These carrot cake scones would make a great breakfast or brunch treat. Carrots, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut make these delightful scones a true winner. 

These carrot cake scones would make a great breakfast or brunch treat. Carrots, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut make these delightful scones a true winner. Get the scone recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I used to hate scones. Is it bad to start a post about scones saying that I hated scones? Well, I’ve never been the type to care about that sort of thing. I hated scones. They were thick, dry, and you needed a whole gallon of milk to wash the thing down.

Turns out maybe I was just eating the wrong scones? Or perhaps my love for scones grew when I started drinking coffee when I was in graduate school? That could very well have something to do with it. Regardless, now I love them. Especially with a layer of crispy sugar sprinkled on the top. I mean…there isn’t much not to love about that! (Although, these would be terrific with a drizzle of icing or even better, cream cheese frosting!)

Especially with a hot cup of coffee. But everything almost everything is better with a hot cup of coffee.

I’ve also clearly been on a carrot cake kick lately. I want to make everything into carrot cake something. Carrot cake slow cooker steel cut oats? Amazing. I need to make those again. Stat. And I feel there is no end to the carrot cake love. Besides the obvious (cake, duh.), I feel like we should do carrot cake smoothies and milkshakes and pizza! Don’t steal my ideas though, okay? Promise? Okay.

PS: Updated to add, the obsession is still going strong – make sure to try my carrot cake muffins with the most delicious filling as well as carrot cake pancakes!

You can steal the pizza one I guess.

No. I’m keeping that one too.

These carrot cake scones would make a great breakfast or brunch treat. Carrots, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut make these delightful scones a true winner. Get the scone recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Honestly, though. These scones are phenomenal. They have carrots in them so clearly they’re a health food. Walnuts, coconut, raisins and cinnamon drive that carrot cake flavor home.

Carrot Cake Scones

These carrot cake scones would make a great breakfast or brunch treat. Carrots, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut make these delightful scones a true winner.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons cold (or frozen) butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons shortening

For the topping

  • 1 egg, beaten plus 1 teaspoon water
  • 2-3 tablespoons coarse sugar (turbinado)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, buttermilk powder, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, carrot, walnuts, coconut). In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk.
  3. To the dry ingredients, add the butter pieces and the shortening. Using your hands, work the fats into the dry ingredients until the pieces of butter and shortening are small peas. Do not overwork the mixture.
  4. Stir in wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Again, do not overmix.
  5. Divide dough in half and shape into two balls of dough. Place both halves on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Pat each ball of dough into a circle 7 to 8 inches in diameter and about 1/2-inch thick. Cut each circle into 8 equal wedges and separate slightly so the wedges do not touch each other. Brush with egg/water mixture and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake at 450 degrees for 7 minutes. Without opening oven, turn oven off and let scones remain in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, best served within a few hours.

Note: Dough can be refrigerated overnight or frozen prior to baking.

Recipe adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I thought these carrot cake scones were wonderful and captured carrot cake perfectly.
Husband’s take: No complaints from him.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Moderate.

These carrot cake scones would make a great breakfast or brunch treat. Carrots, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut make these delightful scones a true winner. Get the scone recipe on RachelCooks.com!