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My Sister's Citrus Scones

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Once upon a time I posted a recipe for a recipe that I didn't personally make.

That's because

  1. These citrus scones appeared on my kitchen table in a magic Welcome Home basket a few days ago, and they are so heavenly, so buttery-moist and just a little crumbly, that I can't not share.
  2. I am not ready to bake my own things yet. Eating baked things that others make for me: y-e-s, yes, yesyesyes. But baking in my own kitchen would require me to think and plan and buy baking stuff, and considering that I just drove a car for the first time in a year and photographed these 2 single remaining scones on paper plates (the only thing from the kitchen not still in a box), I don't think I'm quite there. But again. The eating.
  3. I have an amazing baker in my family and her name is My Sister. Except her real name is Kristin and she's cute as can be. This is my thank you letter to her and my love letter to her scones.
Woman smiling at camera.

You guys? Even if you don't love scones, just try these. Because something about the texture of these is so perfect. Look at that first picture again —> hello perfect scone crack. I mean literally, the crack through the middle. Isn't that some sort of prerequisite for awesome scones? I wouldn't know because I don't make awesome scones, but Kristin does, and hers have a scone crack, and I couldn't love it more.

She loosely based the recipe on one from our hometown church cookbook and then added her own zing, zest, pinch of Kristin, like she does. They turned out just buttery enough, so they were almost soft, but still sturdy enough to kind of break pieces off and dunk in coffee. And the glaze dries gorgeously on the top and gives it the most perfectly subtle citrus sweetness. I had mine topped with the two best scone toppings in the history of life: butter and honey. And a big ol' morning mug of coffee. And then another one, and repeat for one week.

If scones aren't your thing, yoooouuuu still have to try them. But if you want to bake other cute things like Kristin, go back in time to her Fruit Pizza. I posted the recipe on Skillful Cook even though layering fruit in beautiful designs is not the kind of thing I am really good at. Right now Kristin is single-handedly keeping this little bloggy alive. I think I owe her some lentils.

Fruit pizza.

Hey. Butter and honey. Don't forget.

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Citrus Scones - so incredibly moist and delicious! |

My Sister's Citrus Scones


These citrus scones that my sister makes are the best homemade scones I've ever had. Perfect with a cup of coffee and drizzled with a light citrus glaze.



For the Scones

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice of one lemon, juice of one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in butter to the flour mixture and then add the zest and buttermilk. Stir until just combined.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets, or form dough into a 1-inch thick circle and cut sections like pie pieces.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Whisk icing ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle icing over cooled scones.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: English

Keywords: citrus scones, scone recipe, citrus glaze

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love to bake and would call myself a total baker. But maybe I shouldn’t because I’ve never made scones! Agh. These look gorgeous. They look like they would have the perfect crumble when you bite into them. Thanks for posting!

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    OMG I’m sooo happy you posted the recipe for these! Hahaha I’ve literally been thinking about those scones ever since you mentioned them in your last post. I keep imagining holding one in my hand and gobbling it up. I’m weird (and apparently scone-deprived). Hey and also, welcome home!!! 😀

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    Mmmmmm! I have all these ingredients right now. Fantastic. Just to be sure though, is almond flavoring the same as almond extract? Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

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    Okay, so I dont love scones, but you have convinced me that I NEED to make these! Your sister is to pretty and sounds like an awesome baker! Yay for you an her! LOL
    These look great and I hope you guys are getting all settled back in!

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    oh goodness! i’m glad you posted the recipe. they look so buttery and soft!

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    mmm scones and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Sounds really good. I wish I have lemons and limes right now so I can make these. This shall be my before-the-week-ends goal.

    I see the resemblance between you and your sister 🙂 Glad to hear you’re safe and getting settled back at home.

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    Funny, I had scones today. Except mine were topped with the proper Cornish topping of Strawberry Jam & Clotted Cream (that cream is a super thick, deliciously tasty style of cream from Cornwall, UK). Proper ‘ansum (that’s Cornish for ‘Jolly Tasty’)
    Janie x 🙂

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    Your sister is gorgeous! And very talented it seems. Perhaps you should nudge her into starting a blog to showcase all her delicious baked goods? Now that’s an idea ;).

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      I know! I told her I would hire her to start managing the baking section of POY. Part joke part serious. 🙂 We’ll see…

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      Ah! How did they turn out? I totally missed the baking powder on the ingredient list – it should be 2 1/2 tsp and 1/2 tsp. for the baking soda. Sorry about that. I need to slooow down!

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    You have the sweetest sister! I wish my family members baked for me… But I was the only one born with a baking-addicting-gene, so breakfasts, desserts, and birthdays usually fall on my shoulders. (Not that I mind!) But we’re BIG citrus and scone fans, so the combination of the two just might make it to our table someday soon!

    And welcome home!!

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    Your sweet sister is VERY talented!! I have been going nuts over that fruit pizza since I first saw it (about forever ago). So beautifully decorated! And these scones look incredible. I’m just getting into scones. Never really liked them that much but wow – these look to die for!