Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze

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After eating one of these Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze, my husband said they are the best scones I’ve made so far. Now, coming from a guy who isn’t crazy about fruit in his pastries, and who detests dark chocolate…that is a huge statement as to how good they are. I’m thinking he must have surely forgotten about the Chocolate Chip Scones with Peanut Butter Glaze…now that’s HIS kind of scone!

These scones are a cinch to put together. With just a bit of orange zesting, a little chocolate chopping, and a drizzling of sweet citrus glaze, you’ve got yourself an extra special breakfast. The scones are moist yet flaky, and sweet but not overly so. The bright and juicy orange flavor provides just the perfect January pick-me-up. Give it a try. I’m confident you’ll agree (with my husband).

Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze

Yield: 8 scones


    for the orange and dark chocolate scones:
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • zest from 1 large orange
  • 1/2 c. cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk (do not substitute)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into 1/4" pieces (I used Lindt 70% cocoa)
  • for the orange glaze:
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest from 1 large orange


Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest. With a rigid pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the center, and then add buttermilk and egg. Stir just until combined (do not overmix). Gently fold in chocolate.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Pat into an 8'' circle and cut into 8 wedges. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake until scones are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let scones sit on baking sheet for a couple minutes before removing to a wire rack.

for the orange glaze:

While scones are still warm, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together all glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the orange glaze over the scones.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Best eaten on the day they are baked.


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35 Responses to “Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze”

  1. #
    Deborah H. Bateman — January 11, 2013 at 7:33 am

    They look as good as they sound. I need to make these. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out some of my family favorites at
    Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  2. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

    These are making me drool!

  3. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — January 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Such a gorgeous scone, Brenda! I know these would disappear quickly at my house!

  4. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Holy heaven, those look completely irresistible!

  5. #
    Angie — January 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    okay, I have to make these! I just adore orange and chocolate together. That’s what our sugar cookies were this year too, orange with chocolate frosting, yummy!

  6. #
    Sandy @ RE — January 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Do you know how much I love these? Wish we could share some over coffee this AM!

    Happy Friday, friend!

  7. #
    Amanda — January 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Sounds like with hubby’s endorsement that these will be a MUST MAKE for me! :) Beautiful pictures girl!

  8. #
    Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — January 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I love the chocolate/orange combo! These look incredible…

  9. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — January 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    You had me at dark chocolate. :)

  10. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    That glaze really puts these over the top! What a fabulous scone!

  11. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Just yum. I have a cup of cappuccino ready that’s just begging for one of these to go with.

  12. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love that we are always on the same page. These look wonderful, Brenda!

  13. #
    Paula — January 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    You and Diane (Created by Diane) do make the most lovely and enticing scones. As I told her, I really must try out some of both of your recipes this year. Then I can stop typing *I’ve never made scones before* in my comments :)

  14. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Beautiful scones, I love that orange glaze!

  15. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    This is my kind of scone for sure!

  16. #
    Jill — January 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Making these ASAP!

  17. #
    Becca from Cookie Jar Treats — January 12, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Oh my! I remember those chocolate chip scones with peanut butter glaze; those things were amazing! I can’t wait to make these :)

  18. #
    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — January 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I love the combination of dark chocolate and oranges so I cannot wait to try these! The glaze is the perfect sweet finale on top.

  19. #
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — January 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I love orange and cranberry together, but haven’t tried orange and dark chocolate — I am intrigued!!

  20. #
    Amy Putnam — January 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I made these yesterday morning for breakfast. They are delicious and received a nod of approval from my husband, also! Easy and delicious – a win-win combination! Thanks!!

  21. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Okay, I’m coming to your house for breakfast, Brenda! These look amazing…

  22. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — January 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Anything with chocolate makes me happy! I love making scones for breakfast and your look so good! I can’t wait to try them!

  23. #
    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    These look so delicious–a perfect way to start the day!

  24. #
    kimmie — January 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Wow…those sound like the perfect Jan. Pick -me -up! My family (who are scone and clotted cream lover’s…) thank you!

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

  25. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 15, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I was just thinking to myself – you know what would be good? Chocolate in a scone! And here you are fulfilling my wishes :) And you added orange, even better. My husband would go crazy for these :)

  26. #
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — January 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Yum! This is totally a scone-and-tea type of day. Warms my toes just thinking about it!

  27. #
    Laura — January 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    These sound and look absolutely amazing! What a perfect breakfast. Have always been a fan of the chocolate/orange combo :)

  28. #
    Shaina — January 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Everyone’s scones are making me wish I had my own for coffee in the morning. Orange and chocolate are so good together. Love this combo.

  29. #
    Sheila — January 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    You know what a scone freak I am. These look amazing. I am so making these for my girlfriends birthday. She loves anything orange chocolate flavored.

  30. #
    Anna @ Cuparoons — January 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I’ve never made scones before and these sound pretty easy to make! I’ll have to give these a try! Thanks for posting:)

    • Brenda replied on January 24th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      They really are easy. I hope you like them!

  31. #
    Cindy — January 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Not sure why I haven’t seen your blog before, but I love your style of food, I am way excited to make these, is it morning yet?

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