Baking up a batch of scrumptious carrot cake scones is the perfect way to welcome spring! Warmer weather and sunshine lift the spirits and bring forth the excitement of a fresh new season. Biting into one of these fabulous scones with yummy cream cheese icing will make you smile and bring the sunshine indoors. If you love carrot cake, you’re going to absolutely love this carrot cake scone recipe. It’ll easily become one of your favorite springtime treats. These scones are easy to make, and are perfect for breakfast, brunch, tea time, and dessert.
Ingredients for Carrot Cake Scones Recipe
These are the ingredients for this scrumptious carrot cake scones recipe: all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, butter, carrots, sweetened shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, heavy cream (same as heavy whipping cream), pure vanilla extract, and large eggs.
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
These are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make a delicious cream cheese frosting from scratch: cream cheese, salted butter (at room temperature), pure vanilla extract, and powdered sugar (confectioners sugar).
Easy Scone Recipe
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Use a whisk to combine these ingredients. Add in the grated butter. With clean hands, toss to coat. Add in the grated carrot, shredded coconut, and walnuts. Stir to incorporate. Add in one egg, vanilla extract and the heavy cream. Stir and fold the dough until it’s just moistened. Turn the dough onto a heavily floured surface. With well-floured hands, knead the dough for one minute (about 8-10 times). Pat down the dough and shape it into an 8-inch circle.
Simple Scone Recipe
With a bench scraper or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal-sized wedges. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place the scones on the baking tray, 1-1/2 inches apart. In a small bowl, whisk together one large egg and one tablespoon of heavy cream. Brush egg wash on the tops and sides of each scone. Bake the carrot cake scones for 12-15 minutes in a 425 degree oven until they’re golden brown.
How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together the cream cheese and softened butter. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Starting on a low setting and gradually increasing the speed, whip your cream cheese frosting until it’s beautifully smooth. You can use a teaspoon to drizzle frosting onto the scones, or transfer the icing to a zip-top bag and snip off one corner. Squeeze the zip-top bag to pipe icing onto your scones in a creative way!
How to Make the Perfect Scones > Helpful Tips
Scone Recipe Tip #1 – Cold Butter
When making scones, it’s very important to use cold butter! As you prepare your scone recipe, your butter will naturally start to soften. To combat this ahead of time and make sure your butter stays cold throughout recipe preparation, stick the butter into the freezer for 15-20 minutes before you need it.
Scone Recipe Tip #2 – Grate the Butter
To make it easier to incorporate butter into the flour mixture for your scone recipe, pull out your cheese grater and grate the butter. I use this helpful tip for many of my other recipes too!
Scone Recipe Tip #3 – Don’t Overwork the Dough
When kneading the dough for your carrot cake scones, only do so for about one short minute! Overworking the dough at any point will create a dense chewy scone rather than one that’s beautifully light and flaky.
Scone Recipe Tip #4 – Refrigerate the Dough
A combination of cold dough and high baking temperatures will result in gorgeous flaky scones. Stick your baking tray of scones into the refrigerator just briefly (about 5 or 10 minutes) before placing them into the oven.
Scone Recipe Tip #5 – High Oven Temperatures
The baking powder in your carrot cake scones can provide a powerful lift during the first few minutes of baking! The secret is using the right temperature to maximize lift. Here’s how to do it: Set your oven to 500 degrees. Once you stick the scones into the oven, immediately lower the heat to 425. The initial higher heat will compensate for heat lost when opening the oven. Your scones will bake at the perfect temperature!
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Carrot Cake Scones
- Total Time: 34 minutes
- Yield: 8 Scones 1x
Baking up a batch of scrumptious carrot cake scones is the perfect way to welcome spring! If you love carrot cake, you’re going to absolutely love this carrot cake scone recipe. These delightful scones are frosted with a super yummy cream cheese frosting. These scones are simple and easy to make! They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, tea time, and dessert.
INGREDIENTS FOR CARROT CAKE SCONES
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cold butter, grated
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg (plus a second egg for brushing)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream (plus 1 more tablespoon of cream for brushing)
INGREDIENTS FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 6 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 + 1/4 cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
DIRECTIONS FOR CARROT CAKE SCONES
- In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Use a whisk to combine these ingredients. Add in the grated butter. With clean hands, toss to coat. Add in the grated carrot, shredded coconut, and walnuts. Stir to incorporate.
- Add in one egg, vanilla extract and the heavy cream. Stir and fold the dough until it’s just moistened. Turn the dough onto a heavily floured surface. With well-floured hands, knead the dough for one minute (about 8-10 times). Pat down the dough and shape it into an 8-inch circle.
