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Soft Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze Recipe

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Lemon Scones Recipe with Lemon Icing

What an amazing soft Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze Recipe. These gorgeous scones are so incredible, the boys and I just couldn’t get enough of them. Even my husband, who has never had a craving for something lemon, declared them phenomenal.

If you are familiar making scones recipes, you know that they are so simple! Scones recipes typically use ingredients that are already pantry staples: the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt that are found in many a scone recipe. Refrigerated ingredients are usually pretty easy too, with milk, eggs, heavy cream, half and half, and butter frequently topping the ingredients checklist. This Lemon Scones recipe is no different.

It has a distinct lemon flavor that I just haven’t tasted in other scones or even muffin recipes. It’s not so subtle that it goes unnoticeable. I’m glad I was able to get the kids to embrace a love for lemon with this recipe.

Making Lemon Scones with Fresh Lemon Peel

Unlike most of the scones recipes on Little Indiana, this one does use cream instead of milk. I have also subbed in a bit of orange peel for the lemon with great result. It’s a nice change of pace. I usually have oranges on hand, but lemons are something I just can’t seem to remember to grab. I would highly suggest using fresh lemon peel instead of the jarred seasonings. It has been my experience that it really makes the flavors pop. Of course, I’ve managed to make it both ways and either way is incredible. But, I still thought I should put that out there.

Making your own fresh lemon peel is far easier than you may think. Simply take your favorite vegetable peeler, I like the (affiliate link) OXO SoftWorks Swivel Peeler and drag it across the skin of a lemon. Try to only get the colored part of the peel or you risk introducing a bitter flavor to your recipe. You are only trying to get thin strips which you will then mince with your sharp knife. See how easy that was? How did we ever become so alienated from using fresh peels in our recipes?

I’ve already made these lemon scones two times this week alone. I found this keeper of a recipe on

Soft Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze Recipe

Soft Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze Recipe

Soft Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze Recipe


A wonderful recipe! We chose to omit the Raisins. We eat these Lemon Scones plain. They are so incredibly soft!

In a pinch, I have subbed in Orange Peel for Lemon Peel with equally great results.


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins, Coarsely Chopped (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Peel, Finely Grated
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 - 4 Tablespoons Water
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Lemon Juice


  1. 375* oven.
  2. Combine Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, and Salt.
  3. Stir in Raisins (if using) and Lemon Peel.
  4. With a fork, stir in Cream and only as much Water as needed to make dough form into a ball.
  5. On a floured surface, knead 5 times, and place on greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Pat kneaded dough into 8" circle.
  7. Slice into wedges.
  8. Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  1. Combine Powdered Sugar and Lemon Juice.
  2. Drizzle over cooled scones.
  3. Enjoy!

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By |2017-01-09T08:38:30+00:00January 23rd, 2014|Eat, Little Towns, Recipes|2 Comments

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."


  1. Jessica Nunemaker January 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    That does sound like a great fit! Happy baking! 🙂

  2. Ann January 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

    These sound delicious! I have everything needed, so off I go to the kitchen. As long as I am there I think a batch of lemon butter would go well with these.

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