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Glazed Oatmeal-Maple Scones with Pecans & Currants

5 stars based on 11 votes

These comforting breakfast treats are like a cross between scones and oatmeal cookies: buttery and tender on the inside, crisp and craggy on the outside, and chockfull of oats, pecans and currants. The recipe is the first I tried from Joanne Chang’s wonderful cookbook, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Bakery & Cafe, and it was love at first bite.


Begin by combining the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.


Mix for a few seconds to blend.


Add the butter in chunks. Be sure it is very cold.


Beat with the paddle until the butter is somewhat mixed in and broken down into grape-sized pieces.


Whisk together the egg, maple syrup and heavy cream in a small bowl.


Add it to the mixing bowl.


And beat until just incorporated, about 20 seconds. Be sure not to overmix — you want small pieces of butter to remain intact.


Scoop the batter into a baking sheet.


Then bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden.


Cool on a rack.


Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining the Confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup and water.


Then drizzle over cooled scones.


Note: My only changes to the original recipe were to use currants instead of golden raisins (only because that’s what I had on hand); reduce the baking time by 15 minutes (possibly a typo in the book?); and halve the glaze (I found them to be plenty sweet with that amount).

Glazed Oatmeal Maple Scones with Pecans & Currants

Servings: 8 scones
Total Time: 45 Minutes


For the Scones

  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted (if desired) and chopped
  • 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces
  • 1/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cold egg

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer), mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pecans and currants on low speed for 10 to 15 seconds. Scatter the butter pieces over top and beat on low speed for about 30 seconds, or until the butter is somewhat broken down and grape-size pieces are still visible.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, maple syrup and egg until thoroughly mixed. Pour the cream mixture into the butter mixture and mix on low speed for about 20 seconds, or just until the dough comes together. It will be fairly wet.
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure that all of the dry ingredients are incorporated into the dough. Using an ice cream scooper, drop mounded scoops of the dough (about 1/3 cup each) onto the prepared baking sheet, forming 8 scones and spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until scones are golden brown around the edges and lightly golden on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes. (Hold on to the parchment paper -- you'll need it for adding the glaze.)
  6. While the scones are cooling, make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, maple syrup and enough of the water to make a smooth, pourable glaze. When the scones have cooled for at least 30 minutes, transfer them back to the parchment-lined baking sheet and use a spoon to drizzle the glaze evenly over top.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 scone
  • Calories: 451
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Cholesterol: 67mg

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    I have probably made these scones easily 20 times. Every one loves them! They have become my “signature” thank you in my neighborhood. My only change is to leave out the water in the glaze. Thank you for making “me” a great baker. Regards.

    - Jane C. on July 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Greetings from Canada,
    Love the scones. The English scones of my childhood were always made with currants. Your recipe is lighter and tastier. Our new favorite recipe. Great thank you !!!
    Delicious Wishes
    Yvonne Adams

    - Yvonne Adams on February 9, 2017 Reply
  • Can you make these ahead of time? Make the dough and portion out then freeze raw and bake when needed?

    - Hollu on February 9, 2017 Reply
    • Yep, that will work 🙂

      - Jenn on February 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Truthfully, I love these. I mean, LOVE these as does my 17 month old and hubby. Jury is still out with the 3yo, but he seems only to want to exist on cottage cheese and fruit so there ya go. I have now made these about 5-6 times since November 2016 and my hubby wants them as a weekly staple. Soooo happy! ?❤️

    - Carolyn C on February 9, 2017 Reply
  • Could these be adapted with a Gluten free flour mix?

    - Sandy on February 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These turned out perfect, even my super picky 4 yr old liked them. Thank you!

    - Annmarie on February 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were really tasty. I’ve already made them twice. The texture is nice, too.

    - J-Mom on November 30, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Came across your website looking for scone recipe. These were great. Thank you!

    - Alex Snyder on November 6, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Yummy scones! I tweaked the recipe a little. Replaced the heavy cream with evaporated milk and the maple syrup with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk plus brown sugar. Turned out great and not too sweet. I omitted the glaze and ate them with strawberry jam. Mmmmm…

    - Teddy C on November 4, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My favorite scone recipe! Sometimes I add a little bit of maple extract to the glaze to punch up the maple flavor.

    - Lindsay on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are delicious. I can’t believe how easy they are to make and how delicious they turned out. Incredible! Thank you so much.

    - Cindy on November 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved these, only adjustment I made was to add a Tablespoon of cream cheese to the icing, my husband prefers a thicker glaze. Made them this morning and the smell awoke everyone in the house.

    - Ellie on November 26, 2014 Reply
  • What is the best temp to bake these at? Thanks!

    - kit on November 18, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Kit, They should be baked at 350°F.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are my new favorite! They are amazing, even without the glaze. I’ll be making these again and again!

    - Susie on September 6, 2014 Reply
  • are steel-cut oats a possibility?

    - vp fox on September 21, 2013 Reply
    • I’d stick with old fashioned rolled oats as steel oats would be very crunchy.

      - Jenn on September 21, 2013 Reply
  • Love scones! I can’t wait to try these! B)

    - Cathy on August 27, 2013 Reply
  • Would love to try these scones, However, would like to eliminate the maple syrup. What would be a good substitute?

    - Mary Lou Juzwic on August 22, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Mary Lou, You could sub brown sugar or honey.

      - Jenn on August 23, 2013 Reply
  • Jenn, can these be made a day a head or so of when I would be serving them? Do they need to be kept in an air-tight container or in the refrigerator? I am thinking of making them for a “Coffee with Neighbors” that our community holds once a month.

    - Patricia Brady on August 22, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Patricia, They are best served fresh out of the oven but if you need to make them ahead of time you can refresh them in a 300 degree oven for about 5 minutes. I’d wait to add the glaze until you are ready to serve them. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on August 23, 2013 Reply
  • These look delicious! I have been making a very similar scone from one of Ina Garten’s cookbooks and it has been a staple in our house and a great home baked gift to give to others. Thanks for another take on this.

    - Karen on August 22, 2013 Reply
  • I’m in love with scones! Sounds like a great recipe and love that you used currants

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on August 22, 2013 Reply
  • These look really tasty! I love the Flour cookbook, and the bakeries! It is so hard to exercise self control in there.

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