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"Better than Starbuck's" Cinnamon Scones Recipe

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2 cups flour
1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup heavy cream plus a little extra for brushing
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup cinnamon chips
coarse sugar for sprinkling on top before baking (optional)

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp. half & half
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Grate the frozen butter (I use a box grater; a food processor also works). Toss the grated butter into the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse meal; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg and vanilla together. Drizzle it over the flour mixture. Toss together with a rubber spatula until everything appears moistened. Slowly and gently fold in the cinnamon chips. Try your best to not overwork the dough, it will be a little wet. Form the dough into a ball with floured hands and transfer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press into a neat 8-inch disc and cut into equal wedges with a very sharp knife. Using a pastry brush, brush lightly with a little bit of cream, then sprinkle with sugar. Separate the scones and line them on the baking sheet with a little space between each one. Bake in a preheated 400 oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Glaze: Whisk all the ingredients together until completely smooth. Drizzle over cooled scones.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
We have always enjoyed Starbuck's (expensive) cinnamon scones. So when Jane came across this recipe, she believed it was a sign from "scone heaven" to stop spending money and make our own. Well this recipe was definitely "heaven sent"...they are absolutely delicious, easy to make and so much better than our beloved Starbuck's scones!




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