Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones – soft, moist scones filled with poppy seeds and freshly grated lemon zest, drizzled with a delicious lemon glaze.

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones - filled with poppy seeds and lemon rind then drizzled with a delicious lemon glaze.


I’ve never been a big fan of scones.

They’ve always been too dry.
And whenever I have a bread product that is too dry…
I always get the hiccups.
No joke.
It’s weird, I know.
If it’s too dry, it gets stuck going down and gives me the hiccups.

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones - filled with poppy seeds and lemon rind then drizzled with a delicious lemon glaze.

Everything you ever needed to know about me right there in a nutshell. Right?
hee hee

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones - filled with poppy seeds and lemon rind then drizzled with a delicious lemon glaze.

Onto the scones…
I adapted the recipe found in this awesome cookbook,  Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.
The lemon glaze recipe I found here at Kitchen Magpie.

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Yield: 12 Scones


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly grated zest from one lemon
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup soured milk (directions in notes)
  • Lemon Glaze
  • 1 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of salted butter


  1. Place a rack into the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest.
  4. Cut butter into smaller pieces and with a pastry cutter, cut butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and soured milk.
  6. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until it just comes together. Then using a rubber spatula, knead and fold it together about 8 to 10 times.
  7. Prepare a flat surface by dusting it with flour, and turn the dough out onto it.
  8. Divide the dough in half and pat each into a circle approximately 5 inches in diameter. Cut the dough into 6 wedges and transfer the entire disk of dough to the prepared baking sheet. Cutting it before baking allows for easy separation, but keeping the wedges together during baking allowed for the scones to be bit more moist than is typical.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops are lightly golden and firm. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
  10. Glaze
  11. In a medium microwavable bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and butter.
  12. Place bowl into the microwave and set on high for 45 seconds.
  13. Whisk again to mix well, removing any lumps and allow to sit for a few minutes to cool.
  14. Drizzle over scones and serve.


Measure 2/3 cup milk into a measuring cup. Pour 2 teaspoons white vinegar into the milk. Mix and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Use as directed.


Lemon Poppy Seed Scones - filled with poppy seeds and lemon rind then drizzled with a delicious lemon glaze.

These scones…um, yeah.
I ate like 5 of them by myself before anyone else had a chance to try any.
hee hee
They were just. that. good.
I love anything lemon and the poppy seed flavoring was great, too.
And that lemon glaze?
Oh yeah, it completely made them absolutely fantastic.
No joke.

I rate everything I make on a scale of 1 – 4 with 4 being the best and these Lemon Poppy Seed Scones earned 4 rolling pins.
Mom is going to LOVE these for Mother’s Day!!
So, make them for her.
Serve her breakfast in bed.
She deserves it.
Or if you’re the mom, then you totally deserve them, too and you should SO leave the recipe laying out on the kitchen counter and in red Sharpie write, “MAKE THESE FOR MOTHER’S DAY!”
They may just get the hint.

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 I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!

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  2. says

    Love scones and these look great! I have pinned for the next Tea Time with my daughter. Following your social media to see how your year of baking goes!

    • Lynne says

      Thanks, Cynthia! These scones were quite delicious (obviously since I ate most of them. haha)
      Unfortunately, I had to stop this round of 365 days about 57 days into it because I couldn’t keep up while working part-time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick it up again when I am at home full-time again.
      Thanks for following!

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