Extraordinary, special, and delicious – hardly describe the experience of these unique maple walnut scones. These maple scones made with walnuts are worth their weight in gold. They quickly became a favorite in our house, and we hope they will also be a hit in your house.  Try this maple scone recipe today!

Maple walnut scones are crunchy, sweet, delicious, moist, and soft; an incredible flavor combination. 

Maple walnut scones with maple glaze

Looking for More Scone Recipes to make? Try my other scone recipes. We have a scone recipe for every season. Strawberry jam scones are perfect during spring, and if you have fresh or frozen blueberries on hand, try my vegan blueberry scones.

One of my favorite summer treats to make is my peach scones, bursting with fresh, juicy peaches. Lastly, bring on the cozy fall or winter weather with my pumpkin scones for a warm and comforting treat. 

The Best Maple Walnut Scone Recipe

I have never been more excited to introduce a new recipe than this Maple Walnut Scone recipe. It is one of those recipes that came about by accident. We were actually filming another scone recipe but made a mistake and had to start again. We added some walnuts and maple syrup to save the scone dough we already had and made these wonderful maple scones for supper. To our amazement, these became our best scone recipe yet.

Stay tuned for what other mistakes we might make in the future, because it seems that our mistakes turn into our best recipes. These maple walnut scones are among the best scones we have ever made. Maple scones have a sweet flavor from the maple syrup and nuttiness from the walnuts. 

These maple walnut scones are crunchy and gorgeous on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside. Brushing the scones with pure maple syrup creates a candy-like crust that complements the walnuts and flavor of the maple scones. Top the walnut scones with a maple glaze, and it knocks it out of the park. This is truly a winner. We were so excited about these maple scones with walnuts that we had to share the recipe with you right away. 

Here is our Maple Walnut Scones, a recipe you will love.  

Maple walnut scones served with maple glaze and extra chopped walnuts

What are scones?

Scones are a traditional Scottish recipe made with oats. Over the past few decades, they seem to have become more popular across the world. American scones are usually sweeter, but hey, that works for me.  

We often eat our scones without adding a topping, while it is expected that toppings like jam will be added in Scotland.

Why You Will Love these Maple Walnut Scones:

First and foremost, the flavor and texture of these maple walnut scones are beyond description. There is something about the combination of walnuts and maple sugar, a flaky scone texture, covered in pure maple syrup and finished with a maple glaze that simply defies description.  

Indeed, these maple scones with walnuts are super easy to make and take only a few minutes to assemble and bake.  

Scones are a fabulous weekend breakfast or brunch idea, though we find all sorts of excuses to make maple scones for the other meals also.   

Pouring maple glaze on maple scones with walnuts

Maple Walnut Scone Ingredients & Substitution Options: 

  • Flour:  We use mostly all-purpose flour in these maple walnut scones, but to increase the nutritional value and fiber, we added a touch of whole wheat flour as well.  
  • Natural Cane Sugar: We use unbleached all-natural cane sugar, but I am sure regular sugar can be used as well. Regular granulated sugar goes through a refining process that uses animal bone char and is, therefore, not completely vegan.  
  • Maple Sugar:  Maple sugar is a unique and flavorful sweetener that makes these maple scones extra special. Nevertheless, if you do not it, you can substitute maple syrup with natural cane sugar.  
  • Aluminum-free baking powder: We take extra care to use aluminum-free baking powder, because it reacts to liquid rather than heat. We don’t like the metal flavor and aftertaste of aluminium baking powder.  
  • Sea salt:  We like to use sea salt for some extra trace minerals. You can also use pink Himalayan salt. The salt balances the flavor of the walnut scones.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil helps make these maple walnut scones delicate and light. Coconut oil is either refined or unrefined. Refined means the coconut taste has been removed and is usually the best option if you want to avoid the coconut flavor.  
  • Walnuts: Walnuts have many health benefits and always add great nutritional value to recipes. In these maple walnut scones, walnuts are the star of the recipe.    
  • Coconut milk: Canned coconut milk adds to the flavor, creaminess, and lightness of the maple scones.  
  • Vanilla: Vanilla is added for flavor, but can be omitted.  
  • Maple Syrup: Brush the maple scones with 100% pure maple syrup. It has a delicious flavor, but in the case of these maple walnut scones, it also adds a sweet, crunchy crust. Here in New England, we are very selective about our maple syrup; nothing but 100% pure will do. If you do not have access to pure maple syrup, use a brand you like or substitute with agave nectar.  
Walnut scones with maple syrup

Health Benefits of Walnuts:

Walnuts are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and should be praised for their health benefits, particularly those of the heart. (1)

Walnuts contain high levels of essential fatty acids, B6, a vitamin involved in brain function, and are among the best sources of trace elements. Research suggests they can help lower blood pressure. (2)

Of course, as is the case with most good things, walnuts should be consumed in moderation, so adding walnuts to your scones is an excellent way to boost the nutritional value in your diet.  

