April 17, 2012

Mini Toffee Scones

mini toffee sconesYou may have noticed that I have a bit of an obsession with mini foods; so far on this blog I’ve shared mini cupcakes, mini tarts, a mini cheesecake, mini party appetizers, and mini doughnuts. And now I give you my new favourite mini treat: mini scones! (Doesn’t the word ‘mini’ start to look really strange when you see it that many times in a row?)

I love scones but eating a full-sized scone (that’s made with tons of butter and cream) isn’t exactly the best way to start a morning. Mini scones, however, are just as easy to make, if not easier, and are the perfect size for a mid-morning snack or a treat to share with your family or coworkers – if you can bear to give these adorable little treats away!

mini toffee sconesFor my first attempt at making mini scones, I decided to incorporate toffee bits into them because they not only taste amazing but they’re also tiny so I knew they would give every bite lots of toffee flavour. I used a basic scone recipe from All Recipes, but left out the raisins and added toffee bits, cinnamon, and vanilla (and of course made them mini-sized!) They were incredibly easy to make and I had no problem making them on a weekday morning – they take about 15 minutes to make and then 15 minutes to bake (during which you can do other things), so I only had to wake up 15 minutes earlier than normal one morning to have them ready to bring to school with me on time.

I brought them to a meeting and they disappeared really quickly – everyone loved them! They were soft, light, and full of rich toffee flavour – such the opposite of the dry, hard scones you usually find at coffee shops. They were delicious at room temperature but amazing warmed up slightly with a little dab of butter! They’re sweet enough that they don’t need a glaze or frosting, but if you want to dress them up a little, a drizzle of maple glaze would probably work well!

I wish I'd taken a picture of these next to something else so that you could see how small they are, but you'll just have to trust me that they're cute and little! Bring these to your next morning meeting or brunch, they’re sure to be a hit!


mini toffee scones
Mini Toffee Scones

Adapted from Pam Anderson’s recipe for Simple Scones on All Recipes

Makes about 24 mini scones

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup toffee bits (In Canada we have Hershey’s Chipits Skor Toffee Bits, but in the U.S. I believe Hershey’s has Heath toffee bits. They should be located with the rest of the chocolate chip bags.)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly sprinkle flour over surface.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to the large bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the frozen butter and pulse several times until coarse crumbs form.
Add the sour cream, egg, and vanilla extract and pulse a few times until mixed in. Add toffee bits and continue to pulse until dough starts to come together to form a ball.

Transfer dough to the floured parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pat dough into a square that’s roughly 7 by 7 inches. Cut into 12 squares, then cut each square diagonally in half to make 24 triangles, as pictured below:

how to cut mini sconesSpread scones out about 1 inch apart and place baking sheet in oven. Bake for 14-17 minutes until scones are golden. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before eating. Serve warm or at room temperature.mini scones before baking

18 comments:

  1. I love mini! I also love toffee! They look so great!

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  2. Heather @ Kids in the SinkApril 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I am a recent toffee convert and an avid scone lover so these look great! I absolutely detested toffee because I had a (possibly old) Heath bar while pregnant that left me nauseated. Recently I was given a bag of toffee bits from someone who wasn't going to use them and i discovered that toffee is actually quite good! I'll have to give these a try!

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  3. You're right that these are so cute!  I bet that they're really tasty, too.

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  4. I feel like toffee is underrated - chewy toffee cookies are some of my favourite!  The bags of toffee bits do seem to go stale pretty quickly once opened though, so I always have a hard time finishing them on time!

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  5. I love mini too, mini things are always cuter!

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  6. Oh I love toffee bits.  I can small just smell the cinnamon and butter from that one photo.   

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  7. I love anything with Skor bits and these look delicious! Making things mini is always so fun, then I can justify eating so many more :) 

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  8. Since I love to comment twice... :)  I've found keeping open bags in the fridge or freezer works great to keep them fresh!

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  9. You are a genius! I love scones, but they are way too much for me. Mini is definitely the way to go. :) These look like they'd make a perfect mid-morning snack!

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  10.  I've never thought of that!  Thanks for the tip :)

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  11.  They were the perfect snack size, if you can manage to just eat one!

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  12.  They smelled amazing when they came out of the oven!

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  13. You know, I have the exact same issue with scones! I always want to try one but I don't want that to be the only thing I eat all morning!  These mini are perfect.  Especially with toffee bits in them...swoon.

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  14. These look great! I think I'll make some for my co-workers soon. They've been complaining I've not been bringing any baking to work lately. So much for trying to be healthy, hey!? *HAH* No support at all. Everyone just wants me to bring in the sweets.

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  15. Haha at least you have lots of people to share your baked goods with so you don't have to eat them all yourself!

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  16.  Exactly!  This leaves plenty of room for something nutritious to go along with it so there's no guilt involved :)

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