Fresh Orange Scones

These perfectly tender scones have such a bright citrus flavor and are topped off with a sweet + tangy orange glaze.

 Fresh Orange Scones - These perfectly tender scones have such a bright citrus flavor and are topped off with a sweet + tangy orange glaze.

These scones… I have finally come around to updating the photos! This recipe is now one of the most popular recipes on my site – check the comments! I make them for Mike’s birthday every year and they have quickly become a favorite of the entire family. Now I’m making them a few times a month! When Mike and I first started dating a while back, his favorite thing to get from Panera was their orange scones and he claims that these are even better than theirs. And if you know him, you know how critical he is about anything he eats! They’re seriously SO delish. And this is coming from a girl who has a love/hate (but mostly hate) relationship with orange flavored anything. This is actually the first recipe on my blog that has any type of orange in it! I didn’t even realize.
Fresh Orange Scones - These perfectly tender scones have such a bright citrus flavor and are topped off with a sweet + tangy orange glaze.
The citrus flavors are so bright and pronounced but in a non-overwhelming way. For some reason, I’m on a citrus-y dessert kick lately. And apparently I love orange now too?? I never thought I’d see the day but these things are DELICIOUS! And aren’t they so pretty too? Look at those little orange flecks all throughout the scones. Love.
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They have the perfect scone texture – dense and slightly crumbly but soft and tender at the same time. The glaze on top is what truly brings everything together. It’s sweet but tangy and it finishes these guys off perfectly. Just be sure to only add the glaze once the scones are completely cool or else it will seep into the warm scones making them too moist and soft!
Fresh Orange Scones - These perfectly tender scones have such a bright citrus flavor and are topped off with a sweet + tangy orange glaze.
If you love scones, you’ve got to give these fresh orange scones a try for the best breakfast/brunch (whenever) treat ever!

Fresh Orange Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

25 minutes

Yield: 8 scones


Orange Scones
1/3 cup sugar
zest of one large orange or two medium oranges
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
Orange Glaze
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbs freshly squeezed orange juice


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set oven rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, gently toss flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until completely smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir sugar and orange zest together until sugar is moistened and zest is evenly distributed. Pour in flour mixture and toss to combine. Grate frozen butter into mixture. Using your hands, work in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gently stir in sour cream mixture until just about combined. Do not over work the dough! Again, very gently press the dough against the sides of the bowl a few times and form a ball. The dough will be sticky at first but will come together as you form it.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and lightly pat into an 8" circle about 3/4" thick. Use a very sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles (like a pizza). Transfer triangles onto prepared baking sheet. You can arrange them in two rows, 4 in each row, or arrange them in a circle shape - leaving about 1" between each one.

Bake scones for 15-17 minutes or until the tops begin to golden. Don't take them out too early or they will be too soft. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. During this time, prepare glaze. Stir together melted butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and orange juice until smooth. Once completely cooled, go ahead and either dip the tops of the scones into the glaze or drizzle it on top with a spoon.

Recipe from My Baking Addiction.

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  1. says

    I have never tried scones before. However, I must say that they look delicious. My boys would probably love them. I may have to borrow your recipe one day and see how they like it.

  2. says

    These sound amazing! I thought that you needed a scone pan to make scones, and had no idea I could just make scones on a baking sheet. I think my kids would really enjoy these too. Sounds easy enough to make and would be a nice treat.

  3. says

    I’m quite impressed if you love them that much and aren’t an orange fan! That was my first thought, is that maybe they would be OK but I’m not a huge orange person so not sure if I would really enjoy these. I might just have to try these as a surprise for my hubby, who loves orange anything!

    • Jessica says

      Yup, they’re THAT delicious! If he’s like my boyfriend who is an orange fanatic, he’s going to love them!

  4. says

    I love orange anything and especially orange scones. I’ve had orange butter on scones as well and it taste amazing. I’ve never made orange scones {but I have a favorite orange cake recipe that I use often} but I’d love to try to. I have a scones Pinterest board because I couldn’t live without scones. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I just bookmarked your post so I can find it again. I tried to pin it to my board but something happened {I’m a goof ball} so I’ll try again.

