Eggnog Cinnamon Chip Scones

One of the problems of being a busy baking blogger is there isn’t a lot of time for repeats.  For instance, Ryan’s favorite cookies in the whole world are peanut butter blossoms, but I haven’t made them in almost two years since they’re already on the blog (although the post could use some better pictures!).  I’m always wanting to try new things when I get a few free hours to bake so that I have something exciting to share with all of you each week.  But recently has been a new kind of busy for me between traveling for interviews and studying for the boards (only 1 more day of testing left!), so I decided to revamp an old favorite of mine that I knew wouldn’t let me down.  Plus, the holidays are all about tradition anyway, so semi-repeated recipes are totally acceptable, right??

When I first made cinnamon chip scones I cut them the “normal” scone way – by forming two rounds of dough and slicing the rounds into wedges – so I thought for this eggnog version, I’d add a festive touch by using a snowflake cookie cutter.  And the fact that Ryan thought they were shaped like Stars of David before I iced them makes these totally multicultural too!   Turns out scone dough doesn’t keep its shape quite like cookie dough, so they didn’t bake up as perfect snowflakes, but once I added the eggnog glaze in a snowflake pattern, the idea came across more clearly.  And if not, then the eggnog glaze is just there for added yumminess :)

I made these to bring as a breakfast treat last week for a class of first year dental students that I help teach with a faculty member.  Any of you long-time readers remember my numerous posts about baking breakfast for PBL?  Well, I’ve come full circle and now I’m one of the facilitators – I feel so grown up!  The fact that graduation is only 5 short months away is crazy (and also slightly terrifying) but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned and having this blog has surely helped me stay sane through it all.  Winter break starts tomorrow, probably the last winter break I’ll ever have (tear), so I’m definitely going to make sure that I spend as much time as possible watching trashy tv, hanging out with family and friends, and baking up a storm.  If you find yourself with an itch to bake too, make these scones – they’re so so good!!

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Eggnog Cinnamon Chip Scones


for the scones:
3-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp sugar, divided
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup + 2 tbsp eggnog
1 cup cinnamon chips

for the eggnog glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp eggnog
1 tbsp light corn syrup
Pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.

Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, 2 forks, or your clean fingers until coarse crumbs form.

Stir in cup of eggnog until just moistened and fold in the cinnamon chips.

Turn dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead gently until dough is no longer sticky.

Divide dough in half and roll out each half to about 3/4" thick. Cut out shapes with a snowflake cookie cutter and set on a parchment paper or silpat-lined cookie sheet. Brush the tops with the extra eggnog and sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer scones to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the eggnog glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, eggnog, corn syrup, nutmeg, and cinnamon until smooth. Transfer to a piping bag (or ziplog bag with the corner snipped off) and make snowflake designs on each scone.

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10 Responses to “Eggnog Cinnamon Chip Scones”

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    Alisha — December 21, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I don’t even remember how I found you but I really like your recipes =]

    About how many did this make?
    I won’t do a snowflake shape so I’d obviously get a different yield but I’m curious

    Thanks =]

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    Laura — December 21, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    quick question: where did you get the cinnamon chips?

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — December 26, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    These look so good! My only problem is that I can’t seem to find cinnamon chips here in Canada. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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    Kimberly — January 6, 2013 @ 2:40 am

    I just pulled these out of the oven and they are so scrumptious! I am so in love with how tasty they are. I’ve had them fresh and cooled and they are great both ways! Thanks for a great recipe.

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    The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook — February 1, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    I love the idea of using eggnog and the cute little cookie cutters! I’ll have to try that next time! (especially because I love the flavor or eggnog – but not the actual drink. All the better for baking though!)

    I just made some cinnamon chip scones myself! I used a slightly different recipe than yours with less flour – so the dough, and trust me when I say this, was not dry at all! I hope to try yours soon and compare!

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    Countdown to Camping — December 4, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    This looks wonderful! I printed the recipe, but it didn’t include any of your beautiful photos. I hope I remember your trick of using a snowflake cookie cutter (which I own. . . somewhere. . . ). Thanks for the recipe, Tammy

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    Penny — December 29, 2013 @ 1:17 am

    I wish Ryan still worked at van Zelm so i could have tried one of these….but i might just be brave enough to try them before all the egg nog disappears from the grocery stores. hope you two are well and enjoying married life!

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    kathi Brandt — December 15, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    Are these to be made with the eggnog from the grocery store, or from the liquor store?

    • Erica — December 15th, 2017 @ 6:23 pm

      Grocery store!

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