Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scone Copycat

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

Do you love Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones? Well, you’re in luck! This is a Copycat Petite Vanilla Scone, even better than the original!

Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones are just like that scone recipe at Starbucks but they’re better because they’re made at home. This is the best scone recipe because it’s made with pudding mix – the scones are pillowy soft and stay soft for days. The flavor of these scones is amazing!

PIN IT NOW TO SAVE FOR LATER!

plate of vanilla scones

Mel and I have had a ritual almost as long as our relationship: we love to walk to Starbucks on Sunday mornings, have coffee, and read the paper. It still is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend, although it’s fewer and far between. Life gets in the way too much!

I’ll never forget one walk back in 2001. We were newlyweds, and it was about a mile to the Starbucks. On our way, there was one of those trailers the cops set up to track your speed, you know, to tell you how fast you’re going.

It was probably no later than 8am on a Sunday morning, so it was totally dead outside. Mel took off running at a sprint to see if it would clock his speed. I think it said 10 mph or something. To this day, every time  I see one of those road things, I think of that morning.

For several years our walks included Jordan and no newspaper reading because dealing with a toddler is hard enough without trying to read the paper. Then we added Ginger and had fun watching her try to eat the crumbs from our breakfast. Now our Sunday morning ritual usually is just Mel and I and Abby, because Jordan is either sleeping in (she’s a teenager now and is rarely up before 9 or 10) or she’s at a sleepover and we’re alone. It’s weird to be at Starbucks and be able to read the newspaper again!

When Jordan was little, we always got her a petite vanilla scone on our Starbucks Sundays, and now that’s my indulgence. I love all the petite treats they make, because it makes me feel better to eat one. Plus, when Jordan was 3, it was a perfect size for her. Jordan loves those petite vanilla scones…and so did Ginger. Abby just sees a Starbucks cup and hopes it’s her Puppuchino.

I’m a little scone obsessed, ever since I made Lemon Scones and  Funfetti Chip Cake Batter Scones. I’m also obsessed with Starbucks Copycats ever since I made those Blueberry Crumb Muffins. These Petite Vanilla Scones are just another addition to my favorite breakfast recipes. They’re perfect for Sunday brunch or any day you want a homemade scone!

sliced open scones on plate

Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones are homemade and stay soft for days. They’re better then the recipe from Starbucks!

I wanted to make a scone version from scratch – without the cake mix. But I’m always so worried that a from-scratch scone will be dry. I’ve had dry scones and they aren’t good! So I did what I always do to keep a baked good soft:

I added pudding mix.

And it totally worked!

These scones are made traditionally, with flour, butter, and cream. For vanilla flavor, you can use extract or vanilla bean paste, or even a vanilla bean. I mixed in some vanilla instant pudding mix and they turned out soft and puffy and delicious. Scones are hard to keep soft and fresh, but adding pudding mix ensures the perfect petite vanilla scone recipe every time.

The frosting for these scones is to die for. It’s a simple glaze of powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream. I love that stuff so much! You can totally substitute regular vanilla extract for any of the paste/beans in this recipe, but using the bean and/or paste will totally punch up that vanilla flavor.

And like with the chocolate in my cookies, I like to have vanilla flavor that punches me in the face.

Now I can make Jordan (and myself) happy even on those Sundays we can’t get to Starbucks. I can make petite vanilla scones at home!

Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones Copycat recipe

How to make the perfect Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones:

  • Be sure to use cold butter and dice it in using a pastry blender or forks. Don’t over mix either; over-mixing of scone dough will cause it to become tough.
  • Use any flavor pudding mix for a new flavor scone!
  • Heavy whipping cream is a must; don’t sub milk!
  • You can make 8 large scones instead of 16 petite, if you prefer.

Want even more? Subscribe to Crazy for Crust to get new recipes and a newsletter delivered to your inbox. And stay in touch on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for all my latest updates.

Did you make this recipe?

Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones

Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones are just like that scone recipe at Starbucks but they’re better because they’re made at home. This is the best scone recipe because it’s made with pudding mix – the scones are pillowy soft and stay soft for days. The flavor of these scones is amazing!

