Monday, September 26, 2016

Pumpkin Scones with Sugar Drizzle #bookclub @KristaDavis

You're reading this in your jammies and fuzzy slippers, right? Or maybe in those oh-so-comfy sweats with a hole in them. (Shh, we won't tell!) But that doesn't matter because you love to read and books don't care how you're dressed. If anything, books like your comfy clothes. (I'm pretty sure about that.) Sometimes you would love to discuss a mystery you just read, but you'd have to drive to a book club, and winter is coming, and it will be dark early, and well, you'd rather stay home and read anyway.

Great news! There's a book club you can join in your jammies and fuzzy slippers! Wahoo!

The Cozy Mystery Book Club

Nicole from this fabulous Facebook group very kindly answered some questions.

Tell us a little bit about your group.

This is a group for cozy mystery readers. We will choose one book a month to read and then discuss it together over a good cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate!!

Who can join?

Anyone can join! It's a plus if you're a cozy mystery lover or author. The only thing we ask is no promotions or links to other books unless they directly relate to the current books we are discussing.

How does it work?

After the book for the month is chosen and the members begin their reading, a GROUP EVENT is set up for a specific date and time to chat. The members then go to the Event page at the designated time and chat! Sometimes the authors of the books that we are discussing will lead the chat and sometimes myself or other members will pose questions or ideas to talk about.

Are there prizes?

Sometimes the author of the book we are discussing will choose to give out prizes. Not every book club discussion will feature prizes but it's something fun that might occur every so often.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

The only other thing I would add is that if you love Cozy Mysteries then please check out our club. The monthly book selection is chosen by the members who vote in a poll. Our book for September is A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley. Our event will be held on September 28th at 8:30PM EST so there's still time to join in!

Krista again. Guess what? They selected The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer as their October cozy! I have to confess, I feared that book would bomb. Why? Because that was the year my Christmas book was released in June and my Halloween book was released in December. That's right. The worst possible timing. So I'm doubly honored that it was the pick for October. Thank you, Cozy Mystery Book Club members!

And because it's #bookclub week, I'm giving away a copy so one of you can join in the fun at The Cozy Mystery Book Club! To enter, see the instructions below.

Of course, everyone needs something yummy to eat, even if it's just you alone at home in those sweats with the hole. This recipe appeared in The Diva Serves High Tea, and it's one of my fall favorites. Now don't freak out when you see all the photos. I'm just taking you through the recipe step by step. They're really not hard to make.

Thanks to the pumpkin, these scones will not be as dry as most scones. Serve them plain with Bourbon Cream, or top with one or both of the following sugar drizzles. I love these drizzles!

Pumpkin Scones

2 cups flour plus extra for kneading
¼ cup pecans
1⁄3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 egg
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 400. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the cutting blade into a food processor and add the flour, pecans, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Process until the pecans are chopped.

Cut the butter into tablespoons, and then into 24 small cubes. Add to the flour and pulse until combined and the butter is barely visible anymore.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, cream, and pumpkin.

Turn out the flour mixture on top of it and mix gently with a large serving spoon until large clumps begin to take shape.

Sprinkle flour on a cutting board and flour your hands. Turn the dough onto the cutting board and knead 10– 12 times, adding just a sprinkle of flour if necessary.

Pat the dough into a 9‑inch cake pan.

Turn it out onto the parchment paper and cut the round into 8 equal pieces with a very sharp knife. It’s best to press the knife into the dough instead of dragging it through the dough. Slide a knife or thin spatula under each slice and pull away from the center slightly to separate them.

(At this point they can be frozen up to one month and baked when needed.)

Bake 12–15 minutes (or longer if frozen).

Sugar Drizzle (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk or cream

Whisk to combine, adding milk gradually until it’s smooth and just past spreading consistency. Spread over the tops of the cooled scones.
Spiced Sugar Drizzle (optional)

1 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of cloves
¼ teaspoon vanilla
3–4 teaspoons milk or cream

Whisk the dry ingredients to combine. Slowly add the vanilla and part of the milk, and mix, adding milk until it reaches drizzle consistency. Use mini-whisk, fork, or squeeze bottle to drizzle over the scones.

Bourbon Cream

1 cup heavy cream
1⁄3 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon

Whip the cream until it begins to take shape. Add the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and the bourbon and beat until it holds a soft peak.

The wet ingredients.


The dry ingredients and butter in a food processor.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet.

Stir until it clumps together.

Knead very briefly.

Pat into a cake pan.
A nice circle! Turn out onto parchment paper.

Cut and separate.


Without drizzles.

Sugar drizzle all over and spiced drizzle on top!

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with your email address.
(It's okay to write it out - me at them dot com)
 Good luck!


