Delicious Coffee-Nut Scones Recipe for Breakfast Lovers

Come sit with me for a moment, my coffee-loving friend. I’ve got something special brewing today – a recipe for coffee-nut scones that will make you want to curl up on the couch and savor every bite.

There’s something about the combination of rich, nutty flavors and the subtle kick of instant coffee that makes these scones irresistible. They’re the perfect treat for breakfast, brunch, or any time you need a little pick-me-up.

But don’t just take my word for it. Think of your favorite coffee shop and the tempting aroma of freshly made pastries wafting from their oven. Now imagine being able to recreate that same magic in your own kitchen. That’s what this recipe is all about – bringing the sweetness and warmth of your favorite café into the comfort of your home.

So grab a bag of Door County coffee or your favorite brand, and let’s get started! These coffee-nut scones are easy to make, packed with flavor, and just begging to be enjoyed with a steaming cup of joe. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee-Nut Scones
Coffee-Nut Scones

Attention all coffee and nut lovers! Have you ever had a scone with a hint of coffee and the added crunch of roasted hazelnuts? You’ll love this recipe for Coffee-Nut Scones that will give you the perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack.

Are you tired of the same old boring muffin or croissant for breakfast? This is where our Coffee-Nut Scones come in. With it’s rich, aromatic coffee flavor combined with delectable hazelnuts, this treat can satisfy your craving for something sweet and nutty.

If you haven’t experienced the beauty of coffee’s boldness in baked goods, then you’re missing out on an entire world of flavor. Our scones recipe uses instant coffee as one of its main ingredients, giving it that extra boost of coffee flavor that’s sure to satisfy every caffeine lover out there.

And let’s not forget about the texture. The scones are tender yet crumbly with bits of chopped walnuts scattered throughout. It’s like enjoying a tea biscuit, but better because it’s got bits of crunchy nuts in there too.

These scones are perfect for any time of the day. Whether you want to enjoy them as breakfast scones with a side of butter and jam or pair them with your afternoon coffee break and enjoy the caramel walnut coffee flavors.

So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s packed full of delicious flavors and textures that can make any time feel like an indulgent treat. Plus, what could be better than a warm, freshly-baked scone on a lazy Sunday morning?

Ingredient List

 Enjoy a cup of coffee and one of these delicious scones to start your day off right!
Enjoy a cup of coffee and one of these delicious scones to start your day off right!

Let’s talk about the coffee-nut scones recipe ingredients! To create these crumbly and perfectly textured scones, you will need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3/4 cup of toasted hazelnuts or walnuts, chopped


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of brewed coffee or milk

You can easily find all these ingredients at your nearest supermarket. Keep in mind that cold ingredients work best when making scones, so make sure to have them ready before starting!

The Recipe How-To

 These coffee-nut scones make for the perfect breakfast treat.
These coffee-nut scones make for the perfect breakfast treat.

Now, let’s dive into the exciting part of this recipe article- the making of Coffee-Nut Scones! I can guarantee that this process will be as pleasurable as the final result. So, are you ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in?

Ingredient Preparation

First things first, before diving into creating something heavenly, we must prepare the proper ingredients.

  1. Start by preheating your oven at 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  3. Take 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp of baking powder, ¼ tsp of salt, ⅓ cup of brown sugar, and 1 tbsp of instant coffee.
  4. In a bowl combine all dry ingredients until they’re evenly distributed.
  5. Take 6 tablespoons of cold butter/margarine, and cut it into cubes. To make sure that the butter stays as chilled as possible, I suggest placing them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before cutting.
  6. Add the butter/margarine cubes to the dry ingredients and mix them together using your fingers until you get a coarse, crumbly texture.
  7. Now, add in ½ cup of chopped hazelnuts. If you’re not a fan of hazelnuts, feel free to substitute them with other nuts such as walnuts or macadamia nuts.

Tip: To get optimal results, make sure that all your ingredients are cold since it helps with the flakiness of the scones.

Next, for our wet ingredients,

  1. Whisk together an egg and ½ cup of milk in another bowl until evenly combined.
  2. Pour this mixture over your all-purpose flour-butter mixture which you have prepared earlier and stir until everything is well-incorporated.

Tip: Be careful not to overmix the dough, as it can result in a tough scone. Mix just until no flour remains, and you can see some butter pieces.

Making the Dough

And now, comes the fun part! Our next step is to make the dough!

  1. Transfer the scone dough into a floured surface.
  2. Knead the dough 8 to 10 times until it becomes smooth.
  3. Using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough until you get an approximately 1-inch thickness.
  4. Cut the dough into triangular or circular shapes or take a biscuit cutter to create different shapes.
  5. Rearrange and repeat until all the dough has been used.

Tip: If you prefer your scones with a crunchier top, sprinkle some brown sugar on top of them before placing them in the oven.


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Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with these irresistible coffee-infused scones.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these irresistible coffee-infused scones.

