Coconut Lime Scones

by Kate on May 9, 2013

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Confession: In all my years of baking I’ve never made scones. Now, twice in one month I made them! This was my first ever attempts and then I went to King Arthur Flour Blog & Bake™ and had the opportunity to make them again. The reason I’ve never made scones before is most likely because I’ve never had a scone I like. I’ve always found them to be dry, crumbly and basically unappetizing.

Until now. These scones are the complete and total opposite! They’re moist, almost cakey but not quite. The scones are vanilla bean with subtle coconut notes then they’re drizzled with a vanilla bean lime glaze. These scones make me want to form a scone habit. Clearly, I had just never had a good scone before but now I realize how wonderful they can be. I’ve discovered their potential.

Coconut Lime Scones -

This month for Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge, we were assigned the ingredients coconut and lime which are two of my all-time favorite ingredients. I’ve made Coconut Lime Bundt Cake, Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Lime Frosting, and Coconut Key Lime Sorbet with Fresh Ginger. Despite all those incredible creations, I think this may be my favorite use of coconut and lime to date. These scones quite frankly, are the bomb. I may or may not have eaten more than my fair share of them, like 6 of them … or so.  You may not be able to stop yourself either.



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Coconut Lime Scones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 24 small scones

Coconut Lime Scones

Soft, tender coconut scones with a vanilla bean lime glaze.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream (more if needed)
  • 2 whole vanilla beans
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, more if needed for thinning
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • zest of 1 lime
  • dash Of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds. Stir seeds into cream. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Sift together flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Slice butter into slices, then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour. Keep going until mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in the coconut.
  5. Add the egg to the vanilla cream mixture, then combine with flour mixture; stir gently with a fork just until it comes together.
  6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently press it together until it forms a rough rectangle. Dough will be crumbly. Use a rolling pin to roll into a rectangle about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick, gathering with your hands as necessary.
  7. Using a knife, trim the dough to a rectangle, then cut the rectangle into 12 symmetrical squares. Next, cut each square in half diagonally, forming two triangles.
  8. Transfer triangles to prepared baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 18 minutes, removing from the oven just before they start to turn golden. Allow to cool for 15 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Make Glaze:
  10. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds. Stir seeds into milk; set aside for 10-15 minutes. Mix powdered sugar with the vanilla milk, adding more powdered sugar or milk if necessary to get the consistency the right thickness. Stir or whisk until completely smooth. Add lime zest and whisk to incorporate.
  11. One at a time, dunk each cooled scone in the glaze or spoon glaze over cooled scones. Transfer to parchment paper or the cooling rack. Allow the glaze to set completely, about an hour.


Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Now let’s see what other Coconut & Lime creations everyone else made!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Deanna Segrave-Daly May 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

Ahh, my weakness is coconut with lime and cake like scones – these look amazing!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

Looks like we both had scones on our minds, Kate! I love love love your coconut lime version! So yummy!


Barb | Creative Culinary May 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

I love the flavor combination Kate…I’ll pretend I’m somewhere tropical!

I thought scones were supposed to be sort of dry but it’s never bothered me; I treat them like biscotti…they are never eaten without some coffee for dunking! 🙂


Kate May 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Thanks Barb! I hadn’t ever thought that was the way they were supposed to be. Perhaps you’re correct! And here I go screwing it all up 😉


Paula May 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

Ohhh, LOVE the scones!! Great idea.


Kate May 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thanks so much Paula!


Kate May 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Like you, it took me a long time to find a scone that I liked. These sound as though they have the perfect consistency to bring smiles!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

What great flavors for scones! Perfect for spring!


suzanne May 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I hate to admit it but I am scone and biscuit challenged. I don’t know why they never turn out well for me so I still search for a recipe that doesn’t live up to my reputation as the maker of paper weights or hockey pucks. Your scones look really really good. I have never tried one of the recipes from King Arthur’s site. Coconut and lime are one of my favorite flavor combinations, I know this has to be super delicious.


Kate May 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Well, in the past I’ve never had any desire to make them because I’ve found them to be so unappetizing. I beg you to give these a try and assure you, they will not be hockey pucks 🙂 Far from it.


The Ninja Baker May 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Although I grew up in Japan, I’m a bit of an Anglophile so scones are a have. And your scrumptious looking and sounding scones may prove to be one of my “favorites.” =)


Kate May 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Ooo!! Why thank you! I’m so happy you like them.


The Ninja Baker May 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm

P.s. That was supposed to be “favoritest.”


Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! May 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I am like you, I have not met many scones that I like, but these look delicious! Coconut and lime are a great flavor combo, too. I am definitely up for trying them and I bet they are fantastic!


tanya May 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

I love scones Kate and try to make them often, however I only make one flavor! THIS is the next one I try! I love that glaze poured on top, so delicious!


Kate May 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thanks Tanya! I hope you enjoy them. They were gone REALLY quickly around here!


Liz May 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

These look AMAZING! Love the flavor combo and I can’t wait to try these out! 🙂


Kate May 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Liz! They really were awesomely delicious.


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork May 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

AMAZING!! I love the combo of lime and coconut!


Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen May 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

So pretty and interesting, I would never think to add lime to a scone. (don’t know why I add lemon all the time.)


Kate May 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thank you Sherri! They were so good and the flavor combination really worked nicely here. I’d love to try lemon scones! Do you have a recipe?


Liz May 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Oh, I love the look of your coconut scones! And adding a lime glaze was an excellent addition!


Vicki @ WITK May 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I love a good scone recipe! Especially one that is soft and tender, and filled with coconutty goodness 🙂


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

These sound amazing!


Laura May 11, 2013 at 12:03 am

I was just reading about the King Arthur blogging event. Sounds awesome! And these scones sound really unique and delish! Pinning!


Yvonne @ bitter baker May 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

YUM!! These look amazing. It’s never too late to start making/liking scones! I grew up with non-sweet/savory scones, and I just recently tried the sweet kind. They’re definitely growing on me!


Hazel May 14, 2013 at 6:44 am

Wow. These look incredible! I’m always making english scones and serving them with clotted cream and raspberry jam but these look like a great alternative. Such a great shape too. I can’t wait to try the zingy lime icing.


Kate May 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Hazel! I hope you enjoy them if you make them. We truly did. It’s a new favorite around here!


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