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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sourdough Scones

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Brown sugar and cinnamon sourdough scones are tender, crumbly, and buttery with a lovely brown sugar glaze on top. This is a great sourdough discard recipe to make and share with friends (or eat them all by yourself).

sourdough scone on plate with tea service behind

I love using my sourdough discard for so many things! These scones are a great example of what you can do with your starter. 

Scones are a great combination between a cookie and a biscuit. With a tender and crumbly texture, crispier outside and softer center.

white platter with five sourdough scones with serving utensil beside

Don’t throw your discard away! Try these other fun sourdough discard recipes:

overhead view of sourdough scones on cooling rack with glaze drizzled on

Sourdough Scones with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon 

Scones are such a lovely treat for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or to serve with tea and a good book. 

These scones have lovely flavor thanks to the brown sugar and cinnamon in the scones, and the lovely brown sugar glaze you could literally eat with a spoon.

brown sugar cinnamon scone on plate with tea and fork beside

How to make these scones:

These scones are simple to make. For the full instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below. 

  1. Line a 9″ round cake pan with plastic wrap and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry blender, two forks, or your fingers, mash the cold butter pieces into the flour mixture until it resembles course sand.
  4. Pour in the sourdough starter, cream, and vanilla and gently mix until just combined.
  5. Evenly press this into the prepared cake pan.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. Carefully turn the scone dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Using a large sharp knife, cut the circle of dough into 8 even wedges.
  10. Arrange the wedges so they have space between them, and then brush them with a little extra cream. Allow them to sit for a few minutes before baking.
  11. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until set and golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool completely before glazing.
  13. Try not to eat all the frosting while you drizzle it over the cooled scones.
  14. Enjoy!
collage showing steps to make scones with sourdough starter

How to make the brown sugar glaze

Mix up the glaze by warming the butter and milk together in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stirring until the butter melts. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla, and then stir in the powdered sugar until you get the desired drizzly consistency you want.

how to make brown sugar glaze for scones

Do I have to freeze the dough?

You don’t have to, however I find that the recipe works so much better when you do! Part of the awesome texture that you get from scones comes when all the ingredients are really cold, so placing them in the freezer for a bit helps everything get cold again. It also helps firm the dough up so you can slice them really nicely. So while you don’t have to, I really recommend it!

brown sugar cinnamon scones on platter with serving spatula beside

What kind of sourdough starter do I need for this recipe?

This recipe uses 100% hydration starter. You can use either fed and active starter, or inactive discard. It does not matter what kind of flour your starter is fed with, either. 

Read “Feeding your sourdough starter” to get information on hydration rates and how to properly feed and maintain your sourdough starter. 

Why both baking powder and baking soda?

In this recipe, the sourdough discard is just acting as a flavoring agent. We don’t get any leavening action from it, just like in the sourdough biscuits recipe. To get a nice lift in our scones, we need to use a chemical leavener. In this recipe we use both baking soda and baking powder as both will work together to create a nice lift and help in browning and help to create that great sourdough tang.

brown sugar scones with sourdough starter on cooling rack

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sourdough Scones

sourdough scone on plate with tea and fork beside

Brown sugar and cinnamon sourdough scones are tender, crumbly, and buttery with a lovely brown sugar glaze on top. This is a great sourdough discard recipe to make and share with friends (or eat them all by yourself).

Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes


Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sourdough Scones

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and cold
  • 1 cup sourdough discard, 100% hydration
  • 4 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Sourdough Scones:

  1. Line an 8 inch cake pan with plastic wrap.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles course sand (you can use your fingers or a fork).
  4. Pour the starter, cream and vanilla into the bowl and carefully mix with until just barely incorporated.
  5. Press the dough into the cake pan and cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Place in the freezer overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
  7. In the morning (or when ready to bake), place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and turn the dough out onto it.
  8. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  9. Let your dough stand for 15 minutes and then using a sturdy knife, cut your dough into 8 even wedges.
  10. Let the dough stand for another 15 minutes, and then brush the tops with a bit of cream on top.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the scones are set and lightly browned.
  12. Allow to cool while you mix the glaze.

Brown Sugar Glaze:

  1. In a microwave safe cup, heat the milk and butter for 30 seconds.
  2. Stir, stir, stir, until the butter is completely melted.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla and stir until the sugar melts.
  4. Whisk in the powdered sugar, starting with 1/4 cup and gradually increasing the amount until you get the desired consistency.
  5. Drizzle over the scones, and Enjoy!!!


Store these scones in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 396mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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Wednesday 14th of October 2020

These were absolutely wonderful!! I substituted 1 cup oat flour for one of the cups of AP flour and my kids loved them!! (And my hubby of course!) great glaze on top too!

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Saturday 24th of November 2012

I hope you don't mind! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Here's the link to my post for info:http://daringbakerduluth.blogspot.com/2012/11/liebster-award.html


Friday 23rd of November 2012

Mmmmm, I love the sound of that glaze and ginger/pear/cranberry is a winning combination. They look delicious! I messed my scones up, so I haven't posted this month, but I'm hoping to try again at some point ... probably with a glaze, now I've seen your post. :)


Wednesday 21st of November 2012

These are lovely Jenni! You know, I never think of putting a glaze on scones and I really should. Especially one with brown sugar, it must taste fantastic!


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

Oh my gosh Jenni, these are gorgeous! I love the glaze on top, it looks so decadent. I also felt that these needed more stuff inside the scone, rather than just on top. :)

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