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Red Velvet Scones

These red velvet scones require just a few simple ingredients. They are so moist and topped with a delicious vanilla glaze!

These red velvet scones require just a few simple ingredients. They are so moist and topped with a delicious vanilla bean glaze!

A few things to note about this recipe:

  • This is an old recipe of mine that I revamped. The changes I made are fairly minimal, but if you want to make these exactly the way the old recipe is written here’s what to do: don’t divide the dough into two pieces as written in the recipe below (just form one disc to make larger scones). Spread this cream cheese frosting over the baked scones instead of the glaze I’ve suggested in the updated recipe.
  • I love the use of a cake mix in this recipe. It makes things simple and gives us a tried and true perfect red velvet flavor.
  • It’s tempting to overwork the dough, because it’s crumbly. But resist the temptation! This dough will get tough if you knead it too much.

These red velvet scones require just a few simple ingredients. They are so moist and topped with a delicious vanilla bean glaze!

What’s my favorite thing about this recipe?

I love that these scones are so moist! Usually scones are dry and hard, but not these. I also love the idea of making these for a Valentine’s day breakfast, since that’s usually our most “festive” Valentine’s day meal. I think I’ll add heart sprinkles for my kids!


Red Velvet Scones

These red velvet scones require just a few simple ingredients. They are so moist and topped with a delicious vanilla glaze!


  • 1 1/4 cup Red Velvet Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour (plus a little extra for dusting)
  • 8 tablespoons of cold butter
  • 3/4 cup skim milk

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or one vanilla bean, scraped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Do not grease.
  2. Mix together the cake mix and flour in a large bowl.
  3. Use a pastry cutter or a sturdy fork to cut in the cold butter until the mixture looks crumbly.
  4. Create a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the milk. Use a wooden spoon to gently mix the milk into the rest of the mixture. Just like in making biscuits, try not to over mix. Only mix until the dough has JUST formed. Tip: make things easier on yourself by trying to keep the dough all in the center of the bowl, like you're forming a dough ball.
  5. Dust a small handful of flour over the dough in the ball, and with well floured hands, gently knead the dough into a ball.
  6. Divide it into two portions. Form each portion into a disc (slightly domed on the top) and place them both on the same baking sheet.
  7. Use a greased knife to cut both discs into 8 wedges.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the glaze:

Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Spoon glaze over the cooled scones before serving.

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These red velvet scones require just a few simple ingredients. They are so moist and topped with a delicious vanilla bean glaze!

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

28 comments on “Red Velvet Scones”

  1. I too struggle with the holiday blogging stuff! One of my blogging goals this year is to get better at it. Chances are I will do the same thing as you and just stick with the flavors and colors. Pink frosting clearly makes something a Valentines’ Day dessert right?

  2. Oh, these scones look so moist and would go perfect with a cup of tea! Thanks for reminding me about Valentine’s coming up….I need to get baking! :)

  3. I’m not good with the holiday cutesy stuff, either. I just don’t have that crafty/decorating gene! But I can totally get behind these red velvet scones…they turned out just gorgeous! Loooooooove your pictures, too. And thanks so much for the shout-out on my cheesecake brownies–that just made my day. :-)

  4. I LOVE this Ashton. I can’t wait for the month of red velvet. :)

  5. Going to make these for my kiddos for breakfast today!!! Why wait for February? Do you think it would work with strawberry cakeix as well?

  6. These look amazing! What a fabulous idea to serve up for Valentine’s Day breakfast. Pinning :)

  7. What a way to start breakfast! I am starting to get into scones now. Nice twist!

  8. I am all ready for all your fun red desserts! Bring it on! And cake mix for scones? What a great idea! I am so picky about my scones…they CANNOT be dry. These look like they are that perfect scone texture that I love!!!!

  9. Yum!!! These look delicious!

  10. I tried to fix these this morning. My dough was so wet, I just couldn’t form it into a disc. I fixed them like drop biscuits and they looked like cookies but my girls said they were good! Would love to know if anyone else has the same problem.

    Also, I still cannot get anything to pin from your website? Is there some security feature or something that I don’t understand ha ha??

    Thanks for the recipes :-).

    • No! I have no idea what’s going on! There are two of you who can’t pin, and it’s so random! Which Pin button are you using? The one in the post, the one in the box below the post, or one in your tool bar?

      I’ll add a note to the instructions– you may need to just add a little more flour to firm it up a bit. And you seriously can’t mix it too much. I’ll add another note– it’s really more of a folding motion the whole time instead of a stirring….. Do you think either of those things would have made a difference to your batch?

    • I have tried pinning every possible way and it won’t work!

    • Also… I may just have to make more scones so I can write more specific instructions :) Hmm….. Maybe turtle scones?

  11. Red Velvet is so Valentine’s day and these scones look great! I love making scones, in fact I make some almost every weekend. Guess I have to try red velvet next time. Thanks for the recipe

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  20. Great idea but the dough is waaay too wet. Barely possibly to form and dough ball let alone slice them.

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  22. Lovely recipe! Is it possible to use almond milk instead of skim milk? Thanks :)

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