Blueberry Lemon Walnut Scones for a Special Occasion

Blueberry Lemon Scones

I am going to a wedding shower this weekend, and was asked to bring scones.  I was more than happy to make them as a friend of mine gave me a wonderful recipe for lemon cranberry scones that I have made several times before.  This time I experimented and used blueberries instead as I love the combination of blueberries and lemon.  They were just as good as the cranberry ones, if not better.  You can totally tailor these to your liking.  Did you know that the same people who make Craisins, also make sweetened dried blueberries, and sweetened dried cherries?  Any of these would be perfect in these scones.

And believe it or not, scones are really easy to make!  I would say they are just as easy as making cookies.  But instead of scooping the dough into little balls, you are going to cut them into triangles the same way you would cut a pie into 6 pieces.  You don’t even need a rolling-pin to make scones.  And since I am still using the kids’ play dough plastic rolling-pin, this is good news for me.  There are just a few tips that are very important.  If you follow these, your scones will come out perfect:

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Tip #1  Don’t flatten out the balls too much.  They should be approximately 2 inches high and 6 inches around.

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Tip # 2  Clean your knife each time you make a new cut.  It will  make the scones neater and less crumbly.

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Tip #3  Be sure to use parchment paper under the scones.  You don’t want the scones to spread out too much when cooking.

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Tip #4 Probably the most important one – don’t skip the part about refrigerating the dough for 45 minutes before you bake.  I did that the first time I made them, and they came out flat as a pancake.  Don’t be like me!

Tip #5 Wait until your scones are cooled to put the glaze on.  Otherwise it will melt, and run off of the scones, and you won’t have any sugary goodness left on top of the scones.  That would be really sad!

Blueberry Lemon Scones

These really are one of the easiest things in the world to make, but they look like you slaved away all day in the kitchen.  They would be great for baby showers, wedding showers, and especially Mother’s Day coming up.  Or anytime you have an occasion where you want to bring something  a little more special.  No one has to know how easy they are to make.  We’ll just keep that between you and me.

Blueberry Lemon Walnut Scones

  • Servings: 18
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 T finely grated lemon peel, plus more for garnish (approximately 2-3 lemons)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) chilled, unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 c dried sweetened blueberries (or whatever dried fruit you choose)
  • 1/2 c coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2  c plus 2 Tbsp. chilled half & half, divided
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, lemon peel, salt, and 1 cup sugar in large bowl.
  4. Add chilled butter that has been diced.  Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms.
  5. Mix in blueberries and walnuts.
  6.  Add 1/2 c half & half and 1 tbsp. lemon juice.  Toss with fork until dough comes together in moist clumps.  Gather dough into ball.
  7. Divide into 3 balls.
  8. Press out each ball on floured surface with your hand to form a 6 inch diameter round (2 inches high).
  9. Cut each round into 6 wedges, like a pie with a long sharp knife, cleaning knife between each cut.
  10. Transfer each triangle to the parchment lined baking sheet.
  11. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate 45 minutes (no more).
  12. Remove plastic wrap, and bake 15 minutes. Cool.
  13. Scones can be frozen at this time until ready to use.
  14. When ready to use, mix 1 c powdered sugar, and 2 Tbsp. 1/2 & 1/2 with a whisk until lumps disappear.  Drizzle with a spoon over scones.
  15. Using zester or small holes on grater, sprinkle glaze with lemon zest.  Serve immediately.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally from my good friend Teresa Miller





About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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29 Responses to Blueberry Lemon Walnut Scones for a Special Occasion

  1. cheri says:

    Hi Shari, this looks like a great recipe for scones, will be trying for sure, great instructions and tips! Thanks! Happy Mother’s day to you!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Cheri! I hope you enjoy them. It is such an easy recipe. They look harder to make than they really are. Thanks again for the comment, and I hope you have a great week!

  2. Nancy says:

    These look fabulous! I love the combination of blueberry and lemon. I still haven’t made scones, and your tips will certainly be helpful for me…thanks!
    Love your description of your rolling pin…Lol!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks so much, Nancy! Blueberry and lemon pair so well together, don’t they? I hope you get a chance to try the recipe. It was fun making them and you get a lot for not much effort. I appreciate you stopping by!

