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 own gluten-free scones. It’s a recipe you’ll enjoy making again and again, 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 ended up sharing several batches of various flavored scones with friends. One friend text 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 too crumbly, that is certainly NOT the case! They will melt in your mouth!
What is a Scone?
While one would prepare a scone much like they would a biscuit, biscuits and scones are two different things. Biscuits tend to be flakey and savory, while a scone is dressed up with a myriad of 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 when done well, not dry at all.
Serve scones whenever muffins and coffee/tea are appropriate. Brunch, bridal showers, baby showers, church gatherings, etc. Gluten-free blueberry scones seem to be a crowd favorite, while gluten-free pumpkin scones are a wonderful touch in the fall.
Though, if you ask my kids, they will say their favorite flavor is chocolate chip scones (no surprise there).
Tips For Making Gluten-Free Scones
- Keep your ingredients cold! I measure out my palm shortening first and pop it into the freezer for 15-20 minutes to chill while I’m measuring out my dry ingredients. You don’t want your shortening completely frozen, just very cold. For the egg and the dairy-free milk, I leave those 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 (just make sure you discard the liquid that results from thawing them).
- Use a citrus extract or zest vs. fresh squeezed. Do not add an acidic citrus juice to this recipe (like fresh 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 a thicker dairy-free milk. Try almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk, or soy milk, which all tend to be on the thicker side of dairy-free milks. If you substitute a thinner dairy-free milk, you may need 1-2 tablespoons less of it.
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 the dough 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.
I find a thin metal spatula works best to transfer the scone triangles to the baking sheet.
Gluten-Free Scone Flavor Ideas and Mix-Ins
- Chocolate Chip– I use dairy-free mini chocolate chips and add a ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg. The nutmeg adds a little 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 used 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, just 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!
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.
- In a large bowl, combine the tapioca starch, sorghum flour, brown rice flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, sea salt, and baking soda.
- Cut in the cold palm shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gently stir in the cold dairy-free milk, egg, and vanilla extract until just 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 with a piece of clean 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:
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of water until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more water, teaspoon by teaspoon, until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Drizzle over cooled scones.
Keep your ingredients cold! I measure out my palm shortening first and pop it into the freezer for 15-20 minutes to chill while I'm measuring out my dry ingredients. You don't want your shortening completely frozen, just very cold. For the egg and the dairy-free milk, I leave those 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 (just make sure you discard the liquid that results from thawing them).
Use a citrus extract or zest vs. fresh squeezed. Do not add an acidic citrus juice to this recipe (like fresh 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 a thicker dairy-free milk. Try almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk, or soy milk, which all tend to be on the thicker side of dairy-free milks (I used soy milk in my recipe testing). If you substitute a thinner dairy-free milk, you may need 1-2 tablespoons less of it.
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Reynolds Kitchens Non-Stick Parchment Paper - 60 Square'
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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