Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

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.
4.69 from 16 votes


For the scones:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cold and cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into pieces
  • large eggs cold
  • 1/3 cup whole milk cold
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 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. I have been craving scontes. I have been looking for just the right recipe for my first attempt at making them. I have found it!!!

  2. Lovely looking scones, but would you add more sanding sugar on the top or can you still see it under the glaze?

    1. You can add sugar if you wish. It will give the scones a nice sweet crunch. The glaze will hide it though.

  3. Very, very important not to overwork on the dough
    , my first 2 batches came out tough and hard. The 3rd time I just barely patted it together and they came out perfect.

  4. Very, very important not to overwork on the dough, my first 2 batches came out tough and hard. The 3rd time I just barely patted it together and they came out perfect.

    1. Yes, you never want to overwork scone dough. It is delicate. I put a note in the recipe so others will be aware of this. Thanks for the feedback. Glad you liked them!

  5. When do you add the 1 tbsp lemon juice to the dough? I’m making these this morning and keep scanning the recipe to see when to add it.

  6. I wish a plate of these scones would magically appear in front of me too! These look like the perfect brunch treat!

  7. 5 stars
    I’m baking these amazing scones for the second time in two days. I love all things lemon and the glaze makes these taste so good. I’d recommend using an organic lemon for the zest and juice. I think you can taste the difference!

  8. 5 stars
    I made these today and they were amazingly light and refreshing! The glaze was our favorite part! Next time I will add a little more zest and juice to the dough for personal preferences we like it with an extra punch of lemon! But it was soft on the inside and we loved that it wasn’t artificial!

  9. Hi! I am baking these scones today to serve tomorrow. Do I need to refrigerate overnight or will they be fine left out? Thanks! 

  10. 5 stars
    Fabulous scones!  I grated the frozen butter and frozen cream cheese, stirred them into the dry ingredients with a fork, added the liquid and stirred it in with my hand until combined.  Then a quick dump onto a lightly floured board and kneed a few times and you are good to go…handle as quickly as possible.  HINT:  to avoid slicing your finger open on frozen butter and cheese, cut the correct amount needed BEFORE you freeze them!  

  11. 5 stars
    Tasty and tender. I substituted 3/4 cup of the flour with ground oatmeal and almond flour as well as added some shredded coconut to boost the nutritional value. Absolutely delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    These are very yummy and easy to make. I didn’t have a food processor so I made them a little differently. I cubed my butter and cream cheese and cut it into my flower, suger, lemon zest mixture with a pastry pie crust knife thing, I don’t know the proper name for it. Then in a separate bowl, I wisked together my eggs, milk, and lemon juice. I then poored the liquid into the dry and worked it together to form my dough. It was a little dry so I added about another tablespoon and a half of milk. Perfect consistency. I pressed it out by hand and used a square cookie cutter to make large squares then cut the squares into triangles. Turned out a delectable golden brown, a little flaky on the edges, but very soft on the inside. They aren’t too sweet, which I like.

    1. That’s how I did it too, since my processor is small. I think the mixer wouldn’t give the crumb needed.

  13. 5 stars
    I used the recipe as more of an outline and I was really happy with how they turned out! The dough was perfect– crunchy on the outside, super soft and pillowy on the inside. I was worried they’d be tough since I suspected I overworked them, but they were great! Will use this recipe again.

  14. 5 stars
    Wonderfully light and delicious just the taste for any lemon lover! My husband and work collegues can’t wait for the next batch. 

  15. 4 stars
    Very subtle flavor, but they were still delicious. Next time, I will double the lemon ingredients and possibly add some blueberries!

  16. 3 stars
    These are not lemony enough! Next time I am going to add double the zest and maybe 1/2 tsp lemon extract. Without the glaze you wouldn’t even know they were lemon scones. I used a hand mixer and it worked but just be sure to break up the cubes of butter and cream cheese. 6-8 times with a hand mixer is not enough. 

  17. Are you able to make them the night before? Curious as to how they would taste if they’re not made and eaten the same day.

    1. The night before should be fine. I wouldn’t make them any sooner. They are best fresh:)

  18. Good basic recipe, which I have made twice. The first time, I made it as written. The scones had a good rise and browned; slightly underdone in the middle. I also found that my family wanted a more lemony flavor.

    The second time, I added 1/2 tsp lemon extract, lowered the oven temp to 400, and baked for 21 minutes, which solved the underdone issue. Since we wanted warm scones, I glazed them straight out of the oven the second time, which worked out fine. Thank you for the recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    Recipe was delicious and very easy! I did double the lemon zest and juice due to other comment recommendations – I love it lemony! And they came out the perfect amount of lemony! 😀 I don’t have a food processor but I managed to make it in my Ninja Blender 😛 When I turned the dough out I just rolled it in the flour, patted it into a big round and cut the dough. The scones weren’t tough at all, they came out perfectly soft on the inside. Thank you for the recipe :]

  20. 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.