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Grapefruit Scones

Take advantage of grapefruit season with these sweet, flaky glazed grapefruit scones! Looking for other uses for grapefruit? These citrus scones are it!

glazed grapefruit scones

Can you believe it will be Valentine’s Day in 5 days!? Whether you’re celebrating or not, you have to admit that it definitely snuck up this year. I seriously don’t know where the time goes. Cliché, followed by cliché. But so true!

This past weekend Etienne and I hosted a Valentine’s Day dinner party with some friends. There were supposed to be 4 couples coming, but due to the INSANE snowstorm that day, one couple had to cancel. It actually kind of worked out, since our table had a hard enough time fitting all 8 of us, and I hate to admit it, we had just enough to eat. Apparently I need practice making large quantities of food! We had salad, spicy butternut squash soup, and these crazy good (and easy) beef short ribs with mushroom risotto by Flavor the Moments. Thanks, Marcie!

But what we really need to talk about is the cake. Eeek! I was totally winging it with this cake, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out….now I really regret not creating a post about it. In due time, I suppose. It had a chocolate cake base and a raspberry mousse filling, all topped off with a thick layer of chocolate ganache. Swoon!!

valentines day cake

Isn’t she pretty!? Alas, after all that decadence, I wanted nothing but a tart, juicy grapefruit on Sunday. So I had about 4 of them. And nothing else. It was perfect! And then I couldn’t keep myself out of the kitchen and I made some glazed grapefruit scones!

Are these grapefruit scones sweet or sour?

Thanks to the granulated sugar in the recipe, along with the sweet glaze, these scones have just the perfect amount of zing, but they are just sweet enough. If you like things a bit sweeter, you can certainly add a bit more sugar. I’d suggest starting with an extra 2 tablespoons in the recipe.


How do you make grapefruit scones?

This recipe has the typical suspects you’d find in a scone recipe:

  • butter (keep it cold)
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour

Along with the primary ingredients, I used the zest of one whole grapefruit in the recipe, along with real, fresh grapefruit juice. The dough is a cinch to make. The usual scone rules apply; keep the butter COLD, and do not overwork the dough. I actually like to keep my butter frozen before using it, and then use a grater to shave it into fine pieces before incorporating it into the dough. If you have a food processor, it’ll do that job for you in seconds! Add the butter and just pulse enough to bring the dough together.

The glaze is delicious – I mixed more grapefruit zest into it, along with a touch of grapefruit juice. It has just the right amount of zing!

How long do these grapefruit scones stay fresh?

The scones are definitely best enjoyed fresh, but I had no problem eating them over the next few days!! If I’m not eating them fresh from the oven, I like to heat them up a bit and add a bit of butter…so good!

I suggest that you go out of your way to buy a few extra grapefruits the next time you’re at the grocery store – you’ll be happy you did!!

glazed grapefruit scones

glazed grapefruit scones

I feel sad that I only have a few scone recipes on the site – this is the other one though, and it is terrific!

I’ve also got to suggest a few other tasty recipes on the blog, like:

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grapefruit scones

Grapefruit Scones

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x


Take advantage of grapefruit season with these sweet, flaky glazed grapefruit scones! Looking for other uses for grapefruit? These citrus scones are it!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup very cold unsalted butter*, grated or in cubes
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • zest of 1 grapefruit


  • 1 tbsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp grapefruit zest
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the cold butter using a fork or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse pea-sized crumbs.
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk the sugar together with the egg until combined, then add the heavy cream. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, and gently begin to combine together with a spatula. Add the grapefruit juice and zest, and use the spatula to mix gently until a soft dough is formed. Do not overmix!
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and using floured hands, form the dough into an 8″ disc and cut into 8 wedges. Place each wedge on the prepared baking sheet a couple inches apart. Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes, until the scones are light brown around the edges. Allow the scones to cool for a few moments before adding the glaze.
  5. Make the glaze. While the scones are baking, prepare the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, grapefruit juice and zest. Add more juice or more sugar to achieve the consistency you’d like. Drizzle the glaze over the fresh scones before serving.

Scones are best enjoyed immediately, but will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days. I like to re-heat my leftover scones and add some butter 🙂


  1. I like to grate frozen butter into small pieces before adding it into the scone dough.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: bake

Keywords: grapefruit scones // citrus scones // grapefruit glaze // grapefruit recipes // unique scone recipes

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Grapefruit Scones


  1. Grapefruit scones is such a fresh idea! I am sure that citrus zing adds so much flavor to the scone! And I love that chocolate and raspberry cake! It’s so beautiful Kathy!!

