Mini Earl Grey Scones with Rose and Lavender Icings

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with floral rose and lavender icings will make you feel like you’re in an enchanted garden!

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

Hello again, all five of you who wondered where I’ve been this last month and a half. Let me explain/make excuses for my brief absence. 

About a month ago I made these awesome delicious scones (Earl Grey, with rose and lavender icings). I spent a couple hours taking photos and they were the BEST photos I’ve taken, and Mike said they were the BEST scones he’d ever had. I was pretty stoked. I even had my post written and everything, I just had to pick my favorite photos, make a Pinterest-friendly image, and type up the recipe.

We were going out of town for a wedding that weekend so I made a folder in dropbox and told my favorite 30 or so photos of the Earl Grey scones to upload in case I wanted to work on them while we were on the road or in the hotel. I clicked upload right before we walked out the door to leave. 

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

Well, I didn’t get a chance to work on them that weekend but I did want to show them off to my mom in Columbia while we were on our way home. So I logged in to dropbox and discovered only one photo had successfully uploaded before our crappy internet connection must have died.

(spoiler: the one photo that uploaded is the feature photo for this post)

“Oh, well,” I told her, “You’ll see the rest when I post the recipe.”

(ominous music playing)

When we got home, I once again flipped through the photos of the Earl Grey scones and admired them, and then stupidly decided to procrastinate again.

A couple days later my computer froze. And when I restarted it, I got the flashing question mark folder icon of death. That’s the one where it says “Hard drive? What hard drive?” A flashing question mark folder is not always deadly, and I had gotten one a few weeks earlier, freaked out, managed to boot my computer, and backed everything up. But this one was accompanied by an ominous clicking noise, which is the real death sentence. I tried everything I could find, and finally took my computer in to the Apple store, where they essentially told me my computer had had a long and wonderful life but it was time for it to go (unless I wanted to pay a third party to replace my hard drive since they didn’t carry the part, and then I’d still be running a new hard drive on 8 year old hardware).

Poor computer. Can't find its own hard drive.

Poor computer. Can’t find its own hard drive.

Of course, the glorious scone photos were moved to my computer and deleted from my memory card between the backup and the hard drive crash. So all I was left with was the one, single photo that uploaded to dropbox.

I was devastated.

Now, I realize it could have been much, much worse. I did not lose any photos that were even remotely sentimental or any important documents since I had the good fortune to have been able to back up the computer a couple weeks prior. But I was still heartbroken over the loss of my scone photos, mourning the death of my longtime desktop companion, and finally, grumbling over the loss of my precious daylight hours with that most wretched of days, the one where you “fall back” an hour and supposedly one single extra hour of sleep on one night is supposed to make up for it being dark at 5 p.m. for the next 5 months. 

I remade the scones a couple weeks ago and was viciously protecting them from Mike like Gollum with his precious ring until I could reshoot what I hoped would be comparable to my original photos. I came home and immediately started gathering props to reshoot them, my camera had trouble focusing on the very first photo because the light outside was already going. The photos are not near their former glory, but at least I do have a couple more photos for you.

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

I got tired of hoarding them and wanted my sweet hubby to enjoy them, so we ate them all. And they were delicious. So you and I will both just have to deal with imagining these photos as awesome as they were, because if I hold myself to that same standard now when I have no light on weeknights and no time to shoot on weekends, I will never post another recipe on here until spring.

I’ve decided I need to be done sulking and moping over all that I lost and instead be excited for fall, the holidays, and my new fast computer; and start cooking and shooting again.

So, here are the scones. And they are awesome, even if some of the photos are not. 

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

These Earl Grey scones evoke to me a sort of romantic storybook era, the one I daydream about on Pinterest when I save photos of magical hidden garden alcoves. I imagine spending my days reading and tending to my romantic cottage garden filled with lavender and foxgloves like Mary Lennox. In the afternoon I would settle at a little white wrought iron table under an arbor covered in climbing roses to sip on my Earl Grey tea, eat dainty finger sandwiches, and spoon clotted cream onto freshly baked scones. 

I do have a real full-time job, so that storybook world can’t be my whole life. But maybe, just by taking the time to slow down and prepare such a charming, old-world treat, I actually make that restful, peaceful daydream more of a reality. 

The scones are just the right texture — a bit crumbly like a scone should be, but not at all dry. They’re moist and dense, not cakey. More like a slightly flaky thick shortbread, rather than a biscuit. The dough is laced with vanilla beans and tea leaves, ground up into a fine powder for all the flavor without any unpleasant texture. And the icings (both rose and lavender, since I couldn’t decide) lend just the right sweet, floral complement to the timeless Earl Grey flavor. (Make sure you let the icing dry completely before you store it the scones in an airtight container, or it might stay kind of gooey!) Of course, they’re mini (we all know how much I love miniature baked goods) so you can have one of each flavor without feeling guilty. 

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

If you have trouble finding rose water like I did for the longest time, I finally found it in the ethnic food section of our regular grocery store with the Middle Eastern and Indian foods. And I got my dried lavender at our local Spice and Tea Exchange, but you can also order some on Amazon.

