Confession #30: This is what I look forward to in the fall… Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

by alexandra

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I know I’m not the only one… as soon as it gets below 80 degrees or reasonably close to the fall season, everyone seems to go crazy over pumpkin. Yes, I’m one of those people who looks forward to fall simply because I can start baking with pumpkin again. Technically, I can do it any time of the year if I want to, but there’s something about those cooler months that makes the smell of pumpkin baking wafting through your kitchen seem like the epitome of warmth and coziness.

My favorite, FAVORITE way to use pumpkin is with chocolate chips; if you’ve read my blog before you should know by now that I’m a chocoholic. Anyway, I normally make pumpkin chocolate chip bread, but I’ve had a pumpkin chocolate chip scone recipe bookmarked for a while now and all of a sudden I knew it was time to make some of those scones. Enter my new favorite pumpkin chocolate chip recipe, heck,  my new favorite pumpkin recipe.

What makes these scones so good? Everything. But if you want specifics, they have just the right amount of pumpkin, the right blend of spices so as to complement the pumpkin without becoming spice scones, and the perfect amount of dark chocolate chips. Also, they rise extremely well during the baking cycle and end up with the perfect texture, meaning that they meet my very high and possibly unfair standards of what a good scone tastes like.

In short, you need  to make these scones, ASAP.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

adapted from Jo Cooks

(makes 8 large scones)

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 frozen butter (1 stick)

1 cup dark chocolate chips

2/3 cup canned pumpkin

2 eggs

Oven Temperature: 425 F

1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and allspice in a larger bowl, lightly whisking together. You can also pulse these ingredients together in a food processor until just mixed.

2. Using a knife, cut the butter into small pieces as best as you can. Since it is frozen, it won’t cut perfectly. Then, add to the bowl and use a pastry cutter to cut in until only very small pieces remain. If using a food processor, pulse the cut butter into the dry ingredients.

3. Add the chocolate chips and stir by hand just to combine.

4. In a separate bowl, whip together the canned pumpkin and eggs. Add this mixture to the dough and mix again until just combined (I recommend using your hands at this stage to work everything together; it’s much easier).

5. Place the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and flatten with your hands into a circle, 3/4″ thick. Cut into eight triangles, and lay the individual scones on a lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for thirty minutes (Don’t leave this out, as the colder your scones are when you put them in the oven, the better they will rise).

6. About ten minutes before the scones are ready, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. When ready, bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, testing with a toothpick at the end of the baking cycle to make sure they are done.

These scones are delicious warmed in the microwave, or of course, fresh out of the oven.

frugalfeeding October 28, 2011

Yummy! I have never tried these,but I intend to.

alexandra October 28, 2011

Good :) Let me know if you do!

Vanessa October 28, 2011

Wow those look SO delicious!

alexandra October 28, 2011

Thanks! Believe me, they are :)

Cook Quilt Make and Bake October 28, 2011

Never thought of putting chocolate and pumpkin together… I’m obv missing out :)

alexandra October 28, 2011

Really? You’re definitely missing out; you have to try these!

Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? October 30, 2011

Oo very nice! I made these using the recipe from Jo Cooks last month. They’re really good!

alexandra November 2, 2011

Yes they are :) Thank you!

Russell at Chasing Delicious October 30, 2011

These scones are beautiful. I am loving this recipe – no wonder you look forward to fall; I would too for these guys.

alexandra November 2, 2011

Thank you! I love the summer but fall baking sure is good :)

Nicole Pelletier November 2, 2011

WOW, these are the best pumpkin scones I have ever tasted/made. Starbucks doesnt even come close! Thanks for the recipe!!!

alexandra November 2, 2011

I’m so glad you tried them and liked them! You’re welcome!

Susie January 21, 2013

Thank you for this recipe! We have been making them since last fall and my family (husband and 5 children) loves them. They are delicious, easy to make and are very filling. Thank you for giving us another favorite for our revolving breakfast menu!

alexandra January 22, 2013

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know! It makes my day that you and your family have enjoyed this recipe so much. Pumpkin and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations. :)
P.S. If you all like muffins, too, you might want to check out my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – another favorite!

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