Spiced Caramel Apple Scones are buttery, filled with apples, and have crumbly edges with a soft center that are topped off with a caramel drizzle.
Let’s talk a little bit about scones. I am a big fan of scones because I like that they are sweet but not overly sweet like cakes and cookies. They are often buttery and delicate and are best served with a hot beverage. There are so many different flavor combinations you can make with them.
The major thing to know about making scones is about the butter. The butter has to be cold or frozen. A lot of people will freeze butter then grate it before mixing it into the flour. I find that to be too much work so I just cut my butter into tiny pieces and work it into my flour by hand. It works like a charm.
In this recipe you first combine your dry ingredients. Then you work in your cold butter. As I said, I use my hands to mix it together so as not to overwork the dough. When you are finished it should resemble wet, pebbled sand.
Then I added in the wet ingredients and apples until everything was just combined. After the dough is formed you shape it into a circle and using a pizza cutter cut it into 8 wedges. The wedges go onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
It smelled so good in my kitchen while these were baking. The apples and cinnamon have such a delightful aroma. When the scones came out I wanted to snatch one up but I restrained myself until I could put on the glaze.
I whisked together caramel sauce, powdered sugar, and sea salt until a thickened mixture formed. Then I drizzled the glaze over top of the scones and sprinkles with coarse sugar.
The first bite was delicious. Buttery and crumbly with lots of apple pieces and a sweetness from the salted caramel glaze. I enjoyed mine with coffee but hot tea would be good too!
Pro Tips & Substitutions:
- Choose your favorite type of apple here. Granny Smith apples are good if you are looking for tart or Gala apples are great if you want something a little sweeter.
- If you don’t want to make the glaze for these you can simply drizzle the caramel sauce over top whenever you are ready to eat them. Don’t drizzle plain caramel sauce earlier or it will add too much moisture to your scone.
- If you don’t have heavy cream you can use whole milk and it shouldn’t affect the overall texture of the scones.
For the scones:
- 2 c. flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
- 1/2 c. heavy cream
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large or 2 small apples, peeled and finely chopped
For the glaze:
- 3 Tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Cut the butter into tiny pieces and add to the dry ingredients. Using your fingers, combine the butter with the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like wet sand.
- In a small bowl combine the heavy cream, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla and mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the apples.
- Pour the dough onto a flour surface and shape into an 8 inch circle. Use a pizza cutter and cut into 8 wedges.
- Place the wedges on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the glaze. Mix well.
- Place the glaze in a zip top baggie and snip off the end. Drizzle onto the cooled scones.
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 592mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g