maple-glazed carrot spice scones

March 7, 2013

in Breakfast & Muffins

I’m a person of habit: I thrive on routine, and this carries over to my eating schedule as well. Every afternoon about 3:00 pm, I need a pick-me-up to carry me through the rest of the day. Caffeine is a must, along with a snack; one of these maple-glazed carrot spice scones would do nicely.

Maple-Glazed Carrot Spice Scones | Tutti Dolci

Flaky and filled with warming spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), the brown butter-maple glaze sets these scones apart from the rest. Fresh from the oven, these are mini bites of heaven – I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s breakfast!

Maple-Glazed Carrot Spice Scones | Tutti Dolci

Maple-Glazed Carrot Spice Scones
2 cups self-rising flour*
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter
1 cup grated carrots
6 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Whisk together self-rising flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Dice butter into 1/2-inch pieces; sprinkle over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Fold carrots into flour mixture. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until incorporated. Use a floured bench scraper to scrape dough out onto prepared baking sheet; use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll dough into an 8-by-10-inch rectangle. Score into 12 squares with floured bench scraper; score each square across the diagonal to create 24 triangles. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet, then carefully transfer to wire rack to cool before slicing into wedges.

To prepare glaze, place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Cool slightly. Sift powdered sugar into a small bowl; whisk in browned butter, maple syrup, and milk until smooth. Set rack with scones over a piece of wax paper and drizzle with glaze; let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

*Don’t have self-rising flour? Substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt (and include the 1/2 teaspoon baking soda). Increase the buttermilk to 1/2 cup.

Yield – 24 mini scones (serving size: 1 scone)
Calories – 90
Carbs – 15

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51 Comments

1 Valerie March 7, 2013

I’ll start with the new look – Love it!!! The photos are larger (yay!). And I don’t have to tell you how much I adore grey. :)

These scones are quite fetching too. I love the spicy kick of carrot cake, but never thought for channeling it into a scone. Brilliant!

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2 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 7, 2013

What a beautiful scone variation Laura! I really like the sound of this flavour :D

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3 Melissa @ Bless this Mess March 7, 2013

These look and sound fabulous! I think I’ll be making these soon and telling the babies they are bunny scones! Thanks.

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4 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 7, 2013

Ooooo, these sound fabulous for an afternoon treat! PS: Love the new header!

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5 Flavia March 7, 2013

These look and sound fantastic. I love how you took the classic carrot cake flavors and made them into a scone. The glaze sounds delightful too.

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6 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 7, 2013

These scones look delicious, Laura! You really made a novel twist when you added carrots to the scones. Have a great evening! xx

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7 Cookin' Canuck March 7, 2013

What beautiful scones…and such an original idea! 3pm is my snacking time, too, and these scones would go perfectly with a cup of tea.

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8 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) March 7, 2013

These scones look and sound divine! Speaking of looks – love the new update of your site!!! :-)

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9 Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 7, 2013

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look to the blog, Laura! …and these scones are heavenly!!! Adore carrots in baking, and have never, ever, thought about them in a scone…brilliant!

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10 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts March 7, 2013

I am with you, I always tend to follow a schedule and stick to what is “normal” These look like a great afternoon pick me up!

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11 Julie @ Table for Two March 7, 2013

these definitely would go so well with coffee!! i’m the same way as you around 3pm, except i have to have decaf or i won’t be able to sleep at night, lol! :)

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12 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings March 7, 2013

Have you seriously considered opening your own bakery? I am sure that people will flock to try your goodies! This is your calling, Laura! Love these scones to bits!

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13 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme March 7, 2013

These are definitely little bites of heaven. They look incredible!

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14 Lail | With A Spin March 7, 2013

The scones looks fabulous. First time on your blog and you’ve got a beautiful one.

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15 Patty March 7, 2013

Beautiful new look! I have to try your scones ;-)

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16 Suzanne March 7, 2013

These scones look like a perfect pick me up :)

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17 Liren March 8, 2013

Laura, I swear. We are so similar! I need that afternoon coffee (and treat) as well! And I agree, these scones would do VERY nicely. So beautiful!

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18 Rosa March 8, 2013

They look extremely tempting and delicious! Am I in scone heaven?

Cheers,

Rosa

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19 The Café Sucré Farine March 8, 2013

I think I’m going to call you “my brown butter friend”. Maybe that’s why I like you so much; you’re just a girl after my own heart. These scones sound amazingly, over the top, delicious but that brown butter maple icing is definitely the crowning glory, WOW!

