Whole Wheat Pumpkin and Cinnamon Chip Scones

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe

Please be warned: I am about to shove at least a couple of pumpkin recipes in your face in the coming weeks.

‘Tis the season! Fall is in full bloom, yo! The colors, the crisp days, the pumpkin beer, the boots, the scarves, the pumpkin everything, even that dank, disgusting, wet leaves smell – I. Love. It. If only it could last forever. All in favor of replacing Winter with an extra-lengthy Fall, say I.


Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe   Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe

So, if you’re not too sick of pumpkin yet (and I really hope you aren’t), let’s bake some pumpkin scones! Truth be told, I have never partaken in the delight that is a Starbucks pumpkin scone. Every year, many peoples be freaking out about the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin scones. But I can guarantee that you can make a far more delicious version of both at home.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe

Let’s start with the scones! We’re going to add a little health with some whole wheat flour, and we’re going to punch up the flavor with a hefty dose of spice and cinnamon chips. A generous sprinkling of raw cane sugar adds a lovely crunch to the tops of these scones. One of these little diddies alongside a cup of coffee or tea and you’re living the good Fall life!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat Pumpkin and Cinnamon Chip Scones (adapted from King Arthur Flour)

Cinnamon chips can be found in most US grocery stores. Sadly, I have never found them in Canada (at least in Alberta), but pick up a couple of bags every time I visit the States. If you can’t find cinnamon chips where you are, feel free to amp up the ground cinnamon in this recipe for a little extra cinnamon kick. The original recipe also suggests adding crystallized ginger pieces, either in place of, or alongside the cinnamon chips. However, I think the cinnamon chips really make ’em. 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 TBSP. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 cup butter, cold

1 cup cinnamon chips

2/3 cup pure pumpkin

2 eggs

1 TBSP. milk

Raw cane sugar, for sprinkling

In a large bowl, combine the flours through to the spices. Whisk together until thoroughly mixed. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the cinnamon chips. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and the eggs. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until it starts to come together. Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface and use your hands to bring everything together. Try not to overwork the dough.

Split the dough in half and form each half into a round disc, about 1 inch thick. Brush each disc with the milk and sprinkle generously with raw cane sugar. Cut each round into six equal pieces. Arrange all 12 pieces on a prepared cookie sheet, about an inch apart. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer, uncovered, for 30 minutes to thoroughly chill (this will help with rise and texture).

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bake the scones for 22-24 minutes or until golden. Cool on a baking rack. Enjoy the scones warm, or store cooled scones in an airtight container for up to a few days. Typically scones taste best on the same day they are baked, but I liked these scones even better the second day. They’re lovely with a cup of tea or coffee. Makes 12 scones.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones | Once Upon a Recipe


  1. Keep the pumpkin recipes comin’! and I second perpetual Autumn…it’s just the best. I want to eat the crunchy tops off all of these scones!

  2. Looking at these scones around breakfast time is sure making me wish I had some!

  3. Cinnamon chips are nowhere to be found in Toronto either! I have looked everywhere…maybe one day they’ll show up at Bulk Barn!

  4. Ah the sight of these makes me want to cry because I don’t think I’m going to be able to bake or eat anything pumpkin-flavored this fall. I think canned pumpkin isn’t really a thing here (let alone cinnamon chips…) and I am too lazy to roast and puree up some myself. But these look SO GOOD. Really the best pumpkin scones I’ve ever seen – you’re right, way better than Starbucks. They still look so flaky and buttery, even with the whole wheat flour.

    Anyway bring on the pumpkin treats! If I can’t have them I at least want to see someone’s enjoying the season. 😉

  5. I’ve never tried a Starbucks pumpkin scone either but why bother? These look so much better!

  6. these are beautiful – so fluffy and lovely spices – such a great fall treat
    Mary x

  7. Ha, cheers to the pumpkin recipes. And take that Starbucks!

  8. Love these fallish scones!! I wish I had one now with my tea!

  9. These look like the Starbucks scones, but 43943284 better!!

  10. There can never be enough pumpkin recipes! I am excited to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cinnamon chips – so great! These are basically my ideal breakfast scone!

  12. Ohh these look so yummy and seasonal!! Very tasty 🙂

  13. sarcasticcooking says:

    These totally beat any version sold at Starbuck’s! I love the height to the scones. Also, great plates, so pretty!

    • Thanks Stephanie! The green plate is from a tea set that belonged to my great grandma and the mustard colored plate was a gift from my BFF – it’s from Target!

  14. I am crazy about the pumpkin scones at Starbucks but I feel as if I would go bonkers over this recipe.

    • Well you are just going to have to give this recipe a try then my friend! But plan to share – otherwise you may be tempted to eat every single scone! 😉

  15. These are lovely!

  16. The pumpkin scones look fabulous. FYI, the cinnamon chips are available at Barb’s kitchen Center on 51 ave. It used to be called Bosch Kitchen Center. That store has fabulous kitchen ware and gadgets and a room at the back with some specialty baking supplies. Great helpful staff! I love it!

    • Brenda, thank you SO much for this information! I am very excited to learn that I actually have easy access to cinnamon chips – definitely an excuse to bake with them more often! Thanks again!

  17. These scones!!! Mmmm! I just love the addition of cinnamon chips.

  18. These look so yummy Amanda! Then again, all of your food does ; )

  19. I LOVE these scones. They are so flavorful, and I love that they make for an easy breakfast without a ton of sugar. I like to free them before baking them and then pop one in the toaster oven for 20 minutes while I am making my coffee and preparing school lunches! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

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