Pumpkin Cheddar Scones


I can tell you all about my busy weekend and how fun it was not getting much work done.  How nice it was to spend Sunday cruising around the San Francisco Bay with good friends on their boat with front and center views of the America’s Cup World Series regatta and the Blue Angels with a million other spectators.  I can also tell you that by Monday, the bug that had been threatening to take me down won the battle by forcing me to stay home from work.  But all I really want to talk about are these scones.



Who knew pumpkin and cheese would go so well together?  It was pure chance that led me to the discovery:

A craving for scones + leftover pumpkin purée + a block of sharp cheddar cheese = magic.

I like to combine sweet and salty elements in food and they didn’t disappoint here, though I was concerned (as I usually am when experimenting with baking) about the proportions of ingredients I was using.  I wanted to use up as much of my leftover pumpkin purée as possible and I had the idea that adding cheddar would make the scones less one-dimensional, but how much should I add?

I proceeded with caution.  I left behind some of the pumpkin purée and went the safe route with the cheddar, adding only one cup (loosely packed).  In the end, the amount of pumpkin and eggs I used to bind the batter wasn’t quite enough so I ended up adding milk but you know what?  It worked anyway.  In fact, I wouldn’t change a thing here.  The effect on the final product was subtle rather than obvious.  The fragrant scones are crisp on the outside and soft with pockets of melted butter on the inside.  The cheese added a bit of sharpness, just enough to know it’s there.  I tested one right out of the oven and before I knew it I had eaten three!

I liked these guys so much they might be making an appearance on my Thanksgiving table this year.  One batch makes just under 20 2-inch scones but I have a feeling they’ll be gobbled up fast.  Okay, that was a bad pun but seriously, try these.



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Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
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Pumpkin and sharp cheddar cheese are a match made in heaven, especially when the vessel that combines them is a hot, buttery scone.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: Makes 19-20
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ + ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut in cubes
  • ¾ cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk plus more for brushing scones
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (see note below).
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. Work in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is a little crumbly. You can use your hands, too, to distribute the butter a little better but unevenly crumbly would be okay. Stir in the grated cheese.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and 2 eggs until the mixture is smooth then add to the dry ingredients and stir together. At this point the mixture will seem dry with a bit unincorporated dry ingredients. Add ⅛ cup of the milk then stir together again. I ended up adding the other ⅛ cup milk and combined the dough with my hands (in the bowl using a kneading motion). The mixture will be moist and stick to your fingers if you used the entire ¼ cup milk. This is okay.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  5. Scrape the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface. Bring the dough together into a round and flatten with your hands until the dough is roughly ½ - ¾ inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut a piece of the dough and transfer onto your lined baking sheet. I was able to get 19 pieces by reshaping the scraps of dough and using it until it was all gone.
  6. Brush the tops with a little milk and bake in the oven for 11 - 13 minutes or until the scones are golden.
  7. Serve warm.
I use the convection feature of my oven so I baked mine at 400°F and the scones were done in 11-12 minutes. Based on experience this means that 425°F would be the recommended temperature for a regular oven. It might take a minute or two longer to bake your scones but as long as they're lightly golden, they're done.




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  1. What delicious looking and sounding scones! A great combination.



  2. I love your savory use of pumpkin! The sharp cheddar sounds perfect in these scones!

  3. Amazing! These may have to make an appearance on my thanksgiving table too!

  4. These look heavenly…lovely scones, Jean! …and your weekend sounded heavenly too! 🙂

  5. You’re so lucky to have had an up-close view of the America’s Cup! I imagine that it must have been quite chilly…hopefully the little bug won’t keep you down for too long. 🙂

    These scones look fabulous! Cheddar + pumpkin = brilliant!!

  6. Pumpkin and cheddar, huh? Never would have though it. But they look amazing – love the idea of these instead of biscuits or rolls for Thanksgiving.

  7. I would have never thought about pairing pumpkin and cheddar- you’re brilliant Jean! Love this recipes! Feel better:)

  8. I love to bake scones, they really are a perfect comfort food! You’ve created a unique combination with the pumpkin and cheese in your scones, they look scrumptious!

  9. I’d love to have this pumpkin scone with a bowl of hot soup! Perfection!

  10. Jean – I LOVE THESE SCONES!!!! My mouth is watering and I know my hubby would adore these along with myself. I have some homemake pumpkin butter that would be divine on these. I bet the city was super packed with all of the events going on but I am sure that you had a blast! Lovely photos!!!!

  11. i don’t think I’ve ever made a savory scone or combine cheese with pumpkin unless we’re talking pumpkin cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting
    I’d love a few one these scones with a warm bowl of soup for dinner

  12. Nice idea for savory scones, hope you feel better soon.

  13. I think these would be great with some pumpkin soup.

  14. What a unique combination of flavors! I am looking forward to giving these scones a try!

  15. Your discovery is a treasure to keep! They do seem delicious together! And I hope you are feeling better now.

  16. I like your formula and I can see it is a magical mix! I enjoyed your pictures from the bay in IG. How nice to be far from the crowds and relax and enjoy the moment! I’m jealous! I love scones both savory and sweet. This looks wonderful, Jean!

  17. These were absolutely phenomenal!!! I made little ham sandwiches out of them for lunch the next day. 🙂

  18. Kayela Larsen says:

    I was a little skeptical about the cheddar and pumpkin but I gave them a try and these were fantastic! Me and my husband ate them ALL in less then 24 hours (oops!) Looks like I will be making another batch.

  19. I made these without any changes to the ingredients. They were pretty good. The dough was a bit hard to work with, but I was pleased with the consistency of the scones–a bit crusty on the outside but tender and moist on the inside. For me, the scones were not savory. They tasted like “regular” sweet scones with pumpkin. I think the cheese is a good source of fat for these scones and probably contributes to their great texture, but for those who haven’t tried this recipe yet and are afraid of the combination of sweet and savory, I wouldn’t say that the cheese produced a cheesy or noticeably savory taste. Give them a try. Also, these scones are great the next day after a few minutes in the oven. I wouldn’t heat them in the microwave.

    • Lulu, thanks so much for your feedback on these scones (one of my favorites on the blog). So glad you liked them and that you took the time to drop a note. 🙂

  20. Saw these beauties on G+ this morning… Love!


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