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Orange Chocolate Chunk Scones

January 6, 2011

These Orange Chocolate Chunk Scones are super light, buttery and delicious.

The perfect partner to an afternoon cup of coffee! 

 The recipe comes from “A Passion for Baking ” by Marcy Goldman and if you have a food processor the process is really quick and easy but you can also easily create the same results using a pastry blender.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Scones

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks  (you can also just use chocolate chips)
  • Melted butter for brushing


  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp orange juice or orange liquor
  • milk, as required

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and move the rack to the upper third of the oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment (I baked directly on the baking sheet and had no issues)

In a food processor, add the flour, sugar, salt baking powder and baking soda and pulse to combine.  Add the butter and pulse until you have a grainy, fairly coarse mixture.  Remove from food processor into a large mixing bowl and create a well in the middle.

To the well, add the egg, vanilla, orange zest and most of the buttermilk.  Whisk with a fork to break the egg yolk and begin to bring the dry ingredients into the mix adding more buttermilk as required to make a soft dough.  Stir in the chocolate. 

Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface and pat out to 1″ thick.  Cut into squares, triangles or circles and place on baking pan.   Brush tops with melted butter and place in oven. 

As soon as they hit the oven, turn the temp down to 400 degrees and bake for 12-18 minutes (depending on the size you’ve cut them) until they are light golden brown.

Whisk the ingredients together for the glaze and brush on the warm scones.   Let the glaze set.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2011 2:25 am

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. January 8, 2011 4:55 pm

    Happy New Years Katie…I hope you are doing well.
    The scones look delicious.

    • betchacanteatjustone permalink*
      January 8, 2011 5:13 pm

      Thanks Debbie, I’m doing well but beginning to get pretty ehausted again! The baby is due mid March so I’m in the home stretch (thank goodness because this has felt like the longest pregnancy ever)

      Thanks for the comments 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

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