Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Scones

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Scone |

Breakfast or Brunch; tea time or snack time; Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Whatever the occasion just make sure you include these buttery and flakey, tart and sweet Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Scones to the menu. 

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Happy Galentine’s Day you poetic and noble land mermaids.  Everyone remembers our Galentine’s Day party last year right? Well I’m so excited to be celebrating it again this year with even more delicious breakfast foods (and desserts, come on we need the desserts) with our hostess with mostess Courtney from Neighborfood and Nancy from Gotta Get Baked.

Unlike last years party which was an all out ode to Parks and Rec and the awesomeness that is Leslie Knope for creating this fictional holiday, this year Courtney and Nancy tasked us with writing about a woman who inspires us.  I love that we, a group of female bloggers have come together today to celebrate, support and encourage the ladies in our life.

Except here’s the thing, I’m stuck on who to write about.  I think this is what happens when you grow up surrounded by brothers, choose to play an instrument that’s male dominated and then end up in a day job that’s also full of men.  You don’t really end up with the opportunity for a female mentor in your life.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Cranberry Scones |

While I could go on and talk about the awesomesauceness of my mom today I going to save that for a rainy day or you know Mother’s Day.

So instead I’m going to talk about Leslie Knope.  Yes I know, she’s not real but does the person who inspires you in life have to be someone you know? What’s wrong with them being a fictional character? Just look at Leslie, she an amazing woman and has accomplished so much in her {fictional} life.  The way Amy Poehler portrays her makes us all want to be Leslie’s best friend.  She manages to have the job she loves, the balance of home and friend life and a loving relationship with her husband.

Tell me, who doesn’t want that? Who isn’t inspired by that? I am, it might seem silly but I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I wish I could balance my life that way.  So I might never get to meet her but she’s still a better role model than other people I can think of.

Also the woman loves breakfast foods as much as I do, clearly if this was real life we were meant to be BFF’s.

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Scones- The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

In honor of our Galentine’s Day celebration and enjoying breakfast type foods I thought some scones would fit the bill perfectly.

I can see Leslie walking into an office with a basket full of these hot from the oven for all the ladies to celebrate them on February 13th.

Now go forth and celebrate your lady friends today!

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Scones
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  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • zest from 2 meyer lemons
  • 1 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons meyer lemon juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, meyer lemon zest, poppy seeds and dried cranberries.
  3. Add the grated butter and make sure it's completely incorporated into the flour.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together 1 cup of heavy cream, the egg and meyer lemon juice.
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Use a silicone spatula to mix everything together and scoop out on a well floured work surface. The dough will be wet but as you work it into a round disc it'll dry out with the flour on your work surface. If the dough starts to stick add more flour.
  6. Pat your disc into a circle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in thickness and cut into 8 triangles.
  7. Transfer the scones to your prepared baking sheets and brush the tops with the remaining heavy cream.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the scones are a nice golden brown.
  9. Let cool slightly before serving.
  10. Any remaining scones will stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days. They are best if toasted lightly after the first day.
Recipe Type: Bread

Oh and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Galentine’s Day party offerings!

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12 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Scones

  1. Liz

    What magnificent scones, Susan! I’d love to share these with you over breakfast–you are a blogger who continues to inspire me 🙂 Happy Galentine’s Day!

  2. Courtney @ NeighborFood

    I really wish I had a mid-morning scone break right now. My husband has no appreciation for scones so I rarely make them. I think it’s about time to treat myself! And Leslie Knope is a perfect inspiration! I love both her and real life Amy Poehler–strong, powerful women not afraid to succeed, be funny, or take on a male dominated world.

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Susan, I’ve idolized so many fictional characters in my life (some of which are cartoon characters) so it’s totally cool that you dedicated this post to Leslie Knope. She’s the real reason we’re even celebrating Galentine’s Day! And I’m sure Leslie would be all over these scones – they look fantastic and I love the flavour combination. I’m wishing I had a basket in front of me right now! Happy Galentine’s Day, my friend!

  4. Carla

    Actually, Leslie is a great role model! Especially this week’s episode where they showed how male and female candidates are treated differently because of gender and how her and Ben stood up for themselves. Love the sound of these scones – bright and cheerful for these cold winter days.


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