Candy Apple Scones

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You can use any candy to make these "fun-size" scones. I used Heath bar and Peanut M&Ms, but other tasty options would be Reese's, Butterfinger, Twix, Almond Joy… all the chocolate-based candy. A good way to use up leftover Halloween candy (or the stash you squirreled away in advance).

The tart Granny Smith apple with a bit of cinnamon lends a nice "fall flavor". Plus, when your husband accuses you of eating candy for breakfast, you can defensively reply "there's FRUIT in them!". 

The actual candy apples you see in the photos can be made with a kit and adorable itty-bitty apples (I forget their proper name). It requires a candy thermometer, and being comfortable with extremely hot molten red lava all over your kitchen, and wondering how the hell do you get rid of this stuff, and why did I go through all this trouble just for a cute scone photo op (?!), and you’re just going to end up ripping them off anyway, because you're worried about cracking a tooth… so yeah, that part is definitely optional.

Ingredients

MAKES 16 SMALL SCONES

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup Peanut M&Ms

1 cup chopped Heath bar

1 chopped Granny Smith apple

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 cup heavy cream

Raw or sparkling sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Grate the stick of butter on the large holes of a box grater, then cut in to the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or fork. Toss in chopped apple and candy, mixing lightly to combine. Whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla, reserving 2 tablespoons for wash. Slowly add to the dry ingredients, mixing with a fork until just combined. Knead a few times in the bowl until the ingredients are mostly integrated.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in two. Pat into 1"-thick rounds. Brush the tops with reserved wash and sprinkle with sugar. Cut each round into 8 wedges and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake scones until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

candy apple scones