If you love gingerbread flavor, wait until you try these incredible Gluten Free Gingerbread Scones. They are topped with a sweet vanilla icing that pulls together the ginger, cloves, and other flavors. They are so easy to make!

An iced gingerbread scone on a plate.

I am a scone fan all year, but the holidays have a special place in my heart. This means creating the very best holiday scones flavors. My new Gluten Free Oat Scones recipe is another great gluten free scones recipe to try!

Scones are traditionally enjoyed at tea time with coffee or breakfast. I created the base scones recipe without refined sugar, and you can enjoy them plain or with the vanilla glaze.

Try all of my delicious Gluten Free Scones Recipes. If you love gingerbread, these Gluten Free Gingerbread Biscotti are very good!

Why I love these gluten free gingerbread scones:

  1. These gluten free gingerbread scones are a low-sugar treat that tastes like a dessert!
  2. I love how high these scones rise with lots of flaky layers!
  3. They are straightforward to make. This is a great beginner-level gluten free recipe to make.
  4. You can freeze these scones and enjoy them anytime!

Tips For Success:

  • Measure your gluten free flour carefully. Fill your measuring cup and then use a knife to level it, or spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Don’t pack it!
  • I used maple syrup to sweeten these scones. You can also use coconut sugar or brown sugar.
  • Score the scone dough so you can easily cut out the scones when baked and cooled.

If you love holiday flavors, these Gluten Free Eggnog Scones are also delicious!

The baked gluten free gingerbread scones before icing.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure. Other blends should work, but some blends are starchier than others. You may need to adjust the liquid-to-flour ratio.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your blend doesn’t contain xanthan or guar gum, you must add one teaspoon.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free.
  • Molasses – Use either regular or blackstrap molasses. Check to be sure your molasses is gluten free.
  • Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter.
  • Maple Syrup – I use natural maple syrup. You can look at the list of gluten free maple syrup brands here.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Ground Spices – Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Most should be gluten free, but McCormick and Penzey’s are brands that label gluten free.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

The photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.

Step 2: Add the cold unsalted butter chunks and use a pastry cutter to cut in the cold butter. Your final mixture should look like it is full of crumbs.

Photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients. Whisk to blend.

Note: If yours seems very thick when pouring from the bottle, you can warm it by microwaving it for 15 seconds.

Step 4: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Photos of steps 5 and 6.

Step 5: This is what your gluten free gingerbread scone dough should look like. Optional: Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step 6: Place your dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Shape it in a circle and press it down. I make mine 1 1/2 inches thick, but it is a personal preference.

Use a sharp knife to score cut lines in the dough. Do not cut through the dough.

Step 7: Bake at 350º F for 25-30 minutes. Actual baking time will vary depending on the thickness of your scones.

Step 8: Remove the scones from the oven and place them onto a cooling rack.

Step 9: Mix up the icing. Ice the scones when they are fully cooled.

Drizzling icing over the scones.

Recipe FAQ:

How do you store scones?

Store these scones in an airtight container for up to 2 days on the counter or 4 days in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze scones?

You can easily freeze these scones with or without the icing. If you freeze them with the icing, refrigerate them for 30 minutes to harden the icing before placing them in a freezer bag. These scones will keep fresh for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Can you bake these in a scone pan?

You can definitely cook these in a scone pan. Some scone pans are larger than others, so it can affect the time needed to bake.

A closeup of a scone with vanilla icing.

More Gluten Free Scones Recipes:

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

an iced gingerbread scone on a plate.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Scones

Sandi Gaertner
Flaky gluten free gingerbread scones topped with vanilla icing. They are perfect for the holidays!
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes, Gluten Free Scones
Cuisine American
Servings 8 scones
Calories 331 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ¼ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg size large
  • cup maple syrup or use brown sugar
  • cup molasses
  • ½ cup milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Icing

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water use more if you don't want the icing thick

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F and set the oven rack to the middle of the oven.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • Add the cold butter chunks and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix into dough.
  • Place the dough on parchment paper. Shape it in a circle and press to 1 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Use a sharp knife to score the dough into 8 pieces. Don't cut all of the way through the scone dough.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. The baking time can vary depending on the thickness of your scones.
  • Remove from the oven to a cooling rack.
  • Mix the icing ingredients. Don't ice the scones until they are cooled.

Notes

  1. I tested this recipe using King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour blend. Other blends will work but keep an eye on the moisture level. Some blends are starchier than others and may need more or less liquid.
  2. If your blend doesn’t xanthan or guar gum, add one teaspoon.
  3. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sconeCalories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 341mgFiber: 4gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 414IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 2mg
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10 Comments

  1. Hi there…made these and the flavour is delicious, though I wasn’t 100% certain if the dough consistency was right. Would you mind clarifying the form of butter? In the ingredients you list it as “room temperature”, however in the instructions you say to add the “cold butter chunks” and to cut it into the flour mix.
    I guessed and went with the cold but wonder if it should have been different.

    1. I recently improved the recipe and didn’t catch that room temperature note, thank you. You did the right thing using cold butter and cutting it in. What gluten free flour blend did you use? Some definitely need more flour added, depending on the starch content in the blend you use.

  2. I made these this morning. I live in NZ so our flour blends are a little different. they taste really good, but are very crumbly. I used a blackstrap molasses, so the dough was quite wet/sticky before baking.Any thoughts on what can help the crumble factor? we still devoured them, just with a fork and spoon 🙂

    1. Hi Marnie, You didn’t mention the texture or stickiness of your scone dough, so my best guess is you used a starchier flour blend. I would recommend adding 1-3 TBSP additional liquid next time, adding one at a time. Please keep me posted. What is the name of the flour blend you used in NZ?

  3. The sweet vanilla icing on top sounds like the perfect finishing touch. I can’t wait to try making these for the holidays and savoring every delicious bite.

  4. 5 stars
    I never thought I would be able to bake scones! The thought was very intimidating for me, but I tried your recipe and my scones comes out perfect! Your steps were so easy to follow along, so I was able to bake them easily. These scones were devoured in 2 days! Also downloaded your gluten free resources.

  5. 5 stars
    These are delicious! This was the first time I ever made scones and they turned out wonderfully! I followed the recipe exactly and uses Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour. These will be a Christmas breakfast tradition every year.