Ingredients:

For the scone

  • 2 cups (248g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (24g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons (86g) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 small box (approximately 3.4 ounces or 96g)) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or extract)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (134ml) heavy cream, divided

For the frosting

  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons (30-45ml) cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add cold butter and cut it in using a pastry blender or two butter knives until it forms small crumbs.
  3. Stir in pudding mix. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Stir gently with a fork until just incorporated. Bring the dough together with your hands.
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Form into two small rounds. Cut each round into 8 triangles and place each on the prepared baking sheet. Brush each triangle with a little of the remaining 1 tablespoon heavy cream. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just golden. Cool before frosting
  5. To make the frosting: Whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons cream. Add more cream as needed for desired consistency. (I made mine thinner, so I could dip the scones in it.) Frost cooled scones with a knife or dip them upside down in the frosting. Let it harden, then serve.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Notes:

Use your favorite pudding mix flavor to change up the scone!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16, Serving Size: 1 scone

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 187
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 38mg
  • Sodium: 299mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 2g
All images and text ©. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe. Disclaimer: Nutrition information shown is not guaranteed to be accurate.

If you love Starbucks copycat recipes, be sure to check out Averie’s Lemon Loaf, these Maple Oat Scones, my pumpkin cream cheese muffins, or Holly’s Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake.

You might also like:

Funfetti Scones

Funfetti-Chocolate-Chip-Scones-3-words

Biscoff Banana Bread

biscoff banana bread 4 words

Starbucks Copycat Blueberry Muffins

Starbucks Copycat Blueberry Muffins
**Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to give it a star rating below!**

Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones are just like that scone recipe at Starbucks but they're better because they're made at home. This is the best scone recipe because it's made with pudding mix - the scones are pillowy soft and stay soft for days. The flavor of these scones is amazing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

145 comments

  1. Pingback: Fruity Pebbles Muffins - Crazy for Crust

  2. Pingback: 50 Back to School Ideas from Breakfast to Snack - Crazy for Crust

  3. I just bought 1/4 lb of tahitian vanilla beans from a reliable source called vanillaproducts (username) for $11.99 plus $5 for shipping and handling…and what’s more, you get bonus beans for any product over $10!!! So, they are affordable – on down side is having to wait for them to arrive in the mail.

  4. Pingback: 25 Favorite Copycat Recipes | Bake Your Day

  5. Just made these with my grand daughter and they are delicious. Have you ever tried freezing them? I would love to have some on hand for gifts or for the holidays just wasn’t sure if they freeze well.

    • I haven’t frozen those Lisa, but I have frozen other scones with great success! I would freeze them unfrosted, layered between paper towels in a ziploc bag or tupperware, and frost them upon defrosting! I’m glad you liked them!

  6. Pingback: Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones Copycat | Crazy Jamie

  7. i love these scones. i have used white chocolate pudding, butterscotch, and coconut pudding. all delicious. i have people begging me to bake them. the freeze well, and so does the whipping cream. who knew?

  8. Pingback: Copycat Starbucks Recipes | Un - ComplicateUn – Complicate

  9. Pingback: starbucks petite vanilla scone copycat 星巴克迷你香草司康 ヾ(@^(∞)^@)ノ « Victoria Bakes

  10. I just made these for New Years brunch and they are delicious!!!! My new favorite thing! Thanks!!!

  11. Pingback: Low Sugar Banana Nut Scones | The Gunny Sack

  12. Made these with my granddaughter for brunch during the playoff game. The Starbucks’ scones were her favorite until today. These are delicious. Everyone raved.

