Rhubarb Scones

rhubarb scones cooling on a rack

Rhubarb Scones ~ these pretty scones loaded with little bits of juicy rhubarb make a perfect breakfast or afternoon tea-time treat. Be sure to freeze some rhubarb when it’s in season so you can enjoy them year round.

Rhubarb scones on a cooling rack, with a split scone spread with clotted cream

These scones are a simple and delicious way to enjoy seasonal rhubarb while it’s around! The beautiful subtle rhubarb-y shades of pink and green poke through the dough and lend a lovely sweet-tart flavor that brightens the buttery scones.

Ingredients for rhubarb scones in a glass mixing bowl.

These scones would be great served for brunch or afternoon tea, or really any spring or summer gathering.

Rhubarb scones on a baking tray.

A simple scone is a great thing to know how to make ~ swap out almost any fresh berry as they come into season and you have a perfect portable breakfast or special brunch treat. Since rhubarb has such a short and sweet season I highly suggest freezing any extra.

How to freeze rhubarb ~

Wash and dry the stalks.

Thinly slice them into about 1/2 inch pieces.

Lay the fruit out in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Put the pan in the freezer for an hour. The fruit will be hard.

Quickly transfer the fruit to heavy duty zip lock freezer bags, label, and put back in the freezer. Push out any excess air before zipping closed.

They’ll last 6 months to a year.

Use the fruit straight from frozen in recipes.

Rhubarb scones on a cooling rack.

Scones are almost a religion here at tvfgi. Whenever I get the baking urge, but I don’t want to trek to the store, I can always rely on a great scone recipe to satisfy the craving.

A stack of rhubarb scones on a baking rack

You can definitely make a simple glaze for these scones, like I did with my Fresh Cranberry and White Chocolate Scones, or my Maple Oat Nut Scones. You can also simply dust them with a little sugar before baking, which gives them a subtle sweet crunch.

I loved them served warm with a generous smear of my homemade Instant Pot Clotted Cream!

A rhubarb scone with clotted cream, with scones on a baking tray in the background.

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rhubarb scones on a tray
4.38 from 105 votes

Rhubarb Scones

Rhubarb Scones ~ these pretty scones loaded with little bits of juicy rhubarb make a perfect breakfast or afternoon tea-time treat.  Be sure to freeze some rhubarb when it's in season so you can enjoy them year round.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 scones
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb about 1-3 stalks, depending on size
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted cold butter cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup possibly a little bit more cold buttermilk or half and half


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
  • Drop in the pieces of cold butter and pulse about 20-25 times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Remove the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add in the buttermilk or half and half, and vanilla extract, and mix gently with a large spoon until the dough just comes together, it will be crumbly. If it is very dry, drizzle in a little more buttermilk or half and half. Gently fold in the chopped rhubarb.
  • Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and knead a few times with floured hands until the dough is one piece, without a lot of dry flour left. Pat it out into a rectangular shape and use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut out the scones. You can also cut the dough into squares if you prefer.
  • Arrange the scones 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until just starting to turn golden. Don't over bake.
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A stack of rhubarb scones.


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  • Reply
    May 26, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Can I substitute heavy cream for the buttermilk/half and half?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      May 26, 2022 at 3:04 pm

      Yes, heavy cream makes great scones.

  • Reply
    April 19, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Can I use frozen rhubarb? Thank you

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 19, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      Yes, just use it frozen, don’t bother to thaw.

  • Reply
    Patricia Tate
    August 9, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    5 stars
    These are so delicious!! I’m eating my second one right after the first one, yup – barely cooled from the oven… These are definitely going to be a staple in my kitchen. The rhubarb doesn’t taste tart in these either.

  • Reply
    June 15, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    5 stars
    I just made them and spread Apple/Cinnamon Curd on top….delicious!

  • Reply
    May 20, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    5 stars
    These are very good. I added a little sanding sugar and sprinkled some cinnamon on top.

  • Reply
    May 18, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Yummy, light scones. I added orange zest and sprinkled the top with cinnamon sugar. The rhubarb adds more moisture to the recipe than expected so mine were too moist and spread. Next time I’ll know better.

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