Starbuck’s Petite Vanilla Scones

Starbucks is known for its fabulous treats. They have many coffee drinks that are fun, but they also serve up many delicious items such as their pumpkin bread and their banana bread. Now it is time for their simply scrumptious Starbuck’s Petite Vanilla Scones.

homemade Starbucks petite vanilla scones with vanilla icing and butter

I can’t think of a way that is more decadent than to go to the coffee shop in the morning and treat myself to a fancy coffee and a bakery treat than this. A decadent breakfast is something I typically only enjoy on the weekend.

Now you can enjoy these scones any day of the week, and this copycat recipe tastes just like the coffee shop. And yours will be made with your love and attention.

For this recipe, the vanilla bean is very critical to success, but you have some options. You can buy vanilla beans. There are many places online that sell well-priced vanilla beans. I have also found that Costco sells vanilla beans at good prices.

You may also want to consider using a vanilla bean paste. Vanilla bean paste can replace vanilla extract if you don’t mind the beans.

Petite Vanilla Scones on a plate

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Recipe Ingredients

To get this recipe, we need to be a little picky on the ingredients.

You should use cake flour; it will give you a better result than all-purpose flour.

The vanilla is important, so you may need to buy some vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste. If you don’t want to splurge on the vanilla, you can use extract.

The recipe requires you to use heavy cream. Don’t use milk, half and half, and not any form of fat-free milk. You need the full fat of the cream to make these set up well.

Jenny, the Online Pastry Chef recommends you to use ground vanilla beans, vanilla bean powder, or even the seeds scraped from a fresh vanilla bean (although that gets pricey for just glaze). She uses Sonoma Syrup Co. Vanilla Bean Crush Extract, and it has wee specks. She also thinks that Nielsen-Massey’s vanilla paste has more specks in it, so you can use that too. But the Crush is my favorite vanilla ever. =)

These scones are not hard to make. Don’t be discouraged. Take your time and you will soon be making these scones.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out some of my favorite Starbucks Coffee Drinks:


homemade Starbucks petite vanilla scones with vanilla icing and butter

Starbuck’s Petite Vanilla Scones

You don't need to leave the house. Make Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 197kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour whisked to aerate, spooned into a cup and leveled off or 6 oz by weight
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ounce cream cheese 2 tablespoons
  • 5 ounces heavy cream 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 cups powdered sugar (whisked, spooned and leveled)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Scones directions

  • For the Scones Set a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425F. 
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the cream cheese and work it in with your fingertips really well until there are no little “pebbles” of cream cheese visible. The flour should seem very slightly mealy but not gummy. Whisk together the heavy cream and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cream. Stir gently to combine (I use a knife to avoid getting too crazy with mixing). 
  • When the dough has mostly come together (there may be a bit of loose flour in the bowl), scrape the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 2-3 times until the dough is fairly smooth. Form the dough into a rectangle 6” x 5” and about ¾” high. I use a bench knife to help me get a nice, rectangular shape. 
  • Cut the dough in half the long way and then cross-ways into thirds for a total of six small rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 2 small triangles and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet so they aren’t touching. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Glaze. Let the glaze set up for a couple of hours before serving. Reheat to just warm in the toaster oven or for a few seconds in the microwave.


  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, salt, milk and vanilla until you have a thick but pourable glaze. Place the scones on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet or parchment to catch drips. Spoon a generous amount of glaze over each scone to completely cover the tops. Allow the glaze to set up for 15 minutes. Then, rewhisk the remaining glaze and repeat the glazing process. Let the glaze set up for at least two hours.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. ripon

    5 stars
    My first reaction after seeing such a wonderful recipe like this was and still is is WOW. Really exited to make this at home and enjoy with my family. Thanks lots.

  2. Grammsjo

    4 stars
    Well, it’s never too late to discover a recipe! I see reply’s are posted in “2016”. I too as others have just discovered Scones. I have searched your directions but cannot see where you added the sugar. I assume it’s whisked with the flour dry goods. Just checking! These look delishous. Adding some nuts. Thank you!!!

  3. Judy Jones

    Last night my friend and I were lamenting about how we loved the Starbucks maple scones which you don’t see very often. Have you recreated them?

  4. abby (@No Fail Recipes)

    I love Starbuck’s scones and I can’t wait to try this. I always thought scones would be difficult to make but this recipe looks pretty simple. I did find “the crush” vanilla on Amazon. It’s pricey but I’m going to try it out.

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