Earl Grey Honey Scones

Breakfast, Scones & Muffins

I’m currently in Milan, eating SO much pasta and feeling so very full. I have a feeling that I might have to go on a bit of a pasta-cleanse upon my return. I also see lots of running with Amelia in my near future and I’m genuinely excited about it. I can’t wait to tell you more about my trip but right now I’m currently staring at these scones, hoping you have time this weekend to make them because they are so good.

This fall, I want earl grey everything. Fun fact is that my favorite tea to drink during the day is definitely earl grey tea. I love it with a splash of almond milk—it’s too good.

I wanted this recipe to be inspired by a big ol’ cup of tea and I think I did that. Even though it kinda doesn’t taste like so definitely eat it accompanied by a warm mug of tea.

Earlier I was watching European news and on BBC it was talking about the temperatures all across the United States and it’s kinda warm. SO…you might not be in the mood to bake this up this weekend but I’m hoping fall-like temperatures hit all of us soon—I can’t wait!

Earl Grey Honey Scones

4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 8


Honey Scones:

  • 1 cup buttermilk + 1 tablespoon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons earl grey, 1 tea bag + 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted


To Make the Scones:

  • In a measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk and whisk in the honey. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Using a box grater, grate the butter atop the flour mixture and transfer to the freezer to chill for 5 minutes. Remove from the freezer and toss the butter with the flour until it’s evenly coated. Mix the butter throughout the flour, pressing the butter into the flour using your fingers.
  • Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Mix until it comes together. Dump out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until it comes together (about 3 to 4 times). Press into a circle that’s about 1-inch thick. Cut right down the middle of the circle and then across, creating 4 big scones. Cut those 4 big scones in half, leaving you with 8 scones. Transfer them to the prepared sheet pan. Transfer to the freezer to chill for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Brush the scones with buttermilk and transfer to the oven to bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the tops are medium-golden brown and the scones have risen. Remove and allow to cool.

To Make the Glaze:

  • In a measuring cup, measure out 1/3 cup boiling water. Add the tea bag and allow to steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and discard.
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of earl grey tea together. Whisk until smooth, thick and barely pourable. This is a bit of a touch and go sort of recipe so if it’s too thick, add a teaspoon of liquid and if it’s too thin, add a few tablespoons of powdered sugar.
  • Pour the glaze over the scones and serve.
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  • Reply Barbara Crisp September 28, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Sorry but where’s the recipe?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      sorry i had a little airplane internet snafoo! but it’s up now 🙂

  • Reply Leslie September 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I am not seeing the recipe.

  • Reply Mollie September 28, 2017 at 9:01 am

    This has me drooling!! Baking during Fall is the best. I just put up a Chocolate Chip Banana Pumpkin Bread recipe on my blog today also. I’m definitely going to add these to my Autumn baking rotation!

    xoxo Mollie

  • Reply Casey Talbot September 28, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hi! These look AMAZING, but I’m not seeing the recipe 🙁

  • Reply Jackie Born September 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Where do I find the actual recipe?

  • Reply Ricki Jill Treleaven September 28, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I would love these! I just made plain scones for my Nancy Drew tea party (live on my blog Sunday), and I serve them with easy peasy lemon curd. But I love anything and everything bergamot flavored, and I drink Earl Grey tea almost everyday!
    Do you have a link to the recipe? I will try to make these over the weekend because our scones are long gone! AND I have plenty of Earl Grey tea and honey on hand!


    • Reply Teresa October 7, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Lemon curd! I think that would be wonderful with these biscuits. Why didn’t I think of that?? Thanks for tip.

  • Reply Mary Montgomery September 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Yes where is the recipe

  • Reply Chelsea September 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Is there an actual recipe for these? I would love to make them but I don’t see any instructions in the post!

  • Reply Carol September 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Am I missing something? Where’s the recipe? Would love to make these this weekend!

  • Reply txu September 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

    These scones look delicious… but where’s the recipe?

  • Reply Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com September 28, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Taking tea is the most civilized practice, and boy would it be great to enjoy a cuppa with your delicious looking scones. I’ll be making these soon for certain.

  • Reply Leila September 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    These look amazing! …but I don’t see a recipe or link 🙂

  • Reply Margit September 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    They do sound so delicious and I looooove Earl Gray Tea but….. I was not able to find the recipe for it or could click on these….help…

  • Reply Lauren September 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Am I missing something? Where is the recipe?

    • Reply AE September 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I don’t see a recipe either…this pictures look amazing though. Looking forward to getting the recipe!

