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Fresh Strawberry Scones Recipe with a Vanilla Glaze

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Fresh Strawberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze are buttery, tender, delicious, and perfect for any occasion, whether you’re serving them for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert. The amazing homemade scones are topped with a sweet vanilla glaze, making them over the top irresistible.

Your family will love them!

strawberry scones recipe

Fresh Strawberry Scones

Nothing tastes better than Fresh Strawberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze straight from the oven. Tart yet slightly sweet, these scones pair well with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.

Fresh Strawberry Scones are light and tender with just the right amount of sugariness to satisfy any sweet tooth. Bursting with fresh strawberries, these scones are a nice light treat any time of day.

fresh strawberry scone on a plate

Why You Should Make This Strawberry Scones Recipe

  • Easy to make – I’ll admit I have always been intimidated to make scones. I worried I just wouldn’t get the dough right. Now I can honestly say it is quite easy to make scones from scratch. Make this recipe, and you’ll see for yourself.
  • No need for extensive kneading or rising – This scone recipe comes together easily in just a few steps. No need to let the dough rise or knead it extensively.
  • Great summertime recipe  – If you’ve got access to fresh local strawberries, this recipe is a perfect way to use them.

Ingredients + Tips for the best Strawberry Scones

  • Strawberries | Fresh strawberries that are not too ripe are perfect for this recipe, you could also use dehydrated strawberries.
  • All-purpose flour | All-purpose flour produces a higher-rising scone that holds its shape. This is a very moist scone with lots of butter and the addition of yogurt, and depending on the water content of your strawberries, you may need to add more flour to get the dough to come together. (On the opposite side, you may need to add a tablespoon or two of milk. Just use your judgment.)
  • Sugar | you will need 2 types: confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) and granulated sugar. White granulated sugar is what is needed for the scone recipe. (Sugar adds sweetness (of course), but also helps tenderize the scone, and adds to the golden brown color when cooked.) And the powdered sugar is needed to make the glaze.)
  • Baking powder | Baking powder allows the scones to rise ever so slightly.
  • Butter | Cold, unsalted butter works well, but if you only have salted, that will also work.
  • One egg | You’ll need just one egg at room temperature to bind the dough in this scone recipe.
  • Yogurt | Plain or vanilla yogurt will work well. If you don’t have any yogurt, you can also use sour cream. (I like to use greek for an extra kick of protein.)
  • Milk | Any kind of milk will work in this recipe. Higher fat milk will result in a more tender scone. (I used whole milk in the scone and heavy cream in the glaze.)
  • Lemon zest | Fresh lemon zest adds a nice fresh brightness to the dough. If you don’t have lemon, you can sub it with another citrus fruit or just leave it out.
  • Vanilla | I always recommend pure vanilla over imitation vanilla. Pure vanilla tastes so much better. If you have clear vanilla, your glaze will be much whiter. (If you notice, mine is off-white due to my vanilla being dark brown.
  • Salt | Regular table salt works well, or any salt will work just make sure it is finely ground.

How To Make Strawberry Scones, Step by Step

1.Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

2.In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt, milk, and lemon zest until blended; set aside.

strawberry scone recipe instructions

3.Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter pieces to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and using a pastry blender (if you don’t have a pastry blender, you can use two knives or just your hands,) cut the butter into the flour until the largest butter pieces are the size of small peas.

add butter to dry ingredients

4.Add the strawberries to the flour mixture and toss to coat.

how to make strawberry scones

5.Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently fold together until a sticky dough has formed. Knead just a few times to ensure that all the dry ingredients are incorporated, and the dough has come together. The dough will be very sticky.

how to make fresh strawberry scones - gently mix in the strawberries.

6. If your dough seems to dry, add more milk one tablespoon at a time to hydrate the remaining dry ingredients. If your dough seems too wet, add about 1/4 cup more flour. (but not too much – the dough should be on the sticky/wet side. It’s part of what makes them so moist and tender.)

