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White Chocolate Lemon Pecan Scones

June 4, 2011

These scones like to be given. They like to be shared, devoured, appreciated. They think they’re fancy, like to get dressed up and be the center of attention. And it’s all because they’re utterly delicious, and they know it.

I made my first batch of these scones several months ago for CakeSpy‘s Bake Sale for Japan. I’m not sure where the idea for the ingredients came from. They just seemed to collect in my head, a handful of perfectly compatible flavors all enhancing each other. Sweet, creamy white chocolate, crunchy, mapley pecans, and bright, tangy lemon zest studded throughout a buttery, flaky scone create a real treat for the tongue. Eat these warm, broken into crumbly pieces and popped into your mouth. Just make sure to share a few with your friends!

These are the scones I wrapped up all cozy and sent off to my friend for her birthday. I can only hope she showed them the love they so greatly need!

White Chocolate Lemon Pecan Scones

© Copyright 2011 Carly Sullivan, Tart to Heart

Yield: 16 scones


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4-1  cup buttermilk
  • Raw sugar, for garnish
  • 16 pecan halves, for garnish


  1. Combine the flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cube the butter and keep cold. Remove the cold dry ingredients from the freezer and add the butter. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour to form pea-sized pieces. Return to the freezer while you gather the other ingredients. Combine the lemon juice and buttermilk in a bowl or glass measuring cup.
  3. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Add the white chocolate, pecans and lemon zest and toss to combine. Add the buttermilk mixture and gently stir with your hands until the mixture forms shaggy pieces that hold together when pressed (add up to ¼-cup more buttermilk if needed).
  4. Lightly flour a work surface and turn out the dough. Gently knead the dough until it comes together. Divide into two pieces. Form each piece into a round about 1 inch thick. Cut each round into 8 equal wedges. Place on parchment-lined sheet trays and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Remove the scones from the freezer. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  6. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, place the pecan halves on top of each scone, and return to the oven to bake 10 more minutes, until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2011 5:21 am

    I need to try! It looks and sounds delicious!

  2. June 5, 2011 12:02 pm

    Mmm these look fantastic! I love lemon in desserts. Your description of these treats had me sold. 🙂

  3. June 6, 2011 8:29 am

    They like to be heated up and crammed in my mouth whole.

    Such an amazing treat and obviously baked with love.


  4. June 6, 2011 7:03 pm

    I LOVE scones! These look great…I love the pecans baked on top! 🙂

  5. June 14, 2011 1:33 pm

    These look amazing I can’t wait to try them!


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