Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

This scone recipe is one that I love to fall back on when I’m craving something sweet at night! I’ve made these vanilla bean scones so many times, it’s quick and simple (as far as baking goes)! I wrote down the recipe years ago when I was looking for a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ mini vanilla scones… these scones don’t exactly look like Starbucks’ but they do have a similar taste, and they’re much fresher!

Vanilla Bean Scones                     2 dozen mini scones


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter (cold)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup (optional – this helps the glaze to harden)
  • vanilla beans (from 1/2 vanilla bean pod)
  • water

Preheat oven to 400F. Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.Grate cold butter (or cut it into ribbons) into dry ingredients. Stir butter into flour, then use a knife to cut the flour-coated butter into smaller pieces.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add this to the dry mixture. Stir with a fork until ingredients are well combined (mixture may seem too dry, but it will eventually come together). Mix just until you can form dough into a ball, be careful not to over-work the dough. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to about 1 inch thick.

Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

Cut out scones and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown on the top.

Vanilla Bean Scones

If you’d rather not roll and cut out the scones, plop the dough onto your parchment-lined baking sheet and pat out to about 1 inch high (this dough is sticky, lightly flour your hands if you have trouble pressing out the dough). Slice dough into squares or triangles , then slightly separate on baking sheet (this method may take a bit longer to bake).

Vanilla Bean Scones

In a bowl, add powdered sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla beans. Stir together and add water, a little at a time, until you have a smooth glaze.

Vanilla Bean Scones

Serve these scones for breakfast, or enjoy at any time of the day with coffee or tea!

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15 thoughts on “Vanilla Bean Scones

  1. These are gorgeous Shae! I love the idea of the vanilla bean glaze… I never put icing/glazes on my scones but these little beauties would be perfect for those moments when I’m craving something sweet. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

      1. Haha, homemade scones are still a much better breakfast than lots of processed cereals – even with the glaze! I’d eat one any time! :)

  2. boy howdy, those look good. And that glaze takes it over the top! Your recipes are gorgeous. Many thanks for stopping by food for fun’s muffin-and-ice cream post. Good to have you over.

  3. I made these last night and they were delicious with tea. I only had whole wheat flour and that was fine, but it was harder to tell when they were golden brown. The best scones I’ve ever had. Loved the speckles of vanilla in the glaze.

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