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Cinnamon Chip Scones Recipe

Cinnamon Chip Scones Recipe

These scones will melt in your mouth. They’re delicious hot, warm or even cold! —Barbara Humiston, Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 package (10 ounces) cinnamon baking chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Fold in chips.
  • 2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 10-12 times or until dough is no longer sticky. Divide in half; gently pat or roll each portion into a 7-in. circle. Brush with butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • 3. Cut each circle into six wedges. Separate wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 scone: 406 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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Nana9a User ID: 8591372 261135
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"Very good recipe. I used tiny chocolate chips. Next time I will use fruit . easy and adaptable."

sg1728 User ID: 3436264 260355
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

"These are amazing! Very easy to make and delicious. I agree that it's a bit heavy on the cinnamon chips."

chumpherys User ID: 8974238 258861
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2016

"Better then cinnamon rolls, and a whole lot easier! I was a little worried that there wasn't enough moisure for it all to stick together, but once you start kneading by hand, it all works out. NOT DRY AT ALL! I did the powdered sugar glaze and it was just the right amount of sweet. Could reduce the cinnamon chips. Will definitely use this as the base for all future scones!"

dirtswife User ID: 643499 253858
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"These came out wonderfully! I didn't have buttermilk so I used the substitution trick - put 1 Tbsp. of vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and enough milk to get one cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes and you have an excellent buttermilk substitute. My experience with scones has been hit or miss, but this is a great recipe. I also decided to just use my hands to mix everything from beginning to end and I think it really helped me. Will definitely make again."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 243469
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"Excellent recipe--delicious and easy! I added a powdered sugar glaze, but I'm not sure they needed it. Great way to use up an abundance of cinnamon chips I had on hand."

jenavan User ID: 1904725 241504
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"I have now made this multiple times and used the basic dough with my own variations, and this is an amazing recipe!!!"

aktreefrog User ID: 6874190 240929
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"We have made these many times and they are a big hit with my family with a few modifications. The first time I made them, we all agreed they were too rich, so I reduced the butter to 1/2 cup and upped the buttermilk to 1 1/4 cup. As suggested in another review I add cinnamon to the dry mixture.

I have been purchasing my cinnamon chips from Amazon"

swartzy User ID: 6761464 238738
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"I made these for company last night and they were overwhelming hit. Instead of using the sugar topping, I used a Maple glaze once they cooled. Several of my guests said they were almost a perfect copy of Panera's."

DollyAnn45 User ID: 7335302 238367
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"These sound good. Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk?"

catlovesbooks User ID: 4808399 238038
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"These were incredibly delicious! They taste like cinnamon buns in scone form!"

ahattery User ID: 121190 235699
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"I did make these & my husband love them. Try them!"

pastorjohn User ID: 8312934 223787
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"Doohood! Just made these for a baking contest at church. They are awesome! I am not what you would call a kitchen virtuoso - or even a kitchen doofus - and yet I made this and they turned out great!"

giddyhermit User ID: 4579273 222765
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"I made these last night and they are wonderful. I didn't have any cinnamon chips on hand and used some toffee bits I had left over. I will definitely be making these again, melt in your mouth delicious."

Buckeyefan01 User ID: 8232158 218966
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I was very disappointed in these scones. I followed the recipe, however the dough was too dry so I had to add about another 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Rolled out to a 7' round makes these too thin. I found them to be too dry. Maybe keeping them thicker and baked a tad longer would be better. I also think some sort of icing would help with the flavor."

tracy3969 User ID: 8195650 216695
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Tried this recipe today. It was fabulous! They seriously are the best! Very moist also! I incorporated cinnamon while kneading and also w the sugar so delish!"

Julzz17 User ID: 7085403 166210
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"These were fabulous! I forgot to buy buttermilk so used Fat Free Hood half n half. Added 2 tsps. cinnamon to batter recommended by a previous review and for topping a cinnamon sugar more heavy on the cinnamon. These scones are better than any I bought in any bakery. I wrapped in tinfoil and on the third day were still moist. I find Panera and Starbucks scones to be really dry. This recipe is a keeper. Next time I'll use the buttermilk to see if there is a difference in the taste. If not will go with my adjusted recipe."

rachelsvenny User ID: 6453930 208939
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"easy to make and delicious!"

jennamarie2792 User ID: 7900190 96137
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"okay so i did everything the this told me but i used super cold margarine instead of butter and i didn't have buttermilk so i used my coffeemate Italian sweet cream coffee creamer. the creamer gave it a little extra flavor in it. they were amazing! will make these again!"

