These pumpkin scones full of pumpkin flavor and autumnal spice! There fluffy and perfect warm from the oven with a little drizzle of maple cinnamon glaze.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, baking powder, & baking soda. Set aside
In a small non-stick skillet or pot, combine the pumpkin, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Heat over medium heat stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the pumpkin has reduced by half to 1/4 cup.* This will take at least ten minutes. Once reduced to 1/4 cup remove from the pumpkin from the skillet to a small mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly while you prep the rest of the scone mixture.
Toss the butter into the bowl with the flour mixture. Rub the butter into the flour until it's broken down and the mixture looks like rough cornmeal. Work quickly so as not to melt the butter.
Add the milk and vanilla to the pumpkin mixture and stir together until combined. Make a well in the middle of the flour/butter mixture and pour the wet ingredients into the middle. Using a wooden spoon stir until just combined. Scrap the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough together a few times until it's relatively smooth. This dough is a little stickier than the standard scone dough because of the moisture of the pumpkin, don't worry, just work with it. Shape the dough into a disk that's about 1 1/2 inches thick.
Move the disk of dough to the parchment lined sheet pan. Refrigerate the dough for at least 20 minutes. While the dough chills, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help the dough firm up so that you can cut the scones more easily. After the dough has firmed up, remove it from the fridge and cut the disk into 6 or 8 triangle shaped scones.
Bake the scones for 14-18 minutes (less if you've made 8 scones, more if you've made 6 scones) until the scones have risen and are darker in color. Remove from the oven and let cool.
While the scones are cooling you can throw together the glaze. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Drizzle in the milk and the maple syrup and whisk together until nice and smooth.
When the scones are cool (or barely warm), drizzle with the glaze. Serve once the glaze has set. Enjoy!
*I keep a measuring cup next to the skillet as I'm stirring and periodically measure the pumpkin when it looks like it's reduced to almost 1/4 cup.