Strawberry Lemon Scones

Strawberry Lemon Scones

I love scones more than any other “breakfast carb.” Given a choice, I will reach for a scone every single time! Recently everyone has been making scones and I was jealous! So jealous that I tossed aside all the other recipes on my list just to make these Strawberry Lemon Scones adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen. I heart Natasha — she is just as sweet and wonderful as these scones!

Strawberry Lemon Scones

But since I’ve been on a strawberry lemon kick, I couldn’t resist adding some freshly grated lemon zest. Aaaaand I also “un-healthified” Natasha’s recipe.

I know, I know. It’s bikini season, what was I thinking?! And this is probably why Natasha is so adorable and tiny, but I was in the mood for a sweet, rich scone that could double as dessert if paired with ice cream.

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Whoamikidding? I have totally been eating them for breakfast. For shame!

I bumped up the sugar, used heavy cream instead of half & half, and added a dash of vanilla, and the result was decadently delicious! They are rich, thick and chewy and each bite has strawberries and a hint of lemon! The tops are crisp with a generous sprinkling of turbinado sugar. Perfection!

Strawberry Lemon Scones

No dry, crumbly scones here. I am not okay with dry or puffy scones. These beauties are moist with a rich texture that matches the sublime flavor!

Are you sold yet?

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Just like any baked goods that use fresh strawberries, the dough around the strawberries is moister than the rest of the scone. Even though I obsessively blotted my strawberries dry with a paper towel, there was still some hint of gooeyness around some of the strawberries. If that bothers you then use blueberries or dried fruit instead.

Strawberry Lemon Scones

I preferred these the day they were baked because it is almost impossible to retain that wonderful crunch on top when stored in the refrigerator, but they were still damn delicious reheated.

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 Large Scones

Strawberry Lemon Scones

These scones are decadently rich, thick and chewy and each bite has strawberries and a hint of lemon! The tops are crisp with a generous sprinkling of turbinado sugar!


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in small cubes
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries; washed, hulled, chopped and blotted dry
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (~1 large lemon, only the bright yellow parts!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a 1 cup liquid measuring cup, measure your cream and then add the eggs and vanilla; stir with a fork to mix. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender (my fave) or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles course crumbs and the largest chunk of butter is the size of a pea.
  4. Add strawberries and lemon zest to the flour mixture and toss to coat with flour and distribute evenly.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the cream mixture. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix until the dough is moistened. There will be some straggling flour/butter mixture in the bottom of the bowl. Fear not, this will get incorporated in the next step.
  6. Turn out dough onto a well floured surface (I mean well floured). Gently gather the dough into a ball and knead the dough by gently pressing the dough away from you with the heals of your hands and then folding it back on itself at least 5-7 or until it is a cohesive ball. Turn the dough a quarter turn after each fold.
  7. Place dough on your parchment paper and press out to 1” thickness. [You can roll it if you wish but it is completely unnecessary unless you want to cut out circles or squares.] Using a floured knife or bench scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal triangles and use the bench scraper to gently slide the wedges apart. You want them to be at least 1” apart.
  8. Brush wedges with cream (not so much that it runs down the sides) and then sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for about 18-22 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the fattest part comes out clean.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature!


Store in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave on 50% power for 20 to 30 seconds.

You could easily cut the dough into 8 wedges for more manageable portions as well.

Recipe adapted from Natasha's Kitchen


  • Josephine
    May 28, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Okay – these look awesome. I will definitely try them. Many thanks!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Get ready, Josephine! These are insanely delicious!

  • Natasha of
    May 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    You’re so sweet! I’m in the mood for your strawberry lemon scones right now! I will have to try your dessert scone version soon! Your photos are beautiful by the way! Pinning! 🙂

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Aww thanks, Natasha! And thanks for the pin! I went into my Pin Boards to find your scones the other day and realized that I had actually pinned them 3 times! They are super decadent!

  • How to Philosophize with Cake
    May 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Scones are one of my favorite “breakfast carbs” too (aside from pancakes)! 🙂 These look totally delicious, love all the fresh fruit flavors.

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Yes, pancakes and French toast are definitely waaay up there for me too!

  • Chichi
    May 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Your scones looks so delicious, going to try out your recipe this weekend

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks, Chichi! I know you’ll love them!

  • Liz
    May 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I was going to bake up some muffins tomorrow…but now I may have to reconsider and make scones! Such tough decisions! Your berry version looks amazing!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Liz! I would definitely go for some scones! But muffins are a yummy choice too…especially with a streusel topping! tee hee

  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    May 29, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I am so sold! Scones are my breakfast carb of choice, too! I’ve been pinning all sorts of scones lately, and I am all about fresh strawberries AND lemon right now. I think these are all signs that I need to make these ASAP!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

      I think so too Kristine! I was pinning tons of scone recipes too and I just caved! I can’t resist a good scone! You and I are SO on the same page!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz
    May 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

    do you just bake all day?? these, like everything else you make, look AMAZING!!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 29, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Lol! Sadly, no! I have a real job. I wish I could bake all day! 🙂 These were so yummy. They are my weakness!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    May 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The texture of your scones looks amazing! There’s nothing like a scone fresh from the oven. They are reminding me that I haven’t eaten breakfast yet!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Thanks, Cristin! You should go make these for breakfast 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    May 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Scones are one of my favorites too. When not checked, I can eat two or three at a time! Love this flavor combo!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Me too! It’s a problem! These had to be re-homed ASAP! Because they aren’t exactly Starbucks mini vanilla scones where you can eat two and still feel like you are dieting 😉

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    May 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    These scones look absolutely gorgeous! Love the freshness with the strawberries and lemon!

    • AmericanCooking22
      May 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks, Pamela! They were really fresh and satisfying!

  • Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.
    June 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    These scones look amazing! Strawberry and lemon are the perfect combination! I like the crunchy sugar top 🙂

    • AmericanCooking22
      June 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks, Shiran!

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