Lemon Rosemary Scones Recipe

Carrie Vasios Mullins

Tender scones are flavored with lemon juice and zest and given a hint of piney flavor with rosemary.

Recipe Details

Lemon Rosemary Scones Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 35 mins
Serves 12 scones


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced

  • 2/3 cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

  • Sugar, for garnish


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower and middle positions and preheat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, and salt and pulse 3 times to combine. Add sugar, lemon zest, and rosemary and pulse 3 times to combine. Add diced butter to food processor and pulse until butter is the size of peas, about 5 pulses.

  3. Add sour cream, milk, and lemon juice and pulse until dough comes together into a ball. Lightly flour a clean work surface. Remove dough from food processor and roll out to 1/3-inch thickness. Use biscuit cutter to cut rounds from the dough and transfer scones to baking sheets. Reroll and repeat with remaining dough as necessary.

  4. Brush tops of scones with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden at the edges, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Special Equipment

Food processor, rolling pin, baking sheet, parchment paper, 3-inch biscuit cutter

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
176 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 54mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)