These Chocolate Chip Orange Scones are my “all-time favorite” scones. Period!
When I worked full-time (for almost 30 years), I would occasionally bring plates of these delicious scones to the office, to share with my friends. They were always a big hit… and I always returned home with empty serving plates! Now that I have my own blog (to share favorite recipes with family and friends in one convenient location), I decided to share this special recipe with you. I think you will LOVE these scones!
I made a batch this morning…it was a brisk 36 degrees outside; a spectacularly gorgeous Pacific Northwest kind of day (Thank you, God, for the beauty all around us). My husband and I discussed our plans for the day while enjoying a scone, accompanied by our obligatory cups of “strong” coffee. Ahhhh… delicious! Chocolate and orange are a favorite flavor combination of mine, and these scones, with their sweet citrus glaze on top, are “practically perfect in every way”.
What a great way to start the day (and soooo much less expensive than buying them at the local coffee house!) Give them a try…I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Update: I made some this past Christmas (2015) for breakfast. They were gone in a flash!!
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 cube) unsalted butter, very cold
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon grated orange peel (finely grated; I use a micro-plane zester)
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or mini-sized)
- 1 egg white + ½ tsp. water
- 1½ cups powdered sugar (can always add more if you need extra)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon orange extract (I use it for enhanced flavor, but optional)
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 3-4 teaspoons orange juice (until you get the right consistency of glaze to
- "paint" on the scones)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a food processor (or cut in by hand with a pastry blender in a large bowl), mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chilled butter together until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, orange juice, vanilla, and grated orange peel.
- Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; combine till fully blended.
- Stir in chocolate chips. Mix to fully combine.
- Pour out the dough onto a well-floured surface.
- Knead dough with floured hands until the dough comes together...(continue to sprinkle the dough and surface with additional flour as needed, as dough is usually fairly "sticky"-I usually do this 3-4 times).
- Shape dough into an 8" circle
- Mix the egg white and water together in small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.
- Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut the dough circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place wedges on baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes (mine are usually ready at the 20 minute mark), or until golden brown on top.
- Remove from oven to a wire rack, with foil or parchment paper underneath.
- When scones have slightly cooled, "paint" the glaze on with a pastry brush (glaze is made by mixing up the ingredients listed, in a small bowl). Completely cover the tops of the scones with the glaze. Let scones cool until glaze has hardened. ENJOY!