Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES – sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!
This recipe was originally published June 2014. It was updated January 2017 with new photos!

I never really thought this would happen.. I thought I was a chocolate lover through and through. But I am so in love with citrus flavors.

Maybe it’s because I am becoming more mature.. eekk I’m about to turn 25 next month.

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!
Growing up I remember my mom saying “Maybe you’re not old enough” if we didn’t like certain foods when we were younger. Maybe she’s right, my palate is changing because I am finally “old enough”.

For example, last week I shared our recipe for Out of the Pan Triple Berry Pie. And now I can’t get enough of that pie… I didn’t even like berry pie before that pie came into my life.

I must be going through some quarter century tastebud crisis.

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!
If I start liking nutella or cottage cheese, please advise me to see a doctor, because I might have some underlying condition that is causing me to like icky foods. (Sorry nutella lovers!)

I’ve also developed a keen taste for toasted coconut. If my recipe calls for 1/2 cup toasted coconut, I’ll make 1 cup so I can eat the other half. It is so good.

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!
So there’s a few ways to make scones – there’s the traditional triangle scones that you can make by hand or in a scone pan and there’s the circle scone, which I thought was kind of weird at first because I was so used to the triangle scone, but I think circle scones are faster to make!

Once the dough was prepared, I used a large cookie scoop to scoop up batter, formed it into a ball and then smashed it so it was flatter.

I sprinkled my scones with sanding sugar before putting them in the oven so they have that bakery style sugar on top once baked!

Of course I added a lemon glaze to each scone. Lemon glaze is the best. I weirdly love when the glaze hardens and cracks once you take a bite.

I have made these lemon scones MANY times!

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!

Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones

Yield: 6-8 scones

Total Time: 45 minutes

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup oven toasted coconut (using shredded coconut) See directions below.

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a bowl. Use a spoon to press the zest into the sugar.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the lemon zest and sugar.
  4. Using your fingers, cut in the butter into crumbly. Mix the egg and heavy cream in a separate bowl, then add to the dry ingredients and combine. Add in the toasted coconut, mix until combined.
  5. Use your hands to form rounded scones, dividing the dough into equal sized scones (you can also use a cookie scoop to equally proportion the dough). Place the scones on a silicone lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the scones are slightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool.
  6. Combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. Add more lemon juice if too thick or more powdered sugar if it's too runny. Spoon glaze on top of each scone.

How to toast coconut

  1. Place the shredded coconut on a baking sheet, bake at 325 degrees F for 4-6 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. Coconut can burn easily, so keep an eye on it. Remove the pan from the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes. Use your fingers to break the coconut into smaller pieces.

TOASTED COCONUT LEMON SCONES - sweet lemon citrus scones with toasted coconut mixed in! These are some of the BEST scones I’ve ever had!
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34 comments

  1. Beth, this gives me so much hope that my husband will someday start loving coconut :) These scones look beautiful, especially with that glaze!

  2. I’m a chocolate fan in love with citrus right now too! I never thought the day would come…. I love the combo of lemon and coconut…what a perfect breakfast treat!

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who makes extra toasted coconut just so I can eat some plain! :)

  4. LOVE the flavors in this. The lemon, toasted coconut, the butter, together….amazing.

  5. I always feel like a dessert should be chocolate too! But there is special place in my heart for lemon desserts…so these are calling my name. Pinned!

  6. Beth, how many does this make? They sound wonderful!

  7. Buttery lemon pretty much equals perfection! Add coconut and I’ll be in heaven! They look amazing!

  8. I love anything with lemon in it and these look so tasty. Can’t wait to try making them. Thanks for sharing on What’s Cookin’ Wednesday.

  9. I knew I was old when I started liking lemon! I love your mom’s comment, “maybe you’re not old enough”… I’m so trying that line on my 12 year old. Maybe she’ll try a new food if she’s convinced only mature people like it- haha. These scones look amazing!

    • Well, not sure if it actually worked on me when I was younger.. but I certainly remember her saying it!

  10. I can totally relate to that. Same with me, I used to make only chocolate desserts, maybe add some fruit sometimes but mainly chocolate. But these days I love the lemon desserts, cakes or cookies. Will present another lemon recipe tomorrow actually. And I’m turning 26 this year. Maybe it is connected with age, definitely not maturity… ;)

  11. I am a citrus over chocolate lover on most days, so these are calling my name! I loooove the combination with toasted coconut! So good and just beautiful!

    • Lina, you are too sweet! Normally I don’t understand those people who prefer something over chocolate, but I am starting to get it!

  12. I love this so much! I am pinning… Thank you for linking up with The Party Bunch!!!
    xo
    Desiree

  13. they look yummy!

  14. I’m with you…I HATE Nutella. That said, these look DIVINE! So glad I’ve found your blog. =)

  15. Wow. these look so amazing! Pinning! Thanks for sharing on the #mondayfundayparty !

  16. These look delicious. Do you used sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut?

  17. Hi Beth! Love the idea of these, will make them this week! They remind me of the time I ran out of Vanilla extract , so I put lemon extract in my macaroons instead. I decided to run with it and added lemon zest….WOW! they were the best macaroons I ever had! Love your site. I’m making Green Monster bread for St. Patrick’s Day!

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