Raspberry Lemon Scones with a Lemony Glaze

Scones… I can honestly say I have never had a scone before this day. My best friend emailed me saying she was craving scones… and I was like really? Why? I’ve always thought scones = stones.  It was set in my mind that they were hard, tough bland British treats… and why was she craving those? I told her I will make her some… and with all intentions of giving the entire batch to her, because there was NO WAY I would like them… WRONG!!! As soon as I smelt the raspberries baking in the oven I felt my stomach growl… it was the most delicious smell and I couldn’t wait to eat them… I kept checking the oven hoping they would be done early, but to my disappointment they were baking on schedule… damn.


I found this recipe googeling scones, it was blueberry scones with a lemon glaze that I stumbled upon by Tyler Florence… and since I just had lemon-blueberry pancakes not too long ago… blueberries wouldn’t do. I thought… RASPBERRIES… So this is a slightly altered recipe of Tyler Florence’s Blueberry Scones with a Lemon Glaze. He didn’t put lemon zest in his scones… pah! How could he not! And since I did, I subtracted it from the glaze… other than that I just substituted the blueberries for the raspberries… and that my friends is how you do it… aren’t all recipes just an adaptation of others?? One cook comes up with a recipe inspired from another? And so on?

Lemon and raspberries sing summer to me… and it was such a sunny wonderful day to make these!

The Scone ingredients: All Purpose Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt, Unsalted Butter {cold}, Heavy Cream, Zest of one Lemon and a cup of frozen Raspberries.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and sift together all of the dry ingredients.

Grab the lemon and get zesting… but don’t throw it away!! You will need it for the glaze later… I know…GLAZZZZEEEE {yummmm}!

Zest the lemon, stopping when you get to the white part {it’s bitter} and add it all to the dry ingredients.

Drop in the ice cold butter… okay so it doesn’t have to be ICE COLD… just cold will do.

Use a pastry cutter or a couple of forks and blend the butter into the flour until it resembles wet crumbly sand.

Form a well in the center of the flour mixture.

Pour in the heavy cream and mix just till it is combined, do not over mix.

Add in the frozen red raspberries… form the dough being careful not to mash the berries.

You can see I didn’t do such a great job of forming!! So then I guess just dump the dough onto a floured surface.

And I didn’t do a great job of not mashing the berries, it is really hard not to!! Very carefully, form the dough into a rectangle.

Cut the dough in half and then cut the halves in half.

Now cut the dough lengthwise.

Now you will want to cut the dough into the classic traditional scone shape… triangles!

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the scones leaving about a half inch between them.

Brush all the scones with a little heavy cream, then place into your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Just so you know while I was baking my youngest was…

…giving Barbie a makeover {not that she needs it}… doesn’t she look great? Let’s face it Barbie… except for a few fly-a-ways… you got it made!

While the scones are in your oven baking you can start on the glaze, you’ll need a couple lemons, powdered sugar and butter.

Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl.

Squeeze the juice out of a couple of lemons… I know in the picture earlier I had two but I actually needed 3! WHOOPS!

Pour the juice in to a strainer to catch any pulp or seeds that may have slipped past you.

Whisk the juice and the powdered sugar together. I love love love the smell of lemons… not the Pledge dusting lemon smell… but the smell of fresh zest and juice of real lemons… I think Glade should come up with a Plug-in or something, I would totally buy it!

Add the tablespoon of butter and whisk some more! I know your thinking butter? What the heck for? … wait for it…

AHHH… Please remove your whisk before you zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Set it aside until the scones are out of the oven! See the butter makes it all smooth and velvety… I think.

After the scones have baked for about 20 minutes the tops should be a light golden and the berries should be soft and oozing out of the scones. *sigh* It was hard for me to pick just one picture so here are my top 4! The raspberries are so bright and pretty! Picture number 2 and 3 are my favorites!

