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Eggnog Scones with White Chocolate Glaze

Elegant Eggnog Scones with a Browned Butter White Chocolate Glaze are a simple, yet decadent holiday treat. Soft, buttery, lightly spiced eggnog scones, simply drizzled with a delicious browned butter, white chocolate, eggnog glaze and dusted with freshly grated nutmeg!

In case you can’t tell I’m a big huge fan of scones, not only are they an easy quick bread to make, but they whip up in a jiffy and are freezer friendly!

If you enjoy scones and muffins, you might like these other reader favorites; Maple Pumpkin Scones, Cinnamon Crunch Scones and Starbucks Copycat Date Scones.

The Best Eggnog Scones

Close up of egg nog scone on red felted wool snowflake with fresh grated nutmeg.

But since it’s the holiday season, adding seasonal eggnog just plain makes sense! Paired with freshly grated nutmeg and trickled with this incredible browned butter white chocolate glaze, you’ve got the makings of something great!

2 Eggnog Scones with White Chocolate Glaze, some pine greens, red ribbon and nutmeg grater in foreground.  | www.thefreshcooky.com

I made them for a holiday breakfast for my dear, sweet Bible study friends. Everyone brought something for our breakfast potluck and my contribution were these soft, buttery Egg nog Scones!

4 images of a tablesetting for a Christmas tea. Egg nog scones in first image. Table settings in second and third images with cutlery in mini knit stockings and finally a tray with coffee, cream, sugar bowl and coffee syrups.

How to Set a Different Holiday Table

  • Choose a different location than the dining or kitchen table! I chose our coffee table in the family room, you might have mild weather and do something on a porch or patio, or even have various stages set up at different tables in the house.
  • Change it up occasionally! We love having meals in our family room, it tends to evoke different and new conversations.
  • Try something different this holiday season! Spread a picnic blanket in your family room or den and make a fun meal out of it! Bonus points if it’s near the Christmas tree!

But I digress, let’s get you making your very own soft, buttery eggnog scones!

eggnog scone with greenery behind |thefreshcooky.com

Preparing Scone Dough

Grate the butter (or dice into small cubes) onto a flexible cutting board and place in freezer until ready to use.

Grated butter on cutting board with box grater in background

In a medium bowl measure out your all-purpose flour, all natural cane sugar, baking powder, salt and freshly grated nutmeg, whisk to combine.

Aren’t these snowflake measuring spoons the cutest? I received them as a gift last year!

snowflake measuring spoon with fresh grated nutmeg inside, spice Microplane and recently grated whole nutmeg.

In a 1 cup glass measuring cup, crack an egg and pour in eggnog until you reach 1/2 a cup, it’ll be about 1/4 cup of eggnog. Beat with a fork until combined, set aside.

Making a well in the center of your dry ingredients, pour in the egg and eggnog mixture, tossing gently with a fork until liquid is distributed. *Set aside any leftover egg/eggnog mixture for brushing scones later.

SCONES LIKE COLD BUTTER!

Remove your grated or cubed butter from the freezer and mix into the scone mixture, using a pastry cutter or your hands.

Note | If your hands are warm, try rubbing them with a few cubes of ice to cool down or continue with the pastry cutter. Mixture will be dry and crumbly. Continue to mix quickly until pea sized pebbles are formed.

Pour the dry, crumbly mixture onto a parchment lined sheet pan and knead together a couple of times, just until the dough starts to hold together, it will still be quite crumbly, if really dry, add eggnog a teaspoon at a time until it just holds together. Don’t overmix! You want little chunks of butter throughout the mixture, not a dough.

Pat each half into a disc about 3/4 inch thick, wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and place in freezer for 20-30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400°.

FREEZING TIP | Scones may be frozen from this point, wrap well. When ready to bake, simply remove, brush with eggnog and bake as directed, maybe a minute or two longer.

Remove disc from freezer and slice into 4, 6 or 8 wedges. I always go for smaller, bite sized or mini scones. Using a small spatula, scoot the scones away from each other, so that edges are not touching when baked.

Add a few additional teaspoons of eggnog to the egg/eggnog measuring cup you *reserved earlier. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each scone with this mixture, it will give the scones a slightly shiny appearance, if desired sprinkle with a little fresh grated nutmeg, if you don’t have a microplane just use the small grate side on your grater.

Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden at the edges. Allow to cool for 3 minutes on the pan, then carefully move to cooling rack. Allow to cool while you make the glaze.

HOW TO MAKE WHITE CHOCOLATE BROWN BUTTER GLAZE

In a small microwave safe bowl add white chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds.

Brown your butter over medium heat it will just take a minute or so since it is a small amount. Set aside. Pour browned butter into white chocolate and mix to finish melting until smooth.

