Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Scones are made with fresh tart apples and greek yogurt, then topped with a delicious maple caramel glaze!
This is one of my favorite scone recipes, right alongside Lemon Blueberry Scones. The maple, the caramel, ALL of it is amazing!
Originally Published February 5, 2018
Apple Cinnamon Scones
Apple scones are so easy to make, and they are QUICK. This recipe can be made by beginners! Making apple scones is the best way to use fresh apples. This is an American style scone, different from it's round cousin the British scone. American recipes tend to be sweet and have a sturdier, thicker dough; this version is baked in triangular slices that resemble pie slices.
Ingredients needed for Apple Scones
Here's a basic list of what you'll need for apple scones. Most of these are pantry staples, so the grocery list should be short!
- All purpose flour
- Granulated white sugar
- Fresh Apples - granny smith, Pink lady, or McIntosh work well for this recipe.
- Salted Butter - frozen is best, but cold for sure!
- Vanilla extract
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Baking Powder & baking soda
- Spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
- An egg
How to make Apple Cinnamon Scones
Combine dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Then add grated butter.
Combine wet ingredients: In a separate bowl or large measuring cup combine greek yogurt, vanilla, and egg.
Mix and shape: Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, add in chopped apples last.
Bake: at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Glaze: Mix together maple syrup, caramel, and powdered sugar and drizzle over cooled scones.
What is the secret to a good scone?
There are a few things you can do to ensure perfect scone results.
- Mix dry ingredients together, then wet ingredients, then mix until just combined. Don't overmix!
- Use frozen butter! This results in flakier, fluffier scones.
- Don't overbake! Overbaked scones are dry and hard, we want soft, golden brown scones.
How can I get my scones to rise and be fluffy?
Fluffy scones are a result of the combination of baking powder and baking soda, along with greek yogurt in this recipe, which acts as an acid to activate the leavening agents. There is no yeast in this scone recipe so it's important to make sure that the baking powder and baking soda are not expired and that they are mixed in correctly, to the dry ingredients first.
How do you store apple cinnamon scones?
You can store scones in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature. To freeze, cool completely and put in freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before serving.
More Fall Dessert Recipes to try:
Need some fun dessert ideas for fall? I got you covered!
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake
- Cream Cheese Pie Crust
- Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Mug Cake
📝 Printable Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Scones with Maple Caramel Glaze
For the Scones:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground clove
- 8 Tablespoon frozen salted butter
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups apple peeled and chopped finely
For the Glaze:
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons caramel dessert topping
- 1 cup powdered sugar
For the Scones:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ground clove. Using a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture using the side with the LARGE holes. Stir into flour mixture.
- In a separate bowl mix together greek yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in chopped apple, then combine with flour and butter mixture. Dough will be crumbly at first. Work the dough until it shapes into a disc and doesn’t’ crumble anymore.
- Form into an 8 inch flat disc on prepared baking sheet, it will be 1-2 inches high. Slice into 8 slices. Separate on pan at least 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
For the Glaze:
- Combine maple syrup, caramel, and powdered sugar and stir until smooth. If needed, add a teaspoon or two of milk until it is the desired consistency. Glaze scones when they have cooled and serve.