Marzipan Apricot Scones

These marzipan apricot scones are delicious plain, but also tasty with butter, jam, marmalade, and/or tea!

lying is bad. and yet, here i am lying. there’s actually no marzipan in these supposedly marzipan apricot scones, just almond paste. (what’s the difference? marzipan has more sugar than almond paste, so it’s harder to control in baking). but there’s a distinctly marzipan-y/almond paste-y flavor, so it’s sort of relevant?

anyways, these scones. they’re lightly sweet, aka you can definitely justify eating these for breakfast, rather than saving them for a tea time snack. (though by all means, do the latter as well!).ย  there’s chewy pockets of fruity apricot, and a double whammy of almond from both the chopped almonds and almond paste. the insides are tender, but that super crunchy, crystaline sugar top is what really makes me happy.

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A pile of these marzipan apricot scones is sure to make any breakfast or brunch special!

A pile of these marzipan apricot scones is sure to make any breakfast or brunch special!

Marzipan Apricot Scones

These marzipan apricot scones are nutty and fruity and gently sweet, making them perfect for great for a brunch or make-ahead breakfast!

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 scones
Calories 364 kcal


  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 oz almond paste cubed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter frozen and cubed
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • raw sugar for sprinkling


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients. Cut in the almond paste and butter until crumbly. I'd recommend using a pastry cutter because of how much dough there is, but a fork can work in a pinch. Mix in the apricots and almonds.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and extract. Add to the dry mixture in three parts. If it seems too dry to come together, you can add more liquid, but do so very sparingly.
  3. Shape into two discs, about 3/4" to 1" thick, on a lined baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Slice each round into 8 wedges. (You can make smaller scones, but be prepared to bake them for less time). Place on two lined baking sheets. Brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle with raw sugar.

  5. Bake at 375F for 20ยญ-25 minutes, or until golden brown. If you feel like the scones aren't golden enough, increase the oven temperature to 400F and bake for 5-10 more minutes.

Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from Bright Eyed Baker.

These marzipan apricot scones are perfect for brunch, a make-ahead breakfast, tea time, heck, any time!

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23 Replies to “Marzipan Apricot Scones”

  1. OH NO OH NO OH NOOOOOOO you’ve done it, put one of my favorite flavor combinations (apricot and almond, but better because it’s marzipan) in a scone!! I Neeeeeeeeeeed

  2. I wanna have these for breakfast!! The crunchy top looks so good!

  3. Whether it’s marzipan or almond paste, the scones look (and sound) delicious. Have a great week, Heather!

  4. I love marzipan! I believe you – these likely taste just like marzipan! They sound simply amazing – and they look so lovely. Your description made my mouth water. Thanks for the recipe! Pinning!

  5. Oooohhh! Those yummy flavors and that golden sugary topping!! I’ll take a baker’s dozen, thank you Heather! I have to admit, I’ve never had marzipan, so I need to get busy, don’t I? I’m sheltered…I’m in Indiana! ha

  6. Hahahaha you can lie to me anytime, as long as scones make their way to my belly ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am intrigued by the marzipan flavor you got from the almond paste! Sounds yummy! Xoxo

  7. I love the crunchy sweet topping on the top! Apricots and almonds are perfect flavors for these yummy scones!

  8. Ooo love the flavor combinations in these scones! Almond + apricot sounds deee-lish!! Perfect for tea time!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. marzipan or almond paste, It doesnโ€™t matter these scone look amazing. I love the flavour combination.

  10. I forgive you for lying๐Ÿ˜€ because these scones look delicious! I’m loving the toasty brown and sugary crust!!

  11. Perfect with a warm cup of tea ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. OMG I love marzipan, itโ€™s pretty darn tasty, Iโ€™ve never had a marzipan scones but now Iโ€™m craving one. I can forgive you for there being no marzipan in these scones because almond paste is just as delicious.

  13. Apricots and almonds are a fantastic combination. And who wouldn’t want to eat a scone for breakfast!?

  14. I love, love that you’re lying to me haha so funny!! Apricots and almonds sound perfect together. I just love scones for breakfast!!

  15. As a passionate lover of scones, I can’t wait to try your recipe, Heather! Excellent job! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Interesting! I love the flavor idea here, and it really has been forever since I’ve baked with almond paste. I need these scones to happen this weekend…complete with that crunchy sugar topping. Think how good these would be with a nice, hot mug of coffee. Yum!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I LOVE marzipan/almond-paste flavor in baked goods. Although I don’t like marzipan on its own, strangely. Its adds a textural element to baked goods that I love too! These look fabulous!!! And I’m a big fan of apricot scones too. I’m making these for sure!!

  18. There is no way these will make it for a tea time snack. They will all be gobbled up for breakfast. It looks so delicious.What an amazing idea for a breakfast scone.

  19. Almonds and apricots sounds lovely together. Love the crunchy golden crust on the scones too!

  20. This is going to sound CRAZY BUT… I have never had an apricot before!

  21. As a passionate lover of scones, this recipe must be on my list soon. Can’t wait to try them! Is it possible to use coconut milk for the recipe?

  22. Whatever you used, these look delicious and I bet taste even better! Perfect for dunkin’ in my coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend, Heather!

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