Carrot Cake Scones


Easter comes late this year, and somehow I still feel like it crept up on me. Because we live so far away, we don’t have a big family gathering for the holiday.

That’s why I like these carrot cake scones. They’re a special treat that bring you all the flavors of carrot cake, but don’t leave you with lots of cake leftovers to deal with.

Carrot Cake Scones Photo

(Yeah, I know cake leftovers aren’t a problem but if you also have small kids you probably don’t have time for that situation.)

Scones are really easy to make, so we have them at my house quite often. Between cherry walnut scones in the summertime, pumpkin scones in the fall, and piña colada scones when I’m wistful for the beach, I’m set for every season.

Carrot Cake Scones Picture

When it comes to making scones, the most important thing to remember is to not handle the dough too much. Just like when making pie crust, you want the butter to stay nice and cold to ensure a perfectly tender result.

This is why I use a pastry cutter to blend in the butter rather than my hands. It makes fast work of the task and also keeps the butter nonuniform, which is what you want. Larger pieces make the scones flaky, while the smaller pieces add the tenderness. The best of both buttery worlds!

Carrot Cake Scones Image

For carrot cake scones, you’ll need some additional mix-ins from the standard scone. Be sure to only use fresh grated carrot — do not use the kind you find prepackaged at the grocery store! I also add raisins, nuts, and a few spices to the scones.

I like golden raisins best, as the milder flavor works really well with carrot. For the nuts I use walnuts, but pecans would also be good if you want a more pronounced flavor.

Carrot Cake Scones Pic

As I like to have scones for breakfast, I try to avoid making them overly sweet. I added a simple cream cheese glaze to the tops of the scones just for a hint of the classic cream cheese frosting taste. The recipe makes just enough for a drizzle, but you can easily double or triple the glaze recipe to coat the entire tops of the carrot cake scones.

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The carrot cake scones keep well in an airtight container for a couple of days — if they last that long!

Carrot Cake Scones Photo

Carrot Cake Scones

Megan Myers
Carrot cake scones are loaded with carrots, plump raisins, and walnuts. They’re just like the classic cake, but made for the brunch table!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 1 scone
Calories 303.16 kcal


  • 1 All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Whole Wheat Flour
  • 0.25 Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Baking Powder
  • 0.5 Salt
  • 0.5 Cinnamon
  • 0.25 Ground Nutmeg
  • 4 Cold Butter cut into chunks
  • 1 Finely Grated Carrots
  • 0.25 Golden Raisins
  • 0.5 Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Egg
  • 0.5 2% Milk
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cream Cheese softened
  • 0.5 Butter softened
  • 0.25 Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Milk
  • 0.25 Pure Vanilla Extract


Calories: 303.16kcalCarbohydrates: 40.66gProtein: 6.28gFat: 12.69gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 179.97mgFiber: 3.25gSugar: 14.44g
Keyword Baking, Breakfasts, Brunches, Carrots, Easter, Family Meals and Snacks, Scones, Walnuts
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