The Famous Lemonade Scones Recipe

The famous lemonade scones recipe is so popular for a reason… it’s quick, easy, totally foolproof and makes perfectly light and fluffy scones every single time. 

A light and fluffy scone topped with whipped cream and jam.

Once you’ve made lemonade scones, you’ll never go back! With just a few basic ingredients and in just a couple of minutes, you’ll have delicious scones that are ready to be topped with whipped cream, jam or lemon curd. Make your lemonade scones plain or add dried fruit (just like in this recipe). 

A pile of freshly made scones with whipped cream in the background.

The Famous Lemonade Scones Recipe

Lemonade scones are made from:

  • lemonade (I use Schweppes but any brand is fine)
  • cream (thickened or heavy cream)
  • self-raising flour
  • caster sugar (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)

The ingredients for lemonade scones.

How To Make Lemonade Scones (Foolproof Method)

*Scroll down to the bottom of the post for ingredient quantities and detailed instructions

Step 1 – Mix the cream, lemonade, caster sugar and salt in a bowl

Step 2 – Fold through the self-raising flour with a knife (see tips below)

A bowl of scone mixture.

Step 3 – On a lightly floured board, press down the mixture and cut out scones

A scone cutter next to dough on a chopping board.

Round scones being cut out with a metal cutter.

Step 4 – Bake the lemonade scones until golden on top

Golden homemade scones sprinkled with icing sugar next to a bowl of whipped cream.

Tips For Making Lemonade Scones

Tip 1. Don’t over-mix your dough

Over-mixed dough leads to hard and tough scones… which we totally don’t want! You want to only just fold the flour through. I  recommend using a knife rather than a spoon to fold it through.

 

Tip 2. Try not to touch your dough too much

Once your dough is on a lightly floured board, try not to touch it too much! The less you touch the dough, the softer and fluffier your scones will be. Just pat the dough down gently with your fingertips and then cut rounds using a scone cutter. Once you’ve cut as many rounds as you can, gently push the dough together and cut the remaining rounds.

 

Tip 3. Use a hot oven

Make sure your oven is pre-heated to 200 degrees celsius (fan-forced) before cooking your scones. As they only take a few minutes to cook, you need that high temperature to give a golden crumbly crust on the outside, while keeping the inside beautifully soft and fluffy.

 

Tip 4. Brush the scones with a little milk before baking

To get a love golden top to your scones, brush the tops of them with a little milk just before popping them into the oven. YUM!!

 

FAQ

Can I use any brand of lemonade?

Yes – absolutely! I generally use Schweppes but any brand (including no-name brand) lemonade works fine! As long as it’s sweet and fizzy. 

 

What type of cream works best?

Thickened cream (otherwise known as heavy cream) works best in this recipe.

 

How do I stop the mixture sticking to my scone cutter?

Dip your scone cutter lightly in flour between cuts to prevent the mixture sticking. If you don’t have a cutter, you can always just cut the dough with a knife.

 

Why should I place the scones slightly touching in the baking tin?

If the scones are placed slightly touching in the baking tin, then they will rise better. 

 

Why do I need to brush the top of the scones with milk before baking?

This gives the scones a beautiful golden colour when baked. 

 

How do I store scones?

Scones are best served on the day that they’re cooked but will last up to 2-3 days (you might like to reheat them slightly if you’re not serving them on the day). Alternatively you can freeze them for up to 3 months. 

A lemonade scone made with three ingredients on a plate with jam and whipped cream.

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The easiest no-fail Lemonade Scones you'll ever make... ready in just minutes! Top them with jam & cream or lemon curd & fresh raspberries!

The Famous Lemonade Scones Recipe

The famous lemonade scones recipe is so popular for a reason... it's quick, easy, totally foolproof and makes perfectly light and fluffy scones every single time. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Scones
Keyword: Lemonade Scones
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 9 scones
Calories: 270kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cream see notes
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) lemonade see notes
  • pinch salt optional
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar optional
  • 2 cups (300g) self raising flour
  • 3 tbs milk for brushing

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Lightly flour a 20cm square cake tin and set aside.
  • Place the lemonade and cream into a bowl. Add the salt and caster sugar and mix to combine.
  • Sift in the self raising flour and use a knife to fold it through until only just combined (the mixture will be very sticky).
  • Place the dough onto a lightly floured board.
  • With lightly floured fingers, press the mixture down to a thickness of 3cm (do not over-work the dough).
  • Using a 6cm scone cutter, cut rounds from the middle working outwards and place into the lightly floured cake tin (make sure that your scones are gently pressing up against one another as it will help them to rise).
  • Gently move the remaining dough together and cut out extra scones.
  • When you've used all of the dough, brush the tops of the scones with milk and place into the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • The scones will be ready when they're golden on top.
  • Serve warm with your choice of fillings.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Lightly flour a 20cm square cake tin and set aside.
  • Place the self raising flour, salt and sugar into the TM bowl - mix on Speed 8 for 5 seconds.
  • Add the cream and lemonade. Mix on Speed 5 for 5 seconds. Mix on interval speed for 10 seconds.
  • Place the dough onto a lightly floured board.
  • With lightly floured fingers, press the mixture down to a thickness of 3cm (do not over-work the dough).
  • Using a 6cm scone cutter, cut rounds from the middle working outwards and place into the lightly floured cake tin (make sure that your scones are gently pressing up against one another as it will help them to rise).
  • Gently move the remaining dough together and cut out extra scones.
  • When you've used all of the dough, brush the tops of the scones with milk and place into the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • The scones will be ready when they're golden on top.
  • Serve warm with your choice of fillings.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
Serves - 9 large 6cm scones or 18 small 3cm scones (if making smaller scones, reduce the cooking time accordingly).
Type of lemonade - I generally use Schweppes but any brand (including no-name brand) lemonade works fine! As long as it’s sweet and fizzy. 
Cream - thickened cream (otherwise known as heavy cream) works best in this recipe.
Don't over-mix the dough - over-mixed dough leads to hard and tough scones. I recommend using a knife rather than a spoon to fold the mixture through.
 
Cutting the scones - the less you touch the dough, the softer and fluffier your scones will be. Just pat the dough down gently with your fingertips and then cut rounds using a scone cutter. Once you’ve cut as many rounds as you can, gently push the dough together and cut the remaining rounds.
Flour your cutter - Dip your scone cutter lightly in flour between cuts to prevent the mixture sticking. If you don’t have a cutter, you can always just cut the dough with a knife.
Use a hot oven - make sure your oven is pre-heated to 200 degrees celsius (fan-forced) before cooking your scones. As they only take a few minutes to cook, you need that high temperature to give a golden crumbly crust on the outside, while keeping the inside beautifully soft and fluffy.
Brush the scones with milk - this helps give them a beautiful golden top.
Place the scones slightly touching in the tin - this helps them to rise.
Storing scones - Scones are best served on the day that they’re cooked but will last up to 2-3 days (you might like to reheat them slightly if you’re not serving them on the day). Alternatively you can freeze them for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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94 Comments
  1. Irene Koh says:

    Made this recipe today and they are the BEST scones I have ever had! I have made the CWA one with cream, another with butter now this which will be my GoTo recipe from now on! Thanks for sharing

    1. Lucy says:

      Yay! That’s absolutely fantastic!!!!

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