Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is one of my all-time favorite party snacks. And I promise I’m not talking about dog food! The puppy chow we’re making today is a delicious and decadent homemade candy loaded with sugary chocolate and peanut butter goodness.&#160…

The corner of a metal pan filled with homemade puppy chow.Puppy chow is one of my all-time favorite party snacks. And I promise I’m not talking about dog food! The puppy chow we’re making today is a delicious and decadent homemade candy loaded with sugary chocolate and peanut butter goodness.  We’re taking Chex cereal, coating it in chocolate and peanut butter, and tossing it in…

Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are the best lemon dessert, featuring a simple shortbread crust and a rich and custardy lemon filling.

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I probably make too many lemon-flavored desserts, but can’t stop won’t stop! Lemon is my favorite flavor when it comes to dessert because I love the contrast between the sweet and tart flavors. And this easy recipe for Lemon Bars is the perfect way to get that sweet-tart fix. I tested this recipe several times to get it just the way I like it—a rich and buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick and custardy, sweet and tart, lemon-licious filling. Hello gorgeous!

A stack of three lemon bars on a blue background.

What’s in a Lemon Bar?

If you’ve never had lemon bars, you are in for a TREAT! This simple yet amazing dessert starts with a simple shortbread crust (butter + flour + sugar + salt). Next we whip up a simple lemon custard, which is made with lemons, eggs, flour, and sugar. Pour the custard onto the crust, bake until it’s set, and BOOM. It’s really that simple! The custard starts as a liquid and then thickens as it bakes so they’re soft but sliceable once cooled.

Can I use Bottled Lemon Juice?

I chose to use fresh lemons for this recipe because I wanted the FULL lemon experience. Fresh lemons will give you the most intense lemon flavor because not only will the juice be fresh but you’ll be able to use the lemon zest, which really boosts the lemon flavor without making it extra sour. Using juice and zest is like a one-two flavor punch! You won’t get flavor as intense with bottled juice, but I can’t say that I’d turn down a lemon bar made with bottled juice. 😏

Can you Freeze Lemon Bars?

YES! That’s one of the best features of this recipe. If you don’t plan to eat your lemon bars within a few days, make sure to freeze some! To freeze your lemon bars, let them chill completely in the refrigerator, then transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet (each square separated) and freeze until solid. Once frozen, wrap the bars individually and place them in an air-tight freezer-safe container. They’ll stay good for about three months.

To thaw the frozen lemon bars, either let them thaw in the refrigerator over night or let them thaw at room temperature for about a half hour.

Close up side view of a lemon bar being held in a hand.
A stack of three lemon bars on a blue background.

Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are the best lemon dessert, featuring a simple shortbread crust and a rich and custardy lemon filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.81 recipe / $0.42 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Chill time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 349kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.12
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar $0.13
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter $0.75

Lemon Filling

  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar $0.36
  • 4 large eggs $0.78
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons) + 1 Tbsp zest $1.55
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.08

Topping (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, powdered sugar, and salt for the shortbread crust until well combined.
  • Melt the butter, then pour it into the bowl of dry ingredients for the crust, and stir until everything is moistened and the mixture looks slightly crumbly.
  • Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Press the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the dish in an even layer.
  • Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake the crust for 25 minutes*, or just until the edges are lightly golden.
  • While the crust is baking, juice and zest your lemons. You'll need ¾ cup lemon juice and 1 Tbsp zest.
  • Begin to make the filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, eggs, and zest until smooth. Add the lemon juice and whisk until smooth again.
  • When the crust is finished baking, pour the lemon filling into the baking dish on top of the crust, then transfer it back to the oven and continue to bake for another 30 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles.
  • Let the lemon bars cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to chill completely.
  • Once the lemon bars are completely chilled, remove them from the baking dish, slice into 9 pieces, and then dust with about 1 Tbsp powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you’re using a metal baking dish, the baking time may be slightly shorter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g
Overhead view of lemon bars sliced and placed in a grid.

How to Make Lemon Bars – Step by Step Photos

Dry ingredients for the shortbread crust in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup powdered sugar, and ¼ tsp salt. Stir them together until very well combined.

Melted butter being poured into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Melt 6 tablespoons of salted butter. Pour the butter into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Shortbread crust mixture in a bowl.

The shortbread crust mixture should look like this. Kind of crumbly, but it should hold together if you squeeze some in your fist.

Shortbread crust pressed into a baking dish.

Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Press the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the dish in an even layer. Transfer it to the preheated 325ºF oven and bake for 25 minutes or until it is just barely golden on the edges (if using a metal pan, baking time may be slightly shorter).

Juices and zested lemons on a cutting board.

While the crust is baking, zest and juice the lemons. You’ll need about 1 Tbsp lemon zest and ¾ cup of lemon juice. Don’t forget to strain the seeds out of your juice! ;)

Custard ingredients, minus juice, in a bowl.

Add 1.5 cups granulated sugar, ¾ cup all-purpose flour, 4 large eggs, and 1 Tbsp lemon zest to a bowl, then whisk together until smooth. I like to whisk these ingredients together before adding the juice because it helps prevent lumps of flour. The mixture will be thick at this stage.

Juice being poured into the bowl with the custard ingredients.

Next, add the ¾ cup of lemon juice and whisk together until smooth.

Custard being poured into the baking dish on top of the crust.

Once the crust has finished baking, pour the custard mixture into the baking dish on top of the crust.

Baked lemon bars in the baking dish.

Transfer the baking dish back into the oven and bake for another 30 minutes, or until it’s golden around the edges and the center no longer jiggles. Let the bars cool for about ten minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to fully chill.

Powdered sugar being dusted onto sliced lemon bars.

Once the lemon bars have chilled completely, lift them out of the baking dish using the parchment paper, then slice into nine pieces. Lightly dust the top of the squares with a tablespoon of powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Overhead view of sliced lemon bars on a blue background.

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Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake

This unique chocolate loaf cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfectly moist crumb. Not to mention it comes together in mere minutes, no mixer required! This moist and tender cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfect texture. The drizzle of olive oil chocolate glaze on […]

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This unique chocolate loaf cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfectly moist crumb. Not to mention it comes together in mere minutes, no mixer required!

This moist and tender cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfect texture. The drizzle of olive oil chocolate glaze on top is just, well, the icing on the cake (literally and figuratively, in this case).

Sliced Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake with drizzle of chocolate glaze on a wire baking rack

You gotta love a loaf cake; they’re second only to bundts in my mind in terms of ease of preparation and presentation. Too often I think we relegate loafs to quick breakfast breads. Nothing against banana bread or anything, but I think dessert loaves are seriously underrated, especially when it’s a loaf as impressive and delicious as this one!

Whisk drizzling the Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake with a chocolate glaze.

I know, I know… I literally just posted another chocolate cake, not to mention my ultimate chocolate cake from a few years back that is still my go-to recipe for a classic chocolate layer cake. (Don’t forget about my red wine chocolate cake or the whiskey chocolate bundt cake either!)

Can you ever have too many chocolate cake recipes, though? I’d argue that, while similar, they all serve different purposes and thus are all three completely necessary to include in your recipe repertoire.

While the ultimate chocolate cake is a perfect option when you need a multi-layered showstopper, and the sour cream chocolate cake is ideal for when you’re craving something ridiculously decadent but can’t bear to wait a minute longer than necessary… if you’re looking for a simple and impressive chocolate loaf cake, this one fits the bill perfectly.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These dairy-free flourless peanut butter cookies are soft, rich, and have the perfect salty-sweet balance.

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Flourless AND dairy-free peanut butter cookies, I should say. These cookies are a great option for my gluten-free and dairy-free friends, but I love them just because they’re just so incredibly easy. These peanut butter cookies are rich, soft, and perfectly salty-sweet. And because they’re so easy to make (no mixer required), I bet they’d be a fun weekend project to make with the kids!

Overhead view of peanut butter cookies scattered on a surface.

What’s in Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies?

Flourless peanut butter cookies have been around for a while and the concept is simple: peanut butter + egg + sugar bakes into a tasty, sweet, and soft cookie. Most flourless peanut butter cookies use peanut butter-like JIF or Peter Pan, which has a fairly solid texture at room temperature. I prefer natural peanut butter, which is a little runnier, so I had to adjust the formula a bit to help the cookies keep their shape.

To account for the softer, almost liquid-like, texture of natural peanut butter, I substituted some of the regular sugar in the cookie for powdered sugar. Powdered sugar has an incredible thickening property that worked perfectly for helping these cookies hold their shape despite the soft peanut butter.

a peanut butter cookie broken in half facing the camera close up.

Can I Use Other Nut and Seed Butters?

While I haven’t tried other nut butters in this recipe, I would expect them to work so long as they have a similar texture to the natural peanut butter used here. Almond butter sounds great, as does sunflower butter. I bet tahini might even be interesting! Just keep in mind that if your nut butter has added sugar, you may want to reduce the sugar in the recipe below.

