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Loaded with brown sugar, cinnamon, and citrus zest, and topped with a honey glaze, these Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones are the perfect way to start your morning.

Honey citrus glaze being drizzled over baked sweet potato scones.

Easy Sweet Potato Scones

These Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones were inspired by my sweet potato scones with brown sugar glaze recipe. I loved those so much that I couldn’t help myself from trying a new version.

I made only a few adjustments to the recipe and ended up with an incredible flavor profile. This sweet potato scone recipe is so moist, soft, flaky, and full of flavor. In my opinion, they are pure perfection.

Not to mention, they’re topped with a delightful honey glaze. It pairs so perfectly with the flavors in the scones. It’s an addition you don’t want to skip!

It’s often a challenge to add puree to a scone base and have the texture turn out just right. But I’m so happy with these results. I can’t wait for you to try them!


What You’ll Need

Besides the obvious ingredients – citrus zest, honey, and sweet potatoes – these scones are made with pantry essentials.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Light brown sugar – Brown sugar works best in this recipe as the molasses flavor enhances the spices in the dough.
  • Citrus zest – Equal parts orange zest and lemon zest are used in these citrus scones.
  • Baking powder & baking soda – Both leavening agents are necessary to achieve the perfect texture when making scones.
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Butter – Unsalted butter works best.
  • Buttermilk – I do not recommend substituting the buttermilk in this recipe.
  • Sweet potato – Sweet potato should be cooked and mashed in advance.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey – Be sure to use a pure, quality honey.

How to Make Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones

The dough for these sweet potato scones comes together easily and they need to bake for just 15 minutes! Enjoy fresh, warm scones in just over half an hour!

Make the dough. Combine the dry ingredients and the citrus zests. Blend in the butter until it resembles pea-sized crumbs. A pastry cutter is a great tool for this!

In a separate small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, sweet potato, and vanilla together. Combine with the flour mixture.

Shape the dough. Turn the dough out on a floured work surface and knead about 5 times. Shape into a 7-inch disk. Cut into 8 equal-sized wedges.

Bake. Brush the top of the scones with cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Then allow the scones to cool on a wire rack.

Make the honey glaze. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, cooking until the sugar melts and the mixture becomes smooth. Drizzle over the cooled scones. Enjoy immediately.

Tips for Success

There are several secrets to making the perfect scones – something I’ve learned through a lot of trial and error. Luckily for you, I’m sharing the things I’ve learned so you get the scones perfect the first time!

  • Use roasted sweet potatoes. This enhances the natural sugars in the potato making it extra sweet. I wrapped mine in foil and let it cook for 2 hours in a 400°F oven. I used a rather large potato so adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your potato.
  • Do not grate the citrus all the way. When grating your fresh orange and lemon zest be sure not to grate down to the white skin of the fruit. You only want the colored portion of the rind. The white part is bitter and will give your scones a bitter taste.
  • Do not overmix the dough. This is very important. The dough should be rough; so don’t strive for a smooth dough. This was the mistake I made so many times when I first started making scones.
  • Work quickly. Because we are using cold butter, you want it to stay cold, so work quickly. You want to handle the dough as little as possible since the warmth of your hands will warm the butter.

    *This plays into the tip above. The less you mix, the colder the butter, the flakier the product.
  • Do not roll the dough. When shaping the dough, gently pat it into a 7-inch round disc instead of rolling it. Then, cut the disc into 8 equal-sized wedges.
  • Freeze the dough before baking. Arrange the wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and pop the entire thing into the freezer for 30 minutes. This is a trick I learned about a year ago and it helps to ensure the scone dough is super cold before going into the oven.
Baked Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones on a baking sheet lined with white parchment paper.

Serving Suggestions

I love to enjoy these honey citrus sweet potato scones in the morning, along with a cup of coffee or tea. You can also enjoy these for an afternoon snack or dessert.

Whenever you eat these scones, you definitely don’t want to skip the glaze. It goes so well with the citrus sweet potato combo.

Scones are best eaten the day they are made.


Can I Make These in Advance?

You can make the dough in advance and refrigerate it overnight. Then simply shape the scones and bake the next day. I do not recommend baking the scones in advance.


How to Store Leftovers

  • How to store scones. Scones are best when eaten the same day but can be stored in the fridge for 2 days.
  • Can I freeze scones? Yes, you can freeze these honey citrus scones for up to 3 months. Be sure to freeze them before adding the glaze. Thaw in the fridge then reheat and glaze before serving.
  • How to reheat scones. I recommend reheating the scones in the oven until warm.

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Honey citrus glaze being drizzled over baked sweet potato scones.

Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Loaded with brown sugar, cinnamon and citrus zest, and topped with a honey glaze, these Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones are the perfect way to start your morning.

Ingredients

For the scones

  • 2 ½ cups (325 g) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cups (73 g) light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk
  • ½ cup (66 g) cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze

  • ¼ cup (84 g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

Make the scones

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, orange zest, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine. 
  2. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or two knives, blend the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles pea-sized crumbs. 
  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the buttermilk, sweet potato, and vanilla together, then add it to the flour mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together, taking care not to over mix.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it gently about 5 times. Shape the dough into a 7-inch round disk. Cut the dough into 8 equal sized wedges. 
  5. Arrange the scones 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the scones in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Brush the tops of the scones with cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool then drizzle with glaze. Scones are best enjoyed right away.

Make the glaze

  1. Combine the honey, brown sugar, and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the sugar melts and the mixture becomes smooth. 

Notes

This recipe yields 8 large scones. For smaller scones, cut the dough into  16 pieces instead of 8.

Watch the scones closely as they bake because smaller scones may require a shorting baking time.

Make ahead tip

  1. You can refrigerate the dough overnight then simply shape the scones and bake them the next day.
  2. You can keep leftover scones for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
  3. Unglaze scones can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then reheat and glaze before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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5 Comments

  1. These look delicious! I would love to try them, is it possible to use while wheat flour instead of all purpose?

    1. That should be fine. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid needed. And the overall texture of the scone will not be the same as the original recipe.

  2. These look amazing! Looking at them, I’d never guess that these were made with sweet potato – and it just so happens that I have one lonesome sweet potato left over from another recipe! How serendipitous 🙂

    1. I suppose you are in luck with this recipe then. 😉 I do hope you enjoy it. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my site.