Starbucks PumpkinĀ Scones

June 10, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

One of the things I missed about going gluten free was the yummy pumpkin scone treats I used to have at Starbucks. After scouring the internet for a few versions, I used them to create my own. My neighbour told me that she liked them even better then the Starbucks brand. —Gluten Aversion

What You'll Need
  • Scone
  • 2 cups Bob Red Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Xantham Gum
  • 7 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 6 tablespoons Shortening
  • 1/2 cup canned Pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Milk
  • 1 large Egg
  • Glazes (Powdered and Spiced)
  • 2 cups Icing Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons Almond Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 pinch Ground Cloves
  • 1 pinch Ground Ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Combine the first 9 ingredients together in a Kitchen Aid Mixer (that's the flour to the spices).
  3. Cut in shortening with a pastry knife until the mixture is crumbly but has no clumps.
  4. Add your wet ingredients (pumpkin, egg and almond milk) and mix until well combined.
  5. Place this mixture into a silicone square pan and push it into all the corners (should be about 1-2 inches thick). Using a knife cut the dough through East to West and North to South. Then cut through on each diagonal length. This should give you 8 triangles.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 14 minutes. Once they are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.
  7. While the scones are cooling, you can make the icing.
  8. For the Powdered Icing base coat, mix 1 cup of icing sugar with 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of almond milk until well combined and no clumps. Spread this with a knife over the scones.
  9. For the Spiced icing sugar, mix 1 cup of icing sugar with 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of almond milk until well combined and no clumps. Then add ground spices and mix well. Place icing in an icing bag and pipe over top of powdered sugar glazed scones.

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5 Reviews

Dina M. November 17, 2015
wow! a healthier, gf version that tastes just like the delicious yet unhealthy starbucks ones! great recipe.
MJ October 12, 2014
If gluten is not an issue, would this recipe work as well with regular flour and no Xanthum gum? I love Starbucks pumpkin scones!
Franceska August 6, 2013
I made these with organic einkorn flour (an original unhybridized wheat strain). Didn't use Xanthum gum as there was no need. Used 1/2 butter, 1/2 palm oil non--hydrogenated shortening. Added maple syrup to glaze rather than almond milk. Delicious! Meant to add nuts to icing and forgot. Will try that next time.
Gluten A. June 10, 2011
Xantham Gum is used to 'bind' as normally it's the gluten that holds baking together. If you take the gluten out, you have to replace the binding agent. Some people use Xantham Gum, Guar Gum, Flax seeds and some people have managed without.
hardlikearmour June 10, 2011
These sound delicious. Not being a gluten-free baker I'm curious about the xantham gum - what is it's function?