Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scone Copycat

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

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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.

Now our walks to Starbucks involve a kid and a dog. We don’t read the paper anymore, instead we use Ginger (the dog) as entertainment.

Although recently she’s been asking for “adult sized” breakfasts, Jordan has always gotten a petite vanilla scone on our Starbucks Sundays. 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 does Ginger.

Dogs are funny – they know exactly who to sit beside at the dinner table: the one who drops the most food. Ginger considers Jordan her mealtime BFF. Jordan drops scone crumbs…and Ginger vacuums them up.

Turns out Ginger also likes reduced fat coffee cake, pumpkin scones, maple oat scones, and cinnamon twists. That’s a long list, so today I started with Petite Vanilla Scones.

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Since making those Funfetti Chip Cake Batter Scones back in February, I’ve been a little scone obsessed. I wanted to make a new 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. I scraped a vanilla bean into the scone mixture for a punch of vanilla flavor. Then I mixed in some vanilla instant pudding mix. (That’s totally optional, if you can’t find it. It’s just a little extra insurance that your scones will stay soft and fluffy.)

The frosting for these scones is to die for. It’s butter, sugar, and vanilla bean paste. 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 Ginger) happy even on those Sundays we can’t get to Starbucks. I can make petite vanilla scones at home!

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And so can you!

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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.


For the scone

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 small box (3.4 ounces) 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 heavy cream

For the frosting

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons cream


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  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: Beat butter and sugar with a hand mixer until crumbly. Beat in 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.


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

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Copycat Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones - this easy recipe has a secret ingredient that keeps the scones perfectly soft and moist. We love these for breakfast!!

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  1. Vanilla is such an underestimated flavor. I just adore it. I have dreams of being rich and being able to buy vanilla beans. I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe (with vanilla extract). Scones are a perfect afternoon treat with a perfect cup of English tea. Lucky for me I have a live-in English gentleman to make it for me.

  2. I have actually never had one but I could totally go for this right now!

  3. Oh my heck. If my oven was working, I would seriously get up and make these right this second. I love the picture of the inside of the scone. They look so moist.

  4. Scones are just my favorite and these luscious vanilla ones would be perfect, but with my Diet Coke. Alas, I’m not a coffee drinker:-D

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  6. Thanks for linking up my Cranberry Bliss Bars!

    I love that you have a Sunday morning tradition of going there and reading the paper, coffee, etc.

    And great job on recreating these AND for making a non-dry scone. Tough to do!

  7. Vanilla is such a fantastic addition to any baked item. I love it! These scones sound so amazing! I would love to have one with a cup of tea right now! 🙂

  8. Aww we don’t have these in the UK but they look freaking delicious! Pinned 🙂

  9. These are adorable! Scones are my favorite pair to coffee, I will have to make a batch of these to last me this week!! Thanks Dorothy! 😀

  10. These look like they could have the texture of blondies 🙂 I don’t make scones nearly often enough.

  11. Delicious! I need to make them!

  12. These scones look amazing Dorothy and you and Mel are just too cute!

  13. You know my insane obsession with pudding mix in everything…yup, it’s good in scones too 🙂 I am loving these cute little vanilla scones. Those black vanilla bean specks are awesome looking

  14. Such a cute story! I love fun memories like those.
    Such cute little scones! YUM!

  15. Pudding mix in scones sounds wonderful! I must confess I’ve never been to Starbucks let alone tried one of their scones (I know, I’m deprived:) but I would so totally take one of yours. I have a soft spot for scones and that frosting – if I were at home I would be making those tomorrow morning. Looks amazing Dorothy!

  16. We’re headed to the airport tomorrow morning for our summer vacation, and my parents usually stop at the Starbucks in the terminal for breakfast and caffeine. Now I know what to get when they ask what I want! 😉 And I think dogs are bread with that crumb sensor… My dogs were the same, and my mom tells stories of her childhood dogs that would always sit beside her sister. Her sister purposely dropped more than just crumbs on the floor — like all of her liver and peas!

  17. Great story about using the speed machine lol! I’m a sucker for stbux baked goods all the time!

  18. I’ve never had one of these scones from Starbucks before, but yours look amazing! Pinning 🙂

  19. I love a good scone. And I love Starbucks vanilla scones. These look perfect Dorothy! And you put pudding mix in them,. good call to keep them from crumbly!

