Cinnamon and butterscotch are meant to be together! These cinnamon scones are the perfect breakfast treat with crunchy sugary edges and a soft butterscotch interior.

cinnamon scones on a wire rack

Scones are part of my weakness. You can keep your candy and chips but give me a scone with my coffee any day. That’s why it took me a few attempts to get these cinnamon scones with butterscotch just the way I like them. There’s nothing worse than biting into a scone and tasting nothing or having it just crumble into little pieces. Try these, I think you’ll like them!

tips for making the best cinnamon scones

  • Always make sure your butter is cold. I always prefer to grate my butter into the flour to ensure even distribution of the fat through the dough.
  • Handle the dough as little as possible. Making scones is not the same as making bread where you’d be required to knead the dough to maximize gluten. Scones are made of layers and we need them to puff up and be light, not heavy.
  • Make sure your rising agents like baking powder and baking soda are fresh and not too old. I like to store mine in the fridge.
  • Keep the scones close together on the baking tray. This way, they’ll rise as they bake and have nice soft sides.
  • Chilling the scones before baking will help the butter cool down again, this is not vital if you don’t have the time but will help with the flakiness if you can.

How long will my cinnamon scones last?

They’re definitely best eaten on the day you bake them, but any leftovers can be sealed in a zip lock bag for an extra day.

what should I serve my scones with?

Aside from the icing drizzled on top, there’s not much else needed except a cup of your favorite coffee.

why didn’t my scones rise very high?

This is probably related to the rising agents. Did you remember to add them or have they been sitting n your pantry for a long time? These are examples of why scones turn out flat.

cinnamon scones with butterscotch chips on a wire rack.

what else can I drizzle on top?

You can leave the scones plain or substitute the icing for white chocolate, milk chocolate or dust with powdered sugar.

are these cinnamon scones easy to make?

They definitely are! You can have these from being mixed in a bowl to baking in the oven in about 5 minutes or less. Just mix the dry ingredients together and then add the butter. Gently mix for a minute and add the buttermilk. The mixture will look and feel wet and sticky but this is normal as the batter will become more dry as you mix. Roll the dough into a circle about one inch thick and 8-10 inches in diameter. Continue to cut like a pizza into 8 wedges and place on a floured baking pan.

do I need to cool the scones before adding the icing?

No, you can do it straight away, although the icing might run or drip more when the scones are warm, in my opinion this just makes them even more delicious!

cinnamon scones with icing

More scone recipes for you

Cinnamon Scones with Butterscotch Chips

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 8 scones
Calories: 316kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
Freshly baked cinnamon scones with butterscotch chips and sugar on top!
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  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • in a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Grate the butter into the flour mixture and then use your hands to rub it into a crumbly mixture.
  • Add the buttermilk and butterscotch chips and mix gently until a dough forms.
  • Dump the dough onto your flour dusted work surface and gently knead a few times until the dough is in a ball shape.
  • With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle about 8-10 inches wide and about an inch thick.
  • Cut the circle into 8 even sized wedges like a pizza an dtransfer to your prepared baking pan.
  • Brush each scone with the cream/milk and sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar on top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.
  • When the scones are baking , make the glaze.
  • In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and milk until smooth.
  • Warm the glaze in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  • Once the scones are done drizzle the glaze over them and serve at once.


Serving: 1scone | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2mg