Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

By Maria Lichty

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Lemon Cream Cheese Scones – This easy scone recipe is made with butter and cream cheese, making soft, tender scones.  Finish them off with the sweet lemon glaze, and you have perfectly delicious lemon scones for breakfast or brunch. 

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Scone Recipe Perfect for Brunch

I wish a plate of Lemon Cream Cheese Scones would magically appear in front of me right now. They are SO good! You are going to LOVE this scone recipe. They are always a hit for brunch. I love brunch because you get to enjoy breakfast and lunch recipes and sweets are totally acceptable, like these delicious scones! They are guaranteed to be the hit of any brunch!

Scone recipe with lemon glaze

Refreshing Lemon Scones

Scones are one of my all-time favorite breakfast treats. I actually like them more than muffins and cinnamon rolls. Well, except for my dad’s famous cinnamon rolls, nothing beats my dad’s cinnamon rolls.

I really love this scone recipe because the flavors are simple, but oh so good! The burst of lemon is delightful, making these lemon scones refreshing and decadent! This scone recipe turns out the softest scones due to the use of butter AND cream cheese.

The scones are easy to make because they are made in a food processor. They come together in no time.

Scone recipe with cream cheese and lemon glaze

Try this Scone Recipe for Breakfast or Brunch

When the scone dough comes together, cut the scones into triangles. You can also use biscuit cutter if you prefer round scones. Both will be tasty! Bake the scones at a high heat.

When the scones are done baking and slightly cooled, I drizzle a simple lemon glaze over the tops. The sweet glaze makes the scones even better. Sometimes, I like to eat these lemon scones with homemade jam too. They are such a nice breakfast or brunch treat. The scones are best the day they are made, but don’t worry, you probably won’t have any leftovers because they are TOO good!

How to make Lemon scones

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Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

These soft and tender lemon scones are made with butter and cream cheese! They are easy to make and great for breakfast or brunch.
4.35 from 35 votes


For the scones:

For the glaze:


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Add the flour, baking powder, salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • Place the cold cream cheese, butter, and eggs in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse to combine, about 6 to 8 times. Scrape down the bowl and add the dry ingredients, milk, and lemon juice. Pulse 3 more times and scrape again. Pulse a few more times until the dough comes together.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and place on a lightly floured work surface. Fold the dough over on itself a few times to make it smoother. Don't overwork the dough.
  • Divide the dough in 2 equal pieces. Form each piece into about a 6-inch disk. Use a bench scraper or sharp knife to cut the disks into triangles.
  • Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the scones rise up and are golden. Remove the scones from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While the scones are cooling, make the lemon glaze. Combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the scones. Serve.


Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 191mg, Potassium: 166mg, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Vitamin C: 2.3mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1.7mg
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    Lemons are one of my favorite things to use when cooking, so, i wanted to try these scones. THEY ARE THE BOMB!! i would 100% recommend you try making these! they are light and fluffy and so lemony! i’ll be making these again! LOVE!

    1. Yes, that should be fine. The texture and flavor will be a little different, but I love buttermilk in baked goods.

  2. 5 stars
    My husband loves scones more than any other pastry. I had some extra lemons but no whole milk. Combined enough vanilla flavored greek yogurt and water to equal milk ingredient. Also added 2/3 cup chopped craisins (Costco). He raved about them all evening. Our 2 year old granddaughter and 8 year old grandson kept asking for more. Wonderful !!

  3. 1 star
    These scones are dry and lack lemon flavor. Needs a better balance. Ended up tossing all the scones.

    I’ll keep looking for the right recipe.

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