Coffee Scones are tender scones flavored with instant coffee drizzled with a simple coffee glaze. They are the perfect breakfast treat to wake you up in the morning!

Coffee Scones drizzled with coffee glaze stacked in a pan

These coffee scones kill two birds with one stone: you get to caffeinate while eating your breakfast!

Two scones on a plate

I feel like people think scones are hard to make. They aren’t! But they can be easy to mess up. Simple mistakes can lead to a subpar end result, so read the tips below to make sure you’re making the perfect strawberry scones!

Tips for making homemade scones

  • Keep your butter cold. If your butter gets too warm it will melt out of the strawberry scones while they bake and your scones won’t be as tender as they should be.
  • Do NOT knead the dough. You only want to gently mix the dough until the ingredients are barely combined. If you knead the dough you will have a tough scone.
  • Don’t add all of the liquid at once. Depending on the weather that day, the flour you’re using, and other factors the dough might not need all of the liquids. If you add all at once you can end up with a wet dough. So add about a cup, mix and then decide if you need to add more.
a batch of homemade scones in a pan

Ingredients for Coffee Scones

Ingredients for coffee scones:

  • All-purpose flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Granulated sugar. This will sweeten the scone dough and make it chewier.
  • Baking soda. This will help the scones to rise.
  • Baking powder. This will also help the scones to rise.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Unsalted butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Instant Coffee Granules. Instant coffee with dissolve into the buttermilk and give us the coffee taste without leaving any coffee grounds behind.
  • Vanilla extract. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
  • Buttermilk. This will bring the dough together and make it tender.

Ingredients for coffee glaze:

  • Powdered sugar. This will give our glaze its creaminess and sweetness.
  • Instant Coffee Granules. See above note.
  • Heavy cream or milk. This will bring the glaze together.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to make Coffee Scones:

COFFEE SCONES

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set it aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowlwhisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to remove any clumps.

STEP 3: Add the cold, cubed butter and, using your hands, start to work it into the dry ingredients. You’ll basically be pinching it with your fingers until it is the consistency of bread crumbs.

STEP 4: In a small bowl combine the vanilla, buttermilk, and instant coffee. Add more or less instant coffee depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Stir until the instant coffee is dissolved.

The wet ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 5: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in 1 cup of the buttermilk mixture. Begin to stir and only add the last 1/4 cup as needed. Combine the mixture until the dry mixture is just barely wet. I use my hands for this part. Make sure that you don’t knead the dough! You just want to gently combine the ingredients.

The mixed dough in a bowl

STEP 6: Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface. Pat the dough into a circle about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife or a bench scraper cut the circle into 8-10 even triangles.

STEP 7: Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

COFFEE GLAZE

STEP 1: In a small bowl combine the heavy cream and instant coffee, mix until coffee is dissolved. Add the powdered sugar, whisking until free of lumps and runny consistency.

STEP 2: Use a fork or a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the scones.

The coffee glaze in a bowl

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Coffee Scones

Tender scones flavored with instant coffee drizzled with a simple coffee glaze.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: Coffee, coffee glaze, coffee scone, glaze, scones
Servings: 10 Scones
Calories: 358kcal

Ingredients

For Scones:

  • 3 cups (360 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2-3 tablespoons instant coffee depending on the strength you like

For Glaze:

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 cup (113 grams) powdered sugar

Instructions

For Scones:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Using clean, dry hands, work the butter into the dry mixture. There should be pea-sized pieces of butter with a few slightly larger chunks.
  • In a small bowl combine the vanilla, buttermilk, and instant coffee. Stir until the instant coffee is dissolved.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add 1 cup of the buttermilk mixture. Begin to stir and add the last 1/4 cup slowly, you may not need all of it. The mixture should not be too wet.
  • Turn the mixture out onto a clean and floured surface and gather the dough together. Pat the dough into a circle about 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the circle into equal-sized triangles and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let the scones cool slightly before glazing.

For Glaze:

  • In a small bowl combine the heavy cream and instant coffee, mix until coffee is dissolved. Add the powdered sugar, whisking until free of lumps and runny consistency.
  • Use a fork or a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the scones.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.7g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 15.5g | Saturated Fat: 9.7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21.2g | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
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