Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Chai Tea Drizzle



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Hello Friends! I had high hopes of posting a Thanksgiving recipe each day of the week leading up to Thursday. But, alas, life brings other things that have to be done too! So here’s recipe #2 that has a Thanksgiving or fall based theme.

Traditionally, scones can be denser and perhaps drier. These are far from dry and dense! Honestly, you can definitely get your fill of dense type baked goods when needing to eat gluten free. Let the buttery, moist, filled with spice and flavor scone meet your mouth!

How best to enjoy them

These delicious fall scones may be a tad sweeter than a traditional scone, also. Some would say scones should be just lightly sweetened. When paired with a cup of unsweetened coffee or tea, these are perfect. Serve them for breakfast on Thanksgiving; just a little something to hold you over for the main event of the day. Or they are perfect for any day. An easy gluten free breakfast or snack item.

How do you pronounce it and where they originated

Today, we baked up a beautiful gluten free pumpkin scone. Whether you choose to pronounce it ‘Skon’ and ‘Skoan’, (rhyming with ‘gone’ or ‘bone’), we know that the scone originated in either Scotland, Ireland or England, with first mention of it appearing in writing in 1513. I also found that scone also means head, the verb, scone: to hit, especially on the head. Scone as a proper noun: A village north of Perth in Scotland; the coronation site of Scottish kings until 1651. British scones are often round as well, but hey, triangles are cuter I think.

Clotted Cream or Not?

And for those of you interested in serving the traditional British clotted cream with your scones, check out this interesting article from the Huffington Post, Clotted Cream: Where Whipped Cream Meets Butter. I’m not certain these scones need it, though.

And lastly, I’m not sure what’s at the top of your gratitude list, but l will definitely add yummy gluten free scones to my list (and honestly, just getting to eat delicious food while being on a gluten free diet). Blessings and thanks ~


(edited 6/2022)  


Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Chai Tea Drizzle

Servings 8 large or 16 mini scones
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Dough Chill Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend (with xanthan gum) plus 1/2 – 5/8 cup more as needed to make a dough that is neither sticky nor dry
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder gluten free
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon gluten free
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg gluten free
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, gf gluten free
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, gf gluten free
  • 7 tablespoons cold butter cut into very small pieces
  • 1/3 cup roasted pecan halves chopped coarsely, plus 8 pecan halves for the top of scones
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

vanilla glaze:

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

chai tea drizzle:

  • 3 tablespoons vanilla glaze (above)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of finely ground black tea, good quality
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon gluten free
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves gluten free
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg gluten free


  • Mix the pumpkin, egg and heavy cream together.
  • In a large bowl, stir together by hand, the gluten free flour blend, tapioca starch, light brown sugar, cane sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.
  • Cut in the butter pieces until there are no pieces larger than a pea. If you don’t have a pastry tool, you can cut in the butter using two knives to get the same result, by bringing the knife blades together and pulling away from each other to cut the butter.
  • Once the butter is cut into the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients in: pumpkin, egg  and cream mixture. Stir with a fork until just combined.
  • Scrap the dough out onto a well floured cutting board. With a bit of extra flour on your hands, form the dough into a rectangle, then fold over, turn and flatten, then fold over again. Do this 3 or 4 times adding more of the gluten free flour blend as needed to achieve a pliable dough that is neither sticky nor dry.
  • Press the dough into a 6 x 8 inch rectangle, 3/4” thick. Set on a piece of parchment a plate or tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Place a parchment sheet on your cookie sheet or stone bar pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in the center of the oven.
  • Cut the dough in half each direction, so you have 4 rectangles. Cut each smaller rectangle in half so each rectangle is now cut into 2 triangles. You should now have 8 scones. If you wish to make 16 mini scones, simply cut each triangle in half. Place scones on the parchment lined cookie sheet or stone bar pan, at least an inch apart.
  • Bake for 15 – 20 minutes (or 12-14 for mini scones) or until light golden edges are present. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Spread vanilla glaze evenly over slightly cooled scones. Then drizzle with chai tea drizzle and top with each scone with a pecan halve or chopped nuts.

Vanilla Glaze and Chai Tea Drizzle

  • While the scones are baking, make your vanilla glaze. In a small bowl stir the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together. In another small bowl or ramekin, stir together the chai tea drizzle ingredients of 3 tablespoons of prepared vanilla glaze, black tea leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.


Enjoy while warm! Or cool and store in an airtight container. Best when eaten in 2-3 days. 
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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