A tasty and easy pumpkin scone recipe that can be prepped in advance, frozen, and then placed straight into your children’s school lunch boxes.

I love pumpkin scones, ooh I love any scone really!  I often make a batch, we have them fresh for afternoon tea and then I freeze the rest to pop in the kid’s lunchboxes. 

To freeze, cut fresh scones in half, spread with margarine and your favourite spread (ie. honey) then place the halves back together and freeze in an airtight container for up to four weeks. It’s then a matter of simply placing the frozen scone directly in the lunchbox, and by morning tea time it will be defrosted.


pumpkin scones

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin , mashed and cooled
  • 2 cups self raising flour


  1. Preheat oven to 220C, fan forced
  2. Grease or line baking tray with baking paper
  3. In an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt
  4. Add egg and pumpkin, mix to combine
  5. Stir in flour, mix to combine
  6. Place large spoonfuls of dough onto tray
  7. Bake scones for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through
  8. Rest on tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, or serve warm


Tip: Slice scones in half, butter and add desired topping such as honey. Place top back on scone and freeze to easily add to lunch boxes. 

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I like to make lots of freezer-friendly snacks for my children’s lunchboxes because in addition to giving my kids a yummy variety of food, it also means my mornings run a lot smoother! Creating school lunches in my house is now a matter of grabbing a few frozen pre-baked goodies from the freezer, and placing them in the kid’s lunch bags. Done. The food is perfectly defrosted by lunchtime, and the kids love the variety of different food each day. Check out my Lunch Box Recipe Cookbook for over 50 of my favourite freezable lunch box recipes.


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Lavina June 18, 2011 - 11:39 AM

Super yummy and very easy to make! Will definitely make again! Thanks so much for sharing =)

Katrina June 19, 2011 - 10:16 PM

Glad you loved them too!

Lavina June 18, 2011 - 11:39 AM

Super yummy and very easy to make! Will definitely make again! Thanks so much for sharing =)

Melissa Williams July 24, 2011 - 10:12 AM

Oooh yum! And I love the idea of freezing them pre-cut and buttered too.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:25 PM

Saves alot of time!

pen July 24, 2011 - 12:27 PM

i love the idea of popping frozen scones (already buttered no less!) into lunchboxes. i am getting started on these for baking tomorrow night. thanks!

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:25 PM

I also like plain scones with vegemite. Kids might like the cheesybite. simple lunchbox snack.

Mmcoulson August 21, 2011 - 1:00 PM

I made these yesterday – the girls (2 & 4) loved them with a littler butter as a snack after dinner last night, & plain at the shops today. I also just had one plain, yummo! I must admit I was lazy though & didn’t measure the pumpkin lol

Rachel Ditchburn February 26, 2012 - 2:48 PM

These look lovely, I have some butternuts here from my parents garden, I thin I will have to test them out. Thanks fro all you do 🙂

Katrina February 26, 2012 - 7:54 PM

They are delicious you will enjoy them 🙂

Lea February 6, 2013 - 4:42 PM

I just made these for the first time. Easy and freaking delicious!!!

Natasha April 26, 2015 - 5:41 PM

Do you cook the pumpkin first or add it raw??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 27, 2015 - 8:40 AM

Hi Natasha, I cook the pumpkin first.:)

rebecca March 11, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Really yummy scones. I cooked them in a muffin tray turned out really good.

Julie May 22, 2017 - 6:22 AM

Can you use sweet potato instead of pumpkin?

Sherrie Atkinson August 30, 2019 - 8:03 PM

I could not find my old recipe. So thought this was simple and close to it. I made them for a wake. These went off so quickly! The first plate to go. I did not get a taste! The only problem was…I made them bigger and only made 18. Not near enough So, I will double the mix next time. Many great comments on this scone. Now my favourite!
Easy recipe.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 3, 2019 - 9:29 AM

Sherrie that is such lovely feedback – thank you! I am so happy to hear that they were enjoyed so much. Kat x

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Lin February 12, 2021 - 10:09 PM

Hi Kat
Is there a substitute for butter? If yes, do I still beat it with sugar and salt with electric mixer?
Thank you

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 2:58 PM

I haven’t used a butter substitute myself for this recipe. If you do try one let me know how you go. Kat x

Kris April 26, 2021 - 10:39 AM

We don’t have pumpkins this time of year around me. Could I use canned pumpkin?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 30, 2021 - 3:56 PM

I haven’t tried that myself, but I imagine that would work fine. Let me know how you go!

Babs February 13, 2022 - 1:25 PM

Pumpkin scones are so delish . Thanks so much for all the beautiful recipes


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