7.Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface and pat it into a disc about 7-8 inches in diameter. Sprinkle lightly with additional sugar. Slice the disc into eight wedges.

shape the strawberry scones into a disc and cut into 8 pieces.

8.The dough is wet and sticky, so you will need to use a floured spatula to transfer the shaped scones to the prepared baking sheet. (Reshape a bit if needed after transferring.) Bake until lightly browned on top, about 13 to 15 minutes. 

9.Let cool a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer the strawberry scones to a cooling rack. Let scones cool completely before adding glaze.

How to Make Vanilla Glaze

1.In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla. For a thicker glaze, add more sugar. For a thinner glaze, add more milk.

vanilla glaze for the strawberry scones recipe.

2.Spoon over the cooled scones and serve.

fresh strawbery scones on a plate

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure your butter is very cold. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use your hands to blend the dough thoroughly. (I like to place my dough into the freezer for a few minutes before adding the wet ingredients to ensure the butter is very cold.)
  • The dough will be sticky, so sprinkle flour on your work surface and your hands.
  • Depending on the “juiciness” (ripeness/water level) of your strawberries, you may need to add up to 1/4 cup more flour OR a tablespoon or 2 of milk. Use your judgment when kneading the dough.
  • If preferred, before cutting and baking, separate the dough into two discs to get 16 smaller scones instead of 8 large ones.
  • For an extra crunchy topping, you can sprinkle the tops of the unbaked scone with turbinado sugar.
  • Allow scones to cool completely before drizzling with glaze.

One thing to keep in mind: strawberries are a very wet fruit and have the tendency to make the scones soggy after a few hours. One suggestion to help avoid soggy scones is to shape the dough into scones, cook the number of scones you want and freeze the leftover dough!   

When you are ready to bake the rest of the scones, you can either defrost the dough first or you can cook them from frozen. To cook from frozen, you will need to add about 5 to 8 minutes to the cooking time. (I’ll admit, this is never a problem in our house, treats are typically gone within the day!)

moist and tender strawberry scones

FAQs

What is the secret to making good scones?

  1. Use cold ingredients and keep the scones as cold as possible until they are ready to go into the oven. This will make them rise better.
  2. Make sure your oven reaches the correct temperature before putting the scones in.
  3. Lastly, make sure your fruit is not too moist.

Do I need to use the vanilla glaze?

I recommend the glaze as it adds a level of moisture and additional sweetness. If you prefer your strawberry scones less sweet, you could omit the glaze and brush the scones with an egg wash instead.

How do I store scones?

These strawberry scones are best eaten fresh but can be stored in an air-tight container on the kitchen counter for a day or two, or in the fridge and can last up to a week.

You can also place uneaten scones in the freezer. Pop in the toaster oven to thaw and eat. The toaster will help crisp up the dough.

How should scones be served?

You can serve these scones warm or at room temperature. I find it difficult to wait for them to cool down, so we end up eating them straight from the oven.

Can these strawberry Scones be frozen?

Yes, as mentioned above, you can freeze before baking or after baking as well. Once the scones have completely cooled, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then foil. They will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Variations of Strawberry Scones

  • If you are worried about your berries being too wet, you can sub fresh strawberries with dehydrated strawberries for a delicious scone.
  • Use a different fruit. Raspberries or blueberries are great options. Or use a mix of berries.
  • Add white or dark chocolate chips.
  • Drizzle with a chocolate glaze instead of a vanilla glaze.
  • Make a savory scone with scallions, chives, and cheddar cheese. Or better yet, add some bacon chunks for a real savory treat.
  • Use jam or jelly if fresh berries are unavailable.
strawberry scones with vanilla glaze on a plate.

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strawberry scones recipe

Strawberry Scones Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven

Description

Fresh Strawberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze are buttery, tender, delicious, and perfect for any occasion, whether you’re serving them for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert. The amazing homemade scones are topped with a sweet vanilla glaze, making them over the top irresistible.