You may also need to adjust the amount of powdered sugar depending on the viscosity of your nut butter to make sure the dough has the correct texture.

What Else Can I Add?

These peanut butter cookies would be so fun to add some mix-ins or toppings! I originally planned to drizzle a little melted chocolate over my cookies (after they’re cooled), but realized too late that I was out. You could also mix in some chocolate chips, nuts, or crushed pretzels into the dough.

A stack of peanut butter cookies with a few scattered around.
flourless peanut butter cookies scattered on a surface

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These dairy-free flourless peanut butter cookies are soft, rich, and have the perfect salty-sweet balance. 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Total Cost $1.65 recipe / $0.14 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 207kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter $1.10
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar $0.12
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar $0.05
  • 1 large egg $0.23
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.14
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder $0.01

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir until it forms a cohesive dough. It should be firm enough to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is still too soft, add a tablespoon or two more of powdered sugar to further firm up the dough.
  • Divide the cookie dough into twelve pieces. Roll each piece into a ball then flatten it slightly. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then use a fork to create a corss hatch pattern on the top of the cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. After baking, allow them to cool for about five minutes on the baking sheet, or until they're firm enough to lift with a spatula.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely, then serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g
flourless peanut butter cookies lined up on a baking sheet.

How to Make Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies – Step by Step Photos

peanut butter cookie ingredients in a bowl, unmixed.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add one cup natural peanut butter, ¾ cup granulated sugar, ⅔ cup powdered sugar, 1 large egg, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ teaspoon baking powder to a bowl. The dough will be easier to mix together if the peanut butter is not chilled.

peanut butter cookie dough mixed in the bowl.

Mix these ingredients together until they form a cohesive dough that is firm enough to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

a fork pressing into unbaked shaped cookies

Divide the dough into twelve pieces, roll each one into a ball, then flatten slightly. Use a fork to make a cross hatch pattern in the top of each cookie.

unbaked peanut butter cookies on a baking sheet

I like to bake the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet to make cleanup super fast and easy. Make sure to space the cookies a couple of inches apart, as they will grow a bit as they bake!

Baked peanut butter cookies on the baking sheet

Bake the cookies in a preheated 350ºF oven for 12 minutes. Let the baked cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes so they can firm up before using a spatula to transfer to a wire rack (they’ll be super soft when hot).

A stack of peanut butter cookies with a few scattered around.

After allowing the cookies to cool completely, store in an air-tight container at room temperature for about a week, or they can be frozen for a few months!

Try These Other Cookie Recipes:

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Vegan Whipped Cream

This Vegan Whipped Cream is perfectly sweet and thick—and absolutely heavenly. It’s 100% vegan, but you’d never know by its luscious taste! Pair this vegan whipped cream with a delicious pie (some of our favorites are vegan cherry pie, vegan key lime p…

This Vegan Whipped Cream is perfectly sweet and thick—and absolutely heavenly. It's 100% vegan, but you'd never know by its luscious taste! Pair this vegan whipped cream with a delicious pie (some of our favorites are vegan cherry pie, vegan key lime pie, and vegan banana cream pie), fresh strawberries, or even your morning oatmeal...

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White Chocolate Strawberry Scones

These homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Scones are the perfect treat for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year!

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Instead of picking up a box of chocolates and a mini-teddy bear at the grocery store for your Valentine, make these homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Scones! Despite being fairly easy to make, they’re pretty visually stunning and absolutely delicious, so they’re sure to get a reaction. Serve them up with coffee in bed or as a dessert after your big Valentine’s Day dinner. A little bit of effort goes a long way on Valentine’s Day! Plus, your S.O. will totally have something to brag to their coworkers at work the next day.

Originally posted 2-13-2014, updated 2-9-2022.

Strawberry scones on a wire cooling rack from above

Not into Valentine’s Day? I feel ya. These White Chocolate Strawberry Scones are also a good “just because” treat any day of the year. They’re nice to keep on hand in the freezer for whenever you want a little something sweet to go with your coffee or tea. They’re indulgent but not so overly sweet that you’ll feel sick afterward. Perfect with a warm, cozy beverage! YUM. 

