Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones

by alexandra

Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones | A java-inspired twist on the scone that makes it the perfect companion for your morning cuppa.  |

THIS is what you call a combine-all-your-favorite-things-into-one kinda recipe. Coffee + brown sugar + scones ➝ tell me these are your favorite things too, right?!

Real talk though — as much as I love scones any which way you make them (so long as they’re made well), these are without a doubt one of my favorite variations to date: perfect texture – soft and tender but still scone-like – and amazing flavor – rich with notes of brown sugar and coffee, and with a to-die-for sweet coffee glaze on top. Plus there’s a hefty sprinkle of demerara sugar for a little crunch – HEAVEN.

Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones | A java-inspired twist on the scone that makes it the perfect companion for your morning cuppa. |

We all know that scones are practically made to be served with coffee (or tea if that’s your thing), but when you mix espresso powder into your scone dough and dark-roast coffee into a creamy glaze to drizzle on top, there’s really no doubt left that one of these and a good cuppa joe would make the ultimate feel-good breakfast. I mean, can I eat and drink my coffee please? Because that would be incredible.  (Side note: Does anybody ever, ever say ‘cuppa’? For some reason my brain seems to think this is a typical word right now. But anyhow – SCONES.)

Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones

If you couldn’t tell already – because as I mentioned this eat-really-healthy thing is becoming more difficult the more I try to commit to it – I can’t think of much that would taste better than one of these right now, hence the low-key obsessing over them. Get ’em in your oven (and subsequently in your mouth) ASAP; your mornings will instantly go from 0 to 100 ➝ because having your coffee every-which-way is definitley how to do breakfast right.

Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones | A java-inspired twist on the scone that makes it the perfect companion for your morning cuppa. |


Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones | A java-inspired twist on the scone that makes it the perfect companion for your morning cuppa. |

Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones

  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones


Tender scones made extra-bold with a sweet coffee glaze and crunchy bits of raw sugar on top – the perfect companion for your morning cuppa!


Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones

  • 9 1/2 ounces (2 1/4 cups, spoon and level) all-purpose flour
  • 1 7/8 ounces (1/4 cup, packed) brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, frozen and cubed
  • 6 1/4 ounces (3/4 cup) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Coffee Glaze

  • 4 ounces (1 cup) confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, melted
  • small pinch of salt
  • demerara sugar, for sprinkling


Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until all pieces are pea-sized or smaller.
  3. Whisk cream and vanilla together and add to dry ingredients. Fold in until incorporated, and then use hands to work everything together into a single ball of dough, adding a bit more cream if necessary. Be patient, but be careful not to overwork.
  4. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet and flatten into a 3/4″ round. Freeze for at least an hour before baking.*
  5. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Just before baking, slice dough into 8 equal triangles and spread apart on baking sheet. Bake for about 18 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the scones comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before glazing.

Coffee Glaze

  1. Whisk together confectioner’s sugar, coffee, melted butter, and salt until smooth. Allow to cool briefly (if needed) to thicken slightly. Spoon over scones (for easier cleanup keep a sheet of parchment underneath), allowing to drizzle down sides. Sprinkle generously with demerara sugar and let set.
  2. Scones are always best eaten the day they’re baked, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.


*If you want to bake the scones more than a few hours after prepping the dough, take them out of the freezer after 1 hour, slice, return to freezer until firm, and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container to store until ready to bake. Remove from freezer to thaw slightly while oven is preheating. Baking time may need to be increased; simply bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Ilona @ Ilona's Passion April 22, 2015

Coffee + brown sugar this is the type of scones that I will like the most:)

Katy | Her Cup of Joy April 22, 2015

I love coffee, and anything coffee related! These scones look so delicious, perfect for afternoon tea :)
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Ashley April 22, 2015

Those mugs are so so pretty! I love the gold on the handles!

And these scones … sound utterly perfect. Coffee + brown sugar??
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alexandra April 22, 2015

I love them too! Got them from Anthro :) Not sure if they’re still available, but they might be!

taylor @ greens & chocolate April 22, 2015

These are totally calling my name! I would love one of these with a big cuppa (decaf for me) coffee!
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Mary @chattavore April 22, 2015

I adore scones. The flavors here are perfect! I will have to make these soon.
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Kristen {good habits and guilty pleasures} April 23, 2015

YUM! I have a slight obsession with scones lately and have been trying to find unique flavors and I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

alexandra April 24, 2015

I feel you on the scone obsession! This is one of my favorites so I hope you try it and love it just as much!

Allison - Celebrating Sweets June 26, 2015

I was looking for a brown sugar biscuit recipe and I stumbled on these scones. Ah! They look amazing! And I just happen to have all the ingredients needed on hand. :)

alexandra June 30, 2015

Oooh try them! They’re one of my faves for sure! :)

Jenny K. September 11, 2015

These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them! Thank you!

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