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Raspberry Scones

These raspberry scones are buttery, tender, lightly sweetened, and irresistible. They are made with fresh raspberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

A plate filled with raspberry scones
Scones, like banana muffins and overnight French toast (a.k.a. bread pudding), are one of those desserts that you eat for breakfast without anyone blinking an eye. And, with raspberry scones, you are even getting in some morning fruit!

These scones are considered American scones in that they are a little sweeter and slightly more dense than English scones (which are more like what we in the US would call biscuits).

The Secret to Making the Best Raspberry Scones

A raspberry scone on a plate
Similar to when you make pie crust or homemade puff pastry, the secret to perfect scones is getting the temperature of the butter correct.

The butter must be cold!

You don’t want the butter to fully integrate into the dough. Even when the dough is completely done, it should look a bit lumpy with little pea-sized pieces of butter throughout.

How to Make Raspberry Scones

Start by whisking together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Then cut in small pieces of COLD butter. Mix in the butter with your hands, squeezing it to smash it down as you work. Stop when the butter is broken into pea-sized pieces. You could also use a food processor – giving short pulses until the butter is the correct size. If you do this with an electric mixer, you run the risk of over-mixing.

Mixing in cold butter by hand
In a separate bowl, mix eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon zest. I always add lemon zest to my raspberry scones because lemon and raspberry go so well together (think raspberry lemonade).

Wet ingredients including lemon zest
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spatula or a dough whisk. Again, you want to be careful not to overwork the dough. When you are done, everything should be combined, but the batter will still be lumpy.

Scone dough mixed using a dough whisk

At this point, you could divide the dough evenly and put it into a greased scone pan – this will make the most uniform scones.

Scone batter in a scone pan
Or, you could form the batter into a circle onto a parchment or silicone mat-lined cookie sheet and cut it into sections. Unlike desserts like madeleines where the correct pan is a must, you can make perfectly respectable scones without a scone pan. This method yields less uniform scones (unless you measure your cuts), but the edges of each scone come out more crispy.

Cutting scone dough into sections
Before baking, place several raspberries on top of each scone.

Then, bake for 20 minutes at 400 F or until the top of each scone is browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean.

Lemon Glaze

I top my scones with a simple two-ingredient lemon glaze made by mixing together lemon juice and powdered sugar.

I use a ratio of 2 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice to 1/2 cup powdered sugar. The goal is for the glaze to be thick, but still flowy.

A plate of raspberry scones

Raspberry Scone Variation

For a totally fun twist on these scones, I like giving them a crumb topping. (Let’s be honest, I like giving everything a crumb topping – see my apple crumble pie).

To do so, mix together 1/4 cup of melted butter, 1/2 cup + two tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of rolled oats to make crumbs. Put the unbaked crumbs over the scone dough before baking.

Raspberry Scones

Can You Freeze Scones?

Scones are best eaten within a few days, but you can freeze them in an airtight container for months.

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Raspberry Scones

These raspberry scones are buttery, tender, lightly sweetened, and irresistible. They are made with fresh raspberries and topped with a lemon glaze.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword raspberry scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 scones
Calories 372kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

Scone Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter cold
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 32 raspberries

Lemon Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

Scone Instructions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cut in small pieces of cold butter and mix with your hands until you can just see pea-sized pieces of butter.
  • In a separate bowl, mix eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients a little bit at a time until just combined - the batter will be lumpy.
  • Divide batter evenly between the sections of a greased scone pan. Or, press the batter into a thick circle onto a parchment- or silicone mat-lined cookie sheet and cut it into eight sections.
  • Place four raspberries on top of each uncooked scone.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the scones are browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  • Cool on a cooling rack.

Lemon Glaze Instructions

  • Stir the powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl until you have a thick but still flowy glaze. Add more powdered sugar or juice as needed.
  • Drizzle over cooled scones.

Notes

Using a scone pan yields perfectly uniform scones, while using a baking sheet results in  less uniform scones with crispier edges.
Scones are best eaten within a few days, but you can freeze them in an airtight container for months.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 315mg13%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 681IU14%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 comments on “Raspberry Scones”

  1. Caitlinsays:

    Love making anything pumpkin!

  2. Wish I had one of those scones to go with my coffee! They look divine. Love all that crumb topping :)

  3. Jacquesays:

    You sooo had me at crumb!!! yum!!! gonna try and make them tomorrow. Thank you!!

  4. These look fantastic! Definitely now on my list to try. Hopefully I can get these ingredients in Australia!

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