Add eggnog, just a titch at a time and mix until desired pourable thickness. If it gets too thin, allow to cool for a few minutes until thickened.

Drizzle on scones and sprinkle a little more freshly grated nutmeg over the drizzled glaze. Or if easier, pour into baggie, snip a tiny hole off the corner and squeeze onto cooled scones.

PRO TIP | If the scones are still warm, the glaze will melt into the scones (personal favorite). If you prefer a drizzled look then cool scones completely before drizzling with glaze.

Store scones in airtight container on counter for 2-3 days, though best eaten on day made. Baked scones may be frozen, apply glaze after thawing.

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Yield: 16 small scones

Eggnog Scones with Browned Butter White Chocolate Glaze

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

Elegant Eggnog Scones with Browned Butter White Chocolate Glaze are a simple, yet decadent holiday treat.

Ingredients

EGGNOG SCONES

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup all natural cane sugar (or omit)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, heaping (may sub with ground nutmeg)
  • 10 tablespoons cold, unsalted or salted butter, cut into small pieces or grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup or more of full fat eggnog (I like Trader Joe's)

WHITE CHOCOLATE GLAZE

  • 2 oz (heaping 1/4 cup) premium White Chocolate, chopped (see note)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, browned in pan for a minute or so over medium heat
  • 2 teaspoons full fat eggnog
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

MAKING THE SCONES

  1. Grate your butter (or dice into small cubes) onto a flexible cutting board and place in freezer until ready to use. In a medium bowl measure out your all-purpose flour, all natural cane sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, whisk to combine.
  2. In a 1 cup glass measuring cup, crack in an egg and pour in eggnog until you reach 1/2 a cup, about 1/4 cup of eggnog. Beat with a fork until combined, set aside. Making a well in the center of your dry ingredients, pour in the egg/eggnog mixture, tossing gently with a fork until liquid is distributed. *Set aside any leftover egg/eggnog mixture for brushing scones later.
  3. Remove your grated or chopped butter from the freezer and mix into the scone mixture, using a pastry cutter or your hands. Note | If your hands are warm, try rubbing them with a few cubes of ice to cool down or continue with the pastry cutter. Mixture will be dry and crumbly. Continue to mix quickly until pea sized pebbles are formed.
  4. Pour the dry, crumbly mixture onto a parchment lined sheet pan and knead together a couple of times, just until the dough starts to hold together, it will still be quite crumbly (this is how you want it for soft, tender scones) and pat into a log. Cut in half. Don't overmix! You want little chunks of butter throughout the mixture. Pat each half into a disc about 3/4 inch thick, wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and place in freezer for 20-30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  5. Second batch of scones may just be frozen from this point, wrap well.  When ready to bake, simply remove, brush with eggnog and bake as directed, maybe a minute or two longer. Remove disc from freezer and slice into 4, 6 or 8 wedges. I always go for smaller, bite sized scones.
  6. Using a small spatula, scoot the scones away from each other, so that edges are not touching when baked. Add a few additional teaspoons of eggnog to the egg/eggnog measuring cup you *reserved earlier. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each scone with this mixture, it will give the scones a slightly shiny appearance, if desired sprinkle with a little fresh grated nutmeg, if you don't have a microplane just use the small grate side on your grater.
  7. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden at the edges. Allow to cool for 3 minutes on the pan, then carefully move to cooling rack. Allow to cool while you make the glaze.

MAKING THE GLAZE (Double the glaze for both batches of scones)

  1. In a small microwave safe bowl add your chopped or white chocolate chips and microwave for 30 seconds. Brown your butter over medium heat it will just take a minute or so with it being such a small amount of butter. Set aside.
  2. Pour browned butter into white chocolate and mix with fork or whisk to finish melting until smooth. Add in your eggnog and mix until desired pourable thickness. Drizzle on scones and sprinkle a little more freshly grated nutmeg over the drizzled glaze. Serve immediately.
  3. NOTE | If the scones are still warm, the glaze will melt into the scones (personal favorite). If you prefer a drizzled look then cool scones completely before drizzling with glaze. Store scones in airtight container on counter for 2-3 days, though best eaten on day made. Baked scones may be frozen, apply glaze after thawing.

Notes

  • I have used both white chocolate bar and chopped the chocolate as well as white chocolate chips and not chopped, both have worked fine for this recipe.
  • Double the glaze if you are baking both batches of scones at once. The recipe for glaze is enough for a light drizzle, if a heavier coat is desired, double the amount of the glaze.
  • TIPS for baking frozen scones | Simply remove from freezer, placing on parchment lined sheet pan, thawing just enough to slice into wedges. Brush with a little eggnog and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, may require 1-2 additional minutes baking time, remove, cool and drizzle as directed above.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate.

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