Meyer Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze

Meyer Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze

There are a lot of things I avoid making because they seem difficult or too fancy. Pie was one of those things, but I conquered that and found it wasn’t that hard. Scones was another thing, but they turned out to be even easier than pie! Honestly, who knew scones were simple? 

Remember all the citrus I was gifted by my lovely friend Megan of The Beef Jar? First I made muffins then I got the idea for scones… Thanks Pinterest!Citrus - Prairie Californian-3

Just wait until you see what I did with that crazy looking octopus thing, called a Buddha’s Hand. Anyway, I took the meyer lemons and made scones. And these scones were just lovely. Maybe even better than the Blood Orange Muffins I made, I said maybe… 

These would be simply perfect for say a shower of some sort because honestly, they are uppity enough to serve at a fancy party, but easy enough to whip up quickly! Win-win. Someone get married or pregnant so I can serve these at your shower! 

I will give you a disclaimer, the scone dough is SUPER sticky to begin with! When I say use a generous amount of flour to dust, DO IT! Otherwise you will end up like me with dough stuck to every surface of you. Don’t end up like me, just use lots of flour. 

Meyer Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze
Yields 10
simple and delicious meyer lemon scones
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. Scones
  2. 3/4 cup milk
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 cup vanilla sugar (sub regular if you don't have any)
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  7. zest of 2-3 Meyer lemons (about 1 tablespoon)
  8. 2 cups flour
  9. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 3 tablespoons cold unsalted better
  12. 1 egg white, beaten
  13. Glaze
  14. 2 cups powdered sugar
  15. 2-3 teaspoons milk
  16. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  17. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  18. 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Scones
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together milk, egg, vanilla sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.
  4. In a larger bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender (or your hands), cut the cold butter into the flour mix until it starts forming small pea sized balls. Be sure your butter is very cold to start.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl and gently mix with a spoon.
  6. Pour the dough out onto a WELL FLOURED surface and flour your hands well, kneed the dough for a few minutes.
  7. Place the dough on your parchment lined baking sheet and form into a round disc about 3/4 inch thick. Cut the disc into 10 pieces and leave the pieces in place.
  8. Brush the scones with a beaten egg white. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly browned. Cool scones on rack before glazing.
  9. Glaze
  10. Mix all ingredients (except butter) together. Melt butter and add, stir well. Mix until creamy, if you need to add more sugar or liquid, do so until right consistency is reached.
  11. Glaze will be spooned on scones so it will need to still be slightly runny. Spoon over scones in whatever pattern suits your fancy. Allow glaze to dry for 10 minutes. Once dry, it will be hardened.
Adapted from Jelly Toast
Adapted from Jelly Toast
Prairie Californian
 Jenny Dewey Rohrich


  1. February 13, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Hi Jenny, I just made your Meyer Lemon scones with glaze. They took way longer to bake and came out really doughy looking and tasting. I my have over “generously” floured the working surface and my hands when kneading the dough. I may have not shaped the circle big enough, though I was trying to keep it 3/4″ high, which I did. Any suggestions? Thank you so much…a nurse who is a native Californian that absolutely loves to bake and is always looking for yummy recipes! Thanks, Melynda

    • February 14, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Hi Melynda!

      Gosh, I am so sorry to hear your scones didn’t turn out well! I apologize for this! I did a simple Google search to see what may have went wrong for you. I am thinking maybe the dough was over-mixed, pretty common in baked goods like muffins or scones. I did find this post, it may help you trouble shoot what went wrong! Cooking and baking can be so temperamental sometimes! I hope you’ll give it a try again!


    • Jim
      May 14, 2016 / 1:21 am

      Meylnda–I have been making scones for years. You just want to gently stir the ingredients until it just comes together. It helps to make a well in the center and with a small spatula, work it in. Never over mix. Do not knead the dough except to get it to come together and the flatten it out. When you over knead–your scones become dense and soggy. It takes a few tries but then you get the hang of it.