Mel’s Cinnamon Scones

Sunday, 17 January 2010, 10:18 | Category : Recipes
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It’s Sunday morning and I woke up feeling like making a wonderful, big breakfast for my family. I usually feel this way on the weekends since Donnie eats breakfast at work during the week. I like sitting down to breakfast in our pajamas and starting our day together as a family. When I was a little girl, my mom and dad always had to wake me and sometimes carry me to the table for breakfast. No matter how sleepy (I thought) I was, I always loved that!

So this morning Donnie said he wasn’t very hungry, he would just eat a pack of peanut butter crackers with his coffee. Well, anybody who knows me knows that just wouldn’t do. So I thought a scone would be fairly light and go great with coffee. While he jumped in the shower, I looked up some recipes online, got some ideas and went with it. I have some organic cherries in the freezer so I thought that would be tasty. I made my dough, added the fruit and it just looked weird. I went on to roll them out and cut them and it just got more weird. I started thinking that maybe I should just go by other people’s recipes and stop trying to create my own all the time. This dough just didn’t look or feel right. I managed (somehow) to get them on the pan and into the oven anyway. About halfway through the cooking time I started cleaning up my mess and there it was!  THE BUTTER I DIDN’T USE!  Shoulders fell, face goes in hands and Bree is standing beneath me, pulling my pajama pants saying: “bite?”

I took a deep breath and started over. This time I decided to make the scones with cranberries since I had WASTED all of my organic cherries on the first batch.  Donnie came in,  I told him the story and I could tell he was a little afraid although he would never admit it. He kept asking how I made this my own recipe, “what ingredients did you change”. It was obvious he was thinking I should leave it to the pros at that point. So Donnie kept Bree happy for the next 15 minutes so I wouldn’t be feeling the pressure of a starving one year old and the second batch came out beautifully! They tasted absolutely delicious!  Bree said, “mmm, mmm” after every bite! So if after all of that, you still trust me, here’s the recipe. I encourage you to make it your own, that’s the fun part! Enjoy!

Mel’s Cinnamon Scones

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milled flax seed (optional but very healthy)
  • 3/4 cup butter (very important)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees . Lightly grease a baking sheet or use a Silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, flax seed and cinnamon. Cut in butter. Add the Craisins. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut into 8 wedges, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.


I just put a few tablespoons of powdered sugar in a bowl and added a touch of cinnamon, heavy cream and a few drops of vanilla flavoring. Drizzle or spread on scones for added sweetness!!

In the future I would like to try substituting the Craisins for blueberries or cherries. You could add nuts inside or on top. I think adding pumpkin to the batter with a little more sugar would be great for the fall!

2 Comments for “Mel’s Cinnamon Scones”

  1. 1Mom

    Aaaawwwwww! How sad about your first batch! I’m glad the second batch turned out so beautifully! I can just hear Bree saying mmmm mmmm!
    I remember those days when y’all were little with us all sitting around the table. Those are days I’ll cherish forever. I remember Daddy bringing you to the table too. You were my little sleepy head and Wendy was my up with the sun baby. What sweet memories!!!!
    You made memories today with your scones. You’ll hear that sweet sound of mmmm mmmm forever in your heart.
    I love you baby girl–forever and ever.
    Love, Mom

  2. 2Donnie

    Butter is a necessity, apparently! These things were great, I full endorse them. And yes, I was a bit scared… but not because I was being critical of your abilities… it was because I saw your face after you tried the first batch. Your face was like, “Uh oh, what have I done? I’m going to have to mop the floor with my tongue to get this taste out of my mouth.” Priceless!

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