Maple Oat Nut Scones (Starbucks Copy Cat)

Maple Walnut Scones

These Starbucks Copy Cat Maple Oat Nut Scones are a personal favorite of mine, they have the perfect moist, flaky texture, and a wonderfully warm, rich maple walnut flavor.  Starbucks may have discontinued them, but I’ve brought them back!

A spot-on version of the scones that made Starbucks famous!


VINTAGE VIEW ~ these maple oat nut scones are from TVFGI archives, first published in 2013. As part of a new series on the blog I’m reviving some of the best recipes that you may have missed over the years ~ I’ve updated my notes and tweaked the recipe, these scones are simply perfect.

I’ve always loved scones, and so it stands to reason that I’ve made a lot of them on the blog since I began, and I think this is one of the best.  I first had them at Starbucks, but they were discontinued long ago.  It’s inconceivable to me that there are candy cane whoopie pies in the glass case at my local Starbucks but no maple oat nut scones.  Go figure.


The wonderful warm combination of maple and walnuts makes these scones the ultimate late fall breakfast.  The little bit of oat flour is the secret to their light and fluffy texture.  The glaze caps off every bite with a bit of pure, intense maple flavor, and the warm scone just falls apart in your mouth.  (If I can’t eat my scone fresh from the oven I always zap it for a few seconds in the microwave.)

TIP: If you don’t have oat flour you can make your own by processing rolled oats in a food processor or high speed blender until finely ground. 

Maple Walnut Scones, Biscuits

Scone dough is a relatively wet dough, and that’s a good thing, because it bakes up tender and flaky like a biscuit.  It contains just enough flour to come together and no more.  In this recipe I add a heaping cup of walnuts to the processor as I mix up my dough, which results in a lovely flavor and a speckled, nutty interior.


I’ve used three layers of maple to boost the impact: maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple extract.  Try to find natural maple flavoring if you can.  Maple sugar can be a little harder to find, and you can substitute brown sugar if you want to.


The glaze is an essential part of the experience, so don’t be tempted to skip it.  It provides the strongest maple presence and adds sweetness (the scone itself isn’t very sweet.)  The glaze is made with sifted confectioner’s sugar whisked together with pure maple syrup until it becomes a glossy glaze.  You can add a dash of maple extract if you like.

Copy Cat Starbucks Maple Oat Nut Scones

Be sure to let the scones cool a bit before you glaze them or it will melt right in.  You don’t want that.  You want a thick rich layer on every scone.  Sprinkle a few chopped nuts over the top and they’ll look irresistible.  They easily last a few days on the counter… just revive them with exactly 20 seconds in the microwave before you dig in.


Tips for success:

  1. Make sure your butter is cold, and cut it in pieces before adding it to the flours so it can be evenly dispersed.
  2. Don’t be tempted to add more maple extract or flavoring than is called for, it is very intense and can be bitter if you use too much.
  3. Don’t over process the dough.  It will be crumbly in the processor, and you will bring it together with your hands when you turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Don’t over work it, it is supposed to look rough and ragged.  The less you handle the dough, the more tender your scones will be.
  4. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid according to your particular flour, and how you’ve measured it.  The dough should be wet, but not too wet.  Add a little less liquid, or a little more flour, accordingly.  Once you make scones a couple of times you will get the hang of it.
  5. I like to put the tray of scones in the freezer for about 10 minutes just before baking.  This ensures that the butter is nice and cold.
  6. Make sure your oven is at 400F before you put the pan of scones in.  The magic happens when the chilled bits of butter in the dough meet the super hot oven.

Some of my favorite recipes are the ones I’ve copied from my favorite coffee shop.  My COPYCAT STARBUCKS GINGERBREAD is spot on.   So is my BETTER THAN STARBUCKS CRANBERRY BLISS BREAD.

