Easy Lemon Ginger Scones Recipe

This easy lemon ginger scones recipe has the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest with the added bonus of ginger. Perfect for breakfast or after-school snacks.

lemon ginger scones recipe 2022

*This post was originally published in 2018. It’s been shared on Pinterest over 12,000 times since then, and has been updated with fresh images and more information. Enjoy!

I’ve decided that this is the year we are moving out of our baking comfort zone and we’re going to try some new things. Whenever I can, I will try a recipe I’ve never made before and if it’s a success, I’ll share it with you. I’ll still keep my same rules though…no weird ingredients, simple directions, and fun to make. This easy lemon ginger scones recipe combines two of my favorite flavors…lemon and ginger. It fits all of the criteria, and these scones are  honestly delicious. I took more pictures than I normally do so you can see the process. Believe me, if I can do this, anyone can!

lemon ginger scones batter 2022

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I talked a little bit about ginger when I posted the recipe for Gingerbread Pumpkin Bundt Cake. For that recipe, I just crushed the ginger with the back of a wooden spoon, and then chopped it with a sharp knife. For these lemon ginger scones I combined the 1/4 cup sugar with the crystallized ginger in my little food processor. Both methods work great, but I have to admit that I like the chopping method better. Either way, it’s super easy.

lemon ginger scones dough rolled out 2022

Tips for Making Easy Lemon Ginger Scones

  • When all the ingredients are combined, the dough will look very shaggy. This is good! As soon as you knead it a few times and pat it out, it looks perfectly rustic and ready to cut into scones.
  • I divided my dough into 8 wedges. The next time I make these I am going to cut them smaller. The scones baked perfectly, but were just a bit too big, in my opinion. Another idea would be to cut them out with a cookie cutter. I would love to try that too. (Update: I love making scones with a cookie cutter. See the method HERE.)
  • Don’t skip the glaze. It adds a lovely finishing touch, and just the right amount of sweetness.
  • These easy lemon ginger scones won’t be something you make on a weekly basis…but they are so pretty, and just the thing for a special brunch or family gathering.
  • They can be made a day ahead, and stored in an air tight container for several days.

lemon ginger scones on baking pan

lemon ginger scones recipe 2022

Easy Lemon Ginger Scones

This easy lemon ginger scones recipe has the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest with the added bonus of ginger. Perfect for breakfast or after-school snacks.
4.34 from 3 votes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 large scones
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a small food processor, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup ginger. Run the processor for about 30 seconds so the ginger is finely chopped.
  • Zest and juice the lemons.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar/ginger mixture, baking powder, salt and 2 teaspoons lemon zest.
  • Stirring with a wooden spoon, slowly add heavy cream and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • The dough will be shaggy.
  • Put the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead and turn a few times until the dough comes together. Pat into a 9 - 10 inch circle.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the circle into 8 wedges. Place the wedges on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Bottom and corners of scones should be lightly browned.
  • Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Combine 2 c. powdered sugar, left over lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir until smooth, adding more lemon juice for desired consistency. Pour glaze over cooled scones.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have a food processor, ginger can be finely chopped with a knife.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2mg
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So…that wasn’t too hard was it? I will keep looking for fun recipes that will stretch our culinary range. This is the year for adventure…at least in the kitchen!

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Don’t love the lemon and ginger combination? Try my fresh strawberry scones or these cherry almond scones!

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28 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Woah…that was YUMMO! Thank you for sharing!

  2. What would be lemon juice in ounces? I have home grown lemons which are larger than store bought lemons & I freeze the juice.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Winnie…you need 2 tablespoons for the scones and 2 tablespoons for the glaze. 4 tablespoons equals about 2 oz. Enjoy!

  3. I made your Lemon Ginger Scones this morning and they are moist and delicious; and what a surprise that is because there is no butter in them! It’s the first time I’ve used crystallized ginger and found it at our co-op. Thanks for this recipe; it’s a keeper!

  4. Linda Peirce says:

    When trying to print any of the lemon recipes it brings up to Christmas tags! Oops.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Linda…I checked the lemon recipes and they are working correctly for me. It sounds like a browser issue…it’s very helpful to clear your browser cookies & cache and then try again. If you are on a Mac, you need to be running the latest version of Safari and all your Apple updates need to be current. Let me know if you need anything else!

