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Pumpkin Scones and a GIVEAWAY

October 14, 2011

Happy Friday to all you wonderful people out there!

I’m feeling generous today and I want to treat one lucky reader today! I’m GIVING AWAY A BASKET OF BAKED GOODS!

Why, yes… I am that desperate for audience participation. As if this weren’t a given, considering I write a blog and have 14 followers… But who’s counting?

But back to the giveaway! I want to hear from YOU! WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESSERT? All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH YOUR ANSWER and you will be entered to win a basket full of homemade goodies baked by yours truly, The Bite-Sized Baker.

The giveaway begins today and ends Sunday, October 16th at 11:59PM. The winner will be announced on Monday’s post and I’ll collect your information so I can feed you baked goods. Yes, it’s that easy.

But do not fear, the fun doesn’t stop at the giveaway! I have something to satisfy your sweet tooth too! Pumpkin Scones! I made this recipe twice in ONE day because they were so good that I had to make more to share with more people.

Yeah, that good.

Pumpkin Scones slightly adapted from Pennies On A Platter:

Pumpkin Scones:

2 cups all-purpose flour

7 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes

½ cup canned pumpkin

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 large egg

Sugar Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Spice Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Scones Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Use a pastry blender or food processor to cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly in texture and resembles coarse cornmeal.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half and half, and egg.  Fold into the dry ingredients until barely combined.  It is very important not to over mix the batter.  At this point it should still be kind of dry and crumbly.
  4. Loosely form the dough into a ball.  Pat it into a 1-inch thick, 9″x3″ rectangle onto a lightly floured surface.
  5. Use a sharp knife to slice the dough through it’s width into three equal portions. Cut each section diagonally to produce 6 triangular slices of dough.  (Or, you can slice “X’s” in each section to form 12 triangles.
  6. Place each slice on prepared baking sheet and bake for 14 – 16 minutes, until the scones are golden brown.
  7. Let cool completely on wire rack, and then continue with glaze directions below.

Sugar Glaze directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth.  If it’s too runny, add more sugar.  If too thick, add a little more milk until reaching desired consistency.  Brush glaze over the top of each cooled scone.  Let harden before proceeding to the spiced glaze directions.

Spiced Glaze Directions:

  1. After the sugar glaze hardens, combine the spiced icing ingredients. Use a whisk to drizzle over each scone and allow to dry before serving.

Makes 12 small scones

103 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2011 9:49 am

    favorite holiday dessert = pillsbury slice n bake sugar cookies!!!

    But favorite real, homemade dessert = pumkin pieeee yummmmm 😀


  2. October 14, 2011 9:49 am

    I’ll gladly get the ball rolling on this giveaway…my favorite holiday desserts (because I can’t pick just one) are pumpkin bars and apple pie. Can’t beat the classics!

  3. October 14, 2011 10:02 am

    My favorite is peppermint bark! Also, you are a crazy talented chef.

  4. Jaimie permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:17 am

    Apple turnovers!

  5. Shannon permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:19 am

    Just looking at this makes me hongry. Great stuff!

  6. Shannon permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:20 am


    • Courtney permalink
      October 14, 2011 2:30 pm

      Hongry Hongry hippo

  7. Megan permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:24 am

    i loooooove pumpkin and apple pie around the holidays mmmm! oh, and homemade toffee :)! i hope some of those tasty pumpkin scones are coming with us this weekend!

  8. October 14, 2011 10:34 am

    Ganools and Jaimie calimahhhhh!

  9. Jaimie permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:41 am

    For those of you who don’t speak pig latin Italian: Ganools = cannolis and calimahhh = fried calamari.

  10. Regan permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:42 am

    loved the scones!!!

  11. Regan permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:43 am

    gingerbread cookies!

  12. Lindsay permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:56 am

    warmed pecan pie with vanilla ice cream!

  13. Kaela permalink
    October 14, 2011 11:04 am

    Those scones look amazing, Claire!

    My favorite holiday dessert is pumpkin pie, pretty standard! I want to try to make your pumpkin, candy cups!

  14. kelsey permalink
    October 14, 2011 11:53 am

    my mom’s and aunts’ homemade sugar cookies!
    ps i couldnt get a shout out?! 😦

  15. Jenna permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:04 pm

    Kid you not, last night Gaynor said, “I wish I lived with Claire so I could eat all her baked goods… Do you think she’d ever send us some?” MAYBE THIS IS OUR CHANCE!