Maple Oat Nut Scones

Yield: makes 6-8 scones

Maple Oat Nut Scones


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar (substitute regular sugar if you can't find)
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 -2/3 cups cold buttermilk (substitute half and half or milk)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract (substitute vanilla or almond)
  • 1 heaping cup walnut halves or large pieces
    Maple Glaze:
  • 1 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp maple extract or flavoring
  • chopped walnuts for topping


  1. Set the oven to 400F
  2. Put the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugars into the bowl of a processor and pulse to combine.
  3. Add the cold butter and pulse about 30 times until the large chunks of butter are incorporated and the mix is grainy.
  4. In a liquid measuring cup beat the egg, and then add the maple syrup, and extracts. Then add enough cold buttermilk to bring the liquid up to 1 cup.
  5. Add the walnuts to the processor, and then, while you are pulsing the machine, pour the liquid into the dry just until it starts to come together. You may not need all the liquid.
  6. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and bring together into an 8 inch disk. If it is VERY wet, knead in a little more flour until it comes together. Cut the disk into 6-8 scones and lay them carefully on a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet. The dough will be wet, almost like a drop biscuit consistency.
  7. Put the tray in the refrigerator or freezer, if possible, for 15 minutes, while you clean up.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes for 8 scones, and 18-20 minutes for 6 scones, until firm on top and lightly browned. Cool them on a rack while you make the glaze.
  9. Stir or whisk together the powdered sugar, the maple syrup, and extract, beating until smooth and glossy. Add more syrup if it's too thick, or a little more sugar if it's too thin.
  10. Spread a layer of glaze on each cooled scone and top with crushed walnuts.

Make it your own ~

  • Use pecans or hazelnuts instead of walnuts.


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  • Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Try this glaze: Every fall I take 1/2 gallon of cider and reduce it down over low heat until about 1 1/2 c. remain. I keep this is in a bottle in the refrigerator all winter to add to gravies, brines, etc. Recently I made a similar scone and used about 1 1/2 tab. of the cider concentrate with powdered sugar and 1-2 tab. melted butter. OMG did it add flavor. Maple syrup works but I do not think the flavor is intense as this glaze. Also try taking old fashioned oats, toasting on a sheetpan and cooling. Grind to a flour in the food processor. The toasting adds another depth of flavor.

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      December 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

      This is brilliant Aly, I’m going to try it for sure. I think what you made is a cider molasses, which I’ve been meaning to make and post about for a long time…maybe next year. Toasting the oats is such a great idea, too, I can just imagine how good your scones tasted!

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    December 9, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I would love to sink my teeth into one of these for breakfast! I particularly love the walnuts in them and I can picture a plate of this with plenty of steaming hot coffee on a cold morning. They look great, better than any I’ve seen at Starbucks! Happy holidays!

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 9, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I loved them before and I love them again! They look amazing and I’m sure much cheaper than Starbucks!

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    December 9, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Thanks for bringing this post back! I always loved this scone from starbucks – do they still make it? Never mind, the homemade version is undoubtedly better!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    December 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

    This must be a fantastic treat for breakfast or brunch! Love maple scones and these look wonderful. A must try – especially since I never had the Starbucks version :)

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    Cyndi McConnell
    September 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    My next adventure for sure! I have recently made my first batch of scones EVER! Unfortunately not from here, although they were amazing, and I cannot WAIT to try these!

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      December 8, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Once you master scones, which doesn’t take very long, you’ll never go back :)

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    March 22, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I made these twice and the consistency is crumbly. Like eat with a spoon crumbly (which is fine with me!), however I wanted to give them as a gift and wished they could have been handheld eaten. The first time I could not find oat flour and ground up oatmeal in the food processor as someone else suggested in this thread. They were good, but crumbly. Second attempt I found oat flour at Harris Teeter. Not in the flour/baking section but in another aisle for gluten free stuff. I don’t think I over mixed it or added too much flour. The dough was a little wet. The results are delicious, but a very crumbly consistency. Any suggestions, or are they supposed to be crumbly? Thanks.