- With a bench scraper or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal-sized wedges. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place the scones on the baking tray, 1-1/2 inches apart.
- In a small bowl, whisk together one large egg and one tablespoon of heavy cream. Brush egg wash on the tops and sides of each scone.
- Bake the carrot cake scones for 12-15 minutes in a 425 degree oven until they’re golden brown.
- Transfer the scones to a cooling rack. Drizzle the scones with yummy cream cheese frosting. Generously sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top! Mmm…
DIRECTIONS FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together the cream cheese and softened butter. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Starting on a low setting and gradually increasing the speed, whip your cream cheese frosting until it’s beautifully smooth.
- Use a teaspoon to drizzle frosting onto the scones, or transfer the icing to a zip-top bag and snip off one corner. Squeeze the zip-top bag to pipe icing onto your scones in a creative way!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 14 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, Tea Time, Dessert
- Method: OVen
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: carrot cake scones, carrot cake scone recipe
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37 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Scones”
Can these be frozen over night after baked and icing? Or only put in the fridge.
Good morning Anna. Yes! You can freeze the scones after baking, but preferably without the icing. After you defrost and warm them in the oven, drizzle the icing on top!
I love carrot cake but never had it in a scone. Looks good maybe with a side of ice cream too!
This sounds so delicious. I love carrot cake but in a scone version I bet it is so amazing!
These look so good! I cant say I’ve had a scone before–so this would be a new experience and I’m excited! Thanks for the new recipe. :)
This looks so good! I have never heard of carrot cake scones before! My mother is obsessed with Carrot Cake, so I bet she would love these
That’s interesting that you use cold butter. My first instinct is always to thaw the butter. These look super tasty!
Not a fan of scones, but carrot cake…Yeah! I will definitely try these!
These look absolutely delicious, and so easy to make! I had no idea to use cold butter to make scones. You learn something new everyday.
These sound so incredible and they look mega scrumptious. Love how easy they are to come together my mom would adore these for mothers day
Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!
Wow these look amazing! Like the ones we see in the store! I bet they taste divine too!
Yummm cream cheese frosting…yes please! These look so tasteful & fancy. Perfect for a potluck.
OMG I LOVEEE CARROT CAKE AND LOVEEE SCONES! never put the two together. I can’t wait to try this recommendation.
Carrott Cake Scones! What an amazing idea, I have to admit I really want to play with scones as they are just so versatile.
I love all things carrot cake, so I imagine I’d be a fan of these. They sound and look delicious.
These look so delicious. I love the look of the frosting ane need to make it.
Carrot Cake scones, yum! I may just making these for our mother’s day brunch! I’ll let you know how it turns out!
carrot cake + Scones= YUM! These look amazing i can taste them already
LOVE this, and love the idea of grating the butter. I always cut it into cubes, which makes it really difficult to work with – but grating it is geeenius. I’ve never had scones before. I wonder if I could tweak these a bit to make them gluten-free..
This looks so delicious, am not the baker in the family but I would definitely have my sister make this
Your blog has a lovely design and layout! This recipe looks amazing! I’ve never tried scones but definitely worth the wait for these!
These look so delicious! Scones are my weakness – maybe I can get away with saying they are good for me because of the carrots in them? :)
These look SO good! I may need to attempt this recipe sometime in the near future!
These look scrumptious! They would be the perfect fall time snack!
These look so good! I haven’t made scones in a while and I’ve been wanting carrot cake lately too! Perfect!
I usually don’t like carrot cake but these look delicious! I cant wait to give them a try.
Amazing. What a great recipe, am bookmarking this!
This looks so delightful and tasty. This is so good, this will be a huge hit! I will try making this for sure.
I love carrot cake and a version of that in scone form is even better. These look incredible.
I love scones and this variation was fantastic. It was much lighter than a carrot cake but still delicious. The glaze – I think my eldest licked it off the top he loved it so much.
Ooh! Yummy! I love carrot cake! I bet these are great!
I’m in love with everything and anything carrot cake, and these are beautiful scones! This time of year these will be such a treat for holidays and family fun!
OOh, carrot cake is one of my favorite things, as are scones. And now, you have combined them, I am in love!
well, I am officially starving! These look so great. I’m a sucker for anything carrot cake, especially in scone form!
Oh how good do these look. Definitely going to make them next weekend! And I LOVE your spatulas too – where are they from?
These look delicious! Cream cheese frosting is my favourite