Almond Blueberry Scones

Nothing like the perfect blueberry scone to dive into with a cup of coffee. These are moist & flaky with crispy edges and tender middles. Emphasis on the blueberries here: they pack a ton of fresh berries and are topped with blueberry glaze. 

 

Lemon Blueberry Almond Scones 

Whenever I come up with a recipe for something that’s so well known, I ask myself: does the internet really need this? A single web search tells me Ina & allrecipes are the go to for lemon blueberry scones, so really – why publish this? 

First, these are almond blueberry scones. There’s no chunks of nut, and you wouldn’t know it was in there but the almond flour really makes a difference in keeping these flaky & tender (not a lot of gluten-development) and for me personally, I like that it adds some nutrition especially in the morning! 

Second, I’m going to say it and I so rarely do… these are the best blueberry scones I’ve ever had. They are moist but crumbly, they are sweet enough to be a treat but not so that you wouldn’t want them for breakfast. But also, that blueberry glaze on top really hones in and emphasizes the blueberry aspect (which let’s be honest, is usually lost to the lemon!)

How to make the best blueberry scones, tips & tricks: 

  1. The butter, the butter, the butter: a lot like pie crust making, you want bits of butter (not too big – about pea-sized, use a pastry knife to get it there) in the dough that will melt in the oven and not a moment before. The cold butter melting in the oven is what creates those flaky layers. This means avoiding handling the dough as much as possible and keeping the dough cold until you’re ready to bake. 
  2. Folding: it’s a little harder to do when you have chunks of fruit in there but if you can, use your hands to flatten the dough, then fold it over itself a few times. This will lead to even more layers. 
  3. Liquid: you want just enough liquid to bring the dough together. Often the dough will look dry but don’t make the mistake of adding more heavy cream. 
  4. Bake them close together: scones, like biscuits, will rise taller in the oven if nestled closer together. These aren’t cookies, they don’t spread – they rise! 

 

Ingredients to make Almond Blueberry Scones 

  • Almond Flour: this comes from blanched almonds and is not the same as almond meal. Don’t substitute it! 
  • Low-Protein all-purpose flour: White Lily is known to be the best flour for biscuits because it’s low-protein and very finely milled. For those reasons it’s perfect for scones too. 
  • Butter: You can use any butter (not margarine) and it will work out great. I think a richer, European style butter works very well here. 
  • Egg: In theory you could leave out the egg and use more heavy cream to make these but the scones will lean toward dry. 
  • Heavy Cream: We don’t use too much heavy cream but the added fat helps create a really moist scone. You can use a lighter cream or even buttermilk or kefir instead but they’ll be a tad drier. The tang from the buttermilk/kefir would be nice though. 
  • Lemon zest: this not only gives the scone that signature lemon/blueberry flavor but it adds sweetness (this recipe is low on sugar). You can substitute with orange if you like. 
  • Sugar: Granulated, and not so much but don’t omit it as it contributes to moisture and structure. 
  • Blueberries: I definitely prefer fresh blueberries for scones. Often the packaged frozen berries have lots of ice stuck to them which adds too much water to the scones. Thawing them to remove the ice/water will lead to soft berries that are impossible to handle once they are in the dough. Use fresh! 
  • Edible Lavender: absolutely not required for this recipe but if you get your hands on some fresh herbs, adding them to the dough adds a little something to the flavor. 

 

 

Recipe for Small Batch Blueberry Scones 

This recipe is easily halved to make a small batch of blueberry scones: ½ cup almond flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, as much zest as you like, 6 TB or 84g butter, 1 egg yolk (to avoid having to halve an egg), 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and 3 oz blueberries. You’ll only make one of the disks when shaping and you’ll have either 4 medium sized scones or 8 minis. Everything else is the same.  

Make Ahead Blueberry Scones 

I always freeze my scones before I bake them: this ensures that the butter is completely cold before the dough goes into the oven so that it melts (in those bigger bits you’ll leave in the dough) in the oven as the rest of the scone bakes. This is what creates those flaky layers. 

Which is to say that these absolutely can be made ahead of time. Instead of freezing them on a cookie sheet set the dough in an air-tight container (you can use parchment paper to separate them if you are stacking) and freeze until the moment you want to bake. Everything is the same!