    Creme Puffs are my favorite holiday dessert … Toffee with chocolate on top is a close second.

  16. October 14, 2011 12:04 pm

    Your scones turned out very cute! I love these things and fight myself from making them on a regular basis. 🙂 Good luck with your giveaway and audience grabbing! 😉

  17. October 14, 2011 12:12 pm

    Pecan pie and chocolate gingerbread 🙂
    And these scones look fantastic!

  18. Susan Tuma permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:13 pm

    Homemade toffee, cookies, cakes – love it all!

  19. Samuel Fred permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:16 pm

    my favorite holiday dessert is pumpkin pie!

  20. October 14, 2011 12:19 pm

    These scones look absolutely delicious! It may be cliche but I look forward to pumpkin pie every year. I also love making eggnog cupcakes and ice cream.

  21. Allison permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:29 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert are the chocolate crinkle cookies we make every year!

  22. Kaitlyn Williams permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:35 pm

    pumpkin pie!

  23. Tim permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:49 pm

    i’m torn between two favorite holiday desserts – my mom used to always make this super-rich dark chocolate pots au chocolat, but then again my sister makes fantastic peppermint fudge which reminds me of the holiday season.

    also, these scones look AMAZING. i always love the starbucks pumpkin scones, and these look about ten times as good. i LOVE your blog.

  24. October 14, 2011 1:02 pm

    Loving this blog Claire!! My favorite holiday dessert for the Fall is definitely fresh pumpkin bread, but these scones look AMAZING! Otherwise, a treat I love is fruit tarts… a delicious crust filled with pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit.

  25. Jacqui permalink
    October 14, 2011 1:17 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert is pecan pie! Or good old classic apple pie

  26. Jenny Stratton permalink
    October 14, 2011 1:27 pm

    Favorite Christmas dessert…iced sugar cookies with a hint of almond undertones

  27. October 14, 2011 1:49 pm

    Ooh! Pennies on a Platter is amazing!! I am making these scones this weekend!! My fav holiday dessert is pumpkin bars (also from the Pennies site!)

  28. Rebekah permalink
    October 14, 2011 1:56 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert is the time-tested pumpkin pie (preferably made by my grandma because it’s the best). Add whipped cream and I’m in heaven.

    Can’t wait to try these scones! I love pumpkin!

  29. October 14, 2011 2:03 pm

    Statistically, this is unlikely… but I still rest assured that at some point, I’m eating some of your baked goods. For sure…


  30. ina Florencia permalink
    October 14, 2011 2:04 pm

    Love Pumpkin loaf bread, thanks for sharing…Gina F

  31. Betsi Burns permalink
    October 14, 2011 2:21 pm

    Great blog Claire and I can’t wait to try the pumpkin scone recipe! My favorite holiday dessert is my grandmother’s sugar cookies!

  32. Tim permalink
    October 14, 2011 2:28 pm

    These look amazing. I really like how it has both a spice glaze and a sugar glaze – yummm.

    My favorite holiday dessert is definitely dutch apple pie – with the apples drowning in hot caramel sauce. My mother makes an apple spice cake that’s amazing, too, but around the fall season, I always fall back on classic apple pie.

  33. jessie permalink
    October 14, 2011 5:49 pm

    i’m a sucker for those peanut butter blossoms (especially using heavy cream instead of regular milk!) but these pumpkin scones look right up my alley. biscotti and homemade lattes!!

    I guess anything you bake

  34. Rachel permalink
    October 14, 2011 6:01 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is chocolate banana nut bread without the nuts! How will you choose this lucky winner??

  35. Terry Lee permalink
    October 14, 2011 6:25 pm

    I should win the basket!!!! I gave you a baby!!!!

  36. Sandi Gerhart permalink
    October 14, 2011 6:32 pm

    Lemon Sponge Pie 🙂

  37. Nancy P permalink
    October 14, 2011 6:39 pm

    Great Blog Claire – I will visit it often for ideas, I love to bake (not cook)!! My favorite holiday desert is my sister’s (Coll’s Aunt Pattie) chocolate chip cake. It is moist with soft chocolate chips and a slightly crunchy sugar crumble on top. Oh I cannot wait for Christmas dinner!!

