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Softest Scone Recipe with Cream Cheese

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.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keywords lemon scones, scone recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 268 kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cream Cheese Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.