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Mini Scone Muffins

A fun twist on traditional scones, this mini scones are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or afternoon snack, for those days when you don’t have time for a long tea and scones scone muffins on a platter.

I’ve discussed my love of proper British scones ever since my trip to London last Spring. The tender crumb, subtle sweetness– I just enjoy everything about them and I wish I could do Afternoon Tea all the time.

mini scone muffins stacked on a platter.

But the reality is, most of us don’t have time for a leisurely cup of tea and scone on a daily basis. That pretty much only happens during vacation. I previously shared a recipe for traditional British scones, and while I adore them just the way they are, I thought I’d do something a little different. I’m always eating on-the-go, so I decided to make mini scone muffins. Perfect for a takeaway breakfast or a quick afternoon snack at the office, but also still adorable enough to serve as small bites for a proper afternoon tea.

close-up of a mini muffin scone.

Normally, British scones are not-to-sweet because they will be spread with clotted cream and fruit jams. But since the idea is to make these mini versions portable, I added turbinado sugar on top, giving them a sweetness and crunch. I also brushed on some golden syrup before baking, which helped give the mini scones a beautiful color and provide some sweetness.
a bag of raw cane sugar.a photo of golden syrup and a photo of it being drizzled on the muffins.
These mini muffin scones are everything I could have hoped for. Light, tender, sweet. Now I can have scones whenever I desire.
mini British scone muffins.

Mini British Scone Muffins

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
These are a twist on a traditional British scone, but baked up like muffins make them an easy grab-and-go breakfast treat.
4 from 1 vote


  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp softened butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes either soften at room temperature or microwave for about 20 seconds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat oven to 500°F and place rack on the upper-middle position (this will help give the scone tops a golden color). Grease a mini muffin pan.
  • In a food processor, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and pulse until combined. Add butter to dry ingredients and mix until butter is incorporated and no large chunks remain. The mixture should resemble sand. Add the flour and butter mixture to a large bowl.
  • In small bowl, whisk milk and eggs. Pour the milk egg mixture into the dry ingredients bowl, mixing with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Stir in dried cranberries. The dough will be very sticky.
  • Heavily flour your pastry board (about 1/2 cup flour). Knead dough 25-30 times, until the dough forms a smooth ball. Add more flour if needed (I needed more for mine). Break off pieces of dough and stuff into greased muffin molds, filling them completely so the dough is level with the top of the molds. Brush tops of scones with warmed golden syrup. Finally, sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 425°F and bake scones for about 10 minutes, until tops are golden brown.


Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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152 comments on “Mini Scone Muffins”

  1. Kirbie i haven’t had muffins in a very long time time especially delicious and appetizing as this one’s, thank you for the recipe

  2. I just tried this yummy recipe from your blog and it has come out really yummy!! 🙂 
    This is my first mini scone miffins and I am quite happy with the outcome…
    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe 🙂

  3. My pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip & walnut cookies, for autumn!

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  5. I would try to use the raw cane sugar to make sugared/candies orange rinds

  6. Maybe a bundt cake or chocolate chip muffins with crushed pecans

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  7. I think brownies with this sugar,and a nice icing,even cream chees icing would be good.

  8. I would make a pound cake.with it.

  9. I’d like to try making scones with dried cherries and pecans with a sugar topping.

  10. Christmas cookies this year!

  11. id love to make an apple cobbler with it

  12. I would love to make our family favorite ice water cake using Tate+Lyle® Sugars.

  13. I would use it in my little mini cheesecakes.

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  15. I would love to try the Tate-Lyle sugar out in my mini cherry cheesecake recipe. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  17. I would love to bake chocolate chip cookies with that sugar.

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  19. I would use Tate+Lyle Sugars to make hojarascas ( mexican cinammon cookies)

  20. I would use it in my raspberry cobbler


  22. I tweeted here:

  23. I would love to use these sugars in my mother-in-law’s double chocolate zucchini cake recipe!  I bet it would be devine!

  24. i would like to use it in my banana nut muffin recipe!

  25. My favorite, lemon meringue pie.

  26. I would use it to sweeten my homemade stewed rhubarb!

  27. Blueberry muffins!

  28. Lemon Bars! Instead of powdered sugar on top, sprinkle some raw sugar on top. It’ll had a little bit of texture and definitely a lot of interest.

    Then serve them with a side of tea + sugar. Such an afternoon delight!

  29. I would like to try it in chocolate cake

  30. I’d love to make a banana nut bread with the sugar.  Your recipe looks delicious!

  31. cinnamon cupcakes.

    Thanks for the chance to win this!


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  33. I would make sugar cookies or muffins.

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  35. I would love to make my favorite sugar cookies with this sugar!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I would make a batch of snickerdoodles blondies

  37. I think this would be good in a strusel topping on blueberry muffins!

  38. I would use the sugar to make banana bread and zucchini bread.

  39. I’d make banana muffins

  40. Tweeted –

  41. I love Dutch Apple Pie and this sugar be fantastic in the streusel topping.

  42. EVERYTHING! I have an unlimited number of things I would love to try using their sugar…including these delicious looking scone muffins!! 