You can do a couple things with the glaze. You could drizzle it on top of your scone, or you could use a pastry brush and coat the entire thing… or you could dunk your scone into the entire bowl bite for bite. I did all three of the above and each option produced wonderful results! You could refrigerate the glaze if you have some left over and use it instead of syrup for waffles or pancakes… the options are endless!!

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Raspberry Lemon Scones with a Lemony Glaze


2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 tablespoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 tablespoons Sugar

5 tablespoons cold Unsalted Butter

1 cup Heavy Cream, plus more for brushing the scones.

1 cup frozen fresh Raspberries

1 Lemon zested

Lemony Glaze:

1/2 cup fresh squeezed and strained lemon juice

2 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted

1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, softened


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

For the scones; sift together all the dry ingredients and zest of one lemon. Using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, blend the butter into the flour until it resembles wet crumbly sand. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream, mix just until combined making sure not to over work the dough. Fold in the raspberries, be careful not to mash or break the berries.

Press the dough out onto a floured surface forming a rectangle approx: 12x3 by 1 1/4 inches {thick}. Cut the rectangle in to half {width wise} then cut those halves into half, forming 4 rectangles. Next cut across the 4 rectangles lengthwise creating 8 squares. Next cut diagonal leaving you with 16 triangles. Brush the tops with a little heavy cream and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let the scones cool a little before applying the glaze.

For the glaze; sift the powdered sugar and whisk in the strained lemon juice. Whisk in the butter and zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Whisk again and set aside until scones are slightly cooled. Drizzle, Brush or Dunk the scones in the glaze... which ever you prefer!

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20 Responses to “Raspberry Lemon Scones with a Lemony Glaze”

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    Yenta Mary — July 14, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Those look SO amazing!!!

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    Nichole B — July 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Oh, thank you, thank you, they were delish! This may be my FAVORITE post/recipe! The pic's are awesome and Barbie does have it going on! It's the whole package of a post! Job well done. Keep going…more demands-I mean suggestions to come.

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    The Answer Is Chocolate — July 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    These look amazing. I wonder if blackberries would work too? We're overrun with them. The first place we go during our annual trip to the fair is the scone wagon!

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    Jennifurla — July 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    They look fantastic and I love your flour holder

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — July 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Carol~ I think blackberries would be fantastic in these for sure!! I may have to try them next time!

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    Neo-Homesteading — July 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    those look so beautiful and delicious!

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    Pam — July 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    This looks delicious! That is one great combo with the raspberries and lemon! thanks for the recipe!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — July 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Jennifurla I bought them at Target!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — July 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks Pam! I love lemon with almost any berry!!

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    Mary — July 21, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Yum yum yum yum. Shall I go on? I love raspberries, lemon and scones too, so these sound perfect. Fabulous process photos–how do you do it? I never remember!

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    Nicky — July 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I found your recipe on tastykitchen and followed it to this site. I have spent two days picking berries and want to save everyone of them for this recipe. It was sooooo good. I have already made it twice!! Thank you so much! I am going to be trying you lemon blueberry pancakes next!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — July 27, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Nicky~ I'm so glad to hear you like the scones!! I hope you like the lemon blueberry pancakes as much as I do!!

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    lori — October 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Can I use frozen fruit in this recipe? Btw, your website is awesome.

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

      Thanks Lori! I think you could… and if I recall mine were slightly frozen when I made them!

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    sahil khan — December 8, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I loved your site and I m goona cook this receipe with frozen fruits.

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    Dia's Bakes — May 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I finally made the scones & boy am I so glad I did. My own Mother’s Day gift. Thanks for sharing the recipe

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    Melissa — August 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Great recipe, just be sure to use frozen raspberries. I used fresh and it was impossible to fold them in without it turning into a great big mess.

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    Alexza — August 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I made these yesterday with organic berries that I picked.
    O.M.G. Soooo good.
    Everyone else said the same….PERFECT recipe.
    Many thanks!!!!


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