  13. Pingback: Glazed eggnog scones — keeping Christmas alive | write meg!

  14. I am really wondering about the pudding – adding or not adding an entire box of pudding mix would seem to make a fairly substantial difference in the wet/dry balance of the recipe…

    • I’ve made these scones (with different variations) a few times, with and without the pudding. The pudding mix (dry) doesn’t do much to the actual mixture, just makes sure they stay pillowy soft. 🙂

  15. Pingback: 17 Starbucks Copycat Recipes | Chef Recipes

  16. Pingback: Mon Petit Déjeuner (plus, grapefruit two ways) |

  17. I’ve been making these with different kinds of pudding. So far I think coconut and chocolate have been my favorite. Thatnks for sharing the recipe

  18. Yum! These look great. I came here to look at a recipe I had bookmarked (Peanut Butter Kitchen Sink Popcorn) for my sister’s birthday, and when I saw these on the side of the page, I thought it might be a sign. You see, I am currently obsessed with another Starbucks scone copycat recipe — these: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2014/03/maple-oat-nut-scones/ . They are so very good. The recipe was only posted March 18, but we have already had them three times! But I think these vanilla ones might be my next scone attempt. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Our local Starbucks just stopped carrying the Vanilla Bean Scones. Don’t understand – unless you got to the shop early, they were sold out! Can’t wait to try making them at home. I’ll just take one by Starbucks and get my coffee to go!

  20. OMG! When I finished baking them, They were SOOOO good! You should start a bake sale or something to spread the goodness you make!!!

  21. Pingback: behold the copycat

  22. OMG, I’ll have to try this. My son & I have had this tradition of going on a date to SB since he was 3 (he’s now 9). I’d get a Frap, he’d get 3 Vanilla Scones. Today he figured that when he eats 3 scones from SB he is eating the cost of 1 LEGO figure. So we went on about how if he eats 400 scones he would be eating the LEGO Star Wars Death Star Set :-)…Thanks for posting!

    • I love your comparisons. I’m totally doing that for my daughter (and books) next time we go there (or anywhere she begs for overpriced goodies I can make at home!)

  23. Pingback: 17 Perfect Starbucks Copycat Recipes | Recipe Van – Food Truck Recipes

  24. When u say Cream for the frosting. Do u mean heavy cream?

  25. Just made these this morning and they are delicious…the only problem I’m having is waiting for them to cool and for the frosting to harden…I’m getting very impatient. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  26. Just made these this morning & they were sooooo good! I used 2% milk instead of cream since that’s all I had, but to my delight, they worked out perfectly! I couldn’t wait for them to harden, so I had one right after glazing and another in the afternoon with coffee 😉

  27. Pingback: 50 CopyCat Recipes - Real Housemoms

  28. Dorothy, I’ve been wanting to make these since you first posted and I finally made them last week for my niece’s birthday party and they were a huge hit!  It was a princess theme and my sister dubbed them Sleeping Beauty’s Pillows.  🙂  Thanks so much for sharing!  As always, every recipe I’ve tried of yours has been a delicious success!!

    I blogged about it:
    http://tinaschic.com/2015/01/petite-vanilla-scones/

  29. Hey, in the frosting part what type of cream do you use? 
    When I got to that part I was quite stumped so I didn’t use the icing and I must say that even though your recipe for the scone is spectacular I think I would enjoy it even more with the frosting

  30. Can I make the dough the night before and store in the fridge?  I know it’s quick to make, but I’d like to bake them before work one morning to take to my fellow teachers 🙂 so I’d like to just be able to bake them off in the a.m.

  31. You have made my dreams come true with this recipe!  I love these scones but they are always out at my local Starbucks.  I don’t need a special occasion to tuck into these, it’s an everyday go to as far as I’m concerned.  Thanks!

  32. I made these tonight I use real all natural vanilla bean Greek yogurt instead of the pudding mix. I also took one small lemon zested it and juiced it added it to the icing mixture. I didn’t cut them in triangles but the flavors were omgosh so good

  33. I JUST made these and they are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! By far 1000x better than the actual scones at Starbucks. I’m taking them to a meeting in the morning with some other teachers and I am SO excited to share them!!! 🙂

  34. Just made them – actually better than Starbucks! I used two extra tablespoons of cream in the dough.

  35. hey girl- these scones look amazing!

  36. PERFECT! Love these little things. 

  37. This vanilla scone recipe didn’t work for me at all.  More like a flat cookie.

Leave a Comment »