These healthy gingerbread oatmeal scones are perfect for the holiday season! Beautifully tender and moist, these bakery-style scones are lightly sweetened with plenty of soft oats, warm spices, and festive flavor. The dough comes together quickly, and cozy aromas fill your kitchen as it bakes. Paired with a steaming mug of coffee, tea, or even hot cocoa, these scones are a delicious breakfast or snack for any winter day — even Christmas morning!
My childhood Christmases followed a fairly similar routine. Each year, as soon as we awoke, my brother and I sprinted into the family room to peek into our stockings and unwrap gifts. My parents and grandparents joined in, each with a piping hot beverage in hand, and we stayed circled around the tree on the sofa and soft carpet until all of the wrapping paper and bows lay discarded in a giant bag to recycle later.
Only then did we begin to think about a “real” breakfast… Not just bits of toast and chocolate candies fished out from the toes of Santa’s stockings!
It often involved fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy strips of bacon, but occasionally, my grandma pulled out flour, sugar, and mixing bowls to bake her special breakfast pastry. She carefully made the dough, rolled it out into a thin rectangle, and sliced sections into thin strips. After spooning jam down the center, she painstakingly twisted those strips across the top and tucked them into the edges to form a plait. Once satisfied, she slipped the pan into the oven, and we waited for the timer to ring.
Rather impatiently, I’m afraid… Little kids with rumbly tummies can only be distracted by brand new Christmas gifts for so long, especially with the smell of buttery dough in the air!
As soon as the jam cooled enough to avoid burning our tongues, Grandma and Mom cut slices of the pastry and slid them onto plates. The flaky layers melted in our mouths, and we almost always requested seconds… And the adults did too!
Between mugs of coffee, cups of tea, and a small nibble whenever we walked through the kitchen, that pastry rarely lasted past midafternoon, and it was always worth the wait — even if our loudly growling stomachs didn’t seem to think so while we watched the oven like vultures or hawks.
Remembering how long that holiday breakfast treat took to prepare, I thought these healthy gingerbread oatmeal scones would be a delicious alternative this year! They’re just as satisfying and festive, and they’re still perfect for pairing with coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate.
In comparison, these scones are also much faster and easier to make… Which is always a huge plus during the busy holiday season!
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