Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Buttery Lemon Poppy Seed Scones Recipe – these delicate lemon scones are topped with a sweet lemon glaze. This wonderful small batch recipe yields 4 perfectly sweet scones.

Buttery Lemon Poppy Seed Scones Recipe - these delicate lemon scones are topped with a sweet lemon glaze. This wonderful small batch recipe yields 4 perfectly sweet scones. | One Dish Kitchen

I first made these Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones on a dreary rainy morning. I needed a bright pick-me-up and these scones certainly did the trick.

Lemon desserts and breads seem to do that for me.

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Lemon Scones

A tart burst of lemon balanced by a slightly sweet drizzle of icing – what could be better?

These buttery melt-in-your-mouth lemon poppy seed scones go so well with coffee or tea and will surely make you look forward to waking up in the morning.

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Scone Recipe

I’ve got a wonderful base recipe for small batch scones.

A little flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs, and milk make up this base and from here, you can really get creative.

Most recently, I used this base recipe to make a batch of Apple Cinnamon Scones with a sweet maple glaze and those scones were out of this world!

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For these Lemon Poppy Seed Scones, I used plenty of lemon zest and lemon juice and of course, poppy seeds.

Being a small batch recipe, you’ll get 3 to 4 scones from this recipe. Just the right amount if you’re cooking for yourself.

This is a very easy recipe and one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy making over and over again. The scones come together quickly and bake in about 15 minutes.

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After baking and after the scones have cooled a little, be sure to drizzle the tops with the lemon glaze. That gives them that little extra “yum” factor.


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Lemon Poppy Seed Scones Recipe

Easy recipe for Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones topped with a sweet lemon glaze. The perfect amount for anyone cooking for one or two. |

Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: scones
Servings: 4 scones
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup cold butter , cut into small pieces (1/2 stick)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

How To Video


  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar and poppy seeds.
  • Using a pastry blender, a fork or your fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Knead very lightly and form a circle. (Add a little more flour to the dough if the dough becomes too sticky to handle).
  • Cut the dough into 4 wedges.
  • Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for a minute, then transfer onto wire rack.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream and lemon juice until smooth.  Spoon over the tops of cooled scones.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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Easy recipe for Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones topped with a sweet lemon glaze. The perfect amount for anyone cooking for one or two.

4 thoughts on “Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones”

  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t have poppyseed so I used the next closest thing, blueberries! Came out wonderful! Made them for Mother’s Day and my daughter who has travelled throughout the UK said they were the best she’s ever had.

    1. I bet those blueberries were a wonderful addition. I’m definitely going to add blueberries to my scones next time. Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the recipe, I’m so happy you and your daughter enjoyed them.


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