Ingredients

Scale

For the scones:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more if needed)
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

 Scones:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt, milk, and lemon zest until blended; set aside.
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter pieces to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and using a pastry blender (if you don’t have a pastry blender, you can use two knives or just your hands,) cut the butter into the flour until the largest butter pieces are the size of small peas.
  4. Add the strawberries to the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently fold together until a sticky dough has formed. Knead just a few times to ensure that all the dry ingredients are incorporated, and the dough has come together. The dough will be very sticky.
  6. If your dough seems to dry, add more milk one tablespoon at a time to hydrate the remaining dry ingredients. If your dough seems too wet, add about 1/4 cup more flour. (but not too much – the dough should be on the sticky/wet side. It’s part of what makes them so moist and tender.)
  7. Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface and pat it into a disc about 7-8 inches in diameter. Sprinkle lightly with additional sugar. Slice the disc into eight wedges.
  8. The dough is wet, so you will need to use a floured spatula to transfer the shaped scones to the prepared baking sheet. (Reshape a bit if needed.) Bake until lightly browned on top, about 13 to 15 minutes. 
  9. Let cool a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer the strawberry scones to a cooling rack.
  10. Let scones cool completely before adding glaze.

Glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla.
  2. Spoon over the cooled scones and serve.

Notes

  • For a thicker glaze, add more sugar. For a thinner glaze, add more milk.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 381
  • Fat: 15
  • Carbohydrates: 52
  • Protein: 8

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17 Comments

  1. These scones are yummy and I got asked for the recipe by several people. I used white wheat flour an fat free half an half and they were great. This morning I switched it up since I didn't have strawberries and used 1/2 c mini chocolate chips and replaced the zest with vanilla. I hope they taste as good!

  2. Tiffany @ Eat at Home says:

    That scone looks amazing! I'd love to pop it right out of the computer screen for an afternoon snack.

  3. Michael Ann says:

    These scones looks really fresh and delicious. I make a lot of scones and am always looking for new recipes. I will try this one!

  4. Diane Balch says:

    So glad to find this recipe during strawberry season… I'm betting that the yogurt makes these scones moisture than most!

  5. Holly Lefevre says:

    I was just thinking about strawberry scones..these looking amazing! I cannot wait to go strawberry picking this weekend (our mothers day tradition!)

  6. I will definitely have to try out the scone recipe. It looks so delicious!

  7. Something Like Susie says:

    Mmmm. I just so happen to have strawberries in my fridge and I just so happen have to make these tonight. Thank you for sharing!

  8. I plan to make these scones as soon as we have fresh Michigan strawberries, they look so good!

  9. AndiWinslow says:

    The scones look and sound delicious. Love the pictures of the kids………..andi thewednesdaybaker

  10. Gail Purath says:

    Your pictures are so pleasant and the scones look delicious. Strawberry picking used to be a tradition in our family…always good to learn new recipes for fresh berries. Thanks.

  11. Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine says:

    These look delicious! We haven't made it out for strawberry picking yet, but I do have some blueberries calling out to me from the fridge that might be a great substitution. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    PS–I found you through the Six Sisters linkup! 😉

    Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine
    morrowsunshine.com

  12. Give Peas A Chance says:

    great blog! visiting from just us four, pinworthy link party.
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  13. Just Jaime says:

    Great recipe! I'm going strawberry picking tomorrow! I'm so excited. I love scones so I'm pinning this. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Those scones look REALLY good. Lol, once I made my own recipe up for strawberry cookies…edible, but not scrumptious. Maybe I'll try scones next.:)
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

  15. Anu@My Dream Canvas says:

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I am visiting you via the party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  16. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor says:

    Oh I just love strawberries! I am going to have to try these recipes out! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

  17. Pat's Pink Apron says:

    Great recipes, thank you for sharing. Love scones and haven't tried this one before.
    Pat