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Strawberry scone recipe

This easy strawberry scone recipe is great for any occasion, but the delicate pink color and heart shape makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day. These scones, like my strawberry cheesecake cookies, are made with freeze-dried strawberries which gives them a burst of strawberry flavor, even when berries are not in season.

I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.

You may also be interested in my lavender scones and my cherry scone recipes. For ease of browsing, you can find all of my breakfast and brunch recipes in one place.

Strawberry scone recipe on white plate.

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Why you should make this recipe

  • Special occasion – This strawberry scone recipe feels special and it is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
  • Quick & easy – You need about 30 minutes for this recipe, from start to finish.
  • Versatile – You can use this recipe with any dried fruit that you like and change the flavors.

Strawberry scones with freeze-dried strawberries

You want strawberry scones, but it’s the middle of winter. Swap out fresh strawberries for their freeze-dried counterparts for a burst of strawberry flavor.

Side of strawberry scone with bits of freeze-dried strawberries.

These lovely pink heart-shaped scones get their strawberry flavor from freeze-dried fruit, which is different than dried (dehydrated) fruit.

Freeze-dried strawberries are crunchy and can be ground into a powder. You can also buy it already in powdered form. Another added bonus with using freeze dried fruit is you don’t have to worry about the fruit making your scones soggy because they don’t have any moisture.

Strawberry scone recipe ingredients

To make these scones, you’ll need some basic pantry ingredients.

Ingredients for strawberry scones.
  • Flour – Regular all-purpose flour that you have in the pantry. Flour provides bulk and structure.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar provides a touch of sweetness to the scones.
  • Kosher salt – I use Diamond Crystal. All baked goods need salt, it helps the flavors shine.
  • Baking powder – Gives the scones a bit of lift so they bake up nice and tall. Look for a baking powder without aluminum, as it can give baked goods a bitter taste.
  • Egg – Provides moisture and structure to the scones.
  • Unsalted butter – Unsalted butter means you control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Heavy cream – Provides fat and moisture to the dough.
  • Freeze dried strawberries – The main flavor in these scones.

How to make

Making this strawberry scone recipe is very easy – it’s just a bit of whisking and mixing.

Step by step instructions to make scones.
  1. Combine all of your dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until very well combined.
  2. Add cold butter to flour mixture.
  3. Using pastry blender, or a fork, to cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Mix egg and cream together, then add to flour mixture and stir just until a crumbly dough forms.
  5. Gently knead and press dough until it comes together, about 30 seconds. Do not work the dough too much.
  6. Cut out scones – gently bring dough back together to finish cutting out scones, gathering your scraps into a disk and patting out again. When you’ve cut out 10 scones, brush tops with cream, sprinkle with sugar, then bake.
  7. Cool on rack before serving.
  8. For extra pink color, add a drop of gel color to make them perfect for Valentine’s Day.
How to make strawberry scones.

How to cut scones

Cutting scones is the same as cutting biscuits – push straight down, then lift up. Do not twist as you are cutting.

The reason you should not twist the cutter is this: When you twist, you are compressing those delicate layers and sealing the edges. This prevents your scones from baking up nice and tall.

Baked heart-shaped scones on cooling rack.

These easy scones with strawberries and heavy cream are tender and delicious. They are perfect for any special occasion, or no occasion at all!

Valentine’s Day scones

These heart-shaped scones are perfect for Valentine’s Day. They make a delicious and simple breakfast treat.

Scones with strawberry jam on plate.

Strawberry scone recipe Q&A

How long do scones stay fresh?

Scones generally last 1 – 2 days.

Can I freeze scones?

Yes. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up three months.

Can I freeze scone dough?

Yes! You can make the dough ahead of time and freeze for up to 3 months.

Can I bake scones from frozen?

Yes, however, you will need to allow an extra few minutes of baking time.

Strawberry scones on wooden board with pink dish towel.

Variations and substitutions

To make these scones a bit pinker, I added one drop of gel food color to the egg mixture. It’s just enough to deepen the color without it looking too pink.

Instead of the sparkling sugar on top, you could add a simple glaze. Mix powdered sugar and cream to your desired consistency and drizzle over the top.

Add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips to make strawberry chocolate chip scones.

Scones with freeze-dried strawberries on white plate.

Serving suggestions

Serve with clotted cream and jam. For extra strawberry flavor, serve with my strawberry key lime jam or store-bought strawberry jam.

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Strawberry scone recipe

Cheryl Bennett
This strawberry scone recipe is made with freeze-dried strawberries and is bursting with strawberry flavor.
4.44 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast and brunch recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 scones
Calories 114 kcal


  • 2 1/2 c. all purpose plain flour (350 g)
  • 1/3 c. sugar 67g
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup ground freeze-dried strawberries 30g
  • 6 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes or grated (store in freezer until ready to use)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c. heavy double cream (175 ml) + 2 tbsp. for tops
  • 1 drop gel food color in deep pink optional
  • 3 tbsp. coarse sanding sugar for tops optional, but recommended


  • Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C / Gas mark 6.
  • In a mini food processor (or in a zip top bag with a rolling pin or meat mallet), break up freeze-dried strawberries until there are pieces no larger than a pea.
  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and freeze dried strawberries together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the very cold butter to dry ingredients and use a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Beat egg, cream, and gel food color, if using, together. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add to dry ingredients. Stir with spatula until just combined and no big pockets of flour remain.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and press together. Very gently knead the dough, if it is too crumbly, to get it to hold together – no more than 30 seconds. If dough gets too warm, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Pat scone dough into a 1 inch thick round.
  • Dip a medium-sized cutter into flour, then press straight down into dough and pull straight up. Do not twist the cutter. Place scones on parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Gather and lightly press dough together to cut the last few.
  • Brush tops with 2 tbsp. cream, sprinkle each scone with 1 tsp. coarse sugar and bake for 14 – 16 minutes.
  • Place on cooling rack to cool slightly before serving.


  • When you cut scones out of your scraps, you may have a couple that don't look as nice, like I did. You can choose to knead the dough a bit to make it smoother, but this will result in a tougher scone. Your choice is either have a few that aren't as pretty, but they are light and tender, or knead the dough to make it smoother, but you'll end up with slightly denser scones.
  • Instead of cutting out shapes, you can cut the circle of dough into wedges (like a pie) and bake.
  • If your oven runs hot, check scones at 12 minutes.
  • Rotate pan halfway through for even browning.


Serving: 1gCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 169mgSugar: 11g
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