Rich and comforting, these buttery Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Scones feature flavours of tart apples, hearty oats, and spicy cinnamon.
Apples and cinnamon are such a cozy and comforting flavour combination. Like my tasty apple spice muffins, these oatmeal scones are bursting with flavours of cozy cinnamon and apples. My caramel apple spice cake is also an amazing one to try this fall for apple dessert fans!
The inspiration for this recipe came from a cup of coffee. A few years back, Starbucks had a Fall drink called the "Apple Oat Flat White". I'm pretty sure it was just a flat white made with oat milk and apple cinnamon syrup. Yes, yes, it does sound like an odd flavour combo with coffee but once I tasted it, I was obsessed! I think I had one for the first time right after I passed my driving test so it holds extra nostalgia for me because of that association. Now they have an Apple Oat Macchiato every year that I enjoy a few times while it's in season as a special treat!
⭐️ Why You Need to Make This Recipe
- Apple + Spice Deliciousness. These scones taste like apple crisp and apple pie but in a buttery scone.
- Buttery + Soft. These are not dry, crumbly scones.
- Quick + Easy. This recipe is super simple and fast to mix up and bake in under 30 minutes for a coffee-time treat.
Here are the ingredients needed for these apple oat scones.
- Flour - Simple all-purpose flour.
- Oats - I use quick-cooking oats (also called instant oats).
- Brown Sugar - More depth of flavour is achieved by using brown sugar.
- Baking Powder - Helps the scones rise beautifully.
- Butter - Cold, salted butter cut into small cubes to be able to easily work it into the dough.
- Apples - Chopped thinly. I like to leave the peels on for a little more flavour and texture but you could peel them, if you prefer.
- Whipping Cream - Also called heavy cream. The one I use is 33% milk fat.
- Egg - For structure and extra richness.
- Vanilla Extract - Adds another dimension to the flavour set.
See the recipe card for measurements.
Step 1: Flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder
Step 2: Add the cold, cubed butter and cut in with a pastry cutter until the butter pieces are the size of peas.
The mixture should look like this once the butter is worked in.
Step 3: Add the chopped apples and stir to combine.
Step 4: Whisk together the whipping cream, egg, and vanilla.
Step 5: Add the combined wet ingredients to the combined dry ingredients and mix until a loose dough forms.
Step 6: Form the dough together by gently pressing and moulding together. Divide dough into 3 equal rounds, each approximately 1 inch thick.
Step 7: Slice each formed round into quarters.
Step 8: Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, allowing room for the scones to spread while baking. Sprinkle the tops with a little bit of oats and raw sugar, if desired.
Step 9: Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
Tip: If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can also grate frozen butter with a cheese grater and then mix it in or you could work the butter in using a food processor.
Most of the ingredients in this recipe cannot be substituted, but here are a few possible substitutions.
- Quick Oats - Rolled oats (large flake oats) may be used instead of quick oats.
- Brown Sugar - You can use white sugar + 1 teaspoon of molasses in place of brown sugar. Add the molasses to the wet ingredients.
- Salted Butter - If you do not have salted butter, unsalted butter may be used in its place. Simply add ¼ teaspoon of salt to the recipe.
Store the scones covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.
I have not tested freezing these scones.
💡 Top tip
Don't overwork the dough! Very gently press and mould and coax the dough to come together.
1. Use cold butter and don't mix it in too much - you still want pockets of butter throughout the scones.
2. Don't overmix or overwork the dough. Overworking the dough will make the scones tough.
3. Rich ingredients like butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, and eggs work together to create a lovely tasting and textured scone.
I have not tested this recipe with gluten-free flour but let me know if you try it!
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Scones
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- mixing bowls
- measuring cups & spoons
- pastry cutter
- 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup quick-cooking oats *
- ½ cup brown sugar **packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ cup cold salted butter ***cubed
- 1 cup thinly chopped apples (peeled or unpeeled)
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- optional: coarse sugar and oats to sprinkle on top as garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Cut the cold cubed butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter until the pieces of butter are the size of peas. Fold in the chopped apples.
- In another bowl, whisk together the whipping cream, egg, and vanilla. Add to the flour/butter/apple mixture and gently fold with a spatula until the dough just starts to come together. Turn the contents of the bowl onto the countertop and knead/press the mixture just until the dough comes together.
- Shape the dough into 3 even rounds each about 1 inch thick. Cut each round into 4 even wedges using a large knife and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. Top each scone with a sprinkle of coarse sugar and oats, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!