I try to be good when I am at Starbucks, only buying a nibble from their baked goods selection once in a while. When I do allow myself a little treat I usually love to pick up one of these petit vanilla bean iced scones. They are the perfect size for a quick sweet bite, without overdoing it. Recently I decided to play with my own recipe at home and came up with these, a close copycat to the Starbucks version. They are sweet and crumbly, just the like the perfect scone should be, with a thin glaze of icing on top. When you can’t make it to Starbucks simply turn to your kitchen and make these!
Mini Vanilla Bean Iced Scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beans from ½ a large vanilla bean
For the Icing
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
4 -5 Tablespoons, or more, water as needed
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then add the cut butter and mix it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until pebbles form.
3. In a separate bowl whisk together the cream, egg yolk, vanilla extract and vanilla beans. Then pour this into the dry ingredients and stir to combine everything.
4. Transfer the dough to well-floured surface or piece of parchment paper and pat into a disk. It should be 1” in height. Cut the dough into mini triangles or any desired shape.
5. Bake on a lined baking sheet for 15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are golden brown and set. Remove scones to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before glazing.
6. Mix together the confectioners’ sugar and water in a bowl until you reach desired consistency for the glaze. Drizzle on cooled scones and serve.
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