  5. says

    These look incredible. I can’t say I have ever had an orange scone but it sounds devine. I love that there’s glaze on them too. I think I may need go make these, they are definitely something I would enjoy and I’m pretty sure my little piglet kiddos would as well! Delicious!

  6. says

    These scones look amazing! I can just imagine how refreshing the citrus is in them. Coincidentally, my birthday was Jan 2, so these could be my birthday scones too! I will have to pick up some oranges to try these!

  7. says

    Wow you really made these babies from scratch! I wish I would spend the time to make more food at home, but I’m just so lazy when it comes to food! I love scones, especially home made ones. The ones at the store or bakery always seem old and stale to me. Will you come over to my house and make me some of these?

  8. says

    I haven’t met a scone yet that I didn’t love–so I’m sure that these would be DELICIOUS! I haven’t had the Panera ones (if you can believe it, the closest Panera is about 100 miles away–and I live in a pretty big city!!), but if it’s a scone, then I’m definitely willing to try it. I usually put jam and clotted cream on mine, but these look good enough to eat plain!

  9. says

    Yum!! Like you, I also have a love/hate relationship with anything orange-flavored. I’ve never had the scones from Panera but I have to say these look better than anything you could buy in a store. My mom is hte baker in the family so I’ll pass this along to her.

  10. Michelle Hwee says

    Wow those look delish! I never really tried to make scones before although this one would be amazing right now.. I love orange pastries, they are just so light, fragrant and fresh to me. I would love to try out your recipe for the holidays! It looks simple and easy to follow! I love your photos!!

  11. says

    I recently got into scones; I used to turn my nose up at them because I thought they wouldn’t taste good so I never bothered to try them. But, I finally did and saw that the texture is right up my alley. The fruity flavors are very tasty too. Your orange ones look very tasty, and love the way they look topped with that icing.

    • Sharon Liscombe says

      WOW!! These are the BEST scones that Iv’e made the orange flavor ..over the TOP !! A winner for sure second batch in 3 days !! Thank you for sharing …love your recipes as I’m a baker and I love looking for Awesome recipes ..keep them coming !! Cheers ..Sharon

  12. Catherine says

    This looks like a great recipe! Would I be able to substitute the sour cream for greek yogurt? I’m not sure if it would change the flavor or consistency.

    • Jessica says

      Yes, you can definitely interchange those ingredients and it should be just fine in this recipe. Just be sure to use plain greek yogurt.

  13. says

    I recently made these for an Easter Party and they were a huge hit! Not to mention, delicious. I’ve had my share of expensive bakery scones, and these are just as good, if not better.

  14. Shannon says

    I tried making these today, and I am not sure what I’m doing wrong but mine didn’t come out like I think they should have. My first problem was that my dough was VERY sticky and never seemed to take the form of a ball. I added a little more flour hoping it would shape, but no luck. The peices were very hard to transfer to the baking sheet because the dough was so soft they fell apart. My glaze also never seemed to harden. Please help! The scones were very good even after I made them but not like Panera’s. Thanks!

    • Jessica says

      Hi Shannon, I’m very sorry these scones didn’t turn out well for you. As per other reviewers and my own experience of making these more times than I can count, I’ve never had or heard of anyone having this problem. I’m not sure what could have went wrong. Could you possibly have measured the sour cream or flour incorrectly, resulting in the overly sticky dough? The dough should be slightly sticky but not sticky enough where it’s a mess. I’m sorry I can’t be much of help to you! It’s hard for me to figure out what went wrong without being there in the kitchen with you.

      • Suneera says

        Mine were very sticky as well as I was mixing the dough, but I left it alone for 10 minutes before I cut it, and it wasn’t as sticky.

  15. says

    Hi! Thanks for the awesome recipe. I added some orange zest to my glaze, yummy.

    I have a question: since there is butter and orange juice in the glaze, do the scones need to be refrigerated?

    Thanks so much again!

    • Jessica says

      Nope! I leave them out at room temperature. I guess it’s just personal preference. Glad you loved the recipe!

  16. corrie says

    Just wanted to tell ya… I love this recipe! Found on pinterