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Thanks to an episode of Seinfeld about a poppy seed muffin, I will never look at poppy seeds in the same way ever again. Each time I go to eat something with poppy seeds I instantly convince myself that I will be given a drug test the moment I get to work…and like Elaine, I too will fail.

Thankfully, that has never happened.

Recipe adapted from this recipe for lemon poppy seed scones.

Lemon Poppyseed Scones


  1. Preheat the oven to 375º
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut the Smart Balance (or other butter substitute) into the flour mixture until the pieces are a bit smaller than the size of a pea.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and poppy seeds.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture until just barely combined then place the batter onto a floured surface and knead until it comes together (may need to add 1/2-1 cup of additional flour). The dough should be neither sticky nor dry.
  6. Press the dough into a 1″ thick rectangle. Cut in half vertically, then horizontally, then again vertically. There should be eight triangle shaped scones of equal size.
  7. Next, cut each in half again, diagonally. Now there should be sixteen triangle shaped scones of equal size.
  8. Place the scones onto a greased cookie sheet.
  9. Create an egg wash by whisking together the egg and milk.
  10. Brush the top of the scones as well as the sides with the egg wash.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops turn golden brown.

To make the icing:

  1. Combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and a little water until you get a consistency that you like. Spread on top of scones and serve.

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  1. Wow those sound delicious..and healthy! It think it is time to make scones again. :D

  2. Haha I remember the poppyseed muffin episode of Seinfeld! Your scones look absolutely to die for. I really love the idea of lemon and poppyseed scones, because as yummy as normal scones are they can be a little bland. I will have to try this variation as I love anything with lemon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a lovely (and healthier) recipe! I enjoy lemon anything, and this lemon poppyseed scone recipe sounds like a great new idea for me to try! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. these look awesome pal! nice looking glaze, and these shots came out great!

  5. Bev

    I really appreciate how you adopted the recipe to include whole wheat flour and eliminate the butter. I hope to try your recipe soon as the scones look perfectly delicious.

  6. I have never seen a lemon poppy seed scone before, but I bet it is soooo yummy! Anything with lemon and poppy seeds is delicious in my opinion!

  7. Mom

    These lemon scones look wonderful! They will be the perfect addition to our Easter Brunch!! Love you!

  8. Thanks Mom! I’m impressed that you left a comment!! Love you and I’m looking forward to Easter too.

  9. lux

    Yummy! This recipe is delicious. I love the lemon poppyseed combination. Here is another great recipe I found:

  10. Hannah

    I wish I had found your blog before I made a different version of these scones(It was a disaster.). Oh well! Guess I’ll just have to try to make these. =)

    Loving your blog!

  11. Georgia

    How many calories?

  12. leslie

    OMG…I’m going to try these today because my mouth is already puckering.

  13. Andrea

    I made these today for a Mother’s Day breakfast and they were amazing! I am wondering why yours look so yellow in the pictures though, is it from the lighting?

  14. Hi Andrea….so glad that you enjoyed them! I think it might be the lighting. I use natural light for 95% of the photos on this blog, but this one recipe was made and photographed at night so it has lighting. I do remember them being fairly yellow though. :) Happy Mother’s Day!

  15. Valerie

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. It’s one of the first scones recipe that I have made and it was super easy and incredibly tasty. We all love the lemon in the batter and especially in the glaze. We make them often and freeze them for either ourselves or unexpected guests.

  16. @ Valerie….thank you! I am so glad that you enjoyed it and found the recipe easy to make :) If you every have any recommendations for new recipes, please send them my way.

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