Petite Lemon Raspberry Scones

I don’t know about you but Christmas morning is an all out circus in my house, with the opening act starting WAY too early for my taste!

Honestly, anything before noon is a little too early for my taste, but since I seem to be in the minority on this planet…

My little piglets are always way to eager to open every single card, package and present under the tree and in their stockings to be bothered with mundane little details like breakfast.

Only once each and every single gift under the tree has been unwrapped and the living room looks like someone dropped an atom bomb on it do they finally get hungry.

I can’t wait that long! I need something light to hold me over till brunch. And a good dose of caffeine to get me moving that early…

These little scones do just the trick – they’re light and flaky, and the raspberries makes them look so festive (it’s the little things in life!) You can easily make them the day or night before and just store them in an airtight container and they’ll still be soft and moist the next day.

Petite Lemon and Raspberry Scones
Yields: 24 scones

2 ¼ c. flour + more for board
½ c. + 2 tbs. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ c. cold, unsalted butter
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 egg
2 tbs. sour cream
¼ c. heavy cream
½ pt. raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles small peas.

Add lemon zest, lemon juice, egg, sour cream, and heavy cream and blend just until combined. Be careful not to over mix the dough or you’ll end up with tough scones.

Gently fold in raspberries. They’ll break up a little, but that’s okay – it will just help distribute the flavor throughout the scones.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 12” x 6” rectangle about ¾” thick. Cut into quarters the short way, and thirds the long way to create 12 squares that are 3” x 2.” Cut each square into two triangles. Place on prepared sheets.

Bake 11-14 minutes until edges are set. The tops should look dry, but not golden brown. This is the secret to light and flaky scones right here – DO NOT OVERBAKE! The tops will still be light, so if you’re not sure just pop one open and check the insides.

What do you munch on Christmas morning?

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Comments

  1. 1

    In order to keep the peace, I will be making cinnamon rolls on Saturday to have ready for the gang on Christmas. Both my family and my in-laws always have served them. This is our first year without either family, but that won’t change what everyone expects for breakfast. My mom used to get up at 4 in the morning to have sweet rolls ready by the time the kids got up…I am not that crazy.

  2. 2

    I love scones, and the lemon-raspberry ones sound so good! I’d love to have one for breakfast!

  3. 3

    These look delicious! Perfect for breakfast on cold mornings.

  4. 4

    I make a pretty good lemon raspberry tea bread but scones are a whole other level. Love the idea. You sound a lot like my brother. I don’t need to wake up at 4am but by 7 I am ready to get things going. We always do stockings and then take a break for breakfast. I love presents but my stomach still makes me take a breather.

  5. 5

    These are lovely. And I love love love the lemon + raspberry combo too!

  6. 6

    These sound wonderful. I’m such a scone lover. Love the lemon/raspberry combo too. Merry Christmas Jen!

  7. 8

    We love scones, but don’t have them very often and it is usually during the holidays. Thank you for the reminder and Happy Holidays!

  8. 9

    These look terrific! Lemon in the scones is a GREAT idea! Honey Bunny and I usually have Eggs Benedict – however, since i’m trying to be healthier this year, I’m not sure what we’re going to do!

  9. 10

    These sound delicious! I love lemon and raspberries paired together and it would be especially wonderful in a scone! Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday weekend :)!

  10. 11

    These look fantastic! Merry Christmas!! ~ Ramona

  11. 12

    Those scones look fantastic! I love scones and I love raspberries! Have a beautiful Christmas!!

  12. 13

    Mmm…they look fantastic! We have a tradition of cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, but if it was up to me I would choose something with citrus. These scones are right up my ally. Can’t mess with tradition though :)

  13. 14

    Jen, your scones are beautiful! And these would be perfect while sipping morning coffee and opening presents! And since they are petite…..I would be justified in having more than one! I’m stopping by also, to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I have so enjoyed getting to know you over the past months and look forward to sharing with you again in the new year! : )

  14. 16

    I would absolutely love a couple of these with my coffee right now! They look delicious!

  15. 17

    These look delicious! Now that we are all older, we eat breakfast first, and then open gifts. Chocolate chip waffles were fuel for unwrapping at my house but these guys look amazing!

  16. 18

    Very cute size scones! Raspberry sounds like such a great flavor!

  17. 19

    I’ve heard wonders about scones! But haven’t tried them yet!
    Yours look so good! :D I’ll have to give them a shot soon!

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