Mini Lemon White Chocolate Scones

mini lemon scones

Are these mini scones or are these cookies? Scokies? I promise you they’re scones, just really little and not as puffy, but very delicious.

When I first made scones, I couldn’t believe how easy it was – my scones looked rustic, but the taste and texture were perfect. I gloated over it for a while but it took me forever to make another batch of scones. A couple of weekends ago, I had a kitchen fail with a batch of blueberry scones, but eventually redeemed myself with these Mini Lemon White Chocolate Scones.

mini white chocolate scones

I know that scones aren’t supposed to be sweet and I bet you’re already thinking that I went overboard again, but even with white chocolate, these little baby scones are still closer to breakfast and tea time than dessert.

The secret is the abundant amount of lemon zest AND lemon extract that I mixed in. (Thanks to the generous folks over at Nielsen-Massey for sending me samples!) The bright lemon flavors temper the sweetness of the white chocolate chips, and blends in nicely into the buttery and crumbly dough. There’s a sweet and creamy aftertaste, but nothing too aggressive. Think subtle creaminess, more Mumford & Sons than Lady Gaga.

mini lemon white chocolate scones

I really love white chocolate, but to those who are averse to it, you can omit it and substitute something else – maybe dried cherries or fresh berries? Nuts would be good, too. Or coconut. Milk or dark chocolate is always an option (at least for me). Or just keep it simple: make mini lemon scones.

OR! If you omit the white chocolate (and the sprinkle of sugar on top) and just use lemon zest and lemon extract, you can even turn this into a savory scone! A lemon rosemary scone would be awesome. So awesome. Eat it for breakfast. Eat it as a snack. Serve it with some barbecue or chicken. Slather it with butter.

I love eating scones with butter and orange marmalade but these Mini Lemon White Chocolate Scones don’t need any additional accoutrements.

(Do you like the word accoutrements? I had to Google it. It’s just a fancy way of saying extra stuff.)

tiny lemon scones

They kinda look like fat cookies, but they’re really just tiny little scones. Mini bites filled with bright lemon flavor and sweet and creamy white chocolate. Sco-good.

Yield: 2 dozen mini scones

Mini Lemon White Chocolate Scones


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla (I used Nielsen-Massey Tahitian pure vanilla extract)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon extract (I used Nielsen-Massey pure lemon extract)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon sanding sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a big mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Add the cold butter and cut into mixture with two knives (or a pastry cutter, or your fingers) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in cream, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon extract, and mix just until blended and moistened. Fold in white chocolate. The dough should come together into one big ball.
  4. Place dough on top of parchment paper sprinkled with flour, and using a rolling pin, flatten to about 3/4 inch thickness. Using a 2 inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut dough into rounds and bake for 11-12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, and cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.


little lemon scones

Would you prefer a sweet scone or a savory scone for breakfast?


10 Responses to “Mini Lemon White Chocolate Scones”

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    Monica posted April 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Bianca…we are on the same wavelength here. I just made a batch of lemon and chocolate (dark) scones and I was thinking it was the perfect place to use lemon extract and I wished I had it on hand! I needed more lemon so I ended up adding a glaze. Love your white chocolate version and mini is awesome. I just might need to get some lemon extract, I’m convinced… ; )

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    Meghan posted April 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I love lemon scones! These look great.

  3. #
    Choc Chip Uru posted April 28, 2015 at 7:54 am

    These scones are absolutely brilliant, lemon and white chocolate a great flavour combo :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    grace posted April 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

    these are almost impossibly cute! what a great flavor combo too. makes me feel like i should be drinking some tea. :)

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    sylvie posted May 3, 2015 at 3:42 am

    May be you think they’re rustics but they are also very appetizing! I don’t like white chocolate so I’ll use dark one. Do you think the flavor will be ok?

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Sylvie! I just saw your comment – yes, dark chocolate would work too. You can even omit the chocolate altogether (but I hardly ever omit the chocolate…) :)

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    Molly Galler posted May 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Are these resting on a white washed picnic table? I’m obsessed with the back drop!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted May 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I like when things are mini. That way I don’t feel as guild when I eat a few of them :)

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    Alise @TheRanchKitchen posted August 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    These sound fantastic! A must to bake soon!

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    Karen posted March 22, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I added shredded coconut and left out the lemon extract. It was fabulous

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