  2. These scones sound so crisp in flavor and refreshing! But girl….you definitely need to make a post about that cake!! Oh-em-yummmmmmm 🙂 XOXO

  3. marcie@flavorthemoments

    Your Valentine’s dinner sounded so lovely and I’m glad that you enjoyed the short ribs! That cake looks out of this world Katherine…it’s so pretty and every layer sounds incredible! I love grapefruit too and love just eating them plain…no sugar necessary! These scones are a great way to enjoy those flavors…that tart-sweet glaze must be heavenly!

    • Marcie, those short ribs were fantastic. I just want to make short ribs in the slow cooker weekly now!! They were so tender and flavourful! Thank you so much! They are a really refreshing, light treat for the morning with a cup of tea 🙂 As a fellow grapefruit lover, you’d definitely enjoy! 🙂

  4. This sounds so fresh and zingy (is that a word) I love grapefruit and different ways to incorporate it into baked goods

  5. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    Oh my GOSH these scones look amazing. I looooove grapefruit. And of course I love scones! When I make food for a dinner party I always make at least triple what I would need to feed everyone. . .maybe we should co-host a party and we’d find a happy medium in terms of food :). Have a great weekend, Katherine!

    • Thanks Kelsie!! I LOVE grapefruit too (and scones) 😉 YES – we really do need to co-host. I would much rather have food leftover!! I think you would have to be in charge of dessert though (obviously). Have a great weekend too my friend!! XO

  6. Michelle | www.siftandsimmer.com

    I never think of grapefruit when I think of scones… I usually think berries, but yours look delish! Looks like you had a lovely time with your pals!

  7. I love grapefruit too and the idea of flavoring a delicious scone with them is definitely hitting it out of the park!

  8. That cake is seriously gorgeous, Katherine. I love the curvy heart shape, SO sexy… 😉

    And these scones look like absolute perfection – that texture! that grapefruit glaze!! Definitely a must try recipe. I’m tempted to add a teeny tiny hint of rosemary to the glaze – I love citrus / herb flavor…

    • Thank you Marissa! I am so happy with how the cake turned out – I want to make another! Rosemary is a terrific idea – I never think to add herbs to my sweets but I always love it when I taste it! Hope you’re having a great weekend!! XO

  9. crumbtopbaking

    I wish I had a few of these scones to go with my big pot of coffee in the morning! Perhaps next weekend! 😉 I love that these have so much grapefruit flavour from the zest and juice! I bet they’re tasty. And BTW, that heart shaped cake is absolutely beautiful! Happy Friday Katherine!

  10. These are gorgeous, Katherine! I just want to grab one (or two) right through my screen! And that heart shaped cake is so preeeetty! We had a get together planned over Christmas and we made a TON of food and on that day we had a big storm. Suffice to say, the people that were hear went home with lots of leftovers and we had a bunch for days. Good ol’ Canada weather for ya 😉 Gotta show these scones to hubby…we both love grapefruit, especially him. Pinned! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! XO

    • Oh man – Canada!!! It never seems to fail. My birthday is in December and I swear, if I ever try to actually plan any sort of gathering we have the most massive snowstorm that day haha! Leftovers are always good though 🙂 Thanks for the pin my friend! Cheers!

  11. That is one perfect looking scone Kathy!! I can’t get over the fact that they are SO perfectly layered and look so crisp too. These will totally knock the bakery scones out of the park. Hope you are having a nice weekend.

  12. Ashika | Gardening Foodie

    Wow Katherine, this is such a great idea and recipe using grapefruit in scones. I looooove using citrus in baking, it gives it such a fresh and refreshing taste. And these scones must taste amazing. It will really make a yummy breakfast too 🙂
    Have a great week 🙂

  13. These scones are definitely up my alley! The idea of using grapefruit is a brilliant one! I couldn’t stop at just one! 😉

  14. I just made some scones Katherine! They’re my favorite. And I’ve never tried grapefruit scones. I bet they’re delish. On my baking list for sure!

  15. that cake looks insane! as do these scones! i’v enever made ‘americans/canadian’ scones before but love the sound of that glaze! hope you’ve recovered from the snow storm!

  16. I wish I was at that dinner! The food sounds amazing, and that cake is beautiful! The scones sound wonderful! I love the idea of using grapefruit. Happy a great Valentine’s Day, Katherine!

  17. thefrizzybaker

    These sound incredible Katherine! I never would have thought about putting grapefruit in scones. Actually, grapefruit in hardly anything except drinks. The few times I’ve had grapefruit, it’s been too bitter for me and i have o add so much sugar it defeats the healthy intentions. So as long as I’m using sugar anyway, I may as well put them in scone form! They look amazing! Oh, and that Valentines cake…. gorgeous!!

  18. Hello Katherine ….! these looks soooo good & yummy, i will try to making this in upcoming few days. Thanks for sharing……keep shared new ideas with beautiful recipe….!

  19. lindenandlavender

    We’re obsessed with grapefruit at my home! May make these to celebrate family day tomorrow. What a refreshing recipe 😉

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