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An apple cinnamon scone on a baking sheet.

Apple Cinnamon Scones

These apple cinnamon scones are the perfect brunch, breakfast, or treat during the fall months. These scones are loaded with cinnamon chips, fresh apples, and topped with a crunchy cinnamon sugar mixture.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 12 scones
Calories 305kcal


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cold, and cubed
  • 3/4 cup fresh apples skin removed, chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup applesauce sweetneed or unsweetened
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon milk for brushing on the scones

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 3 tablespoons white sparkling sugar or sugar in the raw
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and apple pie spice. 
  • Add the cubed butter to the bowl. Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
  • Stir in the chopped apple and cinnamon chips.
  • In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, vanilla, apple sauce, and cider. 
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until everything comes together. Divide the dough in half. 
  • Place the two balls of dough on a floured work surface. Shape each ball into a 5-6" circle about 3/4" thick.
  • Brush each circle with milk and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar topping.
  • Cut each circle into 6 wedges, for a total of 12 triangles. Place the scones on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Space the scones about ½” to 1” apart from each other. 
  •  Place the baking sheet, uncovered, in the freezer for 30 minutes. 
  • While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425. After the 30 minutes of freezer time, remove the scones from the freezer and bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown on top. (Mine baked the full 22 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes. Serve warm.


If you can’t find cinnamon chips, add ¾-1  tsp of ground cinnamon to the dough and then use white chocolate chips.
Homemade apple cider or store bought apple cider will be just fine. If you don't have apple cider you can use apple juice. And if you don't have apple juice or cider, you can substitute it for milk. (Just know there might be a little less apple flavor due to not using the cider).
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg