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Lemon Poppyseed Scones

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


These Lemon Poppyseed Scones are buttery, flaky pastries bursting with fresh lemon flavor and speckles of poppyseeds. They are absolutely delicious and very simple to make!



For the Scones:

  • 8 tablespoons very cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppyseeds
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream, plus a little extra for brushing on the scones
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon (roughly 1 tablespoon of zest and 1/4 cup of juice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Turbinado (raw) sugar, for sprinkling on top

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Poppyseeds, for sprinkling


For the Scones:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppyseeds.
  3. Using a pastry blender, fork, or your hands, work the cold cubed butter into the flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. A few larger chunks of butter are fine.
  4. Pour the heavy cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla into the dry mixture and stir until everything just comes together. Try not to overmix.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gently form the dough into a large disc, roughly one inch high and 8-10 inches in diameter.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut the scones into 8 triangles. Place the cut scones onto the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Place the baking sheet with the scones into a freezer for 10-15 minutes, just to ensure that the butter is super cold. This will allow the scones to puff up and get really flaky in the oven.
  8. Remove the scones from the fridge/freezer and brush the tops of the scones with a little heavy cream. Sprinkle turbinado sugar all over the tops.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the scones are golden brown around the edges, lightly golden on the tops, and puffed. 
  10. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

For the Glaze:

Whisk together the sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until completely smooth. Add lemon juice and/or more sugar until the glaze is of a drizzling consistency.

To Serve:

  1. Drizzle the glaze lightly over the cooled scones and sprinkle with additional poppyseeds.
  2. Allow to set for a few minutes and then serve.


These are best enjoyed the day you make them, but I have had luck with wrapping baked and cooled scones in plastic wrap and storing in an airtight container on the counter. They will keep for a day or two. Baked scones also freeze really well. Wrap well and freeze in a resealable plastic bag.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: scones

Keywords: lemon poppyseed scones, lemon cream scones, lemon poppyseed, lemon scones with glaze