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      March 22, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Hi Shelly ~ maybe you needed a bit more liquid in your dough, if the dough seems very dry and doesn’t come together easily you can drizzle in more buttermilk. And then be sure to work the dough enough so that it forms a nice cohesive disk before you slice it. That being said, yes, scones are supposed to be somewhat crumbly, they have a completely different texture from our cakes, muffins, and even biscuits, etc. Hope this helps!

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        March 22, 2017 at 10:08 am

        Thanks Sue. The dough was a wet dough, yet I was able to form it into a disk. Wet and was a bit sticky. Normally I would have added more flour to a dough that was wet like this, but restrained since they were crumbly the first time. Very delicious though. I’ve made scones before but this is a different texture than what I’ve experienced
        . Thanks again. We love your site and the recipes.

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    November 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I really miss the Starbucks scones but this version is wonderful! I whipped up a batch and my children gobbled them before I had a chance to put the icing on! I didn’t have oat flour so I ground up the oats, I also ground in the walnuts since my children don’t like chunky stuff like nuts in their scones. The flavor and nutrition is still there when they are ground in. I also used white whole wheat flour instead of white. Turned out great!!!

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      December 8, 2017 at 5:47 am

      I love to use white whole wheat flour, great tip Lisa!

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    Walnut Cones with Maple Drizzle
    January 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    […] many recipes out there that it is hard to sort through them all. Last year I found this recipe for maple scones on “The View from Great Island”. Sue’s maple scones are everything I would want in a scone. They are moist, but not too moist. […]

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    September 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Made these just now. Kitchen smells amazing. But, the scones were way too wet & spread out on the baking sheet too much. They don’t look as beautiful as yours but they sure do taste wonderful.

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      September 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Hi Lea! Scones require a little bit of a judgement call when it comes to how wet the dough should be. It can vary according to your flour, and also your flour measuring techniques. It should be wet, but not too wet. Sometimes you will not need all the liquid in the recipe, or you may need to add a bit more flour as you turn the dough out from the bowl. I hope you give these another go, they are my favorites!

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        September 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

        I’m going to add this to the “tips for success’ — thanks for bringing it up!

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    December 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    scones? meh. scones with a glaze like that? yes please!

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    The Café Sucre Farine
    December 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    It’s bedtime here but you’ve got me itching to go to the kitchen and make scones. These look wonderful, I love the maple and walnut combination!

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    Jenny Hartin
    December 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    My favorite scones ever.

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    December 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I have never made glazed..I think my husband would just love these.

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    December 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Gorgeous!! I’d love several of these scones right now! :)

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    December 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Maple Walnut is a favourite around here.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I love scones and that maple walnut pairing is so good!

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      December 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Laura, we just the last ones this morning and I’m missing them already!

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    October 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Oh wow, I don’t think our Starbucks has these, they look right up my street I love the taste of maple syrup, oh next week I’m taking my mum out for dinner, I’ve already decided I’m having the venison because it comes with a Laphroaig and maple syrup sauce – how good does that sound?

    And yes, lots of museums in Paisley and you can tour the cottages too.

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    leaf (the indolent cook)
    October 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’m on the other side of the world here, but I can really see autumn in these scones. Wonderful!

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    October 4, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Beautiful!!! I would love to have one of these right now and then one in about 12 hours from now for breakfast. Gorgeous photos!

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    Nessa Robins
    October 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Sue, these scones look Devine! I love glaze, must try it out on some muffins!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    October 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look fantastic! I’ll bet your home smelled divine!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    October 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I do love American recipes, you do autumn so well. I’m going to try these asap:-)

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    October 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    These look great! I’ve never made scones at home before, but order them a lot when I am out. I like how you used oat flour and maple syrup. Mmmm! I agree. I love fall. Beautiful description at the beginning.

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry.
    October 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    gosh these are perfect for the season! I also prefer a biscuit like scone. Im gonna try these real soon!

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    October 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I have never seen such beautiful scones; can almost smell and taste them; greata job.

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    October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Beautiful. I want to make a batch of these right now. And you’re right… fall is a lucky season, nothing to complain about. How can you not like fall?! Especially when treats like these are around.

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