These are wonderful with a little unsweetened whipped cream (or if you have some, clotted cream is also delightful – I found some at World Market). There is plenty of sugar in the icing. You should have some cream leftover from the recipe, and I’ve discovered a dangerous little trick where you can easily make a single serving of whipped cream in under a minute with a handheld milk frother. Dangerous because now it’s SO EASY to have whipped cream on demand without making a production out of it, even if you just want it to top off a single cup of coffee or a couple miniature scones. (the frother I linked to is not the one I have, since I’ve had mine for probably 12 years, but it’s similar and has lots of good ratings)

UPDATE 4/30/16: My old milk frother did finally kick the bucket and I bought the one in the link above! Looks great and works great, and you can read my post about making a single serving of whipped cream with it here!

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

So what are you waiting for? Make these Earl Grey scones. Brew some tea. Nibble, sip, relax, and enjoy your peaceful retreat.

For more ideas for your own at-home tea party, follow my Tea Party Recipes and Ideas board on Pinterest!

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

Mini Earl Grey Scones with Rose and Lavender Icings

Course: Afternoon tea, Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 18 mini scones
Author: Caroline Lindsey
These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 tbsp cold unsalted butter diced
  • 3 bags Earl Grey tea leaves about 1 tbsp

Rose icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 2 drops red food coloring gel

Lavender icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tsp cream
  • 1 tbsp lavender water see note
  • 2 drops red and 1 drop blue food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Empty tea bags into small food processor or spice grinder. Whirl around tea until leaves are fine, more like powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, tea, and vanilla bean powder.
  4. Add cold butter cubes and cut in using a pastry blender/cutter until mixture has a sandy texture. If you don't have a pastry blender, you can also use a large metal whisk like a potato masher.
  5. Beat egg, cream, vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Mix into flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Pat mixture into a ball, shape into a 7 inch square. Cut into a 9-square grid, then cut each square diagonally to make 18 triangle-shaped mini scones. Arrange on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-17 minutes, or until you can see golden brown around the bottoms of the scones.

For the icing

  1. Mix the ingredients for each icing in separate small bowls until smooth. Adjust food coloring as desired.
  2. While scones are still warm out of the oven, flip the scones top-side down and dip the tops into the icing, 9 of each flavor. Let excess icing drip off before putting right-side up on a wire rack. For easier cleanup, put wire rack on top of a baking sheet to catch drips.
  3. Let dry completely before storing in an airtight container. (if they are not completely cool and dry when you store them, the icing will be gooey instead of hard and shiny tomorrow!)

Recipe Notes

To make lavender water, cover 1 tsp dried culinary lavender flowers with 2 tbsp boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain.

Adapted from Cooking Classy.

These moist, dense Earl Grey scones with rose and lavender floral icings will make you feel like you're in an enchanted garden! |

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  • Reply
    December 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Well, I am glad to see you back (if this even goes through!). The scones sound wonderful and the photos are lovely, even if not the originals. I have not yet had this happen, although I have thought I took a great shot and didn’t take my usual 5-7, only to find that when downloaded, it was completely out of focus. Sigh. Ahhh… The trials and tribulations of blogging! Hope you and Mike have a great Christmas!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      January 2, 2016 at 5:39 am

      Thank you, David! We did have a very nice Christmas and got to see both of our families, but I am looking forward to relaxing more and doing less this month! Hope you had a great Christmas and happy new year!

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    Breakfast for Dinner
    January 25, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Lovely photos – it’s really too bad you lost the first batch! That has happened to me before, and it is so frustrating! These flavours sound really delicate and delicious.

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      January 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Sorry you’ve had a similar photo loss experience! Isnt it just the worst? I’m just glad I didn’t lose any irreplaceable family photos or anything. I do love the florals with the Earl Grey flavor! It is so calming and really makes you stop and savor every bite. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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    The Hungry Mum
    June 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    saw this gorge recipe on the request for lavender recipes on FBC on Facebook and had to check it out! I love every single thing here! What I wouldn;t give to have one magically appear in front of me…

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      June 3, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Thanks so much! I hope you give them a try. They’re my and my husband’s favorites!

  • Reply
    August 29, 2017 at 12:02 am

    I feel for you, I am now in the same situation with a dead PC. But what a wonderful idea those early grey scones. If the weather is mild I work in the garden, and being in the South of France even have lavender. I have some meeting set up next week with some English ladies, tea with scones is a perfect idea. I have some orange flower water left over from Easter Pastiera and I will try to use it for the icing. Thanks for the idea

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      September 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I bet the orange flower water would make an amazing icing for these! Good luck with your dead computer, that is never fun! I hope you didn’t lose too much when your computer crashed.

  • Reply
    April 8, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Absolutely loved them! Definitely going to make them again,thank you for inspiring our weekend with your recipes!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      April 16, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Kieren, thank you so much! I’m glad to have contributed to your weekend recipe inspiration!

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