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Lime Scones Recipe {Simple and Delicious!} 

Homemade lime scones are zesty and so flavorful! Combining the perfect balance of tangy lime zest and lime juice and buttery goodness, these moist scones are a true delight for the taste buds. Enjoy these fluffy scones for breakfast or an afternoon tea snack. This easy recipe is ready in less than 15 minutes and is a great way to start your day.

Fresh Lime Scone

Juicy limes baked into our tender scone recipe is the breakfast treat you have been looking for! I wasn't really sure if this flavor would work, but let me tell you, they are so very delicious, especially paired with a fresh lime glaze. 

If this is your first time making scones don't be nervous. Check out my Master Scone Recipe to get started. It has helpful tips for making any scone recipe whether sweet or savory! Scones are really easy to make and I will walk you through them step by step so you will have a nice, fluffy, and tender scone, one that will give you bakery-level results in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Tools for baking great scones

Before we start to make our homemade scones, it is a great idea to prep our work surface with the ingredients and items we will be using. Here are my go-to baking tools I use for every batch of the best scones.

  • Pastry blender we mention this item with every single recipe because it is THE item that will ensure a fluffy outcome for your scones. You can use 2 knives or your hands, but a pastry blender or pastry cutter is best.
  • Parchment paper a baking sheet lined with parchment paper is not only great for non-stick baking, but it is also awesome for easy cleanup! No pan scrubbing is needed!
  • Mixing bowl should be a large mixing bowl if you want to make this a one-bowl recipe! I mix and also knead the scone dough right in the bowl before turning it out onto a floured surface. 
Keylime scone

Tips for Perfect Lime Scones

First, let's go over THREE VERY IMPORTANT THINGS you MUST DO to ensure a perfect flaky scone:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees for at least 20 minutes before baking. A hot oven will help your scones rise tall instead of being flat.
  2. Make sure you're using COLD butter. It does not matter if you use cold unsalted butter or salted butter, but it MUST BE COLD. As the butter melts it will allow for air to create flaky scones
  3. Minimal handling of the dough. The more you knead the scone dough, the tougher it becomes and you will end up with a flat, hard scone.

Scone ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • Half-and-half, plus 1 tablespoon
  • Fresh lime zest- 1 lime
  • Fresh lime juice

How To Make Lime Scones Recipe

Grab your cup of coffee or tea ready and get these pretty lime wedges into the oven and soon you will be enjoying nice warm and tender scones!

As I mentioned above in the Baking tips section, it is important to preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Be sure to do this at least 20 minutes before you intend to bake. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

1. Preparing the Dry Ingredients

We are going to mix our dry mixture first. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, lime zest, and salt. 

Now, in the flour mixture, we are going to cut in the cold butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles coarse crumbs. You should see lumps of butter and that is exactly what you want.

2. Preparing the Wet Ingredients

Next, we are going to add our wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened. If you only have heavy cream That is ok too. Add in your vanilla extract and lime juice and stir.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently 5 to 10 times and pat into a 1-inch thick round disc shape.

With a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut into 8 wedges and transfer dough triangles onto a prepared baking tray 2- inches apart. I can usually fit all eight on a large baking sheet.

With a pastry brush, brush the top of each scone with 1 Tablespoon half-and-half, and sprinkle each top with sugar for a little extra sweetness. You can also add a pinch of lime zest to the top of the scones if you want extra lime flavor.

3. Baking the Scones

Place scones in the oven on the middle rack.

Bake until golden brown, which is about 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.

Serve warm scone with your cup of hot tea or coffee!

Lime Scone Recipe

Serving Suggestions

Now that your lime scones are freshly baked, here are some serving ideas 

  • Pair with a hot cup of Earl Grey tea for a classic afternoon tea experience.
  • Spread a dollop of clotted cream and your favorite lime marmalade for an authentic British twist.
  • Serve warm scones with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • Add flaked coconut to make lime coconut scones!
  • Top with our Fresh Lime Glaze
Fresh lime glaze

Lime Glaze: 

1/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) 

1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh is best) 

Mix together until smooth. If you want a thicker glaze, add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. 

Ingredient substitutions to make vegan lime scone

  • Flour– you can easily make these scones gluten-free by substituting the all-purpose flour with a one-for-one gluten-free flour. You can use Bob's Red Mill or my favorite King Arthur brand, which you can find in most grocery stores.
  • Butter– I like baking with Nature Balance vegan sticks. Place in the freezer to ensure it is super cold because this tends to be a little softer than regular butter. Cut into small cubes before cutting into flour mixture. 
  • Half and Half- You can use any soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk in place of cream. If you have the coffee-creamer version, that is even better.

Other scone recipes you should try: lemon lavender scones, blackberry scones, fresh strawberry scones, Bisquick scones, Lemon raspberry scones

Lime scone with lime wedge

Top FAQ

How to Store Scones? 

If you have any leftovers, store scones in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months, or you can keep them on the counter at room temperature loosely covered with a sheet of plastic wrap for up to 3 days. 

What is the Best Temp For Baking Scones? 

Setting the oven to 425 degrees I have found to be the best temperature for baking our easy scones recipe. As mentioned in our baking tips sections, it is important to bake your scones in a preheated, hot oven. This helps to release steam from the butter when baking creating layers of tender scone.  

Can I freeze the scone dough for later use?

Absolutely! After shaping the dough into wedges, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Then, transfer the frozen scones into a freezer-safe bag. When you're ready to bake, add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

How to Make Lime Scones

With their tangy lime flavor and buttery crumb, you'll find yourself making this scone recipe again and again! Next time, I think I will try making this delicious recipe with key limes. Maybe the flavor will taste like key lime pie! 

Fresh Lime Scone

Lime Scones

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Lime scones are zesty and so flavorful! Combining the perfect balance of tangy lime zest and lime juice and buttery goodness, you will love this for your next breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoon chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half, plus 1 tbsp.
  • Zest from one lime
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, lime zest, and salt. 
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half, lime juice, and vanilla extract until just moistened. 
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently 5 to 10 times.
  5. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round.
  6. Cut into 8 wedges; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  7. Brush tops with 1 Tbsp half-and-half, sprinkle each with sugar.
  8. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
  9. Cool on wire rack

Notes

Lime Glaze:

1/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) 

1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh is best) 

Mix together until smooth. If you want a thicker glaze, add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. 

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