Cinnamon Roll Scones

Expecting house guests over the Thanksgiving holiday?  Homemade  cinnamon rolls for breakfast sound good?  This recipe uses rolled out scone dough instead of the usual yeast dough so it’s much easier and quicker to make for company.  I would say mixing bowl to table in under an hour and does it make the kitchen smell good!   As much as I bake and I do love to bake, I find myself turning towards faster, easier or make ahead recipes when I entertain.  I also love a good scone and these cinnamon roll scones are good.  My husband and I kind of fought over the last one, actually it wasn’t really a fight.  I had been pulling apart and nibbling on the last scone, when he walked in the kitchen and went right to the container on the counter.  He took out the last half eaten scone and popped what was left of it- the middle- right in his mouth, he smiled and I smiled, so I guess all is well that ends well.  But, I do kind of miss that last bite of scone, okay I really miss that last bite of scone, after all it was the middle!!!

I will be making another batch of cinnamon roll scones for our guests this weekend but now it’s time to start thinking about turkey and all the trimmings.  For the most part I make and serve the family favorites that everybody expects from my kitchen.  I always bake my own rolls and pies, which does take extra time but I try to keep my recipes simple as there is so much to prepare for our favorite eating holiday.  I’ve ordered the turkey, decided on my menu and already made my grocery list.  I cleaned out the refrigerator and will set the table a few days early.  Thanksgiving has been my holiday for quite awhile now so most of the preparations are fairly routine.  I may go a little crazy and throw Italian sausage in the turkey dressing or ..I guess that’s it, I’m such a traditionalist-I admit it!  I’ve learned over the years not to surprise my family with any new gourmet creations at Thanksgiving, “Mom, what’s that weird taste in the mashed potatoes?”  “Why that’s white truffle butter honey!”  I just keep it homemade and simple, it works for me and I’m sticking with it, at least for the Thanksgiving meal.

Thanks to everyone for following my blog and to all who celebrate Thanksgiving- have a wonderful meal with your loved ones- with all the dishes you look forward to enjoying;-)

Cinnamon Roll Scones

Yield: 12 scones

Adapted from Baking For Friends by Kathleen King.


  • For the Filling
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • For the Dough
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 1 & 3/4 cups half-and-half
  • For the Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  3. Make the filling: using a small bowl mix together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Make the dough: using a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, work the butter pieces in with your fingertips until the mixture is crumbly (don't over mix), add the raisins, then add the half-and-half, stirring until just moistened.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface and turn the dough out, roll it into a 17x12 inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Spread the cinnamon filling over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
  7. Starting at the long side, roll the dough as tight as possible into a log.
  8. Cut the dough into 1 & 1/4 inch slices and arrange them cut sides up, several inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for about 25-28 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool on the pans for 10 minutes before moving to a metal rack.
  11. Make the icing: Using a small bowl mix the powdered sugar with the milk until smooth. Drizzle over the scones, serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. They look perfect also for the advent time….
    Ciao francesca

  2. I love these scones, Patty! What a smart idea to use scone dough and transform it into cinnamon rolls… that gives me an idea or two ;)

  3. These scones/cinnamon rolls look fabulous!! The middle bit is the best part! (Should always go to the baker.) ;)

  4. they are so pretty Patty. What a great idea to use scone dough to make a quick cinnamon rolls. Perfect for a lazy morning :) thanks for sharing

  5. These Cinnamon Roll Scones are wonderful. I can just smell all of that cinnamony goodness in my kitchen now. I have to try these soon.

  6. LOVING all of the baking you are doing! I bet your house is going to smell divine over the holiday. I love a great cinnamon roll and yours looks great. Pinning now. :-)

  7. This made me smile. You and your hubs “fight” over the last treats like my hubs and I do. Just between you and me, I would have been disappointed about missing out on the middle part of these cinnamon scones, too. I love scones and I love cinnamon rolls–putting them together this way was brilliant!

