cinnamon flavors!

  30. 10/29/2012 at 7:40 pm

    Hope you guys are doing okay and Sandy isn’t causing too much havoc!

  31. 10/29/2012 at 9:48 pm

    These are gorgeous looking scones!!! I love that you used the cinnamon chips with the apple!!! Scones have become one of my favorite things to make!!!

  32. 10/30/2012 at 12:09 am

    Great recipe, I’m a scone freak!! I grew up eating them all the time and my mom would always be baking them, apple and cinnamon is a sweet choice..stay safe!

  33. laurie (Simply Scratch)
    10/30/2012 at 11:52 am

    Love these Julie! Take care of yourself!!! Xo

  34. 10/30/2012 at 12:24 pm

    How are you guys holding up, Julie?! Hopefully Sandy was kind to you. These scones look so perfect for fall, and perfect to nibble on through any storm.

  35. 10/30/2012 at 12:31 pm

    Glad you’re staying safe! Hope you saved some of these treats to snack on :)

  36. 10/30/2012 at 12:35 pm

    Such lovely pictures and recipe. Wish we could enjoy some together!

  37. 10/30/2012 at 3:18 pm

    This was the first time you made scones? Isn’t it crazy how easy + delicious the results are?! And so glad to hear the fabulous review on Argo – I was really intrigued by the preview and I really want to see it now!

  38. 10/30/2012 at 3:52 pm

    first scones and first hurricane… and you survived both!!

  39. 10/30/2012 at 9:04 pm

    Hooray for your first scones, and they look seriously fantastic! Awesome combo of flavors.

    Thanks for the Argo review, I’ve been wanting to see it and now even more so :)

  40. I love scones! They are so delicious…I have a bag of cinnamon chips in my pantry that are asking to be made into this recipe ;)

    It sounds like Lance would like Argo – perhaps I should take him out for a movie date night this weekend lol

  41. 11/03/2012 at 5:42 pm

    These scones look pretty fantastic! Hope you stayed safe in the hurricane!!! I am attempting to catch up on blog commenting after the move and still having no internet in the new place… if I must have starbucks ;) Wish I could munch on one of these scones while Im at it!

  42. 11/04/2012 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve never been in a hurricane either. Or a tornado or earthquake or tsunami or any other terribly un-fun things. My of my big goals is to find a place to live in the US where none of these exist!

    I can’t believe these are your first scones! So yummy. Scones in general aren’t the most exciting things but these look pretty amazing. :)

  43. Meredith
    11/12/2012 at 4:42 pm

    On weekends that I am off I love to cook/bake a nice brunch for my hubby, and I. These were so easy and delicious! The Granny Smith Apples provide a nice tartness to these scones. Thanks for a great and easy brunch recipe :)


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