Chai Scones – A delicious homemade scone recipe made with warm spices and topped with a glaze. Perfect with for breakfast!
I love cuddling up in a cozy blanket with a hot cup of tea during the fall. Okay, well you might find me with a cup of tea all year round but during the fall, it just adds to the overall cozy feeling with the leaves changing color and the chilly weather.
One of my absolute favorite drinks to enjoy in this weather is a chai tea latte. The combination of warm spices and black tea is a wonderful way to warm up. I was inspired by those flavors to make these chai scones and they will not disappoint any chai fans out there!
Now the list of ingredients may look daunting but just keep in mind that it is mostly just spices to give the scones flavor. Apart from that, it is a very basic scone recipe that I topped with cinnamon sugar and a homemade vanilla glaze. These scones are great for brunch, breakfast, or just as a tasty afternoon snack!
Note – This recipe was updated April 2021 with new pictures and an adjusted recipe to make it even better.
Common Questions About Making Scones
What are chai scones?
Chai scones are a baked good similar to an American biscuit with flaky, buttery layers. This version uses chai spices, chai tea, a cinnamon sugar topping, and can be topped with a glaze.
What is the difference between a scone and a biscuit?
The differences between a scone and biscuit are very few small things such as biscuits using buttermilk while scones usually use heavy whipping cream.
What should I do if my scones are too crumbly?
So if you are having problems because your scones are too crumbly and aren’t forming together, I’ve found that putting the dough in a large piece of plastic wrap, closing it around the dough, and then kind of squishing it into a disk helps when it is really crumbly. Now the key to those flaky scones is handling them as little as possible so that you don’t melt the butter in it so do as little as you can. As you can see in my step-by-step pictures, mine are normally a bit of a crumbly mess before they bake and it is totally fine, it’s just hard to move them apart but they bake up beautifully.
What can I serve with chai scones?
Scones are perfect for slathering in things such as –
- Blueberry Jam
- Clotted Cream
Should I use a food processor or a pastry cutter?
So using a food processor is a bit contentious because it’s not the classic way of making scones but I find it to be more consistent. In the step-by-step pictures I chose to the food processor but having made it both ways, I think you should just use whatever equipment you have on hand.
What other types of scones can I make?
There are so many delicious varieties of scones! Some of my favorites are –
- Vanilla Bean Scones
- Buttermilk Scones
- Strawberry Rhubarb Scones
- Lemon Poppyseed Scones
- Strawberry Scones
- Griddle Scones (Singing Hinnies)
- Blueberry Brie Scones
What else can I make with chai flavors?
So many things! Some of the best chai-flavored recipes include –
- Chai Macarons
- Chai Latte (Starbucks Copycat}
- Chai Coffee Cake Muffins
- Dirty Chai Latte
- Chai Latte Dip
How do I make the perfect scones?
The key to making the perfect scones is temperature. Keep your butter, eggs, and cream as cold as possible, pulling out of the refrigerator immediately before use. Once the scones have been cut, place in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill to ensure the butter is as firm as possible. This is an important part of making the scones flaky.
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- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1 bag chai tea (removed from bag)
- 1/2 cup cream (or half-and-half)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, loose tea, and butter. Using a pastry cutter or food processor, work in the butter until pea-sized crumbs form.
- Add in cream, vanilla extract, and egg. Mix until dough comes together.
- Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and form the dough into a circle that is 1" thick.
- Sprinkle the top of the dough with cinnamon sugar.
- Use a pizza cutter or knife to slice the dough into 6-8 wedges.
- Place the scones in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
- Place the scones in the oven and cook for 18-23 minutes or until they are golden brown and the edges are all cooked through.
- Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract for the glaze in a small bowl and mix until well combined.
- Drizzle glaze on top of the scones while warm and serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
This nutritional information can vary depending on the specific products you choose so this is a general guess of the correct nutritional information based on the products I used. Please keep that in mind when making the recipe.
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