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Ridiculously Easy Cider-Glazed Apple Scones
Ridiculously Easy Cider-Glazed Apple Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
32 mins

These Ridiculously Easy Cider-Glazed Apple Scones are buttery, flaky, and studded with bits of tender apple. They're also ridiculously good!

Course: Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Apple Scones
Servings: 10
Calories: 316 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the scones:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium Gala or Fuji apple (or other baking apple) diced into ¼-inch pieces
For the glaze:
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Measure 1 cup heavy cream and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a paper towel and heat on high for 1 minute. If not completely melted, return to microwave for 10-second intervals till melted. Set aside to cool a bit while prepping other ingredients.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in medium-size bowl. Add the diced apples and stir to combine. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture with your spatula.
  4. After heavy cream has been chilled in the freezer for 10 minutes, combine it with the melted butter. Stir with a fork until butter forms small clumps or globules. Add butter/cream mixture to the well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until all flour is incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of the bowl. Don’t over mix, but be sure all of the flour is mixed in.

  5. With a spoon or an ice cream scoop (I use a # 12 scoop), scoop dough onto the prepared sheet pan in ¼-1/3 cup mounds. If desired (for a pretty presentation) add a few diced apple pieces to the outsides of each mound.

  6. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. While the scones are baking, prepare the cider glaze by combining all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a steady simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes, until mixture is reduced and beginning to thicken and get syrupy. Remove from heat and set aside.

  7. After baking for 15 minutes, remove scones from the oven and gently brush each scone all over with apple cider glaze. Use all of the glaze. Return to oven for another 5 minutes then remove and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow scones to cool for 10-15 minutes for the glaze to set.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips for further instructions and more detailed tips.

Nutrition Facts
Ridiculously Easy Cider-Glazed Apple Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.