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Orange Zest Scones with Orange Glaze

Orange Zest Scones Recipe

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 Scones


Orange Zest Scones

  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • Zest of two medium oranges
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, frozen
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Egg

Orange Glaze

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice


Orange Zest Scones

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and orange zest until sugar is moistened and zest is evenly distributed. Combine with flour mixture.
  4. Grate frozen butter into mixture. Work the butter into the mixture until evenly distributed and mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine egg and sour cream. Stir until well blended and smooth. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix!
  6. Dough will be sticky. If too sticky to roll out, add additional flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to an 8" diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 wedges. Separate and place on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until light golden brown. Allow to cool, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Orange Glaze

  1. Combine melted butter, vanilla extract, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Add powdered sugar and blend until smooth.
  2. To thicken glaze (if desired), add additional powdered sugar. To thin glaze (if desired), add additional orange juice. Glaze should be runny, but thick enough to stay on top of the scone.
  3. Drizzle glaze over scones. Serve immediately or store in an air tight contained.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Sprinkle Some Sugar.