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20 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 8, 2013

Thanks for including the self-rising flour sub! We don’t have that here and I always have to look up the sub every time I use a recipe that calls for it.

And browned butter maple glaze? Hmm. If I just had that I would be set. The scones are just a side item to me. ;)

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21 Jennie @themessybakerblog March 8, 2013

These scones sound like the perfect pick me up. They look delicious.

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22 Mercedes March 8, 2013

I always go to my in-laws for Easter and these would be the perfect thing to bring this year!

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23 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 8, 2013

My breakfast failed in comparison….

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24 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction March 8, 2013

These sound like the perfect afternoon pick me up! I love the spices!

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25 Ryan @ Pause The Moment March 8, 2013

These look really yummy! Just found you through smitten kitchen! Looking forward to following along.

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26 Reem | Simply Reem March 8, 2013

These look fantastic!
I am loving how you have taken the good old carrot cake and made these scones with its flavor.. Such unique idea…
LOVE!

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27 Cassie | Bake Your Day March 8, 2013

Maple glaze reminds me of my childhood! I love scones…and I have been craving carrot cake lately. What a great scone!

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28 a farmer in the dell March 8, 2013

I am a creature of habit as well. And I could use one of these scones as a pick me up right about now! yum

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29 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today March 8, 2013

Your site looks so nice! I pinned this recipe, because I need to make this scones when I’m back. And addition of carrots makes it very special.

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30 Liz March 8, 2013

Love your header. Is that new? And I’ve pinned and will be making these soon for a my knitting group (I go for the chit-chat…my knitting stinks!). They look fantastic!

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31 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious March 8, 2013

We would be great neighbours! I too need a boost and I always like to match it with my coffee, like one of these awesome scones!

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32 Kate@Diethood March 8, 2013

WOW!! I’m lovin’ the flavors!!!
You’re right – these would definitely help a sista out at about 3 pm! :-)

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33 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 8, 2013

Totally love the cleaner look of your blog! I need to freshen mine up, soon!

And I could totally use some of this delicious scones for a snack, with tea :)

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34 Anna @ Hidden Ponies March 8, 2013

I am a creature of snacking habit too, and these look like a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

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35 Julia {The Roasted Root} March 8, 2013

Being a creature of habit definitely has its merits! I like your 3pm pick-me-up..I tend to wait too long between lunch and dinner and end up stuffing my face…an afternoon snack with one of these scones sounds wonderful! I love maple glazes and have never made one homemade…the whole thing sounds amazing!

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36 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 8, 2013

Carrot?? I had to read that twice to believe it. What a clever idea! They look wonderful.

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37 Deb March 9, 2013

An afternoon snack is always on my agenda! And the Maple Carrot Spice Scones would be perfect with a cup of tea!

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38 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles March 9, 2013

Wow, I’m loving this flavor combo. And these scones are gorgeous!

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39 Gina March 9, 2013

Looks great over here. I agree, I need that afternoon pick-up or I’ll never make it through the rest of the day. I need these scones. Soon. Hope you have a great weekend.
-Gina-

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40 Susan March 9, 2013

These look perfect! I love scones, too!

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41 Julia March 9, 2013

Perfect breakfast and snack! I’ll take one with a cup of hot tea, please!

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42 Anne@FromMySweetHeart March 9, 2013

Laura…I’ll be over tomorrow at 3 with coffee in hand! These look amazing!

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43 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 9, 2013

A pick-me-up is so needed for me around that time too! I would love to snack on this around 3PM – it would really help me get through the work day!

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44 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 10, 2013

Yum, your scones look great! I also always seem to need a pick me around 3pm each day, your scones look perfect for that!

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45 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 10, 2013

You and I have caffeine at the same time in the afternoon. That is about the time that I start to crave it if I haven’t remembered to prepare a cup of tea by that time. These scones would be the perfect accompaniment.

Love the gray backdrop (one of my favorite colors)! :)

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46 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 10, 2013

Carrot cake is a fave of mine – this would be the best kind of scone ever! And the maple glaze seals the deal!

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47 Lora @cakeduchess March 12, 2013

You know my snack time is around then as well. Too bad you aren’t a little bit closer I’d stop by to have a scone with you. Love these, Laura:)

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48 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings March 12, 2013

I always need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, too! These will be perfect? Is it snack time yet?

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49 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking March 12, 2013

I LOVE the new design, especially the bigger photos! And these scones, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of black tea

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50 ashley - baker by nature March 13, 2013

These are so-so-SO lovely! Definitely a scone inspiration.

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51 sweet-lab March 31, 2013

Mini bites of heaven…I couldn’t agree more. I must, must, must, try these!

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