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Scones slayed out with lemon slices from Soft Lemon Scones Recipe.

Lemon Scones

Soft fluffy homemade Lemon Scones! The bright lemon flavor and tender flaky texture of these scones makes them amazing by themselves or with butter and jam.
Course Breakfast or Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Foolproof Scones Recipes, Lemon Scones, Soft Scones Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Servings 28 scones
Calories 154kcal
Author Heather


Lemon Scones

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter *1 stick, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup heaving whipping cream
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 heaping tbsp lemon zest *about 3 med lemons

Lemon Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract


Lemon Scones

  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes. Place cubes onto a small plate or bowl and place into freezer while preparing other ingredients.
  • Into the bowl of a food processor place flour, salt, baking powder and sugars. Process until well combined.
  • To the processor add the cold butter. Pulse until butter resembles small peas. The flour mixture should look crumbly (see photos above). Transfer to a medium sized bowl.
  • Prepare lemon zest. Add zest to cold heavy whipping cream along with lemon extract. Stir well.
  • Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour cream into well. Using hands mix until a ball is formed.
  • Lightly flour a flat surface and transfer dough onto surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to 1 inch thickness also forming into a rectangle as best as possible.
  • Cut dough into 2 inch squares and then cut the squares in half forming triangles.
  • Place cut dough onto ungreased cookies sheets, making sure to leave about an inch around each scone. Bake for 12-17 minutes or until lightly golden. Rotate trays halfway through baking.
  • Remove scones from oven and let cool to room temperature on the cookie sheets.

Lemon Icing

  • Add ingredients for icing to a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a whisk blend until smooth and then drizzle over completely cooled scones.
  • Store in an air tight container at room temperature.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg