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These Strawberry Buttermilk Scones prove that you don’t need cream to create tender, moist scones! The results were absolutely incredible!

Using cold butter and buttermilk make this Easy Scones Recipe an irresistible breakfast, brunch or snack treat!

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones on a white plate with fresh strawberries

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

While Bill was hospitalized last month, I wanted to take some goodies to his stellar nursing staff. I got the bright idea to combine my Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for buttermilk scones with my Twelve Loaves theme of strawberries. So I whipped up a batch of these divine Strawberry Buttermilk Scones. When I spied Marion Cunningham’s name as the contributing baker in this Baking with Julia recipe, I was reassured the result would be sensational. I was spot-on as these strawberry scones were out of this world!

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones broken to reveal insides

How to Make This Easy Scones Recipe

  • Dice fresh strawberries and set them on some paper toweling to absorb the excess juices.
  • A tablespoon of finely grated orange zest adds another hit to the flavor profile.
  • Using cold butter makes for flaky scones as the small butter pieces produce steam as they melt in the oven, therefore making tiny air pockets in the dough.
  • The buttermilk provides the same tenderness and moisture as the cream in my usual recipe.
  • Do not want to overwork the dough once the liquid is added. Just knead enough so the dough comes together, then cut and bake!

Our oldest, Tom, was over to check on his dad and I offered him one of these strawberry scones. There was no arm twisting involved as he shoveled one in before dinner. He hemmed and hawed that he was having his wellness labs drawn at work the next day, so he wouldn’t take any home with him that night. But, what do you know? There was an inquiry about freezing these, then the rest were absconded with. These buttery gems now rival my cream scones as my favorites.

The recipe can be found in Baking with Julia (affiliate link). Note that I added 3/4 cup of diced, then dried (using paper toweling) strawberries to my scones before kneading.

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones on parchment covered sheet pan

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Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

These Strawberry Buttermilk Scones prove that you don't need cream to create tender, moist scones!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 12scones


For the Scones:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange or lemon zest
  • 6 ounces butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons diced strawberries, dried with paper towels

For the Topping:

  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and zest together with a fork.
  2. Add butter pieces and work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  3. Pour in 1 cup buttermilk and the zest, and mix until ingredients are just moistened. If the dough seems dry, add another tablespoon buttermilk. Mix in diced strawberries.
  4. Gather dough into a ball, turn it onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead briefly. Cut dough in half.
  5. To Make Triangular-Shaped Scones, roll one piece of dough into a ½-inch-thick circle that is 7 inches across.
  6. Brush the dough with half of the melted butter, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar, and cut the circle into 6 triangles.
  7. Repeat with the second half of the dough.
  8. Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet and bake scones 10 minutes or until golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool.


Adapted from Marion Cunningham.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g


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81 comments on “Strawberry Buttermilk Scones”

  1. We can organize an afternoon tea today. Your scones and my muffins. What else? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These sound delicious! I love strawberries in anything and can’t wait for them to be in season. Lucky nurses ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Your scones are very pretty Liz! I noticed lots of fresh strawberries at the supermarket last weekend:@)

  4. I have actually been craving scones; there really is nothing like them for a wonderful snack with tea or coffee. The fruit lightens and gives them the perfect sweet tang. Gorgeous and perfect And such a thoughtful gift.

  5. Yes, please. Thanking you in advance for delivering to my bedside…

  6. Your strawberry scones are indeed gems, Liz…As you are =) So thoughtful to remember the hardworking hospital staff.

    P.s. Very glad that Bill is better.

  7. I’m sure the nursing staff was thrilled to receive these. Who wouldn’t be? They look delicious!

  8. Liz,
    that is so sweet of you to bake for the nursing staff. . I’m sure they loved these scones! ok, I cannot wait to try this recipe. . . your scones, as always, look fabulous!! and yes, FREEZING! This is something I am doing more and more with baked goods. . love this because this not only keeps me from eating them all in one sitting . . it also ensures there will be more goodies to be had later!

  9. Your scones are perfection, Liz! They’d never make it to the freezer, here – unless you’re counting stepping outside with one in hand… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I like Rossella’s tea idea. I will join and bring my bagels!:)Then I think we may be set even for dinner and dessert. Your scones are fabulous, Lizzy!!

  11. Your scones look utterly fabulous, Liz! The hospital staff is so lucky – they must feel like they are in heaven.

  12. Those are beautiful scones. It makes me think of spring. Hope Bill is in the mend.

  13. i would love to have these with my mid morning ice coffee!

  14. What a great idea!!! Your Strawberry Buttermilk Scones look beautiful and sounds delicious!!!
    Indeed, we can feel spring with this nice recipe!!!
    Well done!!

  15. Beautiful as always! I used strawberry jam but that is not quite the same as those lovely strawberry chunks! Glad there was no arm twisting in this one!

  16. Liz, these scones look so fluffy. What a lucky nursing staff.

  17. Liz, wonderful scones and they must have tasted awesome with the addition of strawberries. No wonder your son absconded with them! Hope Bill is better. Very thoughtful of you to send these for the hospital staff.

  18. Your scones look delicious…and you’re right buttermilk really makes the baked goods moist. I love using it in all my muffin recipes.

  19. What a great way to show appreciation to the nursing staff! ๐Ÿ™‚ These scones are so beautiful and I just *know* that they taste out-of-this-world good. I’m a sucker for scones.

  20. What beautiful scones, Liz! Sadly, I didn’t really know about Marion Cunningham until she passed away year before last but I have since discovered what an advocate of great breakfasts she was. Pinning these scones to bake this weekend!

  21. Wish we all lived close together and could share these goodies! Freezing these is a great idea then warming them up at a moment’s notice when company drops by– very impressive!

  22. The staff must have been so thrilled, if Bill and your son left any ๐Ÿ˜‰ These look really wonderful. Like the idea of strawberries in a scone.

  23. Mmm, I love the addition of fresh strawberries! With the orange, that would be fantastic. I am certain the nursing staff was singing your praises, and gave your husband some extra attention! Great job!

  24. Ohhh, those strawberries have me longing for spring! We’re having such an endless winter. Thankfully my house remains warm and cozy with all the baking! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. As always, your scones go above and beyond!

  26. Oh, heaven!
    I can just imagine myself biting in one of those beauties, with just a teaspoon of clotted cream.
    Very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Your photos are just so beautiful and make me want to reach out for a scone. They look amazing and I am loving that sugar crust on the top. Thanks also for the reminder that they freeze well.

  28. these look wonderful. i’d like them with some clotted cream on them!

  29. I love both scones and strawberries… so this is definitely the treat for me. Love the pics, Liz!

  30. I would love these anytime for no reason they look amazing …

  31. You are so thoughtful Liz and I’m sure the staff enjoyed these.

  32. Just got a bunch of strawberries and this recipe will be perfect for this recipe. You make great recipes and they are so easy to make. Thank you

  33. What a great idea to add fresh strawberries to scones – love scones and yours look perfect!

  34. Beautiful scones. What a lovely treat to the nursing staff. Very thoughtful and I know would have been greatly appreciated. Very sweet.

  35. So thoughtful of you!

  36. I adore scones, Lizzy, especially with buttermilk, they are so light and fluffy! Put the kettle on, I’m coming over!

  37. I need to try these. I don’t make enough scones. I need to change that. I actually like them, I’m just a lazy morning person.

  38. You already know how I feel about these, right? I’m in love with them. I can assure you that I’d never need to find out if they’d freeze well; they wouldn’t last long enough for that. I hope Bill’s recovery at home continues to go well!

  39. Great way of combining TwD and 12 Loaves! Your scones look so perfect! I’m sure they were delicious. I’m so happy everyone is feeling better too, Liz =)

  40. Lizzy,
    The scones look delicious! I only made scones once but they turned out wonderfully. This will be my next scone recipe.
    So glad your hubby is healing well. Hopefully all will be back to normal soon.

  41. I smell the season coming…can’t wait for strawberries to show up. Your scones looks just perfect. I don’t know if I made scones before. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ ela

  42. Nice scones! I’ll bet they’d be perfect with a cup of citrusy tea!

  43. Scones are my love language–these look delicious. I had a surgery a few years ago and was in the hospital for several days. I made a batch of yummy crisp sugar cookies dipped in chocolate and individually wrapped. Every time a nurse/therapist etc. came in I had them take a cookie. I got amazing care!! Sweets speaks!

  44. I love scones and these are a real treat. I’d still eat them with jam and cream. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m traditional like that.

  45. I love how you added the strawberries – they add such prettiness to the scones. I like how these are made with buttermilk as it adds great smoothness to the scones. As you would know, when you’re a nurse, it’s always wonderful when someone brings in a gift of appreciation xx

  46. Oh yum! Strawberries! What a good addition,, I imagine they would have made the scones that much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Lovely version, Liz! I can see these making an appearance at a strawberry tea. I love that your son absconded with them – that’s a great testimonial.

  48. I am sure everyone enjoyed these fragrant scones Liz! They have the air of spring!

  49. This is my favourite combo of scones. They look awesome.

  50. Oh I do love me some scones! I tried to make them one time and they were TERRIBLE! Too cakey. Maybe these or your cream scones would help me get out of my rut!

  51. I have always loved scones! And I just spied the first strawberries at the grocery! And I’m looking at snow outside. These might make me feel like spring is coming!

  52. Those scones are the perfect spring treat. I think I need to get off the computer and get to baking!

  53. It’s a fabulous idea to add strawberries to scones, Liz. I bet you were the nursing staff’s favourite person the day you took these! Very pretty photos, too!

  54. What wonderful looking scones! We’re starting to get decent strawberries in our market (not yet great, but quite acceptable), so your timing is perfect. Thanks!

  55. I love buttermilk scones, these are so pretty and perfect for spring!

  56. What a coincidence, I too made scones for a recovering friend who recently had an operation. My scones were gluten free because she is gluten intolerant. I am quite intrigued by your recommendation as these being your favourites, I too adore a light, tender scone. The strawberries in the pastry sound lovely too. I will bookmark these for when we get our first Ontario berries in the springtime (which really seems like a lifetime from now.

  57. What a stunning colour combo of pale scones against strawberry – my kind of breakfast ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  58. Strawberries are a nice touch to these scones – love your creativity! I was betting for raspberries though. With that choco cake coming up later in the month, I might be right ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. So pretty these scones, like the strawberry in it…these are sure perfect with cup of coffee or tea…
    Hope you are having a great week Liz ๐Ÿ˜€

  60. You’re so sweet Liz. How thoughtful of you to bake for those nursing angels:) Your Strawberry Buttermilk Scones look so lovely. I’m sure they were enjoyed and much appreciated. Thank you so much for sharing with us Liz. Sounds like they sure were a hit at your house too!

  61. I skipped dinner today so that I could control some of that out of calorie intake that has been going on due to the freezing temperatures and sheer boredom, and these beautiful looking scones are not helping. At all. They look perfect!

  62. These scones look wonderful, Liz!

  63. These look delicious. I have everything on hand so think I will bake these tomorrow. My daughter in law will be here and I think she will like them! I’m glad Bill is doing well!

  64. That was so nice of you to make these for the nursing staff, they must have loved these. They look incredible! I love strawberry scones and these buttermilk ones sound delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. I just adore scones made with buttermilk. I think it adds such a special flavor. And fresh strawberries in there is simply a big bonus.

  66. Those look just like the ones that I used to make in yesteryear.

  67. Love me some scones, but strawberry scones are my fave!! Lucky nurses!!

  68. Since strawberries are my alltime favorite fruit, and scones are my alltime favorite breakfast, I say this is my dream combo!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. I have never really been able to make scones that look like this, for some reason I just can’t make them but this recipe sounds so good I am going to give them another go. I would love a plate of these for afternoon tea, buttermilk scones are the best.

  70. Hope Bill is back home by now, Liz.
    The stuff must have loved your scones, Liz.
    The addition of Strawberry is heavenly.
    Well done.

  71. These scones scream spring to me. I am so excited for strawberry season!

  72. There is nothing more comforting than scones. They are one of my absolute favorites. These strawberry scones look sensational and soft in the center. A perfect thank-you.


  73. I love this idea! and the TwelveLoaves – will definitely be checking out all those great bread posts. This is my idea of a great breakfast or afternoon tea!

  74. These look gorgeous. I love how you share your thanks with food. Best kind of thanks in my book.

  75. Liz, you never cease to amaze me! You really are a great cook…love seeing recipes from you, adaptations or otherwise! This looks wonderful…thanks for sharing!

  76. These remind me of the scones from my youth!

  77. WOWWW
    These scones look super tasty!!
    We have wonderful strawberries now, and I like the idea of baking scones

  78. going to try these with my red raspberries on Sunday for my daughterinlaw. She will love them like I will and they will be a special treat for us!

  79. Oh how I love a good scone! They’re so pretty, and perfect with a giant cup of coffee!

  80. I made these with blueberries for my roofers who wolfed them down! I first saw this recipe on “Baking with Julia” when she had Marion Cunningham on to make quick breads. How funny to think that Julia had never had a scone before. I guess they are a recent addition to our American repertoire.
    I made them with peaches the other day, which is a bit trickier than berries. Tossing the fruit in the dry ingredients ahead of the buttermilk helped.

    • Hi, Ann!!! Too funny about Julia! You cannot beat a Marion Cunningham recipe—and thanks for your tips. I’ll have to check my peach scones and see if they’re adapted from this recipe or a Cook’s Illustrated one. Both are perfect for summer. P.S. I’ve been feeding my landscapers, LOL!

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