Date & Pecan Scones with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

I’ve always wondered what the difference was between a scone and a biscuit.   So, I decided to do a little searching and, lucky for you, I found out!

  • Scones originated from Scotland and biscuits are often associated with the Southern States
  • Scones are often sweeter and richer than biscuits
  • Scones are usually cut into triangles and biscuits are round
  • Scones are usually served with brunch or as a base for a dessert, while biscuits are usually eaten as a side dish with breakfast or dinner

So, there you have it!  But, if you add nuts or sugar to your biscuits and cut them into triangles do they then become scones?  I don’t think it really matters, except for the fact that they both taste delicious straight out of the oven!

This scone recipe is a sweet, moist version that can be cut into triangles or whatever shape your heart desires.  Usually I don’t like any sort of nuts in my baking but this recipe called for pecans to be all chopped up so I had to try it.  Plus, I love pecans.  They’re the only nut that I can eat with my dessert.  I love them in butter tarts and I also love them on a hot fudge sundae.  Yummy!

Recipe from Style At Home magazine


Date & Pecan Scones with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

Date & Pecan Scones

By Elizabeth Gorecki Published: July 17, 2012

  • Yield: 12 scones
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25-28 mins
  • Ready In: 45 mins

I've always wondered what the difference was between a scone and a biscuit.   So, I decided to do a little searching and, lucky for …



  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Place the pecans and dates in the bowl of a food processor and pulse with 2 cups of the flour until they're roughly chopped. Add the cold cubed butter to the processor and pulse briefly, until the mix is just crumbly and evenly chopped. Pour the remaining mixture into a large bowl and add the remaining flour and dry ingredients (3/4 cup brown sugar through to cinnamon), stirring to combine evenly. Stir in the vanilla and all but 1tsp. of the cream, mixing with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together to form a ball. Turn out the dough on a floured surface and knead once or twice to bring together. Flatten the dough with your palms to form a 9" circle about 1 1/4" thick. With a sharp knife, cut across the dough to form four quarters and then cut each quarter into three wedges to make 12 scones. Place the scones on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2" apart. Brush the tops with the remaining teaspoon of cream and sprinkle with the extra 2 Tbsp. of brown sugar. Bake for 25-28 minutes until lightly browned. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

  2. cinnamonhoneybutter
  3. For the Cinnamon-Honey Butter, combine 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 2 Tbsp. creamed wildflower honey, and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon. Beat the butter, honey, and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Slather warm scones with the cinnamon-honey butter and enjoy!

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  1. I love both biscuits and scones and I would be hard pressed to choose one over the other. IF I had to….I wouldn’t. I would be greedy and take them both. ☺
    I didn’t realize that scones were not originally a breakfast type food. I figured for tea, yes, but not dessert.

    So now Liz, I have to ask you, what are you using for your recipe listing? Did it come built into Modern Blogger or is it a plugin? I love the colors and layout. So cute!!

    • I am using the Plugin called ReciPress. It appears in your post layout after your post. I was pleased with the layout and the colors automatically go in. The only downfall is you can’t add anything after your recipe post on your original post (that I’ve figured out so far). Hope this helps!

  2. I wouldn’t have thought of this combo. Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
    I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.


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