These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are delicate, buttery, and full of lemony flavor and covered with an irresistible glaze! Add some poppy seeds for a slight crunch and you have the perfect treat for brunch or tea.

These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are the perfect spring and summer treat! They are loaded with the perfect lemon flavor and topped with an irresistible glaze!

These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are a family favorite! When I say this, it’s a HUGE understatement! My son, Bronson goes wild when I tell him we’re making scones.

Are Lemon Poppy Seed Scones healthy?

  • Yes

That’s a bit of a stretch. They have lemons and greek yogurt. Both of which are healthy-ish foods. So if you say they are healthy it makes myself and everyone else feel better about eating them. So yes, they’re healthy! And good for the soul 🙂

The dry ingredients for the Lemon Poppy Seed Scones in the bowl of a food processor.

As I was making these scones, I couldn’t help but think of a million scone combinations I want to try!

I’ve added a number of recipes to my list that I want to try: Cinnamon Chip Scones, Cranberry Orange Scones, Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones, Apple Spice Scones with Cinnamon Chips. The list goes on and on!

I’ll start working on these scone recipes and report back to you as soon as they are top notch.

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones dough formed into a round disk and cut into 8 equal sized wedges.

For this Lemon Poppy Seed Scone recipe, I chose to use my food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, don’t worry. You can use a pastry blender.

Remember, when making scones or biscuits you want to use cold butter.

In my Buttermilk Biscuits blog post I go over why cold butter is used. But in case you haven’t read that, here is a recap.

These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are the perfect spring and summer treat! They are loaded with the perfect lemon flavor and topped with an irresistible glaze!

Why do you use cold butter when making scones?

  • Butter contains both fat and water. At normal baking temperatures, water creates steam. By laminating cold butter between layers of dough, you create pockets to contain the steam formed during heating. When little crumbles of butter melt in the scones as they cook, they release steam and thus create small pockets of air in the scone.  The end results in a better rise and a flaky biscuit.

The lemon flavor is perfectly balanced in this scone. Not too overwhelming but not so subtle that you can’t tell it’s a lemon scone.

These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are the perfect spring and summer treat! They are loaded with the perfect lemon flavor and topped with an irresistible glaze!

To make this scone even more desirable, I topped it with a smooth glaze.

This glaze has a pinch of lemon zest and lemon juice to bring in the lemon flavor. I recommend you glaze the scones while warm. Although this isn’t necessary, I find that doing this allows the glaze to seep in just slightly and adds the perfect tenderness to the finished scone.

Lemon poppy seed scone with a glaze drizzled overtop, surrounded by fresh lemons.

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These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are the perfect spring and summer treat! They are loaded with the perfect lemon flavor and topped with an irresistible glaze!
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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 23g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 9.1%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 13.9%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings: 8 scones
Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

These Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are the perfect spring and summer treat! They are loaded with the perfect lemon flavor and topped with an irresistible glaze! 

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
 
Calories: 364 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I use Fage brand... but brand doesn't matter. Use what you have)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (parchment paper is fine too). Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor add flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt. Pulse for 3 seconds just to combine the ingredients. Add the butter. Do 3-1 second pulses. You still want to have chunks of butter. So don't over do it. Alternatively, you can use a pastry blender to cut in the butter if you don't want to use a food processor. (I just like that it's fast and easy!) Empty the flour mixture into a big bowl. 

  3. Add the eggs, yogurt, vanilla, almond extract, and lemon zest to the flour mixture. Stir to combine everything. (I like to use a fork at the beginning and then resort to my hands, it's easier). The dough will be slightly sticky, but not much. 

  4. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a circle that's 1 inch in height. Using a knife, cut 8 wedges. Place the wedges on the baking sheet.

  5. Using a pastry brush, gently brush each scone with the melted butter. 

  6. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until lightly golden brown along the edges. 

  7. While they are baking, make the glaze. Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix to combine. 

  8. Remove scones from the oven and let cool for 3 minutes on the pan, and then move to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle the glaze overtop each scone. *

  9. Let glaze set. Enjoy! Store in an airtight container for 3 days. 

Recipe Notes

*I like to glaze things while warm, it lets the glaze seep in a little and tastes delicious!

Recipe adapted from Life Made Simple

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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