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Dulce de Leche Tea Scones Recipe

Let's elevate breakfast scones with the sweet, caramely goodness known as dulce de leche. Your new weekend breakfast indulgence - Dulce de Leche Tea Scones recipe - but don't limit yourself - these are easy to enjoy with your fingers for brunch, dessert or just a snack too!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brunch, dulce de leche, dulce de leche tea scones, scones, tea scones
Servings: 8
Calories: 601kcal


Dulce de Leche

  • 14 ounces Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting your work surface
  • 1 cup cake flour *see note below about substituting
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter frozen
  • 1 cup heavy cream cold, plus extra for brushing ops
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups cinnamon chips
  • sparkling sugar for sprinkling tops
  • ½ cup dulce de leche homemade (from above for recipe) or store-bought


Make Dulce de Leche:

  • Heat oven to 425°F with rack in middle position.
  • Pour the contents of 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk into a 9-inch pie pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil
  • Set pie pan in a roasting pan and add enough hot tap water to pan to reach halfway up pie pan. 
  • Bake condensed milk in middle of oven. After about 45 minutes, check the water level and add additional hot water, if necessary.
  • Continue baking, checking and adding more water every 45 minutes for a total cook time of up to 3 hours.
  • You want the condensed milk to be thick and rich brown. Remove pie plate from water bath and cool, uncovered.

Make Scones:

  • Whisk all-purpose and cake flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Grate the frozen butter using a box grater
  • Add it to the flour mixture and combine with a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers until the mixture comes together in pea-sized crumbs. 
  • Place in the freezer as you mix the wet ingredients together.
  • Whisk 1 cup heavy cream, brown sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. 
  • Drizzle over the flour mixture, add the cinnamon chips, then mix together until everything appears moistened.
  • Dump dough onto a lightly floured countertop.
  • Dip your hands in flour and work the dough into an 8-inch disc as best you can (does not have to be perfect).
  • Dough may be sticky. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. If it seems too dry, add 1-2 more tablespoons heavy cream.
  • Once in an 8-inch disc, cut into 8 evenly-sized wedges using a sharp knife or bench scraper.
  • Place scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Remove scones from the refrigerator and brush tops with heavy cream then sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and lightly browned on top.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before drizzling with dulce de leche.
  • Warm the dulce de leche gently in a small saucepan over low heat or in a microwave-safe bowl on 50 % power for 30-45 seconds until it’s loosened up. 
  • Using a whisk or the tines of a fork dipped in the dulce de leche, drizzle generously over warm scones.


  • *If you do not have cake flour, substitute one cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons flour and whisk in 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • Store dulce de leche in a mason jar or another jar with a tightly sealed lid in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks
  • Store scones that have been drizzled with dulce de leche at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days
  • Plain scones (no dulce de leche on top) may be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place scones 2-3 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the freezer until frozen then place frozen scones in a ziptop bag. Thaw at room temperature and warm in the microwave on 50% for 1-1 ½ minutes. Drizzle with dulce de leche
  • Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.9g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 34.3g | Saturated Fat: 20.9g | Cholesterol: 109.2mg | Sodium: 321.2mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 34.1g
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