Pam2014 User ID: 7854315 166205
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"These are great! My hubby loves cinnamon scones...I started him on them about 8-10 years ago now from a well known bakery chain in our town. A few years ago they went out of business, no more scones.Then we got one of the big named coffee shops in town, they had cinnamon scones. After ordering 12 at a time for a few years , you guessed it they discontinued them.Then I decided I would try to make them for him. OMG! You would not believe how long and hard it was to get someone here to order the cinnamon chips. Finally got them! So I tried this recipe because I am NO BAKER. I wanted easy and good. Well let me say I got both with this one! My hubby loves them! I have made them every Sunday for the last 3 weeks. Very good and easy for even a new to baking person. Try this one if you haven't yet. Thanks for helping me get him back something he loves."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 165219
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"Only one thing to say, absolutely delicious!!! I would love to try making these using chocolate chips as well."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 170370
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"These were excellent. I only had about half a bag of cinnamon chips, but it was plenty."

shawnba User ID: 2581969 77953
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"I add a little cinnamon to the dough, sprinkle the tops with some Sugar -in-the-Raw, for the crunch, and drizzle with a little powdered sugar glaze, wow!! Pretty great and very close to what you can buy at Panera or Starbucks, for a lot less money. These are a weekend regular"

htempleton User ID: 6122834 77951
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"These are exceptional. They are definitely more of a cinnamon roll than a scone. ;) I only subbed half and half for the buttermilk because I forgot to buy it. Otherwise, I did the recipe pretty exact. I added a vanilla butter glaze and pretty much though they were the best things ever made. Amazing recipe!"

Malena97 User ID: 1447400 208938
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"Positively perfect in every way! I love the recipe as written, but put a light glaze on half of them for guests who prefer them a little sweeter. I get the cinnamon chips from Amazon."

Williter User ID: 7483833 77924
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"I've tried several recipes searching for the right cinnamon chip scone. Finally my search is over."

maplelake User ID: 7304652 151201
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"These were good - nice and moist but lacking cinnamon flavor. Next time I will add a bit of ground cinnamon or maybe cinnamon /sugar mixture on top. But I will definitely be trying them again!"

elancour User ID: 7248697 153007
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"This recipe is awesome! It's a Christmas morning tradition."

Ruby0616 User ID: 7197095 105101
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"These scones are fabulous! I put them together on a saturday night and just baked them right out of the fridge on Sunday morning. Wonderful with your morning coffee, taste like a cinnamon roll in scone form."

usjanrdms User ID: 5673148 208937
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Very good and easy to make, however, next time I will cut down on amount of cinnamon chips"

Cooks_for_Kicks User ID: 1338755 165727
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"I baked half and froze the other half formed and cut into wedges on a plate. Mmmmm was all my 4 and 9 y/o kids could say! I baked the frozen scones at 425 for 25-28 minutes covering with foil to prevent over browning the last few minutes. Gave those to my mom who said they were the best scones she had ever had! And she really likes scones........ Also used raw sugar instead of regular on top for a little more crunch."

ddavolt User ID: 1035918 68374
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! My husband and I are addicted to them! I am thinking of making them for Christmas gifts this year, so the freezing-before-baking will be very handy. I am wondering too, what's the recommendation on temp and time for baking the frozen scones?"

6foreverpaws User ID: 6007092 153006
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"Love this recipe. I take the dough and divide it into half and then half again. Then I put chocolate chips in one, white chips in another, dried cranberries,(soak in warm water and they stay soft) and the cinnamon chips. I also drizzle them with powder sugar icing. Took them to work for a holiday lunch and they were a hit. I have found that the buttermilk is the secret to these scones, as I have made some with out the buttermilk and they were dry. Great Recipe!!"

juliesinfort User ID: 3418575 105001
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"I made these at Christmas for the first time and they were a big hit. Soooo yummy and moist. I just made another batch & baked half; the other half I formed and cut into the 6 wedges, froze them on a plate, then wrapped them individually to freeze for other times. I see that many people feel that freezing these & then baking them right from the freezer makes them even better so I'm really looking forward to them, but bake for how long? There's quite a difference between the normal 10-3 minutes & the only other time I saw of 50 minutes. How long have others baked them (and at what temp) from the freezer?"

Rellierae User ID: 1272249 96136
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"These were a total hit with my family on Christmas morning. I'll try to reduce the butter next time. That's a lot and they were practically frying on the oven."

N_trigue User ID: 6179057 151153
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I haven't made these - YET (so the rating is for the cinnamon chips themselves!) ... but I wanted to reply about where to get cinnamon chips (I have an oatmeal cinnamon chip scone recipe I make all the time). A couple years ago - they were easier to get all year round. I find they are more available around Christmas. Walmart carries them, so does Jewel (in the midwest), Kroger (in the south) as well as Lowes Foods and Food Lion. I asked a local Food Lion to order a case for me one year - I think there were 12 bags in the box. You could try asking your local grocer to order these from Hershey. OR - go to the Hershey's website and at the bottom of the page there is a "locate hard to find products" and you can find a location near you that is selling them. Good Luck! (There are MANY uses for cinnamon chips!)"