  43. I would love to use it to make a triple berry pie! Mmm!!

  44. I would love to try this! I would probably use it in some banana bread or coffee cake. 

  45. I think I would try a sugar cookie recipe for a party I have coming up. 

  46. I’d make blueberry muffins.

  47. I think Tate + Lyle’s line of sugars would be perfect for gingerbread cookies!

  48. I’d make shortbread cookies (dipped in chocolate).

  49. Thise look delicious!  I’d try my Pecan Butter ball cookies.

  50. I’d make Berry Bread Pudding!

  51. I would make some lemon bars with this sugar.

  52. They’d enhance my banana pancakes.

  53. wow those mini scone muffins looks so cute:-).

  54. I would like to use this for my cinnamon sugar rhubarb bread.

  55. Tweet –

  56. I’d make delicious sugar cookies.

  57. I just made an apple pie, but I’d make another one! 🙂

  58. not good at coming up with recipes but i could use this sugar in my graham cracker crusts 

  59. I would love to incorporate their sugar into my traditional Parkin recipe.

  60. I would make a pound cake!

  61. I’d love to make peanut butter cookies with this sugar

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  63. I would bake chocolate madeleines using Tate+Lyle® Sugars.

  64. I tweeted

  65. I’d love to bake pecan brownies with their sugar!

  66. I posted a tweet too:

  67. I could make some gorgeous shortbread with the fair trade sugar!

  68. I’d try using it in pecan pie or some gingersnap cookies!

  69. we would make lemon poppy seed cake bars. so good! my kids love lemon icing on anything!

    thanks again!

  70. We have a recipe for a cereal type cake that we use course date sugar on top — this would work wonderful for the topping part for sure.  My mother calls it “stuff” as we just invented it ourselves.

  71. Your mini scones looks great! Love portable food. 

  72. I might put it in a snickerdoodle recipe or a milkshake in place of condensed milk

  73. I’d like to try it in shortbread cookies

  74. Peanut butter cookies!! Yum!!

  75. I would love to make my apple cinnamon coffee cake using this sugar!

  76. i would make toffee brownies

  77. I’d like to try using their sugar to make oatmeal, cranberry, white chocolate chip cookies.

  78. Tweet! 

  79. I think I’d make caramel corn or popcorn balls.
    Your recipe sound delicious–I think I’ll try it tomorrow morning. 

  80. On top of a creme brulee as a finisher!

  81. I would love to try peanut butter cookies with this sugar

  82. I’d like to try it in some banana walnut bread! Thanks for the opportunity!

  83. I would make Christmas cookies with it first.

  84. i tweeted about the giveaway and my twitter id is @yarbr012 

  85. I would use the sugar to make some yummy apple cinnamon muffins with chunks of fresh apples!

  86. I would love to try some peanut butter cookies with Tate+Lyle Sugars.

  87. I tweeted:

  88. I’d love to try their sugar in chocolate chip cookies. 🙂

  89. Use the sugars to make Chinese Rice Cakes or sweet soups for dessert.

  90. we would make lemon poppy seed cake which is our favorite recipe around here !:) thanks so much!!!!

  91. I think Tate+Lyle sugars would be awesome in Snickerdoodles!! YUMMY!

  92. i think that Tate+Lyle Sugars would go perfect in my flaxseed chocolate chip cookies

  93. snickerdoodles!!!!

  94. Well, it is summer, so some sort of pie!

  95. I actually have a “healthified” marshmallow recipe that uses Lyle’s Golden syrup, and since marshmallows are on my must-try list I would make that recipe!

  96. yummy sugar cookies

  97. I saw a wonderful ginger martini recipe the other day using one part sugar, one part water and a nub of chopped ginger as simple syrup. Then add to vodka and club soda and voila! 

  98. i would make banana nut bread

  99. I would make banana muffins

  100. I’d make some banana bread!

  101. I would like to try this in my banana bread recipe.

  102. I would like to make zucchini bread.

  103. I would use it in a marinade or some sort of ice cream topping

  104. tweet–

  105. I’d make banana nut bread.

  106. I would use the sugar to make oatmeal cookies loaded with lots of butterscotch and chocolate chips! Yumm!

  107. The turbinado for sticky date pudding.

  108. I’d love to make some blueberry buckle!

  109. I’d just it in conjunction with my homemade cold brew coffee concentrate for iced lattes! Thanks for the giveaway, the mini scone muffins are cute little hybrids!

  110. I would try the sugar on ginger cookies.

  111. i’d try making brownies with this sugar!

  112. I would like to make a pound cake.

  113. I would love to make a coffee cake using this sugar!

  114. Id like to try it in my homemade bbq sauce or pineapple upside down cake.

  115. Snickerdoodles, my favorite cookie!

  116. interested in trying out tate lyle sugar!

  117. How about as a topping for cinnamon sugar donut muffins or cupcakes?

  118. Mm my mom’s family recipe of Filipino mamon cupcakes!