A Favorite: Pear & Cardamom Scones

Pear Cardamom Scones

Pears were on sale at the supermarket the other day so I bought a few knowing exactly what I was going to make – Scones!  Cardamom, to me, is a favorite Fall Spice and when combined with Pears in these Scones, you’re surely in for a treat!

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Many back away from making scones, viewing it as too difficult and challenging.  Some don’t like scones because they are too dry and/or lack flavor.  I am hoping to dispell those ideas and show you the simple steps to a flavorful, moist scone with a golden crust that is tender and flaky.

Simple Steps

Before beginning, place stick of butter in the freezer for a minimum of 30-45 minutes.  While the butter is freezing, measure out the rest of the ingredients and prepare your baking sheets.  I got these for a really great price and it’s a great time to stock up for Fall Baking!

When time’s up, unwrap butter and run it against a cheese grater – the smaller side of it.  Because it’s frozen, the butter will be easier to handle as you do this.  It should look like picture A below.  In step #4 of the recipe, you’ll add the grated butter to the dry ingredients and it should look like picture B.  Picture C below is what the mixture should resemble in step #5, which is perfect.  Step #6 is what the final dough will look like when rolled up, picture D.

At this point, preheat your oven.  Picture A below is step #7.  You’ll need to gently pat the dough with your hands/fingers until you have a circle about 8″ diameter.  Step #8 is shown in picture B.  Transfer four slices to each baking sheet (picture C).  Picture D shows the scone with the egg wash and sugar on top.

That’s basically it, the hardest part.  Now you let them bake, cool then you drizzle the glaze and devour.  They taste the best when freshly baked but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.  Frankly, these are pretty perfect when fresh out of the oven without the glaze and are an option for those looking to cut down on sugar.


But why?  Seriously!  You want to make these.  Soon.  With or without the glaze, they’re just that good!  All that’s missing is a cup of tea or coffee.  And great company because as the saying goes, Sharing is Caring!


Pear Cardamom Scones


Pear & Cardamom Scones

Pear & Cardamom Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These homemade Pear and Cardamom Scones are perfect little slices of heaven!  An outer crunch gives way to a soft, tender bite every time! So much better than store bought, too!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Cori
For the Scone Dough:
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, frozen
  • 2 cups Flour, all purpose
  • 1 tsp Cardamom, ground
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar, granulated
  • 1 zest Lemon *
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream plus
  • 2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 small Pear, peeled & diced
For the Egg Wash:
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream, or milk
  • Sugar In The Raw, for sprinkling on top
For the Glaze/Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Liquid Coffee Creamer, plain or Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
For the Scones:
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.  Place stick of butter in freezer for 30 minutes.  

  2. Peel and dice pear.  Set aside.  In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, salt, cardamom, baking powder and lemon zest.  Set aside.  Note:  When zesting lemon, be sure to avoid zesting down to the white pith, or portion of the peel.

  3. In a measuring cup, combine whipping cream, egg and vanilla.  Note: Total whipping cream that goes into the dough is 1/2 cup plus the 2 tbsp.

  4. Using a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter.  Add to flour mixture and using the whisk, or fork, gently combine with rest of ingredients being careful not to smash the butter bits down.  It should retain the grated shape and be throughout the flour mix.

  5. Make a small well in the middle of the flour mix.  Add liquid ingredients into the well and using a spatula, gently stir to combine.  The mixture should not be smooth like batter.  It should be crumbly and not holding together.

  6. Lightly flour counter surface.  Empty dough contents onto counter and gently begin pushing it to form a ball.  If it gets a little sticky, add a little more flour to the counter and continue.  DO NOT KNEAD or OVERWORK the dough

  7. Once most of it is holding together, gently lift dough ball up and lightly flour counter again.  Using your hands, pat dough into a round circle about 8-9" wide.

  8. Using a sharp knife, cut in half.  Then into quarters. Then cut each quarter in half again.  There should be a total of 8 pieces. 

  9. Place four scones on each baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.  To make the egg wash, whisk egg and heavy whipping cream with a fork.  Brush tops of scones with egg wash and then sprinkle sugar in the raw on top.

  10.  Place one baking sheet in the fridge while the other bakes at 400 degrees (F) for 20 minutes. Rotate baking sheet halfway through.