  5. Mama of Twins says:

    I’ve made these several times now. I really enjoy them! I do love ginger and it dissipates if I make these the night before, so I boost it by adding a teaspoon of ground ginger to the flour. Also, instead of grinding up the crystallized ginger, I use Penzey’s ginger bits, which are already small bits. It’s makes the assembly process go so much faster.

    Also, I’ve never tried it, but I think these would be equally delicious with lime!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. These look so yummy . Can you freeze them? Thank you looking forward to trying them!

  7. Clea Lynch says:

    I made these this morning and they are delicious! Thank you Ann!

  8. Anita Kulkarni says:

    I just found your blog. Love it! I’m learning so many things! I am a busy physician with a 3 year old and I always seem to be struggling to just keep my head above the water. Your beautiful site inspires me to take on projects that truly makes me happy! I wanted to ask for some advice. I am having a dinner party in March for 6 and would love a recommendation for a menu. I want it to be a little fancy (but I don’t have tons of time or many fancy techniques under my belt (yet)). Fish or chicken or lamb please. Could you please recommend a menu? Thanks for letting me be a part of your wonderful site…

  9. Ann, these scones look so good, I will definitely try them. I would love to see more pictures with your little schnauzer. My husband and I had a very special schnauzer for 18 years, still miss her.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Ohhh what was your dog’s name? I do need to include Kelly more often. My kids love it when she makes the blog! Kelly will be 7 in March but she still seems like a puppy to us. She plays and frolics around all the time. Have you considered getting another schnauzer?

      1. Her name was Sadie and she was a delight from day one. I can just imagine the joy Kelly brings to your family. They maybe little…. but have BIG personalities. Give Kelly a scratch behind the ear from me.

  10. These look lovely but I have a question. In England we have cristalized ginger but it is quite firm and dry with a crust of crunchy sugar on the outside and we have soft and squidgy balls of ginger which comes in a jar with syrup. I’m not sure which one you are using.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hello Margaret! Welcome from across the pond. :)
      The hard ginger with the sugar coating is what you want. Enjoy the scones!

  11. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Oh YUMMY! I love scones and these lemon ginger ones sound delicious. LOVE you pictures ANN! They tell a story!

  12. Janelle@The Peaceful Haven says:

    I LOVE lemon! Looks great and makes me hungry…

  13. Lemon caught my attention, and I love scones, so I’ll be pinning this one, Ann!

  14. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    A recipe with two of my favorite flavors-lemon and ginger. I bet these are sooooo delicious!

  15. Laura Showalter says:

    Hi Ann, looks yummy but please no fork! Just a lovely napkin will do.

  16. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I have never had scones but i have wanted to try them so, here is my opportunity and i have tried some of your other recipes and know how good and easy they are so here i go,thanks.

  17. Desde Argentina, felicito por el buen gusto del blog y sus interesantes publicaciones.
    Patricia

  18. Melba Hanska says:

    Ann, your scones are beautiful! I will certainly try them as I already have the crystallized ginger on hand. I generally use it for a quick snack or drop a couple of slices in my hot tea. It is actually quite mild. Amazon has it in either 2 or 3 lb bags and stores well in a closed container, so if a person wants to make the scones often, that would be the way to go, rather than buying a small jar at the grocery store. I think the brand I use is Sincerely Nuts or something like that. All I need is the heavy cream and I’m ready to roll. I’ll keep you posted on the results. Thank you for finding this recipe!

  19. Love a simple no strange ingredient recipe :) PInning!!

  20. Heather B. says:

    Lemon Ginger Scones look amazing! In our house, we do love scones :)
    Question: Where do you buy “crystalized ginger”? And a 1/4 cup of crystalized ginger is a lot (?), isn’t it? Did the scones have a strong ginger taste?
    Thanks! Once I find the crystalized ginger, I’ll try these as they will be a nice change during our l.o.n.g. winter.
    Heather in Canada

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Heather! I found crystallized ginger right in the spice aisle at the grocery. Sometimes it’s called candied ginger. I had about a half a bottle and when I measured it was a little under 1/4 cup. The ginger taste is very mild actually. I think chopping it very fine is the way to go. Just use the ginger to taste. Enjoy!