This pumpkin scone recipe takes a savory route with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese. They’re a great alternative to biscuits or bread during the holidays!

Hands up if scones are one of your favorite baked goods!

Mine’s held high over here just so you know.

I love a good scone both savory and sweet. There’s just something about that buttery, flaky, sort of dry crumbly texture (in a good way!) that trumps bread and biscuits for me.

I’ve blogged a handful of scone recipes over the years and while the apple butter bacon scones come close, I don’t really have a true savory scone recipe.

We’re changing that today with these pumpkin scones!

These pumpkin scones take a savory route with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese. They're a great alternative to biscuits or bread during the holidays!
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Filled with parmesan (both in the scone and on top), dried and fresh sage, chopped pecans and a few pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds) for good measure, these savory pumpkin scones are hearty and perfect for fall.

I don’t know about you, but I know I’d much prefer a basket of these pumpkin scones on my holiday table than some biscuits or rolls from a can.

What’s in savory pumpkin scones?

The ingredient list is pretty simple:

  • flour
  • sugar
  • dried and fresh sage
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter
  • parmesan cheese
  • pumpkin
  • cream or milk
  • pecans
  • pepitas

I use a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat white flour in this pumpkin scone recipe for a little extra heartiness. If you prefer to just use all of one flour, that’s totally fine and the recipe will work just as well.

The pecans can also be substituted with another nut if you prefer. Walnuts would work well or, simply leave the nuts out if you so choose.

Pepitas are also optional. Sunflower seeds would be a nice alternative or even hemp seeds too.

Savory pumpkin scones with parmesan cheese and fresh sage and pecans.

The trick to making super flaky scones

I’m sure you know that when making scones, just like biscuits and other flaky baked goods, you want the butter to be cold.

The difficulty with that becomes “cutting” the butter into the flour. If you don’t own a pastry cutter (which I do not), it’s a tiresome process! Using a fork will make your fingers ache and using your hands can warm up the butter too much.

My solution to all this and the trick to getting a great flake on your scones is to grate the cold butter with a box grater!

By adding grated cold butter to the flour, you eliminate the need of the whole “cutting” process. A few simple kneads with your hands and the dough will stick because the butter is the perfect size, shape and consistency to hold everything together.

I truly wish I had learned this trick sooner in life!

Hearty pumpkin scones filled with savory parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, pecans and pumpkin seeds.
Savory pumpkin scones make a great addition to your Thanksgiving holiday menu.

What I love about these parmesan pumpkin scones

Well, there’s a bunch!

But first up, I love how this is a relatively small batch scone recipe.

Often times, baked goods just produce too much for just the two of us. So, if you’re like me and it’s just a couple of you in your house, I think you’ll appreciate how this makes just 6 scones. 

That said, you could easily double the recipe to get a dozen which you may want to do if making these for Thanksgiving or another holiday.

The second thing I love about this recipe is how you get pumpkin flavor without pumpkin spice.

Can I get an amen for that? I can’t be the only one out here needing a reprieve from the pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that literally taking over all packaged foods right now.

Pumpkin does not have to exclusively mean cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.

It’s a wonderful savory squash with a nice heartiness and great nutrition benefits. It’s nice to enjoy it once and awhile in a non-dessert/sweet way. 

Some of my favorite savory pumpkin recipes are this Creamy Pumpkin Garlic Pasta with Tuscan Kale and Brussels Sprouts Pumpkin and Apple Hash.

Of course, if you prefer the dessert route, you can check out these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones or Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars for your sweet tooth. 

Skip the biscuits and rolls this year during the holidays and make these parmesan pumpkin scones instead.

Can I freeze pumpkin scones?

Yes, after they’re baked and completely cooled, you can freeze these in an air-tight freezer safe bag.

To reheat, I suggest a toaster oven.

What do they taste like?

Flavor wise, there’s an undertone of pumpkin/squash, a touch of sweetness and a heavy sage presence in these pumpkin scones.

The salty parmesan comes through just enough on the inside of the scone but then it’s really highlighted by the sprinkling on top.

Texture wise, the pumpkin keeps them ever so slightly moist in the middle as you might be able to see by the picture below but that grated butter does its job maintaining a crisp exterior and well defined layers that crumble just as a scone should. 

While I’m not a huge fan of nuts and seeds in a cookie, I do love both the pecans and pepitas in these scones. They keep each bite interesting and of course, impart some flavor and added nutrition as well.

Buttery, flaky and filled with savory flavors, these pumpkin scones are perfect for the holidays.

What do I serve these with?

Savory pumpkin scones would make a great “bread” option on a holiday table.

They’d also be great alongside a hearty fall chili, stew or soup like Spicy Hummus Turkey ChiliChicken Apple Cheddar Chili, Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew or, Lentil Vegetable Soup.

I’ve eaten them for breakfast too. Either a drizzle of some raw honey or a pat of butter on a toasted scone is delicious with a plate of eggs!

And when I make my seasonal pickled cranberries, I can’t resist pairing them with one of these scones fresh out of the oven.

The savory pumpkin flavor combined with the sweet tanginess from the pickled cranberries is outrageous!

Small batch, easy to make parmesan pumpkin scones are filled with fresh herbs, nuts and seeds.

Love this recipe for savory parmesan pumpkin scones? You might like one of these too:

Toasted Pine Nut Herb Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Popovers with Cranberry Relish

Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread

Paleo Pumpkin English Muffins

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Parmesan Pumpkin Scones

Servings: 6 scones
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
parmesan pumpkin scones
These pumpkin scones take a savory route with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese. They're a great alternative to biscuits or bread during the holidays!


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup 4 tablespoons cold butter, grated
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons light cream/milk
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas, chopped


  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, dried sage, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the grated butter and parmesan then stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and cream/milk.
  • Pour the pumpkin/milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  • Add the chopped pecans and pepitas and combine gently with your hands.
  • Lightly flour the counter and turn the dough out onto the surface.
  • Gently knead together with your hands just until dough sticks together. Form into a round disc shape about 1" thick.
  • Sprinkle the chopped sage and parmesan on top then gently pat down so it sticks to the dough.
  • Slice into 6 triangle/pie shaped pieces.
  • Place each scone on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until the scones are golden brown on the edges and fully baked through.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 11gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 427mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    We love these, served them along side some potato soup and they were incredible! The combo of parm cheese and pumkin was so good!