Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones

Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones |
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 |
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.

Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones |
I must be going through some quarter century tastebud crisis.

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!)

Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones |
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.

I am going to start putting it in my yogurt and on my pineapple.

Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 scones


  • 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 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup oven toasted coconut


  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, heavy cream, and coconut extract 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. Place the scones on a baking sheet with a silpat and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the scones are slightly browning.
  6. How to toast coconut
  7. 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.

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32 Responses to “Toasted Coconut Lemon Scones”

  1. Amy | Club Narwhal — June 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Well if he doesn’t like coconut, more scones for you!!

  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!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      What is going on with us chocolate lovers?!

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Haha, me too Jessica!

  4. realfoodbydad — June 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you Matt!

  5. housewifeintraining — June 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    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!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Great, we can be lemon buddies!

  6. Candy — June 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      About 6-8 rounded scones, depending on the size!

  7. Mallory — June 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      You and me in lemon heaven!

  8. Linda Warren — June 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    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.

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      You are very welcome!

  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!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      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… ;)

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      We’re going through a weird lemon phase together!

  11. Lina — June 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

    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!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      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. Desiree @ The36thAvenue — June 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Desiree, you are the best, thank you!

  13. dina — June 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

    they look yummy!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      And they are so delicious too!

  14. Candy — June 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

      So glad to have a non-nutella liker on my side!

  15. Pauline Molinari — June 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks for coming by Pauline!

  16. roshan — July 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I used sweetened shredded coconut, but unsweetened would work well too!

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