Cinnamon Oat Scones

If you are looking for the best-ever oatmeal scone recipe, you’ve found it. That is, if you like your scones rich, sweet and buttery. These are better than what you’d find in most coffee shops and they don’t dry out as quickly as other scones. Thanks to Cooks Illustrated for coming up with the original version of the recipe and to Dawn, for sending it to me. I won’t be looking any further for better oatmeal scones. If you have a food processor, they come together quickly. If not, you can cut the butter in with a pastry cutter. These are the best, but of course, open to improvisation!

Cinnamon Oat Scones
 
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Very good recipe for oatmeal scones
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups oats, old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 c. unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 10 chunks
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional) or use a different add-in such as chocolate chips, dried apples, cranberries, pecans, cinnamon chips, etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.Toast the oats. Spread them on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until they are fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool. Set aside 2 tablespoons of oats to use as scone topping.
  2. Raise oven heat to 450 degrees F.
  3. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Pulse 4 times to mix. Add butter chunks to flour mixture and pulse until mixture is the size of small peas.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, cream, milk, and vanilla. Spoon out 1 tablespoon and set aside. You will use this for brushing tops.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the oats to cream mixture and stir until almost mixed. Add the raisins (if using) and continue mixing just until mixture comes together in a ball.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, shape the ball into a 7 inch circle (about 1 inch thick). With a floured knife, cut into 6 or 8 wedges, and place wedges 2 inches apart on a non-stick or parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Brush with reserved cream mixture and sprinkle with reserved oats and if desired, some sparkling sugar and extra cinnamon. Bake 14 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.

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Comments

  1. Dawn says

    Anna! So glad you liked that recipe! Baked up 2 batches to bring to my in-laws for the holiday (and their freezer), and they were in heaven! Thanks for the boost!

  2. says

    I bake scones fairly often and these are on my list as the next ones to try. The last time I made scones I added chopped fresh black figs and they were excellent.

  3. says

    Your timing rocks, Anna! I just bought cinnamon chips in the holiday section of my grocery store and I wanted to use them for scones–it’s beyond me why they don’t stock them all year round. I actually have this recipe in the America’s Test Kitchen cook book it came from, but I forgot about it. I was going to do a pumpkin-cinnamon scone, but I like the oatmeal better.
    Julie

  4. says

    I hope you all like these as much as we did. They are probably the richest scones I’ve ever made, but delicious. Julie, I don’t understand the deal with cinnamon chips either.

  5. Rachel says

    Loved the recipe! My Maine vacation is vastly better as a result. My innovation was to add walnuts and cranberries (and omit the cinnamon). I also made them drop scones rather than round scones and used all whole milk rather than cream. Tasted wonderful! If you decide to try my innovations, cut the cooking time by several minutes — keep an eye out after 7 or so minutes and take out when lightly browned. Then leave on the tray for 5 minutes to allow to firm.

  6. Janet says

    I substitute nutmeg for the cinnamon. I think nutmeg is under-used as a primary flavor. I also use toasted/semi-skinned (only semi-skinned because it is too much work to get them totally skinned) hazel nuts with snipped apricot pieces. A great recipe (the whole book is great). I don’t have a food processor, but if I cut the butter into tiny cubes and keep it at refrigerator temperature until ready to add, using my pastry cutter to do the “food processor” phase works fine.

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