Glazed Orange Scones

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Soft on the inside with a browned outside edge, these glazed orange scones are delightful for any breakfast or brunch! Bake them up for your next early morning meal, and everyone will go crazy over them.

You can’t beat having a delicious breakfast meal, and these scones sure do hit the spot! For more yummy breakfast items, try this french toast, these easy cinnamon rolls, or this delicious blueberry breakfast cake!

A picture of two scones stacked, the top one with a bite taken out of it.

A Reader’s Review

Nailed it! I’ve tried several orange scone recipes and this one can’t be beat.
-Whitney

Orange Scones with a Creamy Orange Glaze

There are many different types of scones out there, and I am here for all of them! I have yet to find a scone that I didn’t like. Then again, I enjoy all kinds of food a bit more than the average person! These glazed orange scones are the perfect contribution to any breakfast meal or brunch. The dough has fresh orange zest, so the flavor is not too overpowering but so fresh and delicious. Plus, there is a subtle hint of orange flavor in the icing is really the cherry (icing!) on top.

Not only do they go perfectly with just about everything (because who doesn’t want orange at breakfast?!) and taste terrific, but they aren’t too hard to make either! Even the most beginner of bakers can whip these up like a pro. They take just over 40 minutes, and that includes the baking time! It’s time for you to grab these ingredients a make a batch or two… Your whole family will thank you later!

What Ingredients are in Orange Scones?

Glazed orange scones are filled with delicious ingredients and have some sugar in them! So if you’re looking for a healthy option, this isn’t it, but man, these sure do taste good! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient measurements.

  • Flour: I used all purpose flour for this recipe!
  • Granulated Sugar: The suagr will sweeten up the scones.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder will give your scones that breadlike texture.
  • Salt: The salt enhances all of the flavors in the recipe.
  • Orange Zest: Use the zest from fresh oranges and you will see that this is the secret ingredient that makes these scones stand out!
  • Butter: I used unsalted butter that was chilled so that it could be grated easily.
  • Heavy Cream: Leave your cream in the fridge until you are ready to use it.  
  • Egg: The egg will bind the dough together.
  • Vanilla Extract: This will bring out the sweet flavors in the scone.
  • Sugar Crystals: These are used for topping on the scones.

Icing

  • Powdered Sugar: This will dissolve easily making the glazed nice and smooth.
  • Orange Juice: The orange juice gives it that subtle orange flavor to go with the orange scone.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream will bind the icing so that it mixes up well.

How to Make Glazed Orange Scones

Glazed orange scones are delicious and easy to make. I can’t wait for you to try them! Once you make this recipe, it will for sure become a family favorite!

Dough

  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and then the orange zest together.
  3. Grate the Butter and Mix: Use a box grater to grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Use your hands to lightly mix the butter into the flour.
  4. Form the Dough: In a medium bowl, combine the cream, egg and vanilla extract. Then, pour it over the butter and dry ingredients and stir to combine. Trying to work the dough as little as possible, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and work into a ball. Flatten into an 8-9 inch disc. Then, use a sharp knife to cut into 6-8 equal pieces.
  5. Bake: Arrange the pieces on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. If you find the scones are browning too quickly, lay a sheet of foil over top of them to prevent them from burning while they finish baking. Allow to cool for at least 5-10 minutes before drizzling the icing over the top.

Icing

  1. Whisk: In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice and heavy cream. If needed then you can thin it with more orange juice 1 teaspoon at a time.
5 pictures showing how to make orange scone dough.

Tips for Baking Scones

Try out some of my tips and tricks so that your orange-glazed scones turn out perfectly! These are so good, it will be love at first bite!

  • Cold Ingredients: It’s important that your ingredients (like your butter and cream) are chilled and cold when you bake. Because, if your butter mets too soon while it’s baking then you won’t get that soft and flakey crust.
  • Don’t Overmix: You don’t want to overwork your dough. Make sure that everything is thoroughly combined and then leave it alone. It will make your scones be hard and not soft and flakey.
Orange glaze being drizzled with a whisk onto an orange scone.

How to Store Leftover Scones

Orange glazed scones make a fantastic breakfast the next day! Here is how you can store them properly and then you can enjoy them for a few days in a row!

  • At Room Temperature: Once your scones have coole then place them in an airtight container. They will keep for about 3 days.
  • To Reheat: Simply pop your scones in the oven at 300 degrees farenheight for about 5 minutes. They will come out perfectly warm and fresh!
The top view of orange scones on a baking sheet topped with orange glaze.

Glazed Orange Scones

5 from 2 votes
Soft on the inside with a browned outside edge, these glazed orange scones are delightful for any breakfast or brunch! Bake them up for your next early morning meal, and everyone will go crazy over them. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Scones

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp orange zest
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (chilled)
  • ½ cup heavy cream (chilled)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sugar crystals (for topping)

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest together.
  • Use a box grater to grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Use your hands to lightly mix the butter into the flour.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour over the butter and dry ingredients and stir to combine. Trying to work the dough as little as possible, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and work into a ball. Flatten into an 8-9 inch disc. Use a sharp knife to cut into 6-8 equal pieces.
  • Arrange the pieces on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. If you find the scones are browning too quickly, lay a sheet of foil over the top of them to prevent them from burning while they finish baking. Allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes before drizzling the icing over the top.

Icing

  • In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice and heavy cream. If needed, thin with more orange juice 1 teaspoon at a time.

Notes

Originally Posted on June 11, 2013
Updated on March 1, 2022

Nutrition

Serves: 8

Calories277kcal (14%)Carbohydrates35g (12%)Protein4g (8%)Fat13g (20%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol68mg (23%)Sodium113mg (5%)Potassium162mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar14g (16%)Vitamin A497IU (10%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium66mg (7%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword glazed orange scones, scone recipes, scones
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Something was definitely missing from the scone itself, it just didnt have enough orange flavour. Will try adding orange juice or concentrate to the dough next time. The icing really helps to bring some of the orange taste out, however.

  2. Hi, I’ m so happy I was able to find this recipe! I used to make orange scones from a similar recipe, but I lost it. Just one question, could I substitute the orange peel for orange juice?

  3. This recipe sounds delicious & I intend to try it ASAP. Just a quick question.. Do you actually peel the orange then shred the peel on a grater or do you use just the zest? Thanks so much 🙂

  4. Oh, yummmm!!! If these are anything like Panera’s orange scones, then I’m all over it! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it out.

    1. They are very similar! I just made these tonight and they were very close in texture and dead on with flavor. My husband says they’re the best scones I’ve ever made.

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