    I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year (it was always my holiday, too) but I’ll still be busy in the kitchen. Wishing you and yours a blessed and tasty holiday. :)

  8. Cinnamon roll scones? Never seen them before, but looks perfect for a Thanksgiving breakfast or aftenoon tea! I’ll be fighting over everyone for a piece of this sweetness!

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  9. Patty these look so good, I love scones so much and so I know these have to taste great. I agree with you on making the traditional things for Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday Patty and hope all goes well with your holiday meal!

  10. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I adore scones and I really love cinnamon rolls and am so loving this idea, Patty. I think these would be beautiful for any holiday morning breakfast:)

  11. They look so beautiful…like your blog! I have tagged you for The Beautiful Blogger Award!

  12. These cinnamon roll scones look marvelous!
    Wish you and yours a happy and beautiful holiday season!

  13. Patti, this is a brilliant idea to combine scones and cinnamon tolls, very yummy looking too. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  14. Came over to see what Patty’s baking today… you’re killing me! A scone/cinnamon roll is brilliant. I can’t spring anything new on my family at Thanksgiving either – but I still always put a twist on one of the dishes cuz they know me after all these years – I’m easily bored ;) Have a delicious time with your family, Patty.

  15. Patti….what a unique recipe! I love cinnamon scones….but having these look like cinnamon rolls is so clever! I bet they are fabulous and worth fighting over! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! : )

  16. Nice rolls Patty, especially that it take less time than the yeast rolls…and yes, perfect when you have guest and need something yummy and fast. Love the pictures, they sure look very tempting.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well :)

  17. These look great, Patty! They remind me of something called Grandma’s Biscuit that I like at a local bakery. Now I can try it at home. I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  18. What a great idea Patty! The middle of the cinnamon bun is always the best part isn’t it? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  19. These are amazing! I would not mind having them for breakfast any day :)
    Wishing you a lovely holiday as well!

  20. As I was reading your post, all I could think about was, making a gluten-free version of these amazing looking cinnamon roll scones! Not sure it’s possible, since gluten-free dough is so sticky, but perhaps I could make a regular batch of GF scones and spread some cinnamon filling on top :-) Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Patty~ WOW, these cinnamon roll scones are stunning~~ what a great idea! I need to make these soon!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  22. These are absolutely gorgeous!

  23. Wow! Those are gorgeous. I don’t eat cinnamon rolls very often because they’re just too doughy–this recipe solves that!

  24. I’m certain my cinnamon roll loving crew would adore these! And SO much less work than yeast rolls…hooray!! Have a marvelous Thanksgiving, my friend!!! xo

  25. Patty, These are absolutely gorgeous! I make scones all the time and Ireally love eating cinnamon rolls, so the fact this is a two-in-one is so cool. John will love these. The best part is thst I have all the ingredients. :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving!

  26. using a scone recipe to make cinnamon rolls is the greatest idea on this planet! they look PERFECT in every sense :)

  27. These are so gorgeous Patty! They combine two of my favorite treats….cinnamon rolls and scones! Perfect for the holiday table! Wishing you and your family the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

  28. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! It sounds like you put on a wonderful meal. I agree, there isn’t much room for innovation at Thanksgiving and Christmas as people like the traditional food that has always been served. These scones look like a perfect way to start the day!

  29. Patty, I love scones, and cinnamon rolls, but to have both rolled into one is incredible, beautiful, and very delicious. It certainly looks impressive, as well!

  30. Patty I think I would have ran to block that last center part from my husband, lol:) This is such a great recipe and love that it’s faster than yeasted rolls. Thanks for sharing!

  31. We are big fans of cinnamon rolls, what a great recipe. Scones are the perfect breakfast too, so combining them sounds delicious!

  32. I’m a huge scone fan who has not yet made cinnamon rolls. My children had asked me to make cinnamon rolls many times… I think I’ll make these cinnamon roll scones instead – it’s win win!!!

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