ShariWestercamp User ID: 1377159 96116
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I froze mine, too, but was getting nervous because they were hardly ready in time. They need to bake for a long time when frozen! Mine, they were a little crowded on the baking sheet, but baked for 50 minutes and were just right. So good!"

Crave2Bake User ID: 3271620 170367
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Super yummy! Our family liked them better when I had to freeze them and bake them later, than when I made them and baked them right away! Both times yummy...just yummier after freezing!"

Crave2Bake User ID: 3271620 151200
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I was so excited to find this recipe! First time I made these I froze them before baking, then baked at a later time straight from the freezer at same temp and a little longer time. Second time, I made them according to the recipe, baking right away. They are excellent scones both ways, but I have to say that next time I plan to make them up, freeze them, and bake them. baking them frozen changed them slightly and my whole family agreed they were even more moist that way!"

stephanie m User ID: 2236384 95981
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"These are the best scones ever and super easy to make."

Anonymous28 User ID: 6205691 165218
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"The comment before mine (YoungChef14) was most likely in the same class I was when we made them. I will vouch for him/her; these scones really are amazing, and they aren't hard! If you're making them for a group, make extras: everyone will want them.


YoungChef14 User ID: 6195665 95978
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"I LOVED IT i made this in school it was absolutley mouth watering!"

Purdy663 User ID: 6129029 104964
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"The first time I tried this recipe I was a little disappointed. It did't have enough cinnamon flavor. The scones spread out when baked making them too thin for my taste. I made them a second time and made the following changes: first I added 1 teaspoon of really good Saigon Cassia cinnamon to the dry ingredients. After forming the 7 inch circles, I then wrapped them in plastic wrap and refrigerated the discs for an hour to harden up the butter again. This helped with spreading out. They stayed much thicker like I wanted them to. Finally, I brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled raw tubinado sugar on the top. After baking and cooling, the sugar adds a bit of crunch to the scone."

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 127128
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"These are probably the best scones that I have ever made! I think they are at their best when served warm. They are not at all dry, unlike many scones. I will definitely be making these again!"

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 166196
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"This is an excellent recipe however I used chocolate chips because I cannot find cinnamon chips anywhere. They are not dry at all and the recipe is very easy. My daughter keeps asking me to make these again. Definitely a keeper."

lesunflower2217 User ID: 5597227 151199
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"These are the best scones I've ever had in my life. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it is true. I really like Panera's cinnamon chip scones, but these scones leave those in the dust. They are amazing hot, warm, or even cold. The texture is perfect, not too dry, very rich. The taste is out of this world. I made the recipe exact, and I did make a dozen. I would recommend a little bit longer cooking time than what the recipe calls for ( about 15-18 ). I also sprinkled course sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon on top to give it a little crunchy layer. They were fantastic."

ptribe User ID: 5047135 165217
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"Perfect w/a cup of tea!"

ljoberle User ID: 3520898 127122
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I make these delicious scones all the time for work. You can find generic or name brand cinnamon chips at a Woodman's, but I think they are only in IL and WI."

cooknglove User ID: 5620635 68371
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Several people have asked where to get cinnamon chips. I have not found them in the grocery store. We do have a bulk supply store near us. It is run by the Mennonite community. I can always find them there. I know that not everyone will have a store like this near them but if you have any kind of bulk store...check it out."

kokopelli784 User ID: 5557393 96115
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I have made these so many times and they are just AWESOME! Everyone I give them to adores them, my boyfriend eats them three at a time! I do substitute canola oil for the butter though, healthier and still super tasty!"

282778 User ID: 1442442 126967
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"These scones are fantastic. I did not have buttermilk so I used heavy cream instead. I didn't put butter and sugar on top but I made a maple icing and put that on them and then sprinkled walnuts on the icing. So good! Will make these often."

asiargos User ID: 2506333 166163
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I received endless compliments on these scones! They had the perfect texture! And they were easy to make! I will be using the base of this recipe to try other flavor scones also."

donovansquared User ID: 4372541 97114
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"Delicious! I couldn't find cinnamon chips so I chopped up 10oz of heath bar instead and it was very good."

kkparsons User ID: 3004190 77896
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"I usually avoid scones because they are dry - not these! Absolutely delicious! I made them for a dinner party and every crumb was gone."

shipu2002 User ID: 1738455 68315
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"Very moist and delicious! Had a hard time finding the cinnamon baking chips at the grocery store but found them at Hershey's chocolate World. Can anyone tell where they found the chips?"

Swtcakes User ID: 273860 126802
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"My sister Phyllis loves cinnamon chip scones from Panera. I searched the net far and wide and decided to try these - mainly because of the good wholesome ingredients with the butter, buttermilk and such and also uses a full bag of the cinnamon chips! They are great! I took 1/2 of them to my sister...and she says they are scrumptious! Will make again for special occasions! YUM!"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 208936
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"The whole family really enjoyed these!"

Mum In Bloom User ID: 4745305 166162
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"These scones were flakey, moist and delicious! Wrote my review here"

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