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Chai Carrot Cake Scones

These Chai Carrot Cake Scones with cream cheese frosting combine everything you love about carrot cake into a perfectly spiced treat that's delicious for dessert or breakfast!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake Desserts, Chai Desserts, Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Makes: 8 scones
Author: Sues


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp pepper
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • ½ cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing scones
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups grated carrots (from about 3 large carrots), plus more for topping
  • cup chopped walnuts, plus more for topping (optional)

Chai Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground allspice
  • Pinch ground cardamom
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream or milk


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom, salt, and pepper.
  • Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork (or your hands), until pea-size pieces form with some larger chunks remaining. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cream and eggs. Using a spatula, fold the cream/egg mixture, grated carrots, and chopped walnuts into the dry mixture until just combined.
  • On a lightly floured surface, gently knead the dough a few times. Then using your hands, form a circle about ¾" thick. Slice dough into 8 triangles and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush scones lightly with heavy cream.
  • Bake for 13-16 minutes, until scones are just turning golden around edges.
  • Let scones cool before drizzling with chai cream cheese frosting and sprinkling with additional grated carrots and chopped walnuts.

Chai Cream Cheese Icing

  • Using a hand mixer or a whisk, beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom, salt, and pepper and beat until combined.
  • Add milk or cream to bowl ¼ cup at a time, beating well after each addition until frosting is smooth and at desired consistency.


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