Chocolate Orange Scones

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These Chocolate Orange Scones are delicate, tender, and moist with dark chocolate chips and sunny orange flavor throughout. With a simple orange glaze, they're a perfectly sweet treat.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x
  • Category: Baked Goods
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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  • 2-1/2 ounces unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 cups all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups single or light cream
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange


  1. Preheat your oven to 400  F (200 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  2. Grate your butter using the large holes into a bowl and stash this in the freezer while you mix your dry inredients.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and stir this in as well. Then put your mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. While that's getting cold, measure out your cream and zest your orange directly over the cream, adding the zest that sticks to the back of the zester.
  5. When your 10 minutes are up, remove the dry ingredients from the freezer, and add your orange cream and your chocolate chips. Stir this together with a rubber spatula until a stiff dough forms.
  6. Turn your dough out onto a floured surface, and bring it together with a few gentle squeezes. You don't want to knead it like bread dough, as that will make your scones tought. Pat your dough out into a rectangle that's about an inch thick.
  7. You can then cut this big rectangle into four smaller rectangles, then cut those diagonally to create 8 triangles.
  8. Transfer your scones to the baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes or until they're lightly golden. Allow your scones to cool completely.
  9. When your scones are cool, whisk together your powdered sugar and orange juice to form a thick glaze. You may need to add a bit more water depending on how thick or thin you like it. Spoon, pour, or drizzle your glaze over your scones, allowing the glaze to run down the sides. 
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