Use Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

When I originally created this recipe in 2014 I used frozen strawberries that I sliced when they were just a little thawed, but this time I decided to use fresh strawberries since they’ve already started popping up in the grocery stores. These scones were great with the frozen strawberries but they blew my mind with the fresh strawberries. So you can use either one, but if your budget allows, go for fresh strawberries. The fresh berries add so much more sweetness and fresh strawberry aroma to the scone.

Freeze Leftover Scones for Later

As mentioned above, I love freezing these scones so that I can take one or two out at a time to enjoy with my coffee as an occasional treat. To freeze these scones simply let them cool completely to room temperature, then place them in a freezer bag or other air-tight freezer container. Pop them in the freezer and they’ll be good for about 3 months or so. You can thaw the scones at room temperature, or if you’re in a hurry (as I usually am as soon as I see that scone), pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then enjoy.

Close up of glaze being drizzled over a strawberry scone

Two strawberry scones on a plate with coffee and a bowl of berries on the side

White Chocolate Strawberry Scones

These homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Scones are the perfect treat for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day or any other day of the year!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.33 recipe / $0.54 each
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 321kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.30
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.02
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.04
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter $0.60
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries $1.40
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips $1.10
  • 2 large eggs $0.47
  • 1/4 cup milk $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.14

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar $0.04
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract $0.07
  • 1 Tbsp milk $0.03

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, granluated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Grate the cold butter (or cut into small chunks) and add it to the flour mixture. Use your hands or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour until only a few small pieces remain.
  • Add the sliced strawberries and white chocolate chips to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the whisked wet ingredients into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir until a ball of dough forms and no dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl. The dough may be slightly crumbly at first, but it will begin to hold together better as the moisture from the strawberries begins to absorb.
  • Shape the dough into a flat circle, about 8-inches in diameter. Slice the circle into eight wedge-shaped pieces. Transfer the sliced scones to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool.
  • While the scones are cooling, prepare the glaze. Stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a bowl until it forms a thick glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones, then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g

Two strawberry scones on a plate with coffee and a bowl of berries on the side

How to Make White Chocolate Strawberry Scones – Step by Step Photos

Dry ingredients for scones in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt until well combined.

Grated butter added to flour mixture

Grate 6 Tbsp cold butter into the bowl with the flour mixture. Alternately, you can cut the butter into small chunks. Use your hands to work the butter into the flour mixture until only a few small pieces remain. You can also use a pastry cutter, if you have one.

Sliced strawberries and white chocolate chips added to the flour

Slice 1 cup strawberries and add them to the flour mixture along with ½ cup white chocolate chips. Stir until the strawberries and white chocolate are combined with the flour mixture.

wet ingredients for scones in a bowl

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs, ¼ cup milk, and ½ tsp vanilla extract.

wet ingredients being poured into the bowl of dry ingredients

Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Scone dough in the bowl

Work the wet and dry ingredients together until they form a slightly dry dough. There should be no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. The dough might be slightly crumbly at first, but it will begin to stick together a bit more as the moisture from the strawberries gets absorbed into the flour.

Shaped and cut scones

Shape the dough into an 8-inch diameter circle, then slice the circle into eight pieces.

Cut scones on a lined baking sheet

Place the cut scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Baked strawberry scones on the baking sheet

Bake the scones in the preheated 425ºF for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the scones from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Icing in a bowl being stirred

While the scones are cooling, prepare the glaze. Stir together ½ cup powdered sugar, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp milk until it forms a thick glaze. 

Glaze being drizzled over the scones

Once the scones are cooled, drizzle the glaze over top. It’s important to allow the scones to cool before glazing because hot scones will cause the glaze to melt and drip right off. 

Side view of glazed strawberry scones on a cooling rack

Enjoy immediately or save for later! The baked scones will be good at room temperature for a day or so, refrigerated for 3-4 days, or frozen for about 3 months.

Try These Other Scone Recipes:

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Espresso Crumb Coffee Cake

Would you like some coffee with your coffee? This buzz-worthy coffee cake features a crunchy espresso crumb and a flavorful espresso glaze drizzled on top. I’ll take any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, and this espresso crumb coffee cake is a sure thing: with a moist sour-cream cake base and delightfully crunchy topping, plus […]

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Would you like some coffee with your coffee? This buzz-worthy coffee cake features a crunchy espresso crumb and a flavorful espresso glaze drizzled on top.

I’ll take any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, and this espresso crumb coffee cake is a sure thing: with a moist sour-cream cake base and delightfully crunchy topping, plus a sweet espresso glaze to finish it off.

