Lemon Cranberry Scones Recipe

Lemon Cranberry Scones
Lemon Cranberry Scones

Lemon Cranberry Scones Recipe

Lemon Cranberry Scones

Fresh baked lemon scented scones studded with cranberries, topped with a lemon glaze; a perfect Sunday morning treat.

I’m a scone lover and enjoy playing around with different varieties. Lemon scones have been on my to-do list for quite some time, the added dried fruit was a last minute addition that turned out wonderful.

For perfect scones, be careful not to over-knead  the dough and be sure your butter is chilled. Leftovers  can be stored in air-tight containers for up to two days. I’ve tried these using all whole wheat flour but I prefer to use a blend of whole wheat and white. Enjoy!

Lemon Cranberry Scones


2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided

1/2 cup low fat buttermilk

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp lemon zest

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

2 cups Ultra grain flour (or 1 cup white, 1 cup whole wheat)

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces

3/4 cup dried sweet cranberries or cherries



Position rack in top third of oven; Preheat oven to 375°.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Make glaze by combining 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Combine buttermilk, remaining lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, and egg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender, or you could use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gently fold in cranberries or cherries. Add buttermilk mixture, stirring just until moist. (dough will be sticky)

Place dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands. Form dough into an 8-inch circle onto baking sheet, about 3/4″ thick. Using a knife, cut dough into 10 wedges (do not cut all the way through). Brush lemon glaze over dough. Bake until golden, about 18-20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Serve warm or room temperature.

If you leave out the dried fruit, the scones are 4 points plus each.


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