Pioneer Woman's Lemon Rosemary Scones
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Ree Drummond’s Perfect Cream Scones are perfectly delicious!

Ree Drummond’s Perfect Cream Scones recipe plus lemon rosemary scones and maple bacon scones variations.

Have I got some awesome recipes for you this week! This month the Cookbook Club Reviewers decided to review The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond. Each of us were supposed to make two recipes from the cookbook and write about it. I know I wasn’t the only one that made more than two. Link ups to some of the other reviews are below as well as a chance to win your very own copy of the book, so be sure to check that out. First recipe up is Perfect Cream Scones. In the book she also offers variations for Lemon Rosemary Scones and Maple Bacon Scones. I ended up making all three! Pioneer Woman's Maple Bacon Scones

When I posted this picture in my Photo A Day group for the prompt “gather” one member said she thought scones sounded intimidating to make. Perfect Cream Scones ingredients

Trust me, these are so easy a 6 year old can make them, as well as a huge mess in my kitchen.

And have a monumental meltdown when he added the egg to the dry ingredients instead of mixing it with the cream first.

Oops! egg added to dry ingredients

Sigh! Gotta love teachable moments. He kept begging to take the egg out or start over. It took me some time to calm him down and convince him all we had to do was make sure everything got nice and mixed and it would be okay. All the while I was secretly wondering if the egg was going to soak into the flour and clump up, but I kept that part to myself. They came out just fine! But, you probably want to make sure to follow the directions below.

I made some into Maple Bacon for my neighbors that were kind enough to lend us an air mattress for when the family stayed over last week, as well as letting us invade their yard to play on their giant trampoline and swim in the pool.

Pioneer Woman's Maple Bacon Scones

And I made some into Lemon Rosemary for my son’s new teacher and aide.

Pioneer Woman's Lemon Rosemary Scones - I tried both of those as well as one plain one, just for comparison sake. Oh the sacrifices I make for you readers. They were all fabulous! But, I have to admit, the Lemon Rosemary was my favorite. Probably an unfair comparison because it is one of my favorite flavor combinations in general.

Perfect Cream Scones

Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
From book The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations
Cream Scones, delicious on their own or topped with a glaze such as Maple Bacon or Lemon Rosemary.



    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2/3 cups sugar
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 Large egg

    lemon rosemary version

    • 2 lemons
    • leaves from 2 rosemary sprigs (finely minced)
    • 5 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
    • 1/2 cup milk (or more for thinning)

    maple bacon version

    • 5 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
    • 1/2 cup milk (or more for thinning)
    • 2 tablespoons maple extract
    • 8 thin slices bacon (fried crisp and chopped)


    Instead of the Lemon Rosemary or Maple Bacon versions, you can add fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. to the dough before baking.


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Sift flour, sugar baking powder and salt with a sifter or fine mesh strainer into a large bowl.
    cream scones sift dry ingredients
    Use a pastry cutter or two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
    cream scones - use forks to cut in butter
    Measure cream and add egg. Whisk to combine. (Note: if making Lemon Rosemary Scones add zest of one lemon and half of the chopped rosemary)
    Drizzle the cream mixture over the dry ingredients and stir gently just until combined. Press the mixture into a ball.
    Cream Scones - combine wet and dry ingredients
    On a floured board press dough into a rectangle shape then roll to about 1/3" thick. Try to keep it in a rectangle shape.
    Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife cut into 12 rectangles, then cut those rectangles in half to form 24 triangles.
    cut scones into triangles
    Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes until just turning brown. Serve plain, with jam/jelly or glaze with one of the following two glazes
    cream scones cooling
    Lemon Rosemary Scones: Be sure to add zest of one lemon and half of the rosemary to the cream as listed above. Combine powdered sugar and milk in a large bowl. Add the juice of one lemon, zest from one lemon and the rest of the minced rosemary.

    When scones are cooled dunk in the glaze to cover completely and place on a cooling rack until glaze is set.
    Pioneer Woman's Lemon Rosemary Scones -
    Maple Bacon Scones: Combine the powdered sugar, milk, maple extract and salt and stir until smooth. When scones are cooled drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of glaze on each scone. Sprinkle chopped bacon on top. Allow glaze to set completely before serving.
    Pioneer Woman's Maple Bacon Scones

    And if you want more Ree Drummond holiday happiness,


    Until next time, happy eating. ~Audrey

    15 thoughts on “Ree Drummond’s Perfect Cream Scones are perfectly delicious!”

    1. Yum! These look so delicious. I’d love a plate of them with a big mug of coffee or tea. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

    2. Lemon and Rosemary sound good, i’ll have to remember those flavours next time we make a batch. Thanks for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch xx always nice to see your creations x

    3. YUM- pretty much anything Ree makes is fantastic in my book. Love the sound of these! Thanks so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday and I hope you’ll come back this week with new project posts!

      Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
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