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Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Scones

Ever had those pumpkin scones at Starbucks? Here is a recipe for a much healthier version that is so much better with a flaky texture due to the special mixing technique. These are best hot from the oven – so freeze half of them after baking, and warm in an oven at 350°F until just crunchy on the outside and warm on the inside. If you make this recipe I would very much appreciate if you leave me a comment and tell me how it turned out.

Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Scones


  • 4 cups organic whole wheat pastry or all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons black strap molasses
  • 6 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts

Make it!

Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking pan with parchment, then sprinkle it with flour. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the butter and with fingertips, pastry knife, or food processor gently cut the butter in until it is well combined and resembles course crumbs. Some lumps are fine. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, cream, pumpkin and molasses. Add to the dry mixture and gently combine. Gently fold in walnuts and cranberries until just mixed.

Shape the dough into 2 equal balls and flatten to 3/4″ thick on the floured parchment or pan. Using a knife, slice each circle into 6 wedges and carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them to 1/2″ space around the outer edges. Optional: brush each scone with milk and sprinkle with  sugar for a sweet and crunchy top. Bake until golden about 16 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

Makes 12 extra large scones


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  4. Hello Stephanie ,
    I’ve been making the WWCWP scones for a few years now …….mostly in the Fall when the winter squash is ready . I use a squash called Sweet Meat , a pale blue skinned beast . I will cut it into wedges and cook in the oven in a large roaster with a little water and put the wedges on a wire rack . Cover the roaster , cook about 40 min. 350 on convection . When soft I scoop off the pumpkin and put 2 cups into a ziplock and freeze , that is my pumpkin for the year , have never used canned pumpkin . Living in Canada , we have such an abundance of winter squash in the Fall , easy to cook and easy to freeze . From a moderate size sweet meat I will get about 8 -9 cups . The other modification I do is omit the sugar , it’s a personal choice and after a few batches , don’t miss it . They are indeed something I look forward to every Fall , as do a few friends that have come to look forward to these very hearty treats .

    • Oh wow, these sound delish with the freshest ingredients possible. It certainly makes all the difference. I love the idea of removing the sugar. I don’t have much of a taste for it anymore but I have also played with replacing it with stevia for great results.

  5. Forgot to add , I use half fresh ground whole grain flour and half untreated unbleached organic white flour , all grown in the north Okanagan of B.C.

    • OOh, well using fresh local flour will make them even better. I would also like to try and figure out a grain free scone recipe one day. They are my favourite!


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