Christmas Scones (Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg & Rosemary)

You may have noticed that I’ve been on a holiday baking kick. I truly look forward to December every year so that I can try out new recipes and techniques. When I came across this recipe that literally warned against making these scones, because they’re just. that. addictive., I knew I had to try it! Indeed, these scones embody the holiday season, with seasonal scents like nutmeg and rosemary taking a starring role. Vanilla bean paste (as opposed to liquid vanilla extract) provides a warmer flavor and these GORGEOUS flecks of vanilla bean.

2016-12 Christmas Scones



  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped small
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 cup half and half (or milk or cream), plus 2 tablespoons more for brushing on top
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, dried cranberries, and rosemary in a large bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter with a fork or using two butter knives until it looks like coarse meal. Whisk together the half and half and vanilla bean paste, and stir it into the flour mixture. (The dough should come together, but not be too wet.)
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, then flatten it into a disk; wrap it in plastic wrap and chill 10 minutes in the freezer.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press the dough out to a circle about 7 to 8 inches in diameter and ¾ inch thick. Cut the circle of dough into 8 equal wedges.
  6. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, lightly brush the tops with a little half and half (or milk), and bake until puffed and light golden brown on top and bottom, about 14 to 16 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, whisk together all ingredients for the glaze, adding the water a little at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Dip the tops of the scones into the glaze, letting it run down the sides; sprinkle a few dried cranberries and rosemary leaves on top, if desired. Place the scones onto a wire rack and let the glaze set completely before serving.

P+P Tip: These scones can be prepped ahead of time — just make the dough and refrigerate it over night, bake it off in the morning. Alternately, the finished scones can be frozen in an airtight bag or container.


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