Chocolate Chip Orange Scones

These Chocolate Chip Orange Scones are my “all-time favorite” scones. Period!Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
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!

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

First you mix up the ingredients for the dough…

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The grated orange peel makes the dough smell very good and “citrusy”.

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After all dough ingredients are mixed together, roll it out into a circle.

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cut the dough circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges, brush the tops with egg white/water combo, and into the oven they go…

Chocolate chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While the scones are baking, mix up the orange glaze…

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hot out of the oven… now they just need a shiny orange glaze to make them PERFECT!

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

“Painting” the orange glaze onto the top of the scones gives them an extra burst of flavor, plus a shiny top!

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the scones cool until the glaze hardens up… then take a big bite, and enjoy!

Update: I made some this past Christmas (2015) for breakfast. They were gone in a flash!!

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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Chocolate Chip Orange Scones
 
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Soft chocolate chip orange scones, with an orange glaze on top, that are just as good, if not better than the local coffee house scones.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
For scones:
  • 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
For glaze:
  • 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)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, orange juice, vanilla, and grated orange peel.
  4. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; combine till fully blended.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips. Mix to fully combine.
  6. Pour out the dough onto a well-floured surface.
  7. 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).
  8. Shape dough into an 8" circle
  9. Mix the egg white and water together in small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.
  10. Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut the dough circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove from oven to a wire rack, with foil or parchment paper underneath.
  13. 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!

 

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