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Sweet Potato Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze

Delicious Sweet Potato Scone with Brown Sugar Glaze are the best scones you'll ever try! They're light and fluffy sweet potato scones topped with brown sugar glaze. Loaded with cinnamon and brown sugar, these scones will have you coming back for seconds.

Overhead view of sweet potato scones topped with brown sugar glaze on a wire cooling rack.

Sweet Potato Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze

This recipe is adapted from these vanilla cardamom scones. The one and only scone base you will ever need!

Smashed sweet potato, butter, and buttermilk give the scones a moist, tender interior with a crunchy exterior.

Brown sugar glaze top the scones making them a delectable treat!

Angled view of sweet potato scones topped with brown sugar glaze on white parchment paper.

Everyone has been on a "healthy" kick. That seems to be what January is all about. Eating healthier, lighter, and making smart food decisions.

Well, guess what? January is over! It's time to start putting some meat back on your bones and these scones are a great place to start.

I have an avid sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast. Because of this, I usually just stick to a banana and yogurt. Both are sweet and good for you.

But lately, I've been on a scone kick. You may remember a couple weeks back when I mentioned that I've found my one and only scone recipe. I can't seem to stop making scones now.

I want to use the base for all sorts of flavors!!

I've made honey citrus sweet potato scones before but they were nothing like today's recipe. Today's scones are light and fluffy. Soft and tender on the inside with a nice biscuit-like crunch on the outside. And so, so good.

Sweet potato scones topped with brown sugar glaze on a black wire cooling rack.

The brown sugar glaze gives the scones an added sweetness. It's like eating a baked sweet potato topped with butter and brown sugar. One of my favorite restaurant treats!

Remember to handle the dough as little as possible and don't overmix. You want it to be lumpy.

You are going to love the intense sweet potato flavor in these buttery-soft scones.

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Angled view of sweet potato scones topped with brown sugar glaze on white parchment paper.

Sweet Potato Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Light and fluffy sweet potato scones topped with brown sugar glaze. The most delicious sweet potato scone you will ever try! Loaded with cinnamon and brown sugar, these scones will have you coming back for seconds.

Ingredients

For the scones

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cups packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

For the glaze

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar

Instructions

Make the scones

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or two knives, blend the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles pea-sized crumbs. 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.
  3. 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. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with cream.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool slightly and top with glaze.

Make the glaze

  1. Combine the butter brown sugar and cream in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the sugar melts and the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture over the powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool before topping the scones.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Joann G

Saturday 9th of October 2021

These were delightful. I doubled the cinnamon cause I love cinnamon and added an egg as well. Went well with my ham and cheese omlettes this morning!!

Bethany

Thursday 24th of December 2020

These sound delicious-- exactly what I was looking for. Thinking of adding some crystallized ginger for a Christmas breakfast treat!

Laura Bagwell

Friday 4th of September 2020

These were really great! I added some ground ginger, nutmeg, and a little turmeric for more color. Also one egg. Future additions will include pine nuts, pecans, or walnuts. Adding this to my recipe stash! Thanks much!

Yisandoval

Sunday 19th of November 2017

I made this yesterday, perfect for the weather (cold and rainy outside) my family really like the scones. They were really tasty, crunchy texture on the outside and soft within. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for the recipe.

Audra

Thursday 11th of May 2017

Ok so I just pinned this recipe and when I saw that it was yours, I looked at my husband and was like "oh, I know these will be good!" We LOVE the vanilla cardamom scones so I'm looking forward to making these tomorrow! Introverts unite...to the kitchen! ?

Jen Sobjack

Friday 12th of May 2017

Wonderful! I do hope you enjoy the scones.

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