Espresso Crumb Coffee Cake cut into squares, on a wood board with newsprint parchment paper, cup of glaze in the background

Nearly half of the comments on my Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake are from readers confused and wondering, “Where’s the coffee?!” Like they are convinced I mistyped my own recipe (hey, it happens) and simply forgot the coffee in the ingredient list.

But no, I’ve explained over and over, the recipe is correct, there is no actual coffee in the coffee cake.

If you live outside the US, you may be wondering, “What the heck?!”

In the US, coffee cake refers to a muffin-like breakfast cake meant to be served with coffee.

But as I’ve discovered, in the UK and other countries, coffee cake is a cake with coffee flavoring, which I guess makes sense and explains the confusion with my recipes. Although over there you also have tea cakes which are, you guessed it, made to be served with tea and do not contain any tea themselves, so who’s being confusing now, eh?

Overhead, grid of cut squares of coffee cake, one on its side to show the cake and crumb layers

Anyway. After the 1,257th “Where’s the coffee?!” comment I received, I figured why not make a coffee coffee cake, a breakfast cake flavored with coffee, to appease everyone? (I also need to edit my other coffee cake recipes at some point to clarify that they are American-style coffee cakes and no, I didn’t actually forget to include coffee in the ingredient list).

Perhaps next I’ll make a matcha coffee cake or an espresso tea cake, just to mess with everyone a bit more (but honestly those ideas sound quite delicious so I might just actually do it).

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Easy Peach Scones (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

You all LOVE our gluten-free blueberry scones, and we couldn’t help but make a peach remix! The results were pretty stellar. Imagine perfectly flaky, buttery gluten-free (vegan!) scones that are crusty on the outside and oozing with ripe peaches. Swoon…

Easy Peach Scones (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

You all LOVE our gluten-free blueberry scones, and we couldn’t help but make a peach remix! The results were pretty stellar. Imagine perfectly flaky, buttery gluten-free (vegan!) scones that are crusty on the outside and oozing with ripe peaches. Swoon! The best part? Just 10 simple ingredients required. Let’s make scones!

Origins of Scones

Scones are thought to have originated in Scotland in the 1500s.

Easy Peach Scones (Gluten-Free, Vegan) from Minimalist Baker →

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Scones are my bakery treat of choice to have with coffee. Why? Because they’re not too sweet, they’re not too rich, and they’re not too heavy. Especially when they’re dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright and zesty lemon glaze. Homemade scones are especially great because they’re incredibly easy, super inexpensive, and they […]

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Scones are my bakery treat of choice to have with coffee. Why? Because they’re not too sweet, they’re not too rich, and they’re not too heavy. Especially when they’re dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright and zesty lemon glaze. Homemade scones are especially great because they’re incredibly easy, super inexpensive, and they freeze really well, so you can keep them in the freezer to reheat one at a time when that craving hits. And of alllll the flavors of scones, these Lemon Blueberry Scones are by far my favorite!

Originally posted 8/9/2010, updated 6/12/2021.

Lemon blueberry scones on a wire cooling rack drizzled with glaze

What is a Scone, Anyway?

It’s important to note that the word “scone” can mean different things depending on where you are in the world. Classic British scones are simple, with not a lot of fat or sugar, they’re often round, and are served with clotted cream and jam. In the U.S., scones are decidedly more dessert-like with a crust of sugar on top or a drizzle of glaze, they’re served with coffee or breakfast and are often triangular in shape. But the bones are the same. It’s a deliciously tender and flakey baked good leavened with baking soda or baking powder, rather than yeast. They’re quite similar to what we call a biscuit in the U.S., although scones are usually a little more dense and less rich. 

This Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe is for a U.S.-style scone. It’s sweet, although not as sweet as a muffin or cupcake, triangular in shape, and deliciously crumbly. It’s the perfect side for a hot cup of coffee!

If you’d like to learn more about British-style scones, try this recipe for Authentic British Scones from Curious Cuisinière. She does a great job breaking down the difference between the two types of scones.

Fresh Lemon is a Must

While I use bottled lemon juice for a lot of recipes, this is one where you definitely want to use fresh lemon. The lemon zest is where most of the lemon flavor comes from in the scones, while the juice just provides tartness to the icing. 

How to Freeze Lemon Blueberry Scones

As I mentioned in the intro, I love to keep a batch of these Lemon Blueberry Scones in the freezer. To freeze the scones, first make sure they are fully cooled to room temperature (which they should be before adding the glaze, anyway). You can either freeze them without the glaze, or glaze them and wait about 30 minutes for the glaze to dry slightly. Then just place them in a gallon-sized freezer bag and toss in the freezer. The glaze will absorb a little moisture while in the freezer, but they’re still quite tasty!

