Lemon Mint Scones

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Lemon Mint Scones are a rustic buttery, oat and wheat scone, brightened by the addition of fresh mint, lemon juice and zest.

Lemon Mint Scones
Lemon Mint Scones

What Is A Scone?

Honestly, I never had scones while growing up. The closest thing to a scone I had, was homemade biscuits.

Biscuits made in my kitchen were both savory, with cheddar cheese and herbs, perfect for a bowl of chili or to bake on top of a turkey/veggie casserole type dish.

The other way I made them was with cinnamon and sugar and sometimes raisins, often for afternoon quiet tea time. What mom, with busy kids, doesn’t need a quiet tea time!

Both a biscuit and a scone are a thick batter or dough made with really cold butter, flour and baking powder.

Either sweet or savory, scones get rolled out just like a biscuit or pie crust and shaped as you desire before baking. 

English Scones

Having visited England a few years ago and spent a week in the countryside of the Cotswolds I had scones that were the scones to beat all scones!

Less butter and sugar in the batter, since a thick schmear of clotted cream (sorta like butter) and jam, was going to go on top the baked scones. 

I vowed, while on that trip, that if I ever have tea parties when I am back home in America, I would always serve scones.

And yes, since home, not only have I made these for girl-time gatherings but I am making them here to inspire you!

Lemon Mint Scone Dough
Lemon Mint Scone Dough

Lemon Mint Scones

While a plain scone makes for the perfect treat to slather cream, jam or whatever on top of, putting berries inside the batter has become popular in America.

When Mother’s Day arrived during the pandemic period, one of my sisters came for tea, 12 feet apart, on my veranda and I made a luscious Blueberry Scone for us to enjoy with our tea.

I will never forget the joy of those Blueberry Scones, probably because I was as hungry for sister time as I was the deliciousness of these scones. 

I began to play around more with flavors in the batter and decided that fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and freshly chopped mint was a delightful flavor for a scone, not too sweet.

The bright flavor of the mint and lemon offered a more refreshing flavor to a buttery scone. 

Lemon and Mint Scone Ingredients
Lemon and Mint Scone Ingredients

What Is The Secret To Making Good Scones?

Butter is the secret to making good scones! Iced cold butter cut into the flour, and fiddled with as little as possible. 

Once the dough for the scone has been mixed and shaped, chill them for about 15 minutes before baking. 

While many bakers swear by using self-rising flour, it really is just all purpose flour, with salt and baking powder.

I always have baking powder in my pantry. I don’t always buy self-rising flour, so I don’t use it in my scones. 

If you forget to put baking powder into the recipe… You will end up with a cookie instead of a scone. Not a terrible mistake, just not a scone. 

Great Scones Love To Chill!

When making scones, chill, chill and chill everything!

Cut the butter into small chunks and pop it into the freezer while preparing the other ingredients. Freshly squeeze the lemon juice and pop that back into the fridge until ready to use.

My mom actually used to keep flour in the freezer for other baked goods she made. Not a bad idea for scones, I’d say. 

Once the dough is assembled and shaped the way you want, put it onto the baking sheet and pop that back into the fridge for a bit before baking. 

Rustic Shaped Scones
Rustic Shaped Scones

Shaping Scones

There is no set rule or age-old traditional way to shape scones.

A biscuit cutter, in a variety of shapes, both large and small works great. A cookie cutter can also work.

Another popular way to shape the scones is to simply place the dough onto the baking sheet and cut it, like you would slice a pie, into triangle shapes before baking. Choice is yours. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter
  • Whole milk
  • Lemon
  • Sugar
  • Mint
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Oat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
Zesting and Juicing Lemons
Zesting and Juicing Lemons

Equipment Needed

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Citrus press
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Basting brush
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven

Lemon Mint Scones

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Bread, DessertCuisine: British Fusion



Lemon and Mint lighten the richness of these buttery scones, a scrumptious baked delicacy made with both wheat and oat flour. 


  • yours.

  • Butter – 12 ounces, cold

  • Whole milk or half and half – 1/2 cup, plus extra to brush

  • Lemon juice – 4 tablespoons

  • Lemon zest – 1 tablespoon, extra for garnish

  • Sugar – 1/3 cup, plus extra to sprinkle

  • Mint – 2 tablespoons, freshly chopped, extra for garnish

  • Flour – 2 cups, all purpose flour

  • Oat flout – 1 cup

  • Baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Baking soda – 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon


  • Place the all purpose flour and oat flour in a bowl. Whisk in the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a fork or a slow turn on a hand-held mixer. Gently work in the milk/cream, lemon juice, zest and mint.
  • Form the dough into a ball. Gently roll the dough onto a floured surface and shape as desired. Place the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put the dough into the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350. Lightly brush the tops of the dough with remaining milk/cream. Dust with a little sugar and bake the scones for about 30 minutes or until golden on the top.
  • Cool slightly before serving and garnish with a little lemon zest and finely chopped mint.
Lemon Mint Scones
Lemon Mint Scones

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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Claudia Lamascolo
1 year ago

These dont only looks and sound delicious they must be over the top outrageously delicious with these fresh flavors I have a lemon tree and a whole garden of wild mint! Guess what I am going to bake today! Cant wait !

Julie Menghini
1 year ago

These scones look amazing! I hadn’t ever heard of a scone growing up but that’s all changed and we love them. I can’t wait to try your lemon mint combination. Your tips are so helpful to bake up the perfect scones!

Michele Phillips
1 year ago

I didn’t have scones when I was growing up either, but I fell in love with them at a coffee shop years ago and have loved them ever since. I really like the thought of combining lemon and mint for tea scones… I can almost smell them baking from here!

1 year ago

These sound amazing, Robin! I love the combination of lemon and mint, it’s so refreshing and with a buttery scone – yum! I agree, keeping everything cold is a must! Always worth it!


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