These Caramel Apple Scones are bound to be the star of your brunch table. Topped with a sprinkling of turbinado sugar for crunch and a drizzle of caramel for decadence, they’re certain to be devoured.
Easy Caramel Apple Scones Recipe
While we love our savory biscuits in the South, scones in a variety of flavors can often be found on the menu, too. Scones can also be served both savory or sweet and are often part of breakfast, brunch and holiday celebrations. These scones combine the flavors of caramel apples with a buttery cinnamon spiced dough.
How to Make the Best Caramel Apple Scones Recipe
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Caramel Apple Scones: All purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice or ground cinnamon, salt, light brown sugar, chopped Granny Smith apples, vanilla extract, butter, heavy cream, one large egg, caramel ice cream topping or dulce de leche slightly warmed and turbinado sugar to brush to tops before baking.
- Granny Smith apples are somewhat tart and provide a nice contrast to the sweet caramel sauce. That being said, you can use a different variety of apples should you prefer to.
- If you don’t have apple pie spice you can use ground cinnamon instead.
- You may also opt to skip the drizzle and serve these with a bowl of warm caramel sauce on the side to allow each person to drizzle to their heart’s content.
- The purpose of chilling the dough is to allow the butter to solidify and prevent the scones from spreading too much when baking.
- Turbinado sugar, also called sugar in the raw, is readily available on the baking aisle with the other sweeteners. In a pinch, a sprinkling of granulated sugar could be substituted.
- You can chill the dough for longer than 15 minutes. When doing so, you may need to lengthen the baking time to allow the scones to bake thoroughly.
- Store leftover scones chilled in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 3 days.
What Caramel Sauce is Best to use for Apple Scones?
For these scones, you can use 1/2 cup of prepared dulce de leche warmed in the microwave to drizzle consistency. You may also use your favorite brand of quality ice cream topping or salted caramel sauce readily available on the aisle with the other ice cream fixings.
More Southern Style Scones Recipes to Make
Scones can be served most any time of day. They’re quite often found on the morning and afternoon tea time menu as well as holiday brunches and special gatherings with friends. Other scones you may like to try:
- Cranberry Orange Sour Cream Scones are a holiday must-make.
- Savory Bacon and Cheddar Scones with Pineapple Butter
- Blueberry Sour Cream Scones are drizzled with a sweet vanilla cream glaze.
- Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are filled with a burst of citrus.
- Peach Scones are delicious served with preserves and whipped cream.
- Cream Scones from Southern Living
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Caramel Apple Scones
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice or cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup salted butter frozen and grated
- 1 cup (heaping) grated Granny Smith apple cored and peeled
- 3/4 cup heavy cream plus 2 Tbsp additional to brush top
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup prepared dulce de leche or quality caramel sauce slightly warmed
- 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- To make scones: In a medium size mixing bowl use a whisk to sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, apple pie spice, baking soda and salt. Add frozen butter and toss to evenly distribute. (Use a box grater to grate butter)
- In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, egg and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients with grated apple. Mix until fully moistened.
- Turn the dough out onto a non stick lightly floured surface. Turn it a few times to lightly coat with flour, if sticky. Do not overwork the dough. Pat the dough into roughly an 8 inch circle that is about 1 inch thick.
- Use a sharp knife dipped in flour to cut into wedges. Transfer wedges to baking sheet. Chill for 15 minutes.
- To bake: Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush tops and sides of scones with reserved 2 Tbsp cream. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until puffed and golden.
- Cool for 10 minutes then drizzle with caramel sauce and serve.
- For these scones, you can use 1/2 cup of prepared dulce de leche warmed in the microwave to drizzle consistency. See how to make your own here.
- You may also use your favorite brand of quality ice cream topping or salted caramel sauce readily available with the other ice cream fixings.