Walnuts are also high in antioxidants and fiber.  

Maple walnut scones

Maple Walnut Scones Recipe Variation and Add-ins

Have fun switching up this walnut scone recipe with these tasty recipe variations. 

  • Pistachio Lemon Scones: For a fun twist, substitute the walnuts with pistachios and add lemon instead of maple syrup to the glaze.
  • Dried Fruit Scones: For a different variation, add dried fruit, such as apricots, cranberries, or blueberries, to this maple walnut scone recipe.    
  • Pecan Maple Scones: Switch out the walnuts in this recipe and make pecan maple scones for a delicious treat. 
  • Scones Without Nuts:  Omit the walnuts and make a plain maple scone.  
  • Fresh Berry Scones: Add some fresh raspberries or blueberries the scone recipe for a significantly special variation. 
  • Black Walnut Scones: Toss some black walnuts into these maple scones for a bold and delicious black walnut flavor.
  • Maple extract: Add a few drops of maple extract to increase the maple flavor of these walnut maple scones. 
  • Toasted walnuts: A nice touch is to toast the walnuts at 350F for 6-8 minutes until slightly golden brown. Toasting the walnuts will help to bring out the walnut flavor.
  • Almond Scones: Replace the walnuts with sliced or chopped almonds and add a few drops of almond extract for a nutty almond-flavored scone.
Maple scones with walnuts served on a white platter

How to make Maple Walnut Scones

Here is a step-by-step guide with pictures on how to make these delicious walnut maple scones.

Step one: Add flour, sugar, maple sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 

Step two: Cut the coconut oil into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture resembles sand. Add the chopped walnuts.

Step three: Pour in coconut milk and vanilla extract. Gently mix until just combined. The dough will be wet.

    Step four: Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and form into a round disk about an inch thick and cut into eight pieces like a pizza.

    Step five: Transfer each maple scone to a lined baking sheet, brush generously with pure maple syrup and sprinkle with more chopped walnuts.

    Step six: Finally, bake the scones for 17-19 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on the edges.

    How do you cut maple walnut scones into the right shape?

    Place the maple walnut scone dough on a lightly floured work surface and form it into a round disk about an inch thick. Cut the dough into eight pieces like you would cut a pizza. Scone dough is usually wet but should be moveable. Use a cake or pie server to gently remove the pieces one at a time and place them on a parchment-covered baking tray. Then brush the maple walnut scones with maple syrup and bake.  

    Maple scones served on a white plate

    What is the secret to making good scones?  

    1. Don’t overwork the scone dough. This is why we make the dough by hand instead of using a food processor as it can easily be over mixed.
    2. Cut in the coconut oil with a pastry cutter for a lighter scone. The consistency should resemble sand before adding the coconut milk.  
    3. The dough should be slightly wet – this will ensure a moister scone. 
    4. Because the aluminium-free baking powder reacts when liquid is added, it is important to bake the maple scones as quickly as possible after adding liquid. 
    Maple walnut scones served on a white platter

    What Kitchen Tools are the best for making scones?

    Here are my favorite tools for making these maple walnut scones or any scone recipe. 

    1. Large Bowl: Since this is a one-bowl walnut scone recipe, starting with a large bowl is helpful to make the mixing process easier. 
    2. Sifter or Mesh StrainerSifting the flour and dry ingredients helps create light and fluffy walnut scones. Maple sugar has a tendency to clump, so sifting it will help the maple flavor distribute better throughout the scones. 
    3. Pastry Cutter: Cutting the coconut oil into the scones is a crucial step in this recipe, so a pastry cutter is the perfect kitchen tool to have when making scones. If you do not have a pastry cutter, you can use two knives to cut the oil into the dry mixture. 
    4. Wooden Spoon: A wooden spoon is perfect for mixing the dry ingredients together and also after adding the wet ingredients. 
    5. Parchment Paper: I love to use parchment paper for baking maple scones as I don’t have to spray or oil my baking sheet, and cleanup is easy after baking. 
    6. Baking Sheet: A good-quality baking sheet is a good investment. I like Nordic Ware baking sheets as they evenly distribute the heat and rarely burn the bottoms of my scone recipes. 

    How to make maple glaze for scones?

    Making maple glaze for scones couldn’t be easier. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and maple syrup until the desired consistency is reached. Start with a teaspoon of maple syrup to a cup of powdered sugar and add more as needed until you reach the right consistency. You can also use a few drops of water to make the maple glaze thinner. When you drizzle the glaze over the maple walnut scones, it should stay on the scone for the most part. Too thin usually runs right off or gets absorbed into the scones, too thick and it is difficult to drizzle.  

    Maple walnut scones with maple glaze

    Sweet Maple Glaze Ingredients

    This simple maple glaze will take your walnut maple scones to the next level. After all, the scones are super simple and easy to make.

    Maple Syrup: Unquestionably, I like to use pure 100% maple syrup in this maple glaze recipe. This gives the glaze the ultimate maple flavor which will keep you coming back for more. 

