Lemon Scones

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My dad requested lemon scones, so I made these for him the other day. These were so yummy. We all agreed that they could have been a bit more lemony, so I modified the recipe a little.

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When I kneaded the dough, I ended up needing to use a lot of flour- the dough was much stickier than I was expecting. So don’t be afraid to very generously flour the surface that you will be working the dough on, and definitely have more flour set aside in case you need it for your hands and the knife that you cut the dough with.

The glaze from this recipe is super good, and there’s a lot of it for only eight scones- yay for that!

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Lemon Scones


2 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

1 cup half & half

1 egg yolk, beaten slightly

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Lemon glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons half & half


Preheat oven 400*. Grease a baking sheet and set aside (I used parchment paper, and sprayed the paper, just in case).

Stir the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the lemon zest and toss mixture with your hands.

Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients and mix until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the half & half, the egg yolk, vanilla, and lemon juice and use a fork to blend the liquid within the well. Then use a wooden spoon to combine all the ingredients, just until the dough holds together.

Scrape the dough onto a (generously) floured surface and then, using floured hands, knead dough gently three or four times to form a ball. Flatten the ball into a disc about 3/4-inch thick, then cut into 8 wedges. Transfer to a baking sheet, leaving at least 1/4-inch between them. Brush the tops lightly with half & half.

Bake the scones until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

While the scones continue to cool, make the glaze. Combine all the ingredients and whisk them until smooth. If necessary, use water to thin the glaze, mixing in a 1/2 teaspoon at a time. When the scones are cooled, drizzle each one generously with glaze.