  11. Allow scones to cool completely before glazing.

For the Glaze:
  1. In a small cup, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and creamer (or milk) with a fork until smooth.  Drizzle over cooled scones.

39 responses to “A Favorite: Pear & Cardamom Scones”

  1. Sounds very yummy! I may want to make these someday, when I get better at cooking/baking. I am just a beginner now.

  2. Alison says:

    These looks delicious! And perfect for Fall

  3. Carolann says:

    Scones are one of my favorites and yet I don’t make them enough. I love this recipe especially bc of the pears. I can’t wait to try it! They look so yummy!

    • Cori says:

      Thank you Carolann! I love pears but they tend to be a forgotten fruit in this house. Then in recipes like these, I remember how great they really are 😉

  4. Those look professional! You could sell these in a bakery!

  5. I agree, I’m a beginner as well but these look too yummy to not try it out for myself! I have come across so many awesome/easy recipes. Thanks for this!

  6. msmamabean says:

    I love scones and have afternoon tea whenever I can, this recipe with pears and cardamon looks scrumptious! I would love to give this a try!

  7. Lily says:

    I’m obsessed with scones right now! There’s a local bakery that has new flavors every week. I’m there every Saturday morning. I love your flavor of pears and cardamon, and that extra drizzle of glaze makes it extra special -yum!

    • Cori says:

      Me, too! Unfortunately there’s no local bakery here that makes them otherwise I’d be there every week as well, lol. Thank you so much for stopping by today 😉

  8. Mikayla says:

    Oooohhhh these looks delicious! I’ll definitelt have to try this recipe!

  9. myglobalattitude says:

    Looks so yummy ! By the way i like how you simplify recipes in your blog 🙂

    • Cori says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I break them down out of habit in teaching my kids recipes and I’ve noticed how much of a difference it can make for someone who’s new to cooking/baking. I appreciate your taking note of that sweetie 😉

  10. and considering the weather is supposed to be cool this weekend…..

  11. Oh yummy yum yum! Pinning and making these they look delish!

    xoxo Christie

  12. Jody says:

    Wow, these look delicious and love how you added pictures for how it should look at each step. This could be very useful if you are not sure if you are making it correctly.

    • Cori says:

      Thank you Jody! I’m a visual learner and thought the step by step photos would be of help to others as well. I’m glad you picked up on that 😉

  13. Michelle says:

    It’s difficult to find good scones near me, so I might just make them myself using your recipe. These look sooo good!

  14. These look so delicious Cori! My mom loves scones and pears, so I’ll have to make these for her. 🙂

    • Cori says:

      Aww, that’d be so sweet of you and I’m sure, saying this as a mom myself, that she’d totally appreciate it if you did! I love when my kids make me breakfast 😉

  15. Ashley says:

    I pinned this, because while I love to make everything from scratch, I am THE WORST at getting with the program on breakfast. Usually, I just have a couple cups of coffee. How perfect is it to make something once and have it last several days? Not to mention my toddler loves pears, so thanks for the one stop shop. 😉

    • Cori says:

      Well thank you, Ashley! Coffee is also the first thing I need in the morning. Breakfast was always a challenge when my kids were little, as some were super picky eaters lol. Happy to hear your little one loves pears and hope both of y’all approve of this recipe 😉

  16. I really want to try making scones and these look delicious. Probably my neck baking attempt.

  17. I absolutely love scones and these look perfect! Never thought of pairing pear and carrdomon

  18. Farrah says:

    I’ve never tried making my own scones, but these look absolutely delicious! They’d be the perfect fall treat! :]

    • Cori says:

      Thank you, Farrah! You really should make these…the steps are fairly easy and they turn out amazing! Definitely better than store bought 😉

  19. Cristine says:

    Never thought to add pear in a scone. Definitely will have to try it

  20. I am here pretending to be licking a spoon of sweet butter, pure torture! I enjoy baking with my 7yrs old son and will be trying these yummy scones for the holidays or even sooner. Why wait? Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

    • Cori says:

      Hahaha, I hear ya! This scone recipe is perfect for seasonal baking and I love that your son enjoys baking with you!!! I’m all about getting children involved in the kitchen…baking, cooking & the clean up as well, lol. Hope you both have a great day baking! ???

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