Lemon Scones with Rosemary (Low Calorie)

Lemon Scones with Rosemary are light and fluffy and the perfect accompaniment to a tea or brunch. These low fat scones will make any Mother’s Day celebration special.

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So light & fluffy. Can't wait to make them again. Low fat & Calorie but you would never know it! Lemon  Scones with Rosemary


You cannot have a Mother’s Day Tea without scones.  It just isn’t right.  These Lemon Scones with Rosemary will have you looking for reasons to eat them.  They are light, fluffy and aromatic.  While they are baking, the intoxicating aroma of lemon and rosemary waft through the air.  It draws you to the oven where you watch them puff up and get a little crispy on the outside.  When they come out of the oven, it is all you can do not to eat one right away.  Why wait, dig right in.  They are too good to wait.

You may have noticed my scones are round not triangular as so popular here in the States.  I am a purest when it comes to scones.  We lived in England for 5 years when I was a kid.  I just adored scones, well actually everything British.  So to me, scones are round.  It is just the way it is.  I, personally, don’t like a triangular scone.  The corners tend to get hard and crunchy.  I don’t want hard and crunchy.  I want fluffy, pillowy, soft, buttery mounds of baked joy.  If your scones have to be triangular, then do what you must.  They will still taste delicious.

I really did love living in England as a kid.  I loved the palaces and castles and the village living.  They have such history and all the pomp and circumstance seemed so romantic.  We left right after Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married. (Boy, I am dating myself)  What a joyous time that was.  I remember dressing up in a pretty white dress for the occasion.  All the other little girls in the village did too as we pretended to marry our princes.  What a glorious time it was.  Mother’s Day is a perfect time to relive those great memories and all the new ones with my daughter.

So light & fluffy. Can't wait to make them again. Low fat & Calorie but you would never know it! Lemon Rosemary Scones

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Lemon Scones with Rosemary

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 14 scones
Calories 158 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose 300 grams, unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 120 grams
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup grated butter frozen for 1 hour
  • 2 oz light cream cheese diced then frozen for 1 hour
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 cup cold 2% fat milk
  • 1/3 cup cold seltzer or soda water
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar raw sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425º.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  3. Add frozen butter and cream cheese. Using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, cut in butter and cream cheese until they are little pebble sized.
  4. Stir in lemon zest and rosemary.
  5. Add milk and seltzer and stir until just combined.
  6. Flour a work surface and knead dough 10 times.
  7. Using well floured rolling pin roll the dough out to 1 inch thickness.
  8. Dip a round 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter into flour. Cut out scones. Lightly knead the dough back together and cut out more. You should have 14.
  9. Place scones onto a baking sheet and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Scones with Rosemary
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


Adapted from Nigella Lawson – How to be a Domestic Goddess


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  1. These sound AMAZING. Am always looking for recipes to use up my gigantic rosemary bush.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much. Our Rosemary grows like weeds, luckily it is quite beautiful. They are great. I keep some in my freezer to defrost for breakfast.
  2. I never knew scones were supposed to be circular. More like a biscuit then? (But... to british people biscuit = cookie, right? Everything gets so confusing!) At any rate, these scones sound tasty and perfect for Mother's day!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      You have it perfectly Kelly! I what we know as a biscuit today was actually a scone a long, long, long time ago :)
  3. Wonderful presentation, Christie. Looks absolutely fantastic!
  4. This looks great! I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-3.html Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Cathy
  5. I make scones like this with rosemary and parmesan, but this lemon is a great idea.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Madonna, Love the idea of a savory scone with parmesan. That would be a huge hit with my daughter. She loves parmesan in everything. Thanks for visitng Food Done Light today.
  6. How very delicious these scones look! Lemon and Rosemary are perfect together! So nice stopping by to visit with you :) Kindly, Lorraine
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much Lorraine. It is nice to "meet" you. Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light today.
  7. Can't wait to try these....:)) Over from Rattlebridge
  8. Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life says
    Yum, I can taste these now, perfect breakfast! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party: Two Girls and a Party Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by: Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off We hope to see you there!
  9. These scones look delicious!!! Love the addition of the rosemary, it sounds delicious with lemon.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Maria. It the combination of lemon and rosemary work so well together and smells so good.
  10. Hello---I need your help--The recipe and directions , as I am seeing it, is in yellow ink and extremely difficult for me to see/read --I appreciate the yellow since the scones are lemony---I do want to print off the recipe --will the ingredients and directions be in yellow as well ??? help !!! thanks ...


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