To thaw the frozen lemon blueberry scones, either let them sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or microwave for about 30 seconds straight from the freezer.

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate, one partially crumbled

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate, one partially crumbled

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones are the perfect brightly flavored baked good to go with a hot cup of coffee. They're super easy and freezer-friendly!
Total Cost $3.07 recipe / $0.38 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 288kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon $0.60
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.19
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.02
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter* $0.66
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh $0.89
  • ¼ cup milk $0.10
  • 2 large eggs $0.47
  • 1 cup powdered sugar $0.07

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You'll need about 1 tsp lemon zest for the dough and 2 Tbsp lemon juice for the glaze.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir until they are very well combined.
  • Grate the butter into the flour mixture and stir until the butter is well incorporated and no large lumps remain.*
  • Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and stir to combine (no need to thaw first, if frozen).
  • Whisk together the milk and eggs, then pour it into the bowl with the flour and bluberries. Stir everything together until it forms a cohesive ball of dough, with no dry flour remaining on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too dry to come together into a single ball of dough, add a splash more milk (1 Tbsp or so) until it comes together.
  • Press the dough out into a flat 8-inch diameter circle. Cut the circle into eight wedges. Place the cut scones on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones in the preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool.
  • Allow the scones to cool completely, then combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones, then enjoy!

Notes

*I like to put a stick of butter into the freezer 5-10 minutes before making my scones. This stiffens up the butter enough to make it easy to grate on a cheese grater, but not so frozen solid that grating becomes difficult.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g

Love lemon and blueberry together? Me too! Try these other great lemon blueberry desserts: Blueberry Lemon Curd Shortcakes, Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet, or Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette.

Side view of lemon blueberry scones on a wire cooling rack

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Scones From Scratch – Step By Step Photos

Scone dry ingredients in a bowlPreheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You’ll need 1 tsp zest, and about 2 Tbsp juice. The zest will be used in the scone dough, the juice will be used later for the glaze. Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tsp lemon zest in a bowl. Stir until very well combined.

Butter added to dry ingredients

Grate 6 Tbsp cold butter into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir everything together until the butter is very well mixed into the flour and no large clumps remain.

Frozen blueberries added to the flour mixture

Stir ½ cup frozen blueberries into the flour mixture. Do not thaw the blueberries first.

Milk and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

Whisk together ¼ cup milk and 2 large eggs

Egg mixture being poured into flour mixture

Then pour the egg mixture into the bowl with the flour and blueberries.

Scone dough in the bowl

Stir everything together until it forms a stiff dough. There should be no more dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. If it’s too dry and won’t stick together in a cohesive ball or there is a lot of flour left on the bottom of the bowl, add a small amount of milk (maybe 1 Tbsp) to bring the dough together.

Scone dough cut into wedges

Press the blueberry scone dough out into an 8″ diameter circle, then cut it into eight wedges.

Cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment

Place the cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Baked blueberry scones on the baking sheet

Bake the scones in the fully preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the scones to a wire cooling rack to cool.

Mixed lemon glaze in a bowl, dripping off a spoon

Allow the scones to fully cool before making the glaze. Once ready, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze.

Lemon glaze being drizzled over scones on the cooling rack

Drizzle the lemon glaze over the blueberry scones. If the scones are still hot or warm when you try to glaze them, the glaze will simply melt off, so make sure the scones are cool first!

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate with a mug of coffee on the side

Serve your delicious, homemade lemon blueberry scones with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the day!

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Vegan Strawberry Frosting

If you’re a strawberry lover, then this strawberry frosting is a must-try! Made with creamy vegan butter, ripe strawberry purée, and organic powdered sugar, it’s a trifecta of flavor, texture, and sweetness!
We created this recipe specifically for a v…

Vegan Strawberry Frosting

If you’re a strawberry lover, then this strawberry frosting is a must-try! Made with creamy vegan butter, ripe strawberry purée, and organic powdered sugar, it’s a trifecta of flavor, texture, and sweetness!

We created this recipe specifically for a vegan gluten-free strawberry cake (recipe coming soon!), and the results were phenomenal! We wanted to use fresh strawberries (versus dried or cooked) to preserve the vibrant fruity profile. This truly does taste like summer bliss on a spoon.

Vegan Strawberry Frosting from Minimalist Baker →