Strawberry Scones are stuffed with lots of juicy fresh strawberries tucked inside a flaky tender pastry and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze. For Mother’s Day, Easter brunch, and lazy spring mornings.
all you’ll need for fabulous strawberry scones
- all purpose flour
- granulated sugar
- baking powder, baking soda, and salt
- milk (use half and half or cream for extra rich scones)
- confectioner’s sugar
- vanilla extract (you can use almond extract as well)
You can count on my scones to be super tender, none of that cardboard coffee shop stuff. But one warning – DON”T try to eat these in the car on the way to work, they’ll crumble in your lap, ruin your work clothes, and definitely cause some collateral damage, your insurance will go up, it won’t be good. These scones are meant to be enjoyed in a civilized manner, at an actual table, with a plate, a napkin, and a cup of tea. (Imagine!)
I make my scones quick and easy in a food processor
The secret to flakey scones is to cut the butter into the flour quickly and thoroughly. I find the food processor does an amazing job at this, much better than I could do by hand.
If you don’t have a food processor you can definitely make them by hand, just be sure to use cold butter and a pastry cutter to blend the butter and flour efficiently.
which is better, rounds or wedges?
Somehow I think round scones are a little more elegant, so if you’re baking for a sweetheart, or a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed, you might want to use your biscuit cutter.
Cutting scones into wedges has advantages, though. You won’t have to reform any of the dough, or have any waste. Just pat the dough into a fat 8 inch circle and slice like a pizza.
fresh or frozen strawberries?
Often I’ll recommend using frozen berries for baking, but for this recipe you’ll want to use fresh strawberries. Frozen strawberries will be too watery and will throw off the classic scone texture.
make ahead directions
Scones are best eaten the day they’re made, but if you want to make them ahead you can cut out the scones (up through step 7 in the recipe) and then refrigerate them until you are ready to bake, up to a day ahead.
If you want to bake them a day ahead, be sure to add the glaze right before serving.
storing and freezing scones
Store leftover baked scones lightly covered at room temperature. They can be briefly microwaved to refresh.
Scones can be frozen before or after baking. I prefer to freeze them before baking. Just place the cut scones into the freezer until they’re frozen solid, then transfer them to an airtight freezer container, or even a heavy duty zip lock freezer bag.
Place them in the refrigerator the night before you want to bake to allow them to thaw.
a glaze gives scones some additional sweetness
Scones aren’t super sweet on their own, so the glaze really helps make them extra special and brings out the flavor of the strawberries, in my opinion. If you don’t want to glaze them you could sprinkle them with sparkling sugar before baking.
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Reader Rave ~
“As I sit here, covered in crumbs and glaze, I cannot help but thank you for this recipe. This was my first attempt at scones. I followed your recipe exactly and they came out too delicious. I will most certainly make these again.!!” ~ Stephanie
Strawberry Shortcake Scones
- food processor (optional)
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour ~ measured with the fluff, scoop and level method
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 Tbsp cold unsalted butter ~ cut in pieces
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- 3/4 cup whole milk , buttermilk, half and half, or cream
- 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- pinch of salt
- 4 Tbsp milk, cream, or half and half to thin, or more as needed
- preheat oven to 400F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Put flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
- Add the butter pieces and pulse about 30 times to incorporate it, the mixture will be crumbly.
- Add the milk (or half and half, or cream) to the processor and process briefly just until the dough comes together. It will be soft and sticky.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl and fold in the strawberries with clean hands.
- Mix just enough to get the berries evenly distributed. The mixture will be sticky.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead once or twice, adding a little more flour if necessary to get a soft dough that isn't overly sticky. Pat or roll out to about an inch thick and cut out 6-8 scones with a 3 inch biscuit cutter. Note: reform the dough as needed but try not to over work it or the scones can become tough.
- I like to refrigerate my scones for about 15 minutes before baking, but this is optional. I think it helps them rise higher. After chilling, arrange the scones onto a parchment lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
- Bake for about 18 minutes, until the scones are golden. Cool on a rack before glazing.
- To make the glaze, mix the sugar with enough milk to make it drip off the end of a spoon. Add the extract if desired. Drizzle the cooled scones liberally.
notes and variations
- an alternate method for mixing in the berries: after step 3, transfer the crumbly mixture to a large bowl and add the strawberries. Toss well. Then add the liquid and mix until everything is combined. Proceed with step 7.