Honey Lavender Scones

I’ve partnered with Socialstars by Crowdtap and Millstone Coffee to create these Honey Lavender Scones.  These scones are a tasty treat to serve alongside a cup of hot coffee!

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee! #MillstoneCoffeeI’m a morning person.  I love getting up early while the world is still quiet…even on the weekends.  I’ll usually try to sneak out of bed and let my wife and the pups sleep for a little bit longer.  (Of course, they usually hear me and make their way downstairs shortly thereafter…but at least I try!)  As soon as I get downstairs, I make myself a cup of coffee.  It might seem so simple, but I get really excited about a good cup of coffee in the morning.  If the weather is nice, I might sit out on the back porch, but I usually just flip on the news or sports to get caught up.  Scones are one of my favorite treats to go along with that cup of coffee…and I must admit that today’s scones are super awesome.  Lightly spiced with dried lavender, honey and orange zest, these Honey Lavender Scones are a tasty treat to enjoy with your morning coffee!

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee! #MillstoneCoffeeBelieve it or not, I didn’t start drinking coffee until after college.  I know, I know…most people discover coffee in college.  I’d guess that the coffee consumption on college campuses quadruples around the time of that first big wave of exams and papers.  I pulled many late study nights, but I just didn’t do coffee.  I always loved the smell of a freshly-brewed pot of coffee, but I didn’t have a taste for it.  Then I discovered coffee ice cream…and the rest is history!

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that I prefer darker and darker roasts.  I want my coffee to be packed with flavor!  I recently discovered Millstone’s Mayan Black Onyx variety, and I’m hooked.  This dark, bold coffee is exactly what I crave when I get out of bed in the morning!  I’ve even grown fond of brewing myself a cup of coffee in the afternoon…especially on those particularly cold winter days that are approaching faster than I want to admit.  However, I usually prefer a bit of a lighter roast for the afternoon.  That’s when I reach for Millstone’s House Blend.  It’s a medium-roast, so it still packs plenty of flavor…but just not quite as strong as the Mayan Black Onyx.

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee! #MillstoneCoffeeRegardless of morning or afternoon, I always like to have a little snack along with my cup of coffee.  My wife recently brought home a jar of dried lavender from the store and asked me to bake something with it.  Hmmm…fun!  I love a good challenge!  I’ve eaten lavender-flavored pastries before, but this was the first time baking my own.  I turned to one of my favorite scone recipes and updated it a bit to incorporate the lavender.  The first batch of scones I made was good, but it was missing something.  I cut back the lavender slightly (it’s a pretty powerful flavor) and added some orange zest.  Citrus really helps balance the floral flavor of the lavender, and that second batch of scones was delicious!  As in, I had to hide them so I wouldn’t eat them all.

Baker’s Note: It’s important to use cold ingredients when making scones.  Similar to making pie dough, you want to cut the butter into the dough, but you don’t want it to melt.  The little pieces of butter throughout the dough will melt in the oven which creates delicious layers in your scones.  I oftentimes prepare the dough and then just throw it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before putting it in the oven.  Oh, and make sure to use a generous amount of sanding sugar (or turbinado sugar) on top of the scones before baking them.  The sweet crunch of the sugar pairs quite well with the lavender.

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee! #MillstoneCoffeeIf you’re a coffee lover like me, then brew up a gourmet cup of Millstone’s Mayan Black Onyx and serve it alongside these delicious Honey Lavender Scones!  Enjoy!

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee!

Honey Lavender Scones

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 303kcal

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp dried lavender
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold
  • cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Coarse sugar for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lavender and orange zest). Stir until well combined.
  • Using a pastry cutter, cut in the cold butter until it’s the size of large peas. (Note: Another option is to use a course grater, although take care to ensure that the pieces of butter are not too small.)
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, honey and vanilla.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Gently fold together until just combined. (Take care not to overmix or the scones will be dense.)
  • Transfer the dough onto a lightly-floured countertop. Gently fold dough over itself several times. Shape the dough into an 8” circle.
  • Place the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the dough with the heavy cream. Sprinkle course sugar generously across the top of the dough. Cut the circle into 8 wedges. Separate the wedges slightly.
  • Bake at 375°F for 20-22 minutes, or until light, golden brown in color. Allow scones to cool slightly before serving.

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17 Comments

  1. These look delicious! I tried making scones again this year and they turned out much better than my first try a year ago. I also tried lavender in baking for the first time this year. I made a lemon lavender bread pudding, but the lavender flavor was a little too strong for me. I may try working with it again and use more citrus flavor as you suggested.

    1. Lemon and lavender sounds like a great combo, Tamara…especially in bread pudding! But yes, lavender is surprisingly strong. I thought I started with a small amount, and then I ended up cutting it back again for the next round of scones. That’s where the citrus comes in…it really helps balance the floral side. 🙂

    1. Yeah, tell me about it, Dannii! There are so many foods that I eat (and even crave) now that I didn’t like a few years ago. Lavender is such a fun flavor for baking, too! Now I want a scone and a cup of coffee…haha! 🙂

  2. David – you didn’t taste coffee till after college??? WHAAAAAT???? I think coffee and beets and eggs made up my 3 food groups when I was in college!
    I look forward to a challenge with as much gusto as I look forward to my morning cup of coffee!! And what a brilliant pairing this is of lavender and orange – in SCONE form!!! Ahhh-scones – I so so love scones!!! As I make mine a tad bit healthier – when I see ones like yours – it’s like it rained over my laptop!!! Am off to find a towel…

    1. Well, to be fair, Shashi…I had tasted coffee during college. I just didn’t develop a love for it until after I graduated. Now I absolutely love my morning cup of coffee…the stronger, the better! These scones were dee-licious. It was fun baking with lavender, but man is that stuff potent! I hope your laptop isn’t ruined. 🙂

  3. I made it through grad school only because of coffee (and Red Bull tbh), so I guess my questio is: what YOU did you drink in college? Please don’t tell me Mountain Dew :/

    Anyways, orange and lavender sounds like a great pairing…I’m impressed my man, you’re quite the innovator!

    1. That’s a great question, Mike. I don’t recall drinking a lot of Mountain Dew…and I know I didn’t drink Red Bull. I must have just kept going on my sheer excitement for life. 🙂

  4. Making scones with my boy’s when they were young is one of the memories I cherish. This recipe sounds so good I will be trying very soon.And nothing better than a good cup of coffee to go along with.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Mikki! I love making scones, too. And lavender is a really fun flavor to bake with…but I do always find it helpful to add a bit of citrus to balance the floral flavor of lavender. I hope you enjoy these scones…and that cup of coffee, of course! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Jana! I love baking, and the Fall is the perfect time to pull out those baking recipes. I hope you enjoy these scones as much as I did! 🙂

  5. I have made these scones several times and they have always turned out perfectly! Thank you so much for posting these! They are delicious and are now very popular in Austin, Texas! 😀

    1. Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment, Lindsay! I’m really glad you enjoy these scones. Your comment made me realize I haven’t made these in a while…maybe this weekend! 🙂

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