Cinnamon Biscones with Vanilla Glaze

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 c. cake flour

1/4 c. sugar

2 Tbl. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, cold

   cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 c. cinnamon chips

1 1/2 c. buttermilk, or as needed (or whole milk)

1 beaten egg, for egg wash


Vanilla Glaze

3/4 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbl. milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk until completely incorporated.  Add the butter and working quickly, cut it in with a pastry cutter.  You should have various-sized pieces of butter, from sandy patches to pea-sized chunks and some large bits as well.  Add the cinnamon chips and toss to distribute evenly. 


Gradually pour in the buttermilk (or whole milk) and gently fold the ingredients until you have a soft dough and there are no bits of flour in the bottom of the bowl.  You should still see lumps of butter in the dough; these will give you light and flaky biscones.  If the dough seems dry, you may need to add a little more buttermilk.  The dough should be moist and slightly sticky.  Do not over work the dough.  


Gently pat down the dough with your hands right in the bowl until it resembles a loaf of bread.  Dust the top of the dough very lightly with flour.  Using a large, 1/4 cup ice cream scoop, scoop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, arranging them about 1-inch apart. 


Brush the tops liberally with the beaten egg.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through for even baking, until the biscones are lightly golden and fully baked.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  These are best eaten the day they are made.  Yield: 12-14 biscones. 


For the vanilla glaze: Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.  Drizzle over slightly cooled biscones.


Jenn's Notes: These things are so darn good.  Despite the long instructions, they are so easy to make.  Since I tried four different versions, I couldn't stir the cinnamon chips into the batter.  Instead, I pressed cinnamon chips into the outside of the dough before baking.  I baked mine for 25 minutes.