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Recipe for Almond Blueberry Scones 

blueberry scones with blueberry glaze

Almond Blueberry Scones

Blueberry scones with the perfect texture, bursting with lemon and blueberry flavors and covered in a blueberry glaze.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, tea time
Servings 8

Equipment

  • pastry knife for cutting in the butter

Ingredients
  

Almond Blueberry Scone Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour low protein
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Zest of one large lemon or two small, or more if you like
  • 3/4 cups butter 1 1/2 stick
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream plus more to brush the scones
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 oz package blueberries fresh is best
  • 1 tablespoon fresh edible lavender if desired

Blueberry Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons blueberry juice squeezed from blueberries
  • Squeeze of lemon juice if desired

Instructions
 

  • Grease and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the butter into cubes and set it in the freezer.
  • Add the zest and sugar to a large bowl and rub it together with your fingers to release its oils.
  • Add the flours, baking powder and salt to the bowl and whisk them together with the sugar.
  • Whisk the heavy cream, egg and vanilla in a small bowl with a fork, set aside for a moment.
  • Using a pastry knife, cut the butter into the flour until you have pea-sized bits of butter.
    almond blueberry scones
  • Add the blueberries and with your fingers, gently mix them in (avoid pressing any less you burst them).
  • Add the wet ingredients and with a rubber spatula stir the dough until it’s almost coming together. Using your hands, shape it into a ball.
    almond blueberry scones
  • Onto a floured surface, halve the dough and shape it into two smaller disks about 1 ½ inch thick - flattening the top slightly. Cut the circles into fourths, and then eighths so that you have 8 small triangles from both circles (so 16).
  • Alternatively shape it into a long rectangle (12 x 8") and slice it into 8 squares.
  • Set the scones on the cookie sheet, just a bit apart. The closeness helps them rise higher.
  • Set the pan in the freezer and let the scones freeze for at least 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  • Brush the scones with heavy cream and bake them for 12-15 minutes, until the bottoms are just golden.
  • Once they are cool, whisk the glaze ingredients together and spoon it onto the scones.
Keyword blueberry, breakfast food, brunch food, tea time scones
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17 thoughts on “Almond Blueberry Scones”

  • 5 stars
    These are so delicious! I also needed to add a bit more milk to pull together the scones and definitely recommend having firm blueberries to start so that there’s less risk of smashing them trying to get the dough to come together. I subbed in blackberry juice in the glaze and it was so tasty with a gorgeous color. Thanks for the recipe, Sam!

  • I had the same trouble with the dough. I make biscuits and scones all the time and wanted to give this recipe a try. The dough was SO crumbly. Most recipes I’ve used in the past use 1/2 cup of liquid so I did add more cream but only after working the dough too much to try to make the recipe work as written. Unsure how they will turn out now.

  • I’ve made these once, and I’m making them a second time. Wonderful flavor, but the pre-frozen dough is so, so crumbly. I can’t really get it into a ball, and they were falling apart all over the sheet pan. Is this normal? I had to add more cream to get it to even resemble something that comes together. The extra cream didn’t change the flavor of the first batch (made several months ago) but it’s been a while so I’m asking for tips here! And to say that they are really, really tasty.

    • I wonder if there’s too much flour (over-measured) or if it wasn’t “turned” enough; when you are bringing it together with your hands you kind of have to keep working it until it clumps altogether.

  • 5 stars
    These were AMAZING!!!! The subtle lemon flavor that comes though every bite… the surprising sweet burst of blueberry juice…the perfect buttery flavor and crumbly texture… brb gotta go finish eating the batch now.

  • 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. The almond flour really gave them a great flavor. I made them the day before, froze and baked fresh in the next AM. My holiday company loved them. Thank you.

  • 5 stars
    These scones are so good! I’m in Europe and couldn’t find almond flour at my normal supermarket, so I used finely ground almond powder and it seemed to work well (maybe made them a touch more crumbly?) either way, these are delish!

  • 5 stars
    It’s the texture that is the winner for me. Soft, crumbly, buttery–all the things a good scone should be. I will be making these again.

  • 5 stars
    I loved these scones. I picked enough wild blueberries for the scones themselves, and then used frozen berries for the glaze – it worked out great! The flavor is amazing; the scones kind of taste like an inverted blueberry pie. I made them Monday and they still taste good on Thursday, which is so rare for scones!

    • I don’t think so, but I’d use them straight from the freezer and try to keep the dough as cold as possible because they’ll be a lot messier if they thaw into the dough while you are shaping.

  • Hi! For the blueberry juice, do you literally just squeeze the blueberries? I was thinking I could put a bunch in a citrus juicer and then strain the juice? Thanks 🙂

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