  3. These look absolutely delightful! 🙂

  4. apsara says:

    These are such delicious looking scones, perfect for a wedding shower and so simple to make too. Love the way you have decorated them with the drizzle on top!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Apsara! I think the drizzle and the grated lemon peel on top of these is what makes them taste so good. It just gives them that extra lemony and sweet taste. I appreciate you stopping by, and hope you have a great week!

  5. foodessen says:

    These sound perfect! I love the combination of blueberry and lemon, one of my favorites. I haven’t made scones in ages, maybe it’s time 🙂 thanks for sharing this.

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Connie! I had forgotten how fun they are to make. I hope to do it more often now that I’m reminded of the recipe. I appreciate you stopping by!

  6. Ngan R. says:

    I’ve only made scones once and am ready to make then again now that I’ve seen your post and recipe. I love how dainty and sweet your scones look, Shari. What a nice treat for a wedding shower!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Ngan! Orginally they were supposed to be larger scones, but I like making smaller ones. I just divided the dough into 3rds instead of halves. I really appreciate you dropping by!

  7. Shari, you have posted this recipe at just the right time –
    my mother loves scones, and I’ve got blueberries and lemons at the moment –
    I need to make her a treat this weekend, so this is perfect…
    Thank You so much –
    I love finding inspiration from my favourite blogs!
    Emma 🙂

    • Shari says:

      I’m so glad that worked out, Emma! That makes me really happy that my recipe was helpful. I hope your mom enjoyed them. It was so nice of you to stop by and let me know that!

  8. Shari, you’re killing me with all these fab recipes! I’m going to try this with dried cranberries, since I have a large bag in the cupboard. Mmm! My favorite husband will ADORE these.

    I laughed when you said you were using your kids’ plastic rolling-pin. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me!

    • Shari says:

      I hope your husband enjoyed them, Ruth! It is so funny about the rolling pin. I have been using it so long (because my other one broke) that I stopped noticing where it came from. All of a sudden it dawned on me, why am I still using this?:) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great week!

  9. Lori says:

    These came out great! Yum!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks, Lori! I have to say I have tested them many times over the last few days, just to make extra sure they were good, and they passed the test every time. It is so hard being blogger, but somebody has to do it!:)

  10. dunjabounds says:

    those look delicious Shari, I want to make those! So you do roll the dough into balls, flatten and then cut a triangle, is that how that goes or do roll out one big rectangle and then cut out triangles? I’ve never made scones.

    • Shari says:

      I’m sorry that wasn’t more clear, Dunja! After you are finished adding all the ingredients, you separate the dough into 3 equal pieces, and then roll them into balls with your hands. After that, lay them on a floured surface and flatten slightly with your hand. Then cut the flattened ball just like you would cut a pie into 6 pieces with a long sharp knife. I forgot to take a picture of the dough after I cut the pieces – sorry that would have helped. Let me know if you try it. I hope it works out for you and that you enjoy them!

  11. rozpaige says:

    I have just fallen in love with scones since I’ve moved to the South with so many British traditions; lots of tea houses and even high teas in Charleston and Savannah hotels and B & B’s. Although I absolutely love cranberries (and just had a cranberry scone last week in fact), I’d go with blueberries with lemon any day. Such a perfect combination! We must both have lemons on our minds! This is a keeper recipe!
    Hope your Mother’s Day was beautiful and full of Arizona sunshine!

    • Shari says:

      Hi Roz, I didn’t realize scones and tea houses were so popular in the south. I have recently come to like scones, too. I agree, cranberry or blueberry is fine with me. I did have a nice Mother’s Day – hope you did, too! I am having so much fun following you on Instagram in Italy – such beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  12. thehungrymum says:

    what a great flavour combo _ lemon & anything rocks my world. These look great.

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much! I have really come to appreciate lemon in the last few years, especially when combined with other fruit or vanilla. I think the lemon zest grated over the top of the glaze really adds a lot to these scones. I’m so glad you stopped by, and hope you have a great week!

  13. Liz says:

    What a great combination of flavours. The scones look very delicious they certainly deserve being served on a special occasion. Thanks for sharing and making me drool. Have a wonderful weekend!

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