Slightly sweetened gluten-free scones that are perfectly tender inside with just the right amount of crisp and crumbly around the edges. And who can deny the sweet indulgence of a perfectly drizzled powdered sugar glaze?
Use this master scone recipe to build your gluten-free scones. It's a recipe you'll repeatedly enjoy, changing the flavor profile every time!
This gluten-free scone recipe I'm sharing with you today is one I've been playing with for a while. During my recipe testing, I shared several batches of flavored scones with friends. One friend texts me later to give me her feedback (she is not gluten-free). She was surprised at how moist these scones were.
So if you are worried this recipe might be too dry or crumbly, that is certainly NOT the case! Instead, they will melt in your mouth!
What is a Scone?
Biscuits and scones differ. Biscuits tend to be flakey and savory, while a scone contains many mix-ins, which can be sweet or savory, and sometimes topped with a sweet powdered sugar glaze or coarse sugar. Scones are typically crumbly and dry, though they do not dry when done well.
Serve scones whenever muffins and coffee/tea are appropriate—brunch, bridal showers, baby showers, church gatherings, etc. Gluten-free blueberry scones seem a crowd favorite, while gluten-free pumpkin scones are a wonderful touch in the fall.
If you ask my kids, they will say their favorite flavor is chocolate chip scones (no surprise).
Tips For Making Scones Gluten-Free
- Keep your ingredients cold! I measure my palm shortening first and pop it into the freezer for 15-20 minutes to chill while measuring my dry ingredients. You want your shortening partially frozen, just very cold. I leave the egg and dairy-free milk in the refrigerator until it's time to add them to the dry ingredients.
- Opt for fresh berries/fruit vs. frozen. Frozen fruit causes this recipe to bake unevenly, so always opt for fresh berries or thaw frozen berries first (make sure you discard the liquid that results from melting them).
- Use a citrus extract or zest vs. fresh squeezed. Do not add acidic citrus juice to this recipe (like freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice), which could destroy the leavening of the scone. Instead, opt for a citrus extract or zest.
- Don't overmix your dough. Overmixing will cause your dough to be tough.
- Use thicker dairy-free milk. Try almond, oat, hemp, or soy milk, which all tend to be on the thicker side of dairy-free milk. You may need 1-2 tablespoons less if you substitute thinner dairy-free milk.
Shaping Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Scones
This gluten-free scone dough will be sticky and shaggy (but should be firm enough to hold its shape), so make sure you liberally flour a clean work surface before attempting to roll it out. I prefer to use a pastry board as my work surface, but if that's not an option for you, any clean area will do.
- A piece of plastic wrap will keep the dough from sticking to your hands as you form it into a disk and then roll it out on your work surface.
- Once you have the dough rolled out, and after you make your first initial cut, you may need to flour your knife, which will prevent the scone dough from sticking to it as you make more cuts.
- A thin metal spatula best transfers the scone triangles to the baking sheet.
Gluten-Free Scones Recipe Ideas and Mix-Ins
- Chocolate Chip- I use dairy-free mini chocolate chips and add a ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg. The nutmeg adds something extra special to the flavor of the dough.
- Blueberry Lemon- Fresh blueberries + lemon zest
- Lavender- Culinary lavender is always a fun option to try!
- Raspberry White Chocolate- Fresh raspberries + dairy-free white chocolate chips
- Cinnamon- When I make a batch of cinnamon scones, I use 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon, but please feel free to use as much (or as little) as you like! I also added ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg to add to the flavor profile.
- Cranberry Orange- Fresh or dried cranberries + orange zest
- Mixed Berry- My favorite mixed berry scones contain a blend of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, but you can use whatever combination you like.
- Cherry Almond- Cherries + almond slices + almond extract
I hope you enjoy these gf scones as much as my family does!
This recipe was originally published in October 2020. Blog post updated March 2023.
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Gluten Free Scone Recipe:
For the Scone Dough:
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 ¾ teaspoons xanthan gum
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup palm shortening, chilled until very cold
- 1 cup cold unsweetened dairy-free milk (*see recipe notes)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups mix-ins, such as fresh berries, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
For the Optional Powdered Sugar Glaze:
- 1 cup organic powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
To Make the Scone Dough:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
- Combine the tapioca starch, sorghum flour, brown rice flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, sea salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Cut in the cold palm shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gently stir in the cold dairy-free milk, egg, and vanilla extract until combined. Do not over-mix (lumps are okay!). The dough will be sticky and shaggy.
- Gently fold in optional mix-ins.
- Liberally flour a clean work surface. Place the scone dough on your work surface and cover it with clear plastic wrap. Using your hands, shape the dough into a disk. Now use a rolling pin to roll the disk of dough into an even round that is 1 inch thick.
- Peel off the plastic wrap and use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8 triangles (I flour my knife as I cut, which helps keep the dough from sticking to it).
- Transfer the triangles to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-16 minutes. These scones will not be visibly golden on top when done but will be golden on the underside.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
To Make the Optional Powdered Sugar Glaze:
- Whisk the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a mixing bowl until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more water, teaspoon by teaspoon, until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Drizzle over cooled scones.
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KitchenAid KSM155GBSR 5-Qt. Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl - Sugar Pearl Silver
Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour
Bob's Red Mill Sorghum Flour
Anthony's Organic Tapioca Flour Starch
Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc., Organic Powdered Confectioners Sugar, 16 oz (454 g) - 2pcs
Pure Vanilla Extract, Certified Organic
Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening, All Vegetable, 24 oz
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