Confession #53: I’m Getting Serious about this “Homemade” Business.. Cinnamon Chip Cream Scones

by alexandra

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Have you ever bought a bag of cinnamon chips before? If so, have you ever looked at the ingredients? Depending on what brand you’ve bought, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. Turns out at least one brand-which-must-not-be-named makes cinnamon chips that don’t have any cinnamon in them! Talk about a disappointment!

I probably would never have noticed this myself if it weren’t for this recipe for Cinnamon Chip Cream Scones. This was another requested recipe from my “Have a Confession?” page, one that’s a long time coming if I may add, but totally worth the wait! My aim was to rival Panera Bread’s Cinnamon Chip Scones, and the first time around, my scones sure didn’t taste as cinnamon-y as I thought they should have. They were good, but when I compared them to Panera’s they didn’t have that true cinnamon flavor. Wondering why the heck they didn’t since the scones were packed with cinnamon chips, I checked out my cinnamon chip bag, and sure enough, no cinnamon in those chips. Back to the drawing board.

My first thought was clearly to go online and find some real cinnamon chips, but then I was struck with a question: Can you make cinnamon chips? Turns out you can! So yes, I’m getting pretty serious about “homemade” food: I’m even making my own ingredients now! (I’ve also done espresso powder and candied citrus peel.) With real cinnamon chips, Cinnamon Chip Scones become a whole new experience – talk about cinnamon heaven! The first batch of scones were pretty much gobbled up within the day, even by those who “don’t like cinnamon”. My suggestion? Make your own cinnamon chips, and then make these scones!

By the way – if you recall seeing another recipe for Cinnamon Chip Scones on my blog already, you are indeed correct. This is a totally different recipe though; aside from the fact that I used homemade cinnamon chips, the scones are made with cream rather than butter. There’s also no egg in these scones. Like I said, completely different!

Cinnamon Chip Cream Scones

Cook Time: 15 minutes

4 large or 8 small scones

These cream scones are bursting with fresh cinnamon chips for an amazing flavor. Make your own cinnamon chips to really get the full effect!

Ingredients

    Scones
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup half-n-half, plus 1 tablespoon if needed
  • Topping:
  • half-n-half, for brushing
  • cinnamon sugar (about 1 part cinnamon to 4 parts sugar)
  • coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk in cinnamon chips.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream and half-n-half rapidly, until thickened. Pour into dry ingredients and fold in partially with a spatula. Use your hands to knead the ingredients together until just combined; be careful not to overwork the dough. If the dough seems too dry, add another tablespoon of half-n-half.
  3. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using another sheet of parchment paper on top to prevent sticking, flatten into a round about 3/4" thick. Slice, pizza-style, into 4 or 8 triangles, depending on how large you'd like your scones to be.
  4. Separate the scones on the baking sheet and place the sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. Toward the end of this time, preheat your oven to 375 F.
  5. After removing the scones from the freezer, brush the tops and sides with half-n-half and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Allow scones to cool for about 5 minutes before brushing with more half-n-half and sprinkling with coarse sugar.
http://www.brighteyedbaker.com/2012/03/03/cinnamon-chip-cream-scones/

This recipe uses:

Homemade Cinnamon Chips

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lily March 3, 2012

These look great! Could you post your recipe for the cinnamon chips?

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brighteyedbaker March 4, 2012

Just got the recipe posted. Silly me decided to wait until the end of the day to post the scone recipe yesterday and then wait until this morning to post the recipe for the cinnamon chips. Here’s a link.

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Steph May 25, 2012

When do you add the cinnamon chips?

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brighteyedbaker May 25, 2012

I can’t believe I missed that! Thanks for pointing it out. Whisk them in after you initially whisk together the dry ingredients (before adding the liquids). I adjusted the recipe so it’s now reflected there as well.

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Steph May 25, 2012

Just took mine out of the oven. Kitchen smells amazing – just like warm cinnamon! Thanks.

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brighteyedbaker May 26, 2012

I’m so glad you tried the scones! Makes my day :) Enjoy!

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The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook February 1, 2013

I love that you made your own cinnamon chips! They sound ah-mazing! I also love that you didn’t use any eggs. I don’t either – because they make the scones too cakey and not like a real, traditional, authentic scone. Instead, they’re super tender, flaky, and buttery. Mmm!

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alexandra February 6, 2013

Thanks! The homemade cinnamon chips add a lot more robust cinnamon flavor than the store-bought kind. I usually don’t use eggs in my scones, but I don’t think I knew that they would make a more cakey scone. Good to know!

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jennifer March 31, 2014

I’ve been looking for a scone recipe my whole family would eat and this is it! No egg for me, no blueberries for one daughter etc….perfect. thank you!

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alexandra March 31, 2014

Oh yay! So happy you liked them. :) Enjoy!

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