  • Reply Tracy September 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Such a tease with no recipe!! 🙂

  • Reply Melissa September 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    did someone swoop in and steal your recipe? I don’t see it

  • Reply Geraldine September 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Will the recipe be available to try ourselves?

  • Reply Sheila September 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I too can’t find this yummy recipe
    Would love to have it
    Earl Grey Scones!

    • Reply mr alex o ogola April 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Recipe recipe need recipe l woulda love too

  • Reply Sue M September 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I was looking for the recipe too

  • Reply Colleen Taylor September 28, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Yep I too am looking for the recipe. Sounds good. Like to make them.

  • Reply Aimee September 29, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Oh my gosh I hope you’re having simply THE BEST time in Milan! I cannot wait to travel again – we went to Ireland in the spring. As for the scones, they are one of my favorite simple comfort foods. My mom makes scones whenever I visit, we have some tea and talk for hours 🙂

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker September 29, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Ohh that glaze though! Can’t wait to hear about your trip, it looks AMAZING.

  • Reply Kathleen September 30, 2017 at 5:52 am

    I cannot freaking wait to make these. I am more than a little obsessed with Earl Grey and I sneak it into all kinds of things (Madeleines! Shortbread! Ice Cream!) It’s especially magical when combined with lavender. (When I make these, I may add a bit of culinary lavender in with the tea as it steeps. And I may steep the tea in milk because dairy fat makes me happy.)

  • Reply Ricki Jill Treleaven October 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Thank-you! Happy you’re home safely, and I will try these this upcoming weekend. You rock!

  • Reply Emily October 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Made these tonight–amazing! I used a full stick of butter because 4 tablespoons butter to 3 cups flour did not seem like the proper scone ratio. Instead of the glaze, I mixed two bags of earl grey tea leaves in with the other dry ingredients. Delicious honey and earl grey flavor!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Hahaha get ur butter on! So glad they worked out. All the changes you made sound great!

  • Reply Teresa October 7, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Ok.. I made these for breakfast this morning and surprisingly it’s not one of my favs. The biscuits were bland (maybe I should have upped the salt)and the glaze was not strong enough to give it that Early Grey taste. I added honey to my scone but I also like the suggestion for lemon curd. I will try that with my next one. Thank you! Keep the recipes coming!!

    • Reply Tamara November 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      I made these scones recently but had to use a buttermilk substitute since I did not have any on hand. I thought they came out a little dry and tough but thought it was due to the buttermilk substitute. I then made the pumpkin chai scones last night with actual buttermilk and found that recipe to come out a little dry and tough as well. Compared with other scone recipes, these just seem to have much less butter and liquid ingredients. The flakiness seemed to come out well, but if you’re looking for a more moist scone I would suggest adding both more butter and buttermilk.

  • Reply Rachael @ Rachael's Foodie Life October 11, 2017 at 3:51 am

    oooooo these sound incredible! Earl Grey tea is my favourite ever. I cannot wait to make these!

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  • Reply Abby December 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I’m about to make these, and I’m wondering, when it says to pour the glaze over the scones and serve, does that mean the best results come if you glaze them right before serving? E.g. if these are for only two people and will be eaten for several days, should I add the glaze each day, or is it fine to glaze them all at once?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      It’s fine to add the glaze all at once!

      • Reply Abby December 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        thanks! i just glazed them and ate one, and they are delicious!

  • Reply Poe September 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

    These look so wonderful! Do you think it would be easy to add fruit to this, or would that ruin the texture?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 11, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      I do. Unless you bake the fruit a bit to dry it out! 🙂 What fruit were you thinking?

      • Reply Poe September 11, 2018 at 8:14 pm

        Thank you for the feedback! I was thinking blueberries in particular?

  • Reply Ana January 20, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Loved the honey flavor coming through on the scones. I am thinking about making this recipe again with orange blossom honey instead. I didn’t get much of the earl grey flavor through the glaze, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the scones. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Gina April 15, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Just took these out of the oven and they look amazing! But they did not rise as well as the picture… Any suggestions?

  • Reply Alenka April 20, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    I just made these! Delicious… for the next time – I would mix earl grey with the milk and directly stir that up”

  • Reply Sydney June 4, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Delicious! I halved the recipe and used a non-dairy buttermilk substitute (1 c almond milk + 1 tbsp vinegar, let sit 10 min).

  • Reply Christina June 7, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Hi! Do you think this would work okay with Gluten-free flour?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme June 11, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Yes, a gluten-free all-purpose should work just fine!

  • Reply Kris June 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I made these recently and they were AMAZING (and easy to make)….my biggest fear was making sure I didn’t over mix! My friends loved them, thank you for sharing your recipes…they are wonderful!

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