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Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch Scone copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch Scone


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After the success of Panera Bread’s Cinnamon Crunch Bagels, the popular sandwich chain went back into the development kitchen and came out with these incredible scones, filled with the same crunchy cinnamon drops found in the bagels and drizzled with cinnamon icing.

When first released, these scones were cut as triangles and frosted, but in 2018 the shape was changed to more “rustic”-shaped round blobs with drizzled or piped icing on top. I like to hack the latest recipe, so the newer version of this pastry is the version I’ve re-created here.

These are cream scones, so cream is the main wet ingredient that holds the dough together—but keep the dough crumbly as you mix it, and try not to compress it much, or you risk making the final product too dense. The best way to form the scones is to use both hands and shape the dough like you’re making a loose snowball. Then use one hand to place the dough onto the baking sheet and form it into a rough dome shape. The scones will flatten and spread out a little bit as they bake.

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Jennifer Caron
Nov 6, 2021, 17:35

A+++! I only had the cinnamon crunch scones from Panera once, but my folks LOVED them and talk about how much they wish they still had them. I made these and they said it was really close to what they would get at Panera and they were VERY YUMMY! Big hit in my house! Thanks so much for this recipe! ❤

Amber Gray
Apr 4, 2020, 11:01

These tasted great however DO NOT put the cinnamon candy mixture you make into a bottom of a loaf pan as suggested AS IT WILL NEVER COME out...had to throw away a good bread pan after beating the heck out of it to get things out due to this. I would recommend pouring out onto wax paper or parchment, cooling and breaking up. Scones are great tasting...I would rather also roll these out and cut or scoop like regular scones but guessing these are to match Panera, what you end up though is irregular piles...not so attractive, but very tasty. Overall great, just watch out for that candy mix.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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