Do you want to put your own twist on these Coffee-Nut Scones? Fear not! There are several substitutions and variations you can try for this recipe.

1. Nut Substitutions: If you have a nut allergy, or simply want to switch it up, you can swap out the hazelnuts for another type of nut such as walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts.

2. Dairy Substitutions: For those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, you can substitute the butter and milk in this recipe with margarine and non-dairy milk like soy, almond or oat milk.

3. Gluten-Free Option: If you are gluten-intolerant or following a gluten-free diet, you can use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour to make gluten-free Coffee-Nut Scones.

4. Sweet Substitutes: To cut back on sugar, use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar in this recipe, and pure maple syrup instead of powdered sugar for the glaze.

5. Flavor Variations: Experiment with different flavors by adding in ingredients like cranberries or chocolate chips to give your scones a unique twist. You could also try adding in espresso powder or caramel bits to enhance the coffee flavor.

6. Shape Variations: Instead of traditional triangle-shaped scones, try using cookie cutters to create different shapes for special occasions like hearts for Valentine’s Day or stars for Christmas.

Remember that experimentation is key when it comes to baking your own version of these delicious Coffee-Nut Scones. Try something new and trust your taste buds to create the perfect flavor combination that suits your palate!

Serving and Pairing

 These scones are perfect for a cozy Sunday brunch with family and friends.
These scones are perfect for a cozy Sunday brunch with family and friends.

Ah, nothing beats the warm and hearty aroma of a freshly baked batch of coffee-nut scones wafting through your kitchen. These lovely treats are not only perfect for breakfast or brunch but also make for an indulgent afternoon snack.

When it comes to pairing these scones, you want to consider the flavors and textures that will best complement their rich coffee and nutty taste.

For a classic pairing, serve them alongside a piping hot cup of Door County coffee made with your favorite brewing method. The natural acidity and fruity undertones in Door County’s coffee blend perfectly with the deep coffee flavor of the scones, making for a match made in heaven.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try pairing these delectable scones with a homemade latte? The creamy texture of the milk will nicely balance out the crumbly texture of the scones while adding an extra layer of indulgence.

For those looking for something on the lighter side, fruit-based jams such as raspberry or blueberry jam are an excellent alternative to clotted cream. The tartness and sweetness of the jam go harmoniously with the buttery richness of the coffee-nut scones.

No matter how you choose to serve these scones, remember that they’re best enjoyed fresh from the oven. So be sure to brew up a fresh pot of your favorite Joe and dig in!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A batch of these scones will fill your home with the aroma of warm coffee and toasted nuts.
A batch of these scones will fill your home with the aroma of warm coffee and toasted nuts.

Coffee-nut scones are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast, so it’s no surprise that you might want to make them ahead of time. One of my favorite things about these scones is that they’re easy to prepare in advance, making them ideal for busy mornings.

To make your mornings a bit more stress-free, I recommend baking a batch of scones on Sunday night and storing them for later in the week. These scones will keep well for up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

If you want to store your scones for even longer, consider freezing them. Once the scones are fully cooled, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Scones can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, unwrap and thaw either overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature before reheating.

To reheat your coffee-nut scones, simply place them on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-10 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can pop them into the microwave for 20-30 seconds on medium-high heat.

Remember that freshly baked scones are always best, but these reheating methods will help bring back some of the original texture and flavor.

Whether you choose to store or reheat your coffee-nut scones, you can expect every bite to be just as delicious as when they were fresh out of the oven.

Tips for Perfect Results

 These scones provide the perfect balance of sweetness and nutty flavor with a coffee twist.
These scones provide the perfect balance of sweetness and nutty flavor with a coffee twist.

When it comes to making Coffee-Nut Scones, there are some tips and tricks that can make all the difference in achieving perfect results. As a barista with years of experience, I have compiled some tips to help you make the best scones recipe.

1. Keep Your Butter Cold

One of the essential tips for making scones is to use cold butter and keep it chilled until you’re ready to use it. Cold butter is easier to work with, as it makes the dough flakier and crumbly. Using room temperature or melted butter will result in a dense and tough scone.

2. Handle Dough Gently

The dough for Coffee-Nut Scones should be handled as little as possible to prevent gluten formation. Gluten formation occurs when the dough gets overworked or handled too roughly, resulting in a tough scone. To avoid this, knead the dough lightly without applying too much pressure.

3. Don’t Overmix

Overmixing your scone batter can result in a dense and tough texture. Mix until just combined, as this will give them their signature flaky texture. Once the wet ingredients have been added to the dry blend, don’t mix beyond that point.

4. Measure Accurately

Measuring ingredients accurately is crucial because even slight deviations from the recipe can yield inconsistent results. You might have less satisfactory results if there’s too much of one ingredient or not enough of another.

