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Muffin vs. Scone: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sara Rehman || Published on January 14, 2024
A muffin is a soft, cupcake-like quick bread usually sweet and often containing fruits or nuts, while a scone is a denser, often lightly sweetened or savory, biscuit-like pastry, typically served with tea.

Key Differences

Muffins have a softer, cake-like texture and are typically made with ingredients like flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and baking powder. Scones have a denser, crumbly texture, often made with similar ingredients but less sugar and more butter, sometimes incorporating cream.
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Jan 14, 2024
Muffins are generally sweeter and can include a variety of mix-ins like fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips. Scones are less sweet, sometimes savory, and may include raisins, cheese, or herbs.
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Jan 14, 2024
Muffins are often enjoyed as a standalone snack or breakfast item. Scones are traditionally served with tea, commonly accompanied by clotted cream and jam.
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The batter for muffins is usually mixed until just combined and baked in a muffin tin. Scones are made from a dough that is shaped into rounds or wedges and baked on a sheet.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024
Muffins are a popular breakfast item in the United States, while scones are closely associated with British tea culture.
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Jan 14, 2024
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Comparison Chart

Texture

Soft, cake-like
Denser, crumbly
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Sweetness

Generally sweeter, with fruits or nuts
Less sweet, often savory
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Serving

Standalone snack or breakfast
Traditionally with tea, cream, and jam
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Preparation

Mixed until just combined, baked in tins
Dough shaped, baked on a sheet
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Cultural Association

American breakfast item
British tea culture
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Muffin and Scone Definitions

Muffin

Baked in individual portions in a muffin tin.
He filled each cup of the muffin tin with batter.
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Dec 27, 2023

Scone

Traditionally served with tea, especially in Britain.
Afternoon tea isn't complete without scones and jam.
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Dec 27, 2023

Muffin

A small, soft, cake-like quick bread.
She enjoyed a blueberry muffin with her morning coffee.
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Dec 27, 2023

Scone

Can be lightly sweetened or savory.
The cranberry scones had a pleasant, light sweetness.
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Dec 27, 2023

Muffin

Often sweet, containing fruits, nuts, or chocolate.
The chocolate chip muffin is a favorite among kids.
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Dec 27, 2023

Scone

A biscuit-like pastry, denser and less sweet than muffins.
She served fresh scones with clotted cream at tea time.
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Dec 27, 2023

Muffin

Can be savory, with ingredients like cheese or herbs.
She made savory muffins with cheese and spinach.
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Dec 27, 2023

Scone

Often contains raisins, cheese, or herbs.
The cheese scones were a hit at the brunch.
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Dec 27, 2023

Muffin

Popular as a breakfast or snack item.
Grabbing a muffin on the go is a convenient breakfast.
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Dec 27, 2023

Scone

Shaped into rounds or wedges before baking.
He cut the scone dough into wedges and placed them on the baking sheet.
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Dec 27, 2023

Muffin

A small, cup-shaped quick bread, often sweetened.
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Scone

A small, rich, biscuitlike pastry or quick bread, sometimes baked on a griddle.
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Muffin

An English muffin.
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Scone

(Utah) Yeast bread dough, deep-fried and served with honey and butter or with a savory filling.
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Scone

A small, rich, pastry or quick bread, sometimes baked on a griddle.
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Scone

Frybread served with honey butter spread on it.
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Scone

The head.
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Scone

To hit on the head.
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Scone

A cake, thinner than a bannock, made of wheat or barley or oat meal.
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Scone

Small biscuit (rich with cream and eggs) cut into diamonds or sticks and baked in an oven or (especially originally) on a griddle
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FAQs

What's a traditional way to serve scones?

With tea, along with clotted cream and jam.
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Can muffins be savory?

Yes, they can include ingredients like cheese or herbs.
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Jan 14, 2024

What makes muffins soft and cake-like?

The use of ingredients like eggs and baking powder.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

What is a scone?

A denser, biscuit-like pastry, can be sweet or savory.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are scones sweet?

They can be lightly sweetened or savory.
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How are muffins different from bread?

Muffins have a softer texture and are sweeter.
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How are muffins typically served?

As a standalone snack or breakfast item.
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Jan 14, 2024

What is a muffin?

A small, soft, cake-like quick bread, often sweet.
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Jan 14, 2024

Is a muffin a type of cupcake?

No, they're similar but muffins are less sweet and not frosted.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

What's a popular mix-in for muffins?

Fruits like blueberries or bananas.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are scones a type of bread?

They're a type of quick bread, similar to biscuits.
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What occasions are muffins good for?

Breakfast, snacks, or casual gatherings.
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Do scones contain yeast?

Typically no, they're made with baking powder.
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Can scones be made with cheese?

Yes, cheese scones are a popular savory option.
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When are scones traditionally eaten?

Often at afternoon tea or brunch.
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Are scones hard to make?

They require some technique but are generally straightforward.
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Jan 14, 2024

What gives scones a crumbly texture?

Higher butter content and less sugar.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

What's the best way to eat a muffin?

Often enjoyed warm, sometimes with butter.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

How do you eat scones?

Typically cut open and served with cream and jam.
Harlon Moss
Jan 14, 2024

Can you make muffins without eggs?

Yes, there are egg-free and vegan muffin recipes.
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Jan 14, 2024
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