These Carrot Cake Scones have a tender scone texture with all the flavor of carrot cake down to the cream cheese glaze!
I had a bit of a carrot cake moment this year. I’d like to think the inspo for these carrot cake scones was that carrot cake is my husband’s favorite! But, if I’m being honest, it probably has more to do with wanting to eat cake for breakfast. Plus these scones serve you that without the side of guilt!
These have what I like to consider, my signature scone texture. Meaning they are soft, tender and moist, but the perfect amount of dense. Never cakey!
Tips for Flawless Carrot Cake Scones
- Cut the butter into the dry ingredients completely! I know this goes against what all the other people say but years of testing and making giant batches at the restaurants has proven to me that this makes the most tender and moist scones. It means you need fewer wet ingredients to make a cohesive dough, which means less gluten! No tough, sad scones here!
Whisk together all the carrot cake scones' wet ingredients. In large batches I use an immersion blender but a whisk does the job just fine here! Because you have whisked the eggs into the cream, it means you don’t have to mix your dough while the eggs incorporate. Less mixing after the addition of wet ingredients means more tender baked goods!
- Make the dough in the mixer but finish the dough and fold the carrots n by hand. A stand mixer will make a more tender scone but finishing by hand gives you the control to incorporate just enough without over mixing. It also gives you the control to get the carrots all in the dough without overworking it. No uneven carrot distributions in these carrot cake scones! The horror!
There are no shortage of carrot cake recipes on CLF. It is one of those cakes that just instantly transports me to Spring, so making carrot cake scones just makes sense. There is also my ultimate Carrot Cake, which is a little more involved and a touch tricky to bake, but my carrot cake roll can be made in one bowl!
Carrot Cake Scones
- 4 ⅓ cups All-purpose flour
- ½ cup Sugar
- ⅓ cup Light Brown Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- 13 tablespoons Butter (cold, cubed)
- ½ tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Eggs
- ¾ cups Heavy Cream
- 3 cups Carrots (shredded and squeezed)
- ⅔ cup Walnuts (toasted)
- ½ cup Raisins
- Heavy Cream (for topping)
Cream Cheese Scone Glaze
- 5 ½ tablespoons Cream Cheese (softened)
- 1 ¾ cups Confectioner’s Sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons Milk
- Preheat oven to 325°F
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix with paddle (by hand) just to distribute ingredients. Add butter and mix on low to cut in the butter until the butter is no longer visible and it resembles wet sand.
- While this is mixing combine the vanilla, eggs and cream with an immersion blender or whisk and blend until smooth.
- With the mixer running on low, slowly pour in the cream mixture and mix until almost incorporated.
- Dump out mixture on a dry surface and knead dough together (gently, with love!). Do this until no visible dry spots remain.
- Be sure you've squeezed our your carrots before you add them! Add the carrots, walnuts, and raisins and gently fold them in.
- Roll to about an inch thick. Cut into 3.5in strips and then cut each strip into squares and then cut each square in half on a diagonal to form a triangle. Place triangles onto parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes
- Brush scones with heavy cream to lock in the moisture.
- Bake in preheated oven on HIGH fan for 18-20 minutes (for 3 ½-inch scones) or until golden brown and puffed.
- Cool completely on baking sheets.
For the Glaze:
- Whisk all ingredients together, cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
- Glaze your (mostly) cooled scones with your newly made glaze and enjoy! I only say 'mostly' because I have a lack of self control around these scones!
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