  1. Fantastic scone recipe - perfect fall treat! And the book club and book sound wonderful!

  2. This looks like a delicious autumn scone recipe, with or without the sugar drizzle. The Cozy Mystery book club sounds great, too! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  3. I enjoy online book clubs, in person clubs not so much. But scones of any kind are marvelous.

  4. Love the thought of the Cozy Mystery Club! And I am going to make the scones!!! Thank you.

  5. I really enjoy this series by Krista Davis, especially the pet treat recipes. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

  6. love the series. -mollie.

  7. Oh yum pumpkin scones! Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway. Lady(dot)Janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I'm a pretty big fan of anything pumpkin, but I think the bourbon cream must put these over the top! I'm so excited to have joined this online book club and that next month's book is The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer. Thanks for another great giveaway, Krista!

  9. This recipe looks so yummy! Can't wait to try it.
    I love the title of this book.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great gift!

  10. An onlione book club? What a great idea!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  11. What a delicious sounding recipe! Thanks for the contest.

  12. An online book club sounds great. Looking forward to this new to me series.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  13. Fabulous once again, Krista! Hugs. MJ/VA

  14. I like scones but prefer mine without icing.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  15. What better way to enjoy the season then with a great Halloween story and of course with a cat also.

  16. I love pumpkin scones, this sounds so yummy. Thank you for the chance to win. zukeeper.geo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Scones and pumpkin. Yum. Unfortunately it isn't sweatshirt weather here yet.


  18. Thanks for answering all those questions...I can't wait to try this recipe- with Vegan substitutes of course ;)
    Kelly Braun

  19. Thanks for answering all those questions...I can't wait to try this recipe- with Vegan substitutes of course ;)
    Kelly Braun

  20. The scones sound/look delicious. An online book club sounds great. Thank you for this chance and sharing the recipe.

  21. The scones! I love them...thanks for a great opportunity.
    kat8762 at aol dot com

  22. The scones look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Very excited to see this site and blog. Fun stuff! looking forward to connecting with others! -jay

  24. I love your Diva series and need to get into the Paws and Claws one. What a great way to start! Free book and book club to discuss it! Thanks for the chance!! marilyn at schoberg dot net.

  25. Those scones sound delicious! lil_munchiekin at yahoo dot com

  26. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  27. Love the drizzle! And what a great interview for the CMBC. ~ Daryl

  28. Pumpkin and bourbon? Sounds like a great football day recipe! Thank you for your blog, and your books!
    Casey Cline

  29. Have been wanting to read The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer for a while now. Would love to win.

  30. Scones look terrific. I have this book on reserved at my library to read for my book club next month. I love to win a copy instead. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. oh my! Can't wait to try these. Finally fall here in North Texas and these will be perfect. So looking forward to book club too.

  32. These scones look so yummy! I love pumpkin everything! I'm totally one of "those" people. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. I love scones! I need to see if there are any book clubs in my area. Thanks for the contest! 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com. For what it's worth, I read a lot of my books out of season, so if it sounds good, I'll buy it. :)

  34. Yummy recipe! Can't wait to read this book!!

  35. If there was a place I could buy one of those scones, I would have left already!!!! Must make e. They look so YUMMY!!!!!

  36. Thank you so much for not only offering the chance to win a copy of a book I really want to read, but also a recipe for one of my favorite foods-pumpkin scones! Loved the interview! My email is :

  37. m dot mechetuk at gmail dot com
    Thank you for the chance to enter the contest!

  38. Those scones look amazing! Thank you for this chance to win:

  39. Those scones look amazing! Thank you for this chance to win:

  40. The scones look delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win! crossxjo at hotmail dot com

  41. Can't wait to try these Pumpkin Scones! And I LOVE your books, too! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win...mmdrayson at gmail dot com

  42. i'm not a fan of scones, but, those look GOOD!

  43. Wow, those look good! I just saw some pumpkin ones at the store, but managed to resist for now!

  44. Hi Krista! Please don't put me in the running for the book (I'm lucky enough to have won a Diva book from you last week and don't want to be greedy - lol!), but wanted to chime in to say how absolutely yummy these scones look! I'm going to try and make them Sunday if the weather stays cool. I'm so excited that you're our book club choice for October! Nicole :-)

  45. No need to be entered in the contest because I grabbed the book in preorder as I do all your books. Just had to comment as I love scones (have mentioned it before I am sure) and am always looking for recipes. Not that I make all of them, lol. Will seriously try to make this one though

  46. Looking forward to reading this as much as the fur kids are looking forward to trying the treats.

  47. Hi Krista!! The Pumpkin scones recipes looks awesome! I will try making them one of these days. Can't wait to read your book. Thank you for a chance to win

  48. I cannot look at the drizzle again! I've pulled up the page about 5 times now intending to comment and then something takes my focus away! I'm going to dream of drizzle tonight! Thanks for sharing. I will have to try this now of course! Looking forward to the virtual book club this week!

    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com