Apricot Almond Scones
Apricot with almond is one of my most favorite flavor pairings, and combining the two into a lovely cream scone is simply the best. Sweet almond paste stars in this effortless recipe and is absolute heaven paired with golden dried apricots. Brushed with cream, sprinkled with sugar, and baked until golden, these apricot almond scones are a spring delight.
Serve up these golden wedges with a side of butter and jam, a drizzle of glaze or white chocolate, or a simple dusting of powdered sugar.
No matter how you adorn them, you’ll want to enjoy them still slightly warm from the oven (and for fresh scones anytime, prep the recipe in advance and bake whenever you’re craving a bit of sweetness).
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Make Ahead Scones
Cut each circle of dough into wedges on baking sheet; cover and freeze overnight. Brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake directly from the freezer, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time. For longer storage, transfer frozen scones to a freezer bag for up to 2 months.
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- Carrot Cake Scones
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- Blackberry White Chocolate Scones
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Apricot Almond Scones
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 18 minutes
- Total Time: 38 minutes
- Yield: 14 scones
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Sweet almond paste and golden dried apricots shine in these apricot almond scones. Brushed with cream, sprinkled with sugar, and baked until golden, these flaky cream sones are a spring delight.
- 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Amaretto (or 1 Tbsp warm water)
- 3 cups flour
- 4 oz almond paste, grated
- 1 Tbsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp pure almond extract
- 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp cold heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine apricots and Amaretto in a small bowl, and let stand for 20 minutes. Whisk flour, almond paste, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Combine almond extract with 1 1/3 cups heavy cream; drizzle cream over flour mixture and fold in just until flour is incorporated. Add chopped apricots and gently fold in just until a shaggy dough forms – if needed, add 2 more tablespoons cream.
- Divide dough in half and turn out on a lightly floured board. Use lightly floured hands to pat each half into a 6-inch circle. Place the two circles of dough on prepared baking sheets and cut each circle into 7 wedges. Chill baking sheets in the freezer for 20 minutes while preheating oven to 425°F.
- Pull the wedges slightly apart, leaving an inch between them, and brush lightly with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until tops are set, edges are beginning to turn golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool scones for 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to a wire rack to cool.
Make ahead: Cut each circle of dough into wedges on baking sheet; cover and freeze overnight. Brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake directly from the freezer, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time. For longer storage, transfer frozen scones to a freezer bag until ready to use.
Keywords: Apricot, Almond, Cream Scones, Scones, Breakfast
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I made these with almond paste that I grated with a mandolin, but had so much more almond paste in the 7 oz tube that I was eager to make them again. Once I ate them, I now want to keep all the ingredients on hand to make them regularly! I used Amaretto both for the flavoring and to soften the apricots. You really can’t taste it. But I’m sure it adds an extra flavor dimension. Wondering how slivered almonds would go in or on top of these….
That’s wonderful to hear, thank you for your feedback! 🙂
Can I use regular baking powder?
Hi Kathy, yes you can. I typically opt for aluminum-free so that there’s no discoloration during baking from the fruit (berry scones can especially end up looking blue or purple). Hope that helps!
Laura, these are the best scones I have ever eaten. Thanks for sharing them with us when we were in Arizona.
It made getting up in the morning a pleasure!
Thanks for the recipe.
So glad you enjoyed these! Love you! 🙂
I love making scones but have never added almond paste. Sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to try these.
I love the chunks of apricot peeking out from the scones! They look so delicious Laura!!
Love love love apricot scones — these look delicious Laura!!! xoxo
Thank you for simple yet beautiful scones. Enjoy the week end !
Love these! Apricots are so Springy and with almond, just perfect 🙂
Love the apricots in these. They sound delicious!!
I love the almond apricot combination here Laura! And I’d NEVER ever pass up a scone! My fave!
I’m ready for a fabulous weekend brunch. These flavor packed scones would be perfect!