    Powdered Sugar: Powder sugar is the base of the maple glaze, so adjust the amount to create more or less glaze. 

    Water: The key to making the best maple glaze for scones is to get the right glaze consistency. If the glaze is too thin, it will roll right off the scone and make it soggy. So you want to create the perfect maple glaze consistency by adjusting with more powdered sugar to thicken or a couple drops of water to thin the glaze. 

    How to Freeze Maple Walnut Scones

    I highly recommend freezing leftover maple walnut scones. They stay fresh and delicious that way and should last for up to three months in the freezer.  

    Make sure they are completely cooled before freezing. Simply place the maple scones in a freezer container or freezer bag. If needed, you can add parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. 

    These walnut scones do not last long; we seldom have some to freeze. When ready to eat, either thaw the scones on the counter for an hour or reheat in the oven at 350F for 7-10 minutes.  

    Maple Scones Serving Suggestions

    Walnut maple scones are perfect for any occasion. Here are a few serving suggestions. 

    Breakfast or Brunch: Serving these maple scones for breakfast? Serve with baked hash browns, easy vegan sausage, or my favorite vegan pancakes.

    Tea Time:  Enjoy a tea party with these lovely scones, tea, or hot lemonade.  

    Homemade plant-based milk: For a delicious combination, serve freshly baked maple walnut scones with homemade almond milk or oat milk

    Mother or Father’s Day: Maple walnut scones will add a sparkle to a surprise breakfast. Serve with vegan crepes or these oat waffles.

    Fall treat: These walnut scones are a lovely treat to serve as the family gathers for the holidays. Serve them with these vegan pumpkin cookies or my baked apple recipe. 

    Walnut scones with maple glaze served on a white plate

    FAQs

    Where can I buy maple sugar and syrup? 

    Ben’s Sugar Shack is my favorite maple syrup company. It is operated here in New Hampshire and sells maple syrup and maple sugar, which is unbelievably delicious in these maple walnut scones. I met Ben a few years back when I was touring his maple syrup operation. If you ever visit New Hampshire, make sure to visit and pick up some maple syrup for these New Hampshire maple walnut scones. You won’t regret it. 

    Should you sift flour for scones? 

    Yes, it is always a good idea to sift flour when baking. It adds air to the flour, resulting in a lighter scone. It is also important to aerate the flour before measuring so as to not add too much flour to a recipe. 

    Can you make gluten free maple walnut scones? 

    Yes! Substitute the flour in this recipe for a gluten free one-to-one baking flour. I like to use Bob’s Red Mill brand.

    How thick should scone dough be?  

    Gently shape the scone dough into a disk shape. The disk should be about 1 1/2 inches high. This will ensure a fluffy, beautiful scone.  

    Maple scones served with maple glaze

    Looking for more baking recipes? Try my vegan strawberry muffins or my breakfast blueberry muffin tops.

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    Maple walnut scones served with maple glaze

    Maple Walnut Scones

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    • Author: Chef Ani
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 17-19 minutes
    • Total Time: 30-35 minutes
    • Yield: 8 scones 1x

    Description

    Maple walnut scones are crunchy, sweet, delicious, moist, and soft; an incredible flavor combination.


    Ingredients

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    • 1 1/2 cups (unbleached) all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup whole white wheat flour
    • 3 tablespoons natural cane sugar
    • 3 tablespoons maple sugar
    • 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/3 cup coconut oil
    • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
    • maple syrup for brushing

    Maple Glaze

    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • water as needed 

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. In a bowl sift together the flours, sugar, maple sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Cut in the coconut oil with a pastry cutter or with two knives until the mixture resembles sand.
    4. Add the chopped walnuts.
    5. Pour in the coconut milk and vanilla extract. Gently mix until just combined. The dough will be wet.
    6. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and form into a round disk about an inch thick and cut into eight pieces like a pie.
    7. Transfer each scone onto a lined baking sheet tray, brush with maple syrup.
    8. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges.

    Maple Glaze:

    In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and maple syrup. Adjust the consistency of the glaze by adding a few drops of water until you reach the desired consistency. 


    Notes

    • Glaze: The key to making the best maple glaze for scones is to get the right glaze consistency. If the glaze is too thin, it will roll right off the scone and make it soggy. So you want to create the perfect maple glaze consistency by adjusting with more powdered sugar to thicken or a couple drops of water to thin the glaze. 

    References:

    1. Fraser GE, Sabaté J, Beeson WL, Strahan TM. A possible protective effect of nut consumption on risk of coronary heart disease. The Adventist Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 1992 Jul;152(7):1416-24. PMID: 1627021.
    2. Sabaté J, Fraser GE, Burke K, Knutsen SF, Bennett H, Lindsted KD. Effects of walnuts on serum lipid levels and blood pressure in normal men. N Engl J Med. 1993 Mar 4;328(9):603-7. doi: 10.1056/NEJM199303043280902. PMID: 8357360.