Spiced Pumpkin Scones

8 people
40 min

Last Updated on October 14, 2020 by

These Spiced Pumpkin Scones with Cornmeal are so delicious. Spiced multi grain Pumpkin Scones make an awesome seasonal breakfast or brunch when had with delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

Before we get to today’s delicious recipe, here are a few more Pumpkin Recipes you will want to try – 30 Pumpkin Recipes – Savory and Sweet!

What says fall more than pumpkin and cranberries?

These scones are on the healthier side with multi grains, no eggs and just a bit of sugar.

These non traditional scones make such a great combination with homemade Cranberry Sauce for a delicious fall breakfast or brunch!

That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy these non traditional scones with the classic accoutrements of bitter orange marmalade, clotted cream and lemon curd.

Although you can make these irresistible Pumpkin Scones with canned pumpkin, I prefer the flavor with home roasted pumpkin. It’s definitely more flavorful and less watery than most canned pumpkin brands.

Let’s check the pantry and add any ingredients to the shopping list we need.

The Ingredients
  • cornmeal
  • whole wheat flour
  • all purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • nutmeg
  • ground ginger
  • salt
  • roasted pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin
  • butter
  • buttermilk

Now it’s super easy to make these crowd pleasing Pumpkin Scones! Enjoy them with a great cup of tea or coffee!

Suggested Tools
  • Scone Pan
  • Silicone Food Storage (for leftovers)
  • Pastry Brush
  • Nutmeg Grater

How to make Pumpkin Scones
  • First we mix our dry ingredients and our wet ingredients separately.
  • Then we make a well and add half of the wet ingredients.

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  • Then you add the rest of the wet ingredients until you have a dough. The dough will seem quite dry, but DO NOT add more liquid.
  • Knead by hand and the heat of your hand will bring the ingredients together into a soft dough.
  • Now press the dough into the cavities of the scone pan and then brush the tops with buttermilk.
  • Now we do a very light dusting of a little sugar on top and then our scones are ready for the oven!
  • 20 minutes in the oven and we have scones!

This makes such an awesome combination with homemade cranberry sauce!

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Now are you ready to try these delicious scones?

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Recipe details

  • 8  people
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree roast pumpkin split in half and face down on cookie sheet in 425 F oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk plus extra for on top

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk


Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a scone pan with non stick spray.
Combine cornmeal, whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, salt, spices and baking powder in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, butter and buttermilk.
Make a well in the middle of the flour combination and pour half of the wet ingredients in the middle of the well, slowly incorporating the flour into the center, until you have a shaggy dough.
Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
At this point, knead with your hands until the dough comes together. The heat of your hands will make the dough come together. Do not be tempted to add more liquid.
Spread dough evenly between the cavities of the scone pan.
Brush the tops with buttermilk and sprinkle a little sugar on top.
Bake for 20 minutes until the tops are crusty.
Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing and serving with your favorite accompaniments.


  • Alternately, you can use a biscuit cutter to cut out scones if you do not have a scone pan.
  • You can also use Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix instead of the spices used here.

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  • Jill Jill on Oct 14, 2021

    What do you suggest if you don’t have the special scone pan? Would a cast iron skillet work?

    • Mireille Roc Mireille Roc on Oct 14, 2021

      As I stated, you can also use a biscuit cutter and bake them on a cookie sheet. However a cast iron skillet would also work, just slice them where you would like them to be sliced prior to baking.

  • Surya-Patricia Lane Hood Surya-Patricia Lane Hood on Oct 27, 2021

    The heat from your hands will make the scones hard as rocks. The secret to making good scones is using ice cold ingredients and using your hands as little as possible. I learned that from your grandmother.

    • Mireille Roc Mireille Roc on Oct 28, 2021

      Different families have different traditions. Yes cold ingredients but you want to mix the dough as little as possible and your hands speeds up this process. Overmixing will also make them hard. So I think in the end both our methods will yield the same result. These scones are definitely not hard as rocks as my family loves them!