Gingerbread Spice Scones

November 22, 2013

I couldn’t very well share a gingerbread spice mix and not show you a billion ways to use it, now could I?  When I was drinking/spilling the gingerbread latte that inspired the mix recipe, I was also eating an incredibly disappointing scone.  Scones are my jam, people, I can’t just ignore them when they sit looking all delicious in a glass case.  But when disappointment scones strike, I (like any sane person in the world) feel compelled to make a million perfect scones for myself.

Gingerbread Spice Scones

Normal scone recipes use a lot of butter, but not mine!  No butter here.  Frankly, I’ve forgotten how to use butter.  No joke, at this point when I try to make “traditional” cookies with butter from the simplest of recipes, I get a big mess.  *sigh* My life just isn’t meant to include butter, and that’s okay when I have these scones. (plus: butter = heartburn. It’s no bueno).

Gingerbread Spice Scones

Before you give me the whole “gingerbread needs molasses” spiel, let me repeat: Gingerbread spice scones.  Spice. Not authentic gingerbread!  If you want to sub in molasses, replace half of the sugar with molasses and only add the milk if necessary (start with 1 tbsp and increase).

Gingerbread Spice Scones
Serves: 6

  • 1 c white whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ c oat flour, brown rice flour, or all purpose flour (See note)
  • ⅓ c brown sugar (See note)
  • 1 tbsp gingerbread spice mix (See note)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅓ c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt (regular/vegan yogurt, sour cream or silken tofu will work)
  • 4 tbsp vanilla almond milk (or milk choice with splash of vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp butter flavor
  • Cinnamon chips, if desired, for topping
  • ½ c powdered sugar
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp+ unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (flours, sugar, spice, baking powder, and salt). Add applesauce, yogurt, milk, and butter flavor and stir until almost combined. Dough will be sticky!
  3. Turn the dough out onto the parchment paper and shape into a circle, about 6 – 8 cm in diameter. Using a sharp knife (I spritzed mine with nonstick spray), cut into 6 pieces – do not pull apart!
  4. Press a small handful of cinnamon chips into the top, if desired.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. After the ten minute mark, pull the scones out of the oven and re-cut. Do not pull apart!
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Meanwhile, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond milk to form a glaze. Drizzle liberally over the top of the scones.

Using 100% whole wheat gives these a whole wheat flavor. Adding a little of a different kind of flour helps prevent that – my favorites are oat and brown rice flour.
If you want a more true gingerbread flavor, swap out half of the brown sugar for molasses. Decrease milk to 1 tbsp, increasing if necessary to incorporate all of the flour.
If you don’t want a whole jar of gingerbread spice mix (crazy!), use 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp all spice, ½ tsp nutmeg, and ⅛ tsp clove

Nutrition Information
Calories: 165 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 3g Protein: 3g


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    The Domestic Rebel Dec 11, 2013

    You know that picture of that seriously divine glaze seeping into that seriously divine gingerbread scone? Yeah, well I want to live in that scone. I’m moving in tomorrow.

    lauren Dec 08, 2013

    OMG I don’t know how I missed this recipe. GINGERBREAD SCONES?!?!?! Too bad I already ate, perhaps breakfast tomorrow? These sound perfect for the snow day we just had 🙂

    marcie@flavorthemoments Dec 01, 2013

    I’m so glad it’s gingerbread season! I would love one of these for breakfast. 🙂

    sprinklesandsauce Nov 30, 2013

    I just had a pecan date scone this morning. These gingerbread scones look amazing!

    Kelly Nov 27, 2013

    Photos are finally up — sorry about the delay!

    Reeni Nov 26, 2013

    Scones with no butter? You are some kind of genius! These look amazing – love all those warm spices!

    makingthymeforhealth Nov 26, 2013

    I only eat butter if I’m out to eat but I never buy it at home because Brandon hates it and it isn’t healthy, obviously. So I love an alternative like this recipe! Now if I could figure out how to make croissants without butter…

      Kelly Nov 26, 2013

      If you figure that out, let me know! That’d be a dream recipe right there!

    Ashley Nov 25, 2013

    Yum! I’ve never seen butterless scones, this is very cool!

    cookingactress Nov 22, 2013

    LOVE these scones, they sound so delicious!!

    Em @ Love A Latte Nov 22, 2013

    This just screams holiday season! Woo so excited for this recipe!

    Erin @ The Speckled Palate Nov 22, 2013

    High-five for not using butter anymore! While we still use it sometimes in my home, I find it interesting playing with non-dairy things to add fat into my baking… and so far, it’s been pretty pleasant. These sound great, and I cannot wait to see the photos because I want to pin this for later baking!

    rebacox Nov 22, 2013

    I love making homemade scones. You can literally cut the calories in half and not lose the flavor. I am in love with all things gingerbread!