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Earl Grey Scones on a serving board.

Earl Grey Scones

  • Author: Nicole | Fresh Apron
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x
  • Category: Breakfast & Brunch
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Earl Grey Scones are a unique twist on classic scones. They're flavored with Earl Grey tea and drizzled with a light lemon glaze. Perfect for a brunch or afternoon snack!



For the Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons loose earl grey tea (about 2 teabags, cut open)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold), cubed
  • 1 cup 0% fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, earl grey tea, and fine sea salt until evenly combined. Add the butter and cut in using a pastry cutter or your hands, until crumbly. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the wet ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract until combined. Using a silicone spatula or wooden spoon, stir the wet mixture into the flour and butter mixture until a soft and slightly sticky dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a flat 7-inch circle. Using a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut into 8 even wedges.
  4. Transfer the wedges to a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing them at least 1-inch apart. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  5. Lightly brush the tops of the scones with milk. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the tops are light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest (if using) and milk until combined. Add up to 1 more teaspoon of milk if the mixture is too thick. Drizzle over warm scones. Serve and enjoy!


Very cold butter is the key to a light and flaky scone. Be sure it is very cold before adding it into the flour mixture, and try not to handle the dough too much so you don't warm it up.

Don't overwork the dough. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until they are just combined, then shape into a circle and cut into wedges. If you overwork the dough, it could make your scones very tough.

Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only.


  • Serving Size: 1 scone
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 14.9 g
  • Sodium: 169.6 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 43.9 mg

Keywords: scones, earl grey scones, brunch, dessert