  20. These are just darling and I love anything with vanilla beans!

  21. These are my favorite treat from Starbucks! The one near me seems to be sold out of them 90% of the time, so I’m glad I can make my own now. Btw, too funny about that speed-tracker-thing, I always wondered if it worked on runners.

  22. These look divine! I’ve never had any of the baked goods at Starbucks…crazy, right?

  23. I love getting those scones from starbucks, they’re the perfect treat without being too over the top. I can’t wait to try making them at home 🙂

  24. Wish I was eating that for breakfast!

  25. Oh my gosh, I am jumping in circles! This is my favorite snack from Starbucks and the only one that I don’t feel guilty about eating. I can’t wait to try this. I honestly have never been able to make scones work

  26. Nothing beats a scone with a cup of coffee, does it? These look fantastic!

  27. I have not tried this scone at Starbucks … I stand in line, drool over the baked goods, try to resist and just order coffee. I may ‘need’ to try one, for information purposes only 😉

  28. Aaaah how cute are these little scones?! I’ll take 12, please. 🙂 I’m also dying over the vanilla bean-speckled glaze on top. These look like the perfect weekend brunch treat!

  29. So sweet how you still do your Starbucks run. Some habits are worth keeping even when life circumstances change. 🙂
    These scones look simply amazing! I was just thinking this past weekend that I wanted to make some after seeing the Pioneer Woman make a version on her show. I can’t wait to try these…that icing is calling out to me!

  30. I have been on a vanilla phase with my baking and I appreciate that you included the amount of vanilla extract that is equal to a vanilla bean. I adore vanilla bean extract and now know how much to use to substitute it for a scraped vanilla bean. Thanks so much, these look deicious!

  31. Love scones! And these sound delicious! I always like a little something sweet with my coffee in the morning.

  32. Ooooooo… I used to get these all the time when I was a Starbucks junkie! 😉 They were SO good! Glad you shared this recipe- now I can make them at home!

  33. I just can’t stop drooling over the frosting! I’m a frosting fanatic! Pinning. (=

  34. I will be dreaming of these scones tonight! Great idea adding the pudding mix. Yum!

  35. I’m always eyeing those little scones up when I’m at the bucks! Gotta give em’ a go at home!

  36. Oh, yum! Now I know what I’m baking this weekend for breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve pinned it. I’m visiting from Pint Sized Baker.

  37. Ooooh. I haven’t used vanilla bean paste. I think I need some! I thought at first there was cinnamon in the glaze but no it’s vanilla bean. Yum! I just pinned these, they look heavenly! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  38. I love those scones at Starbucks! I bet you homemade ones are better tho 🙂

  39. These scones are adorably delicious sounding!! Thanks for sharing!!

  40. 🙂 This is my kinda recipe! I love copycat recipes anyway, but another copycat Starbucks? Yes, please! I followed you here from the Chef in Training link party, by the way! Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

  41. Scones are my love language!! I also have a jar of vanilla bean paste I have never used. These look delicious, I can’t wait to try them.

  42. Love Starbucks scones! I need to compare this to my regular scone recipe and see what I’m missing! Thanks girl! 🙂

  43. I have yet to make scones… one of these days… I’ll get to it eventually.

  44. These scones look absolutely gorgeous, perfect for lazy sunday mornings! I love the look of the vanilla frosting too!

  45. I love petite things. Because then I can eat 5 of them. 🙂

  46. I was craving these this morning! How ironic that I found this on Pinterest! Thank you!! Side note: I was crushed when I read your dog was being fed table scraps. You’re killing your little pup with kindness. A lot of people don’t realize the damage they do when they feed people food to their dogs, so I always try and educate when I can.

    • I know she shouldn’t eat them – the problem is getting her to NOT eat them! She’s so fast if I drop something, it’s in her mouth before I can pick it up! Thanks for visiting!

  47. These are my favorite! Thanks for helping save me money. Those little mouthfuls of heaven get expensive. Question…. Can I sub half and half for the cream? It’s what I have on hand.

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  53. 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.

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  55. 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!

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  57. 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?

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

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

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  64. 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. 🙂

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  67. 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

  68. 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: . 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!

  69. 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!

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

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  72. 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!)

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

  75. 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.

  76. 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 😉

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  78. 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!!

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  79. 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

  80. 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.

  81. 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!

  82. 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

  83. 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!!! 🙂

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