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Lemon Raspberry Scones

Sweet, springy Lemon Raspberry Scones make a delectable way to start your day. Paired your morning coffee or tea, they’re the boost you need to kick your day into overdrive!

Close up of glazed lemon raspberry scones on a wire cooling rack

Even though Ohio weather is pretty much the worst – I mean it’s 39 degrees as I type this – I am finally starting to see little glimmers of spring even though the weatherman said there’s a chance of flurries next week.

Come on, Mother Nature it is MAY.

I even went against my better judgement and planted a bunch of Superbells this past weekend. And now I am just over here hoping that I don’t have to cover them due to said flurries.

But despite the cold temps and dreary skies, I am craving all things sweet, tart and summery. And let me tell you, even if the weather is less than ideal where you’re located, these Lemon Raspberry Scones are sure to brighter up your day and maybe even your mood!

Lemon raspberry scone ingredients on a marble surface

TART AND SWEET RASPBERRY SCONE RECIPE

When Elle was little, I loved introducing her to new flavor combinations through baked goods. I remember sharing these Lemon Raspberry Scones with her and introducing her to that perfect combination of tart lemon and sweet raspberries.

I love pairing raspberries with lemon. Raspberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemon Streusel Muffins, and No-Bake Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake are some of my favorite ways to use fresh raspberries. 

Whisk stirring together dry ingredients for lemon raspberry scones in a white mixing bowl

So of course using that combo in scones had to happen! 

These scones are bursting with fresh raspberries and I added lemon in 3 different ways:

  • Lemon zest in the scones
  • Lemon-flavored Greek yogurt in the scones
  • Lemon juice in the glaze
Grated butter added on top of the dry ingredients for scones in a white mixing bowl

A lot of scone recipes use buttermilk, but since Greek yogurt makes a great buttermilk substitute, I like to use the opportunity to add extra lemon flavor by using the lemon Greek yogurt instead.

If you can’t find lemon Greek yogurt, you could use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream instead.

These scones are tender and perfect and definitely one of the best breakfasts you could dream up.

Crumbly butter and flour mixture for scones mixed together in a white mixing bowl

HOW TO MAKE LEMON RASPBERRY SCONES

If you’ve made my Orange Scones or my Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake, then you can probably guess the first step of this recipe.

That’s right, combining the lemon zest with the sugar! This step releases all of the oils in the lemon zest and really boosts the flavor and aroma of the zest in the scones.

Raspberries about to be stirred into dough for lemon raspberry scones in a white mixing bowl

Add in the rest of the dry ingredients, then grate in the frozen butter. Use a fork or pastry blender to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

Whisk together the yogurt, egg and vanilla, then use a fork to gently stir the wet ingredients into the flour and butter mixture. Once a dough starts to form, fold in the raspberries. It’s ok if the berries break up a bit!

Lemon raspberry scone dough formed into a circle and cut into 8 triangles on a marble surface

Use your hands to gently bring the dough together into a ball, then press it into a 7-inch circle on a floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 triangles; move the triangles to a lined baking sheet to bake.

After the scones have baked, let them cool for 10 minutes, then whisk together the glaze. You can dip the top of the scones into the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the scones, whichever you like best!

Lemon raspberry scone dough cut into triangles and arranged on a parchment-lined baking sheet for baking

CAN YOU FREEZE RASPBERRY SCONES?

Once you’ve made your scones and they have cooled completely, pop them in an airtight container in the fridge OR freezer.

That’s right, these Lemon Raspberry Scones freeze beautifully! They’ll keep for 3 days in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer.

That means you can enjoy a Lemon Raspberry Scone long after raspberry season is over, deep into the heat of summer.

Lemon raspberry scones on white plates next to a glass of iced coffee
Lemon raspberry scones arranged on a wire cooling rack on a marble countertop

Lemon Raspberry Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Sweet, springy Lemon Raspberry Scones make a delectable way to start your day. Paired your morning coffee or tea, they're the boost you need to kick your day into overdrive!

Ingredients

For the Scones

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of two medium lemons
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons lemon flavored Greek Yogurt (I recommend whole milk yogurt), or sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cups fresh raspberries

For the Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest; mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use a fork or pastry blender to work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt (or sour cream), egg and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until a dough starts to form. Gently fold in raspberries. The raspberries may break up a little, no worries because they’ll bake up beautifully. Gently use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be quite sticky at first, but it will come together.
  6. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and prepare the glaze.
  7. In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth. Dip the top of the scones into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. If you would like to drizzle the glaze onto your scones instead of dipping them, you can thicken the glaze a bit with additional confectioners’ sugar.

Notes

  • Scones store well in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to three days.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 scone
Amount Per Serving Calories 379Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 67mgSodium 245mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 2gSugar 24gProtein 7g

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Seema

Monday 9th of August 2021

I am so excited to try this recipe. I was just wondering if it is necessary for me to add the glaze on the scones or just skip it.

Jamie

Friday 13th of August 2021

You can skip it if you would like!

Erin

Saturday 31st of July 2021

Hi! Wondering if I can substitute whole wheat reg or pastry for the white flour? Any adjustments? Thank you!!

Jamie

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Hi Erin- I have not tried this recipe with either of the flours you mentioned. If you happen to give it a go, please let us know how they turn out. Jamie

Mickie

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

I made this for a friend and she told me they were the best scones she had EVER had. NO JOKE! She called them PHENOMENAL! This recipe is a keeper!

Christine Florie

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

I haven't had luck making scones . . . until I tried this recipe! They came out great! I used fresh raspberries and couldn't be more happy with the final results. I don't own a box grater so I thinly sliced the frozen butter with a paring knife. I found the glaze too sweet for my taste so cut with the juice of half a lemon, which made the icing tart with some sweetness. Will definitely make again!

Jamie

Thursday 10th of September 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the scones, Christine! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Suzanne jolin

Thursday 6th of August 2020

I made these lemon raspberry scones this weekend and both my husband and I loved them. I would make them again

Jamie

Sunday 9th of August 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the scones, Suzanne! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

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