5. Add Flavor To The Dough

Adding instant coffee and hazelnuts to your scone dough will add great flavor before baking or after baking, brushed with some milk, sprinkled with brown sugar, or topped with powdered sugar. Feel free to experiment with other flavorings and textures such as nuts, dried fruit like cranberries or fresh fruit like orange or apple chunks.

In conclusion, these tips will help you achieve perfect results when making Coffee-Nut Scones. Remember to keep your ingredients cold, handle the dough gently, and mix until just combined. Measure your ingredients accurately and add flavors to elevate your scone game. With these tips in mind, you’ll end up with a delicious and flaky treat that you can be proud of.


Now that we have shared with you everything you need to know about our Coffee-Nut Scones Recipe–from the ingredient list down to the serving and pairing recommendations as well as make-ahead, storing and reheating techniques–you might still have some questions lingering in your mind. We’ve compiled a list of some commonly asked questions (FAQs) to help address any doubts or concerns you may have as you try out this recipe. Read on below for more information!

What is the secret to scones?

When preparing scones, it is crucial to utilize chilled elements like cold butter, cold eggs, and cold cream. This is identical to the process of making pie crust where the usage of cold ingredients prevents the butter from melting before being baked which leads to a flaky texture. Instead, the butter is melted in the oven while baking and results in an exceptionally flaky scone.

What’s the difference between tea biscuits and scones?

When it comes to baked goods, tea biscuits and scones may seem quite similar at first glance, but there are notable differences that set them apart. The most significant distinguishing factor between the two lies in their texture – tea biscuits tend to be flaky and rich with butter, while scones have a denser, crunchier consistency.

How do you make scones more moist?

When making scones, using buttermilk is a great way to prevent the texture from becoming too tough. In order to achieve a light and fluffy scone, it’s important to freeze the dough before baking so that the butter remains cold. Adding an egg to the mixture will make the scones extra creamy and soft. It’s not necessary to use all of the liquid called for in the recipe to achieve the perfect texture.

What is the difference between damper and scones?

Damper, which resembles a scone but lacks sweetness and milk, has a long-standing tradition of being enjoyed with golden syrup and was playfully nicknamed “cockys joy.”

What makes scones dry and crumbly?

When preparing scones, it’s crucial not to over-knead the mixture since that leads to tight and springy scones. To ensure that the scones come out loose and crumbly, the flour and baking powder should be sifted together before mixing in the bowl. This way, the ingredients will be evenly distributed, which is essential for achieving a uniform rise.

Bottom Line

your coffee-nut scone journey with satisfaction.

As a barista, I know that coffee lovers and bakers alike will love this recipe for coffee-nut scones. They are the perfect breakfast or mid-day snack for those who want a little kick of caffeine and some delicious nutty flavor. The combination of powdered sugar, instant coffee, hazelnuts, milk, eggs, and butter creates a heavenly aroma that will have you coming back for more.

This recipe is easy to follow and allows for substitutions and variations to make it your own. You can choose from walnut scones, coffee walnut, coffee scones, caramel walnut coffee, or even espresso chocolate scones; the possibilities are endless.

For those with dietary restrictions, these scones accommodate gluten-free and low-carb diets. Additionally, they store well and can be reheated for convenience. Don’t hesitate to make them ahead of time for easy access during busy mornings or schedule them for a brunch sweet treat.

What makes this recipe stand out is the use of instant coffee as an additional ingredient that accentuates the coffee flavor in these tasty treats. And I recommend using Door County for the best results.

So get ready to indulge in the best coffee scones out there! Whether you’re making them for yourself or sharing with friends and family, the taste of these homemade scones is sure to impress all. So go ahead and try this nut scones recipe today and treat yourself to some scrumptious maple pecan scones, cranberry walnut scone or even fruit scones; it’s up to you!

Coffee-Nut Scones

Coffee-Nut Scones Recipe

This is a really tasty recipe with the hazelnuts and coffee. My DH just loves it. Can't keep enough of them around! Great for breakfast, snacks, having with coffee, and packing in lunches! 🙂
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast or snack
Cuisine Bakery
Calories 197.3 kcal


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter or 6 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and 1 tbsp.
  • instant coffee.
  • Add to dry ingredients, mixing until just blended.
  • Stir in hazelnuts.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 5-6 times, but not too much or it makes the dough tough.
  • Cut the dough into three parts; cut each part into fourths.
  • Pat each part into a patty or roll and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F.
  • for 10-12 minutes or until light golden.
  • Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.
  • Prepare glaze by mixing 1 tbsp.
  • water with 1/4 tsp.
  • instant coffee; add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, stirring until well blended.
  • Drizzle over scones with a spoon, adjusting consistency, if necessary with a little water or more sugar.
  • Serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 52gCalories: 197.3kcalCarbohydrates: 22.7gProtein: 4.1gFat: 10.4gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 51.2mgSodium: 228.2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Christmas, Easy, European, Fruit, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Nuts, Oven, Potluck, Quick Breads, Scones, Scottish, Winter
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