Published Jun 19th
Amazing Lemon Scones
Prep 25m Cook 15m Additional 15m Ready In 55m
Servings 10 scones Calories 446.4

These are so delicious they just melt in your mouth! They have a bakery back home that has these amazing lemon scones that I was addicted to. Through much trial and error I think I’ve got them!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 9 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2 Mix flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk milk, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest, and vinegar in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture until moistened; turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. 3 Knead dough briefly for 5 or 6 turns. Pat or roll dough out into a 1 inch-thick round. Cut into 10 wedges and arrange on a baking sheet leaving 1 inch between each wedge.
  4. 4 Bake in preheated oven until bottom edges are lightly tan, 11 to 14 minutes. Allow scones to cool for 15 minutes.
  5. 5 While scones are cooling, stir confectioners' sugar, melted butter, 2 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Stir water into sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is easily drizzled.
  6. 6 Drizzle glaze over warm scones.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 446.4
  • Carbohydrate 61.9 g
  • Cholesterol 54 mg
  • Fat 20.6 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 4.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 12.9 g
  • Sodium 487.9 mg
  • Sugar 32.2 g


  1. Very dry and crumbly - it was just basically barely held together crumbs. I don't know how 12 TBSP of liquid can hold together 3 1/2 ish cups of dry ingredients, when it says mix until barely moistened, so if someone knows what I did wrong I would love try again and change my rating!
  2. Used my food processor to blend in the butter as it finely blends it in. You must use COLD butter and process just until the butter is fine. I put the wet ingredients together and then poured it in the chute slowly on pulse until it started to stick together. I did add a couple - Read more ...
  3. I love this recipe! I always double the amount for the scones to match the recipe for the glaze. There is no adjustments needed for this recipe! Although I do like to add blueberries to make them lemon-blueberry :)
  4. Just made these, as always looking for the perfect lemon scone. These are fabulous! The scones' density is perfect -- not too dense, not too airy -- and they were perfectly moist! A hit with all of us from age 6 up! Some of us would prefer even more lemon flavor, but no glaze, so - Read more ...
  5. Yummy, I have to make at least 2 sometimes 3 batches, or else they're all gone in an hour. I follow the recipe for the scones as is except that I use whole wheat flour. I still prefer my old recipe for the lemon glaze ( 1 1/2 cup icing sugar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, - Read more ...
  6. These were very good. They turned out very soft, almost cake-like. It isn't precisely what I was expecting but they are tasty!
  7. I loved the texture and flavor; they rose nicely in the oven and were delicious warm. Easy and fast to make; ready to eat before you know it. I'd like a bit more intensity in the lemon flavor in the scones and frosting. Either halve the frosting recipe or double the batch of scones! There - Read more ...
  8. If you love lemon, you must try these scones. You will love them. They have the perfect texture and a fabulous lemon flavor. I’m lazy, so I used my food processor to cut the butter into the flour mixture, and then added the liquid mixture through the shoot. Fast and easy, just be sure you - Read more ...
  9. I made these as directed last night. They came out perfect! Had a hard time finding just lemon scones, then I found this gem. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!