Sunshine In A Scone: Easy Lemonade Scones Recipe

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There’s nothing quite like a relaxing afternoon tea, complete with fluffy scones and a cool glass of lemonade. This delightful combination is perfect for a summer gathering or simply a sweet treat on a sunny day. Here’s how to whip up both these delicious elements from scratch, with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips.

Scones (Makes 8)

Lemonade scones recipe
Lemonade scones recipe


2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Handful of raisins or chocolate chips (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can also use a food processor for this step by pulsing the ingredients until crumbly.
    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, heavy cream, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
    5. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make your scones tough.
    6. Gently fold in the raisins or chocolate chips if using.
    7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to form a smooth disc.
    8. Pat the dough into a circle about 1-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8 wedges.
    9. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them for spreading.
    10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
    11. Let the scones cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Nutrition Facts (per scone, without raisins or chocolate chips)

    Calories: 320

  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 4g

  • Lemonade (Makes 1 pitcher)


    1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. In a large pitcher, combine sugar and lemon juice. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
    2. Pour in the cold water and stir to combine.
    3. Taste and adjust the sweetness and tartness to your preference. You can add more sugar for a sweeter lemonade or more lemon juice for a tangier one.
    4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
    5. Serve chilled with lemon slices for garnish, if desired.


    This delightful combination of homemade scones and refreshing lemonade is sure to impress your guests or simply satisfy your sweet tooth. The scones are light, fluffy, and have a hint of sweetness, while the lemonade is perfectly tart and thirst-quenching. With these easy-to-follow recipes, you can enjoy a delightful summer tea time treat any day of the week.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use milk instead of buttermilk in the scones recipe?

    While buttermilk is ideal for scones because of its acidity, you can substitute it with milk in a pinch. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1/2 cup of milk and let it sit for 5 minutes before using. This will slightly curdle the milk, mimicking the consistency of buttermilk.

    2. How can I store leftover scones?

    Store leftover scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. To reheat, wrap them in foil and warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes.

    3. Can I make the lemonade ahead of time?

    Absolutely! Lemonade can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator. The flavors will actually have time to meld and become even more delicious.

    4. How can I make different flavored scones?