Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Petite Vanilla Bean Scones

All I have to say is A-MAZING! This recipe came from The Pioneer Woman they do NOT disappoint! If you make these, you will want to make them over and over and over! Yes, vanilla beans are a little pricey, but they really make these scones taste amazing!!
I made them up the night before then threw them in the oven the next morning. Or you could probably even freeze the cut dough and then bake them whenever you want.
Here's the recipe from The Pioneer Woman:
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ⅔ cups Sugar
  • 5 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 Pound) UNSALTED Butter, Chilled
  • 1 whole Large Egg
  • ¾ cups Heavy Cream (more If Needed)
  • 2 whole Vanilla Beans
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
  • ½ cups Whole Milk
  • 1 whole Vanilla Bean
  • Dash Of Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Split the vanilla beans down the middle lengthwise and scrape out all the vanilla “caviar” inside. Stir caviar into cream. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Sift together flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut cold butter into pats, then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour. Keep going until mixture resembles crumbs.

Mix vanilla cream with egg, then combine with flour mixture; stir gently with a fork just until it comes together.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and lightly press it together until it forms a rough rectangle. (Mixture will be pretty crumbly.) Use a rolling pin to roll into a rectangle about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. Use your hands to help with the forming if necessary.

Use a knife to trim into a symmetrical rectangle, then cut the rectangle into 12 symmetrical squares/rectangles. Next, cut each square/rectangle in half diagonally, to form two triangles.

Transfer to a parchment or baking mat-lined cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes, removing from the oven just before they start to turn golden. Allow to cool for 15 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


To make the icing, split one vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the caviar. Stir caviar into milk; allow to sit for awhile. Mix powdered sugar with the vanilla milk, adding more powdered sugar or milk if necessary to get the consistency the right thickness. Stir or whisk until completely smooth.

One at a time, carefully dunk each cooled scone in the glaze, turning it over if necessary. Transfer to parchment paper or the cooling rack. Allow the glaze to set completely, about an hour. Scones will keep several days if glazed.


  1. Hi julie!

    Love your blog!! I am going to make these scones for a friend's shower. I was wondering where you got your vanilla beans. Any other insider tips would be much appreciated.



  2. Thanks Drea! The Vanilla Beans I got for this recipe were from Alberstons. Sometimes they'll have them at TJ's and I think they may have them at World Market. They are definitely pricey, but you won't regret it once you taste the scones!!! This is a great recipe for a party, because it makes a lot and you can do most of it the night before then just bake them in the morning.

  3. I am a sucker for the Petite Vanilla Bean Scones from Starbucks! Can't wait to try your recipe Julie. Thanks!
    -Erica (Harris) Bedsted

  4. Hi Erica! Definitely give them a try and you'll see that the Starbucks scones don't hold a candle to these babies! This recipe comes from the Pioneer should check out her website sometime, she's got some great recipes!! Take care :)



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