  38. Kelly Daugherty permalink
    October 14, 2011 6:55 pm

    Fresh Coconut Cake. My grandmother always made it for holidays and special occasions.

  39. Pattie Mattern permalink
    October 14, 2011 7:40 pm

    I have 2. One is the chocolate chip cake mentioned by Nancy P. The other is a sugar free key lime pie that I make for my husband who is diabetic. However, everyone eats it. By the way, I’m Colleen’s Aunt Pattie.

  40. Ray ray permalink
    October 14, 2011 9:20 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is apple cinnamon cheesecake bars. It’s a must have at our family holidays!! Love love love the blog! It’s fabulicious!! Keep it up;)

  41. jen permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:13 pm

    One of my favoite holiday foods would be pumpkin cookies!

  42. debra permalink
    October 15, 2011 6:46 am

    anything pumpkin! but creamcheese stuffed pumpkin cupcakes were great last year!

  43. October 15, 2011 10:29 am

    These look amazing! I’d love to win some goodies….

  44. October 15, 2011 12:43 pm

    My favorite holiday desssert is my sister-in-law’s Christmas cookies because their biggest ingredient is pure love. Our family has egg allergies, nut allergies, milk allergies, diabetics .. you name the dietary quirk and one of us has it. Somehow, my sister-in-law bakes Christmas cookies for everyone!! There are plates of assorted milk-free cookies and other plates egg-free and plates of everything for everyone — the only thing she doesn’t is anything that is taste-free. They are all beautiful and delicious and, as much as anything for me, embodies the meaning of Christmas.

  45. Judy permalink
    October 15, 2011 2:12 pm

    Pumpkin Scones are wonderful- will have to try this recipe-looks delicious.

  46. jean permalink
    October 15, 2011 2:47 pm

    Just might be pumpkin cheesecake !

  47. Trafford permalink
    October 15, 2011 3:37 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert, which I make only at Christmas, is an old Jacques Pepin recipe (from what I believe was his first cookbook) for a Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise. Heavenly when made with excellent chocolate (Valrhona or Scharffen Berger).

  48. Karen Dawson permalink
    October 15, 2011 4:16 pm

    This looks great! I have a pumpkin in the fridge I’m roasting today, maybe I’ll use it for these!

  49. Deb Mowatt permalink
    October 15, 2011 4:38 pm

    I really love deep dish apple pie. A necessary second is sweet potato pie. My mom is from North Carolina, can’t you tell?

  50. October 15, 2011 4:41 pm

    Hmmm…..this is so difficult, but I guess my favorite holiday treat is sweet potato pudding.

  51. Sally ewing permalink
    October 15, 2011 5:30 pm

    Favorite holiday dessert: anything chocolate, pecan pie, or chocolate pecan pie!

  52. Pam permalink
    October 15, 2011 5:38 pm

    I love a good classic pumpkin pie!! Plain and simple with a dollop of whip cream!! But, btw these scones look like they are calling my name, so I am going to have to make some of these!!

  53. Heather permalink
    October 15, 2011 6:07 pm

    Meringues!! Peppermint with the mini chocolate chips are really good, amaretto are fabulous, and chocolate . . Can almost call them air . . and deny the calories!!

  54. shercole51 permalink
    October 15, 2011 6:20 pm

    I have a recipe for pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting that is just about the best holiday dessert I can think of–but pecan pie is a close second. Your pumpkin scones look delicious–may have to give them a try and take to the office!

  55. Kay permalink
    October 15, 2011 6:34 pm

    pecan pie pumpkin cheescake – one dish two faves. You have some amazing recipes! I am making these scones for the office Thanksgiving party. Gotta buy the ingredients tomorrow and try it out now – love scones!

  56. Arlene Russell permalink
    October 15, 2011 6:47 pm

    Give me pumpkin in any food around Thanksgiving and I am one happy woman!
    Cranberries ditto at Christmas…bring on the baked goodies!

  57. Sue permalink
    October 15, 2011 7:02 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert is cranberry mousse, started making it after I visited Ocean Spray. Never liked cranberry sauce until I tasted this.

