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Spiced Oat Scones with Brown Butter Glaze

Spiced Oat Scones with Brown Butter Glaze are a perfect choice for a special morning treat!

One of my favorite things to do on Christmas morning is make a breakfast treat for us to enjoy. Granted, I sometimes wimp out after an evening of Christmas Eve festivities, but there’s really no excuse when there are simple scones to be made!

Besides the amazing taste, the beauty of these scones is really their simplicity. At first glance, the ingredient list may look a bit long, but don’t fret. There are a lot of spices going on here. They really mix up so quickly! Then, just give them a quick pat, shape them a bit, and put them in the oven for a short time.

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You could absolutely stop there and enjoy some perfectly lovely scones. They are lightly sweet and have a nice chewiness form the oats. But I highly recommend that brown butter glaze. It really bumps up the flavor and turns them into something extra special.

These beauties are a perfect quick treat for a special breakfast or brunch. Or save them for a little later in the day to enjoy with your coffee or tea.

Spiced Oat Scones with Brown Butter Glaze

Yield 6 scones
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Cozy-spiced scones are topped with brown butter glaze for the ultimate breakfast treat!

Spiced Oat Scones with Brown Butter Glaze are a perfect choice for a special morning treat!


For the scones:

  • 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the scones:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and cloves.
  3. Add butter and use a pastry blender or a fork to mix until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of small peas.
  4. Add buttermilk and vanilla, and stir just until combined.
  5. Gather dough into a ball and transfer to parchment-lined pan. Gently pat the dough into a disk about 7 inches in diameter. Cut into 6 wedges and separate each wedge so that there is about half an inch between wedges.
  6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

To make the glaze:

  1. Place the butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter melts and begins to foam.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until brown specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan and the butter has a nutty aroma. Remove pan from heat and transfer butter to a small mixing bowl. If desired, strain the butter to remove the browned bits. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and the vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. If needed, add more milk, a teaspoon at a time, until glaze is desired consistency.
  4. Spread glaze over cooled scones.

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This recipe was originally developed for Clabber Girl, where I am a paid contributor.

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    9 Comments on “Spiced Oat Scones with Brown Butter Glaze”

  1. ummmm I wanna come to your house for Christmas! I mean…BROWN BUTTER GLAZE

  2. I always love a good scone. These look delectable and love the spice combo. Had to print the recipe just in case my energy levels kick in in time for Christmas Breakfast. Yum!! Thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Those look amazing! My gardeners love scones for breakfast on Sundays. Even the customers have caught on there might be warm scones at the coffee bar late morning to have with your free latte. LOL

    Thanks, Jennifer!! Merry Christmas!

  4. You totally had me at brown butter glaze! These are beauties.

  5. These look awesome. I’d love to be eating these today. Tea and scones is where it’s at!

  6. Made these earlier today, they were pretty good! If I were to do it again, I would add the spices in larger quantities as they weren’t super flavourful when they came out. Having said that, I also didn’t make the glaze, so maybe that helps bring the flavours out.

    • I’m glad you liked them! The glaze definitely adds more flavor, but the scones are appealing all on their own, too. You can always dial the spices to suit your tastes. I’ve found that not all brands of spices have the same strength of flavor, too, so sometimes that’s a factor as well.

  7. WOW! This recipe turned out spectacularly!
    The oat scones are very good, although next time I would add a little more cinnamon and the other spices. I enjoyed how the oats added some body and texture to each bite while the whole scone itself is still very tender and flaky.

    The real all-star is the BROWN BUTTER GLAZE… it blew my mind! It reminded me of melted French vanilla ice cream, with an intensely rich buttery and vanilla flavor. I used salted butter which maybe added to the intensity of the butter and vanilla flavor in the glaze. Put this brown butter icing on any drab old baked good and turn it into a magical once in a lifetime experience.

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