Lemon Cream Cheese Scones with Strawberries
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Filled with fresh strawberries and zesty lemons, these Strawberry Lemon Scones with Cream Cheese are flaky, delicate, and perfect for afternoon tea or a spring breakfast.
Easy Lemon Scones Recipe
Today we’re celebrating with the best scone recipe to leave my kitchen. I’ve said that before but this lemon scones recipe trumps all the others!
Have you seen my honey cream cheese biscuit recipe? This is what inspired today’s scones. Cream cheese does amazing things to baked goods. It leaves the texture ultra-tender and flakey. It also imparts a wonderfully tangy flavor.
It took me a few tries to get the ratio of cream cheese right. But I found that simply using half butter and half cream cheese yielded the texture I was looking for.
Lemon zest and strawberries go into the dough for a bright crisp spring flavor. And the finished scones get a generous drizzle of sweet lemon glaze.
These cream cheese scones are tender and crisp, sweet and tangy, and taste perfect straight from the oven.
What You’ll Need
This easy scones recipe comes together with baking staples, fresh strawberries, and lemons.
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder & baking soda – Baking powder with just a pinch of baking soda creates light, fluffy scones.
- Lemon zest – Lemon zest infuses the citrus flavor throughout the scone.
- Strawberries – This is perfect for fresh strawberries but frozen can also be used.
- Butter – Be sure to work with cold butter, which helps keep the scones flaky.
- Cream cheese – The cream cheese should also be cold.
- Vanilla extract
- Buttermilk – I use buttermilk in all of my scone recipes because it creates a more tender texture and works with the baking soda and powder to create even more rise.
- Heavy cream – You can also use milk.
- Confectioners’ sugar – Adds stability and helps the glaze “set” while providing a sweet flavor.
- Lemon juice – Use fresh lemon juice to complement the zest in the scones.
- Melted butter – Adds a warm undertone to the butter.
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Strawberry Lemon Scones
This lemon scones recipe is surprisingly easy – even if it’s your first time making scones!
- Make the scone dough. Whisk together the dry ingredients and lemon zest. Cut in the butter and cream cheese, until there are coarse crumbs. Fold in the strawberries. Whisk the vanilla and buttermilk together, then slowly add to the dough until it comes together.
- Knead and shape the dough. Gently knead the dough four or five times on a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 7 inch circle. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Place on the baking sheet and brush with milk or cream.
- Bake. Bake for 12 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Make the glaze. Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled scones.
Tips for Success
There are a few things to keep in mind when making this strawberry scones recipe.
- Do not thaw frozen strawberries. Frozen strawberries can be used for this recipe but they should not be thawed first.
- Be sure not to overwork the dough when kneading. The warmth of your hands will warm the butter and cream cheese making less effective in producing a soft-textured scone. Work quickly and handle the dough as little as possible.
- You may not need all of the buttermilk. Add a little at a time until the mixture is moist but not too wet.
- Freeze before baking. Another trick I’ve learned for the best scones is to pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking. This step results in the butter taking longer to melt during baking and therefore produces flakier scones.
- Make the dough in advance. You can refrigerate the dough overnight then simply shape the scones and bake them the next day.
Scones are at their best when enjoyed the day they are baked. In fact, if you can enjoy them warm from the oven…do it! They need to partially cool so that the glaze doesn’t melt completely but you can still add the glaze and enjoy it while the inside is warm. It will be the best thing you eat all day!
I love scones with my morning coffee or afternoon tea.
How to Store Leftovers
- How to store scones. Leftover scones can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. I like to reheat them on a pizza stone for a few minutes in the oven before enjoying.
- Can I freeze scones? Yes, unglazed scones can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge then reheat and glaze.
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These are excellent! My daughter was home sick from school and had been asking for scones for a couple of days prior, I made these for us and just fell in love with them. Thank you for sharing. We definitely saved the recipe.
These were absolutely delicious. The texture was great and the strawberry taste came though well. I only ended up using about half of the buttermilk/vanilla mixture, but as with any scone recipe, it’s all about the feel of the dough, so I might need more liquid on another day. I only needed a little more than half of the glaze to cover the top of my scones