  58. Carmen Peterson permalink
    October 15, 2011 7:43 pm

    Great site-first time seeing it. Will look again!

  59. Patricia Porter permalink
    October 15, 2011 7:57 pm

    My husband’s favorite holiday dessert, “White Christmas Pie”.

    Mine, Bohemian Braid, not exactly a dessert, but I love it anythime

  60. Pamela Butterworth permalink
    October 15, 2011 8:37 pm

    Favorite holiday dessert ~ I don’t actually like pie but I like to take the pie crust roll it out and put butter, cinnamon and sugar on it…roll it up and then cut into little 1/4 inch pieces. Bake them up and I can’t stop eating them. No one else every sees that I make them because I eat them all myself 🙂 That is ok because they like pie!

  61. Christina Taylor permalink
    October 15, 2011 9:16 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert is struffoli……………little fried dough balls mounded along with almonds and walnuts…………the mound is drizzled with honey. My nana and mom used to make this only at Christmas time. Oh how I miss the smell and taste of this treat!

  62. October 15, 2011 9:17 pm

    i love fried bananas with rum and ice cream!

    just had a dessert tonight in an italian restaurant with white chocolate ice cream(?) and streaks of caramel on apple pie. WOW!

  63. Melanie Burnor permalink
    October 15, 2011 10:14 pm

    Hmm…I found a recipe last year for an oatmeal pecan pie that is unreal! I love all kinds of Christmas cookies– we make lots of different ones because everyone gets to pick a batch. My daughter can roll kolatchky cookies like a master 🙂

  64. Rachel Marie permalink
    October 15, 2011 10:24 pm

    Claire, I just found this blog and it’s GREAT! You sound like a ton of fun, my favorite treat looks like it’s going to have to be your sisters monkey bread or your nutella marbled bread! Oh yum!! Awesome blog!

  65. Caitlin permalink
    October 15, 2011 10:30 pm

    pumpkin cheesecake

  66. Matt Selby permalink
    October 15, 2011 10:31 pm

    chocolate truffles!!

  67. Jean Leonard permalink
    October 15, 2011 10:55 pm

    Apple, cranberry pie with vanilla ice cream is an all time favorite of mine.

  68. susitravl permalink
    October 16, 2011 12:26 am

    My favorite holiday dessert is a cranberry, vanilla chip and pecan tart that I always make for Thanksgiving. Unless there is something made of pumpkin, then that is my favorite that day.

  69. Darrell permalink
    October 16, 2011 5:15 am

    Pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling. YUM!! Also, the little Russian Tea Cakes rolled in Powdered Sugar. MMMMMMM.

  70. October 16, 2011 6:09 am

    My favorite holiday treat is date nut pudding made from grandma’s recipe – handwritten in pencil on a scrap of paper with a note at the bottom to cook the celery and onion before adding it to the turkey stuffing. Only someone who cooked with grandma could decipher this recipe!

  71. Delisa Taylor permalink
    October 16, 2011 7:20 am

    Never met a dessert that I didn’t like. If I could dessert would be my entire meal !!!

  72. Terry permalink
    October 16, 2011 7:38 am

    Pumpkin pie with caramel pecan pie a very, very close second…

  73. October 16, 2011 7:52 am

    My favorite holiday dessert is more often considered a breakfast, but I think it’s a great way to finish a meal….peppermint hot chocolate and warm cinnamon rolls….mmm – I might have to make some of those today….

  74. Megan permalink
    October 16, 2011 8:18 am

    Those pumpkin scones may be my new favorite holiday dessert…though homemade apple pie was at the top of the list until now. My mother’s family is from the Netherlands, where pies were invented. I acutally refuse to eat store bought pies because of her talents!

  75. Mary O. permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:23 am

    Homemade chocolate fudge with walnuts.

  76. rachel miller permalink
    October 16, 2011 10:30 am

    Growing up, cinnamon rolls were always a holiday/special occasion treat. Wow, waking up to the air filled with cinnamon, ginger, clove… running down to the kitchen to see what friends & family had assembled to watch those rolls come out of the oven all gooey, sticky, warm and perfect. Uh-oh I think I need to go make a batch.

