Spiced Date Scones with Browned Butter Glaze

Spiced Date Scones with Browned Butter Glaze

Lately, I’ve been using Medjool dates in a lot of my baking. I love how they are naturally sweet and have plenty of fiber to help keep the glycemic index lower than pure sugar. Sugar is still sugar, but dates are also fresh fruit, so I think they are perfectly acceptable, in moderation of course. One of my new favorite ways to use these delicious little fruits is in my Spiced Date Scones!

You can find the recipe below or purchase a printable recipe card from my Etsy shop here!

Browned Butter Glaze

Shortly after taking these Spiced Date Scones out of the oven, naturally I figured I should taste test. They were really good, but it wasn’t until I tried one with browned butter glaze that I realized the true potential of these little pastries. I did say the glaze is optional on the recipe, but honestly, it adds so much deliciousness! Most every glaze I’ve ever made consists of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract (or another flavor). It’s a perfectly fine way to make a glaze, but it doesn’t have much flavor and it tends to soak into the pastry. But Browned Butter Glaze is another story! The butter makes it taste like caramel and with the heating method, it actually hardens shortly after drizzling it on! I was so excited when I discovered this new method, I did a little happy dance 🙂 . I don’t think I can ever go back!

Medjool Dates

Sometimes, Medjool dates can be hard to find. If I’m in a pinch, I can get some organic ones at Trader Joe’s which are pretty good and reasonably priced. However, I try to be cautious about purchasing from private label brands because there is no transparency about the supplier. Simply having the USDA Organic label does not always mean it was produced in the true spirit of organics. There is a lot of fraud with factory farms producing foods that technically are “organic” but really stretch the limits.

Spiced Date Scones

With that being said, by best date recommendation is Joolies Organic Medjool Dates. They are very high quality, organic, and glyphosate-free. The company takes pride in the fruit they produce and I trust their organic practices. They will certainly make your Spiced Date Scones even more delicious!

Spiced Date Scones

Spiced Date Scones with Browned Butter Glaze

These scones feature warm spices and rich, caramelly Medjool dates. Topped with an astounding browned butter glaze, these scones are tough to pass up!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter, dates, glaze, medjool dates, pastry, scone, spiced
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 14 scones
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Rachel Alexandra


  • 3 Tbsp skim milk
  • ¼ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tbsp sucanat
  • 1 Tbsp + ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 7 Tbsp butter (cold)
  • ¾ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped Medjool dates

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • ¾ Tbsp pure vanilla extract



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside for about 10 minutes to allow it to thicken like buttermilk.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sucanat, spices, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut in the butter and using a pastry blender or your hands, incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients until you have pea-sized pieces.
  • Mix the applesauce and the maple syrup with the "buttermilk" and add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
  • When the dough comes together, gently fold in the chopped dates.
  • Place half the dough on a well floured surface and form it into a flat circle, about an inch thick. Slice it into 6-8 triangles and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


  • When the scones are cool, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Allow it to brown for a few minutes to achieve maximum flavor.
  • Whisk in the powdered sugar, water, and vanilla.
  • Remove from heat and drizzle over the scones while it is still warm.


Feel free to substitute buttermilk in place of the skim and vinegar mixture.
The glaze is best to be drizzled on right away, as it sets up quickly.
Calorie calculations do not include the glaze.


Calories: 176kcal
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