  77. jen snyder permalink
    October 16, 2011 10:31 am


  78. Theresa permalink
    October 16, 2011 11:07 am

    Chai spiced, Apple, Walnut, Zucchini Bread with Creme Fraiche.

    btw- the scones and other recipes on your sight look delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  79. Gina permalink
    October 16, 2011 12:56 pm

    Apples, apples, apples! I love apples because there are so many things you can do with them! Add to pumpkin desserts, add to cinnamon rolls, apple sauce, baked apples, make pies, add to fall veggies (to make them seem like a dessert! 🙂 They taste yummy and when cooking, make the house smell wonderful, too!

  80. lauralf permalink
    October 16, 2011 1:13 pm

    Funny but I made pumpkin scones yesterday , pumpkin cookies with browned butter icing last week and today pumpkin bread…Tis the season for pumpkin! Keep up the good work! BTW I linked to your Blog from What’s Cookin:Food with taste…They had some great things to say about your blog 😉 So I had to check it our for myself!

  81. October 16, 2011 2:31 pm

    Claire – my apple bottom sister! I love cookies in all shapes and sizes. Especially yours!
    From your favorite person in the whole wide world, KC aka Young Sweet Jones aka Pretty Boy Floyd. Love you, miss you, cant wait to see you for the holidays.

  82. Don Marsh permalink
    October 16, 2011 2:37 pm

    Choco-orange cake from Chocolatier Magazine

    Great sounding stuff on this blog!

  83. Kathee McDonald permalink
    October 16, 2011 2:56 pm

    I love coconut cake on Easter. It’s make me a day to make it each year but is definitely work the effort!

  84. October 16, 2011 3:19 pm

    anything bite sized!

  85. Ben Fitzpatrick permalink
    October 16, 2011 4:21 pm

    Favorite holiday desert = homemade toffee . the best thing ever to have during the christmas season!

  86. Lisa permalink
    October 16, 2011 5:29 pm

    Homemade chocolate cake with peppermint icing and candy canes!!!

  87. sheila permalink
    October 16, 2011 6:09 pm

    Favorite holiday dessert — rice pudding with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and slightly warm — Tapioca comes in a close second — always with Irish coffee –

  88. Lenora permalink
    October 16, 2011 6:10 pm

    Pumpkin soup is my favorite!

  89. Lenora permalink
    October 16, 2011 6:13 pm

    and for desert.. pumpkin pie! 🙂

  90. krk436 permalink
    October 16, 2011 7:21 pm

    bring on the pumpkin roll!

  91. mmmegan permalink
    October 16, 2011 8:43 pm

    Christmas braid bread! (Here’s a decent recipe I found for it Reminds me of home : ) Your site is incredible, and I’m so scared for my waistline after finding it!

  92. Drake permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:01 pm

    Hands down my favorite dessert would have to be German chocolate cake!

  93. Bonnie Parsley permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:07 pm

    Cream Cheese pumpkin rolls:) Can’t wait!!!!

  94. Bill Brinegar permalink
    October 16, 2011 10:01 pm

    The butterscotch haystacks my mother made every Christmas. Simple recipe, no big deal, but oh the memories!

  95. KAYLEE POHLMEYER permalink
    October 16, 2011 10:42 pm

    my mom’s apple square!

  96. October 16, 2011 11:01 pm

    My mom made an old fashioned steamed pudding from a recipe handed down through her mother. Mom and grandma made it is old square tin tea cans. It is dense, delicious and dark with molasses and brown sugar; filled with nuts and raisins. Re-warmed just before serving and topped with generous portion of yummy, buttery, hard vanilla sauce. It is my favorite Holiday dessert not only for the wonderful taste; but the rememberance of generations of tradition. My mom just died this month; I think I will make it again this holiday season.

  97. Terryt1955 permalink
    October 17, 2011 3:25 pm

    Made your pumplin scones last night and brought them into work. They were a big hit. One co-worker remarked how she loved how you could really taste the pumpkin and not cinnamon like so many other pumpkin recipes. She aslo said it was just the right amount of sweetness-not overpowering, just right.
    Looking forward to more adventures in the pumpkin recipes!

  98. Mary Hernandez permalink
    September 24, 2012 4:42 pm

    Those Cranberry bars at Starbucks (think you had a similiar recipe and it looked yummy):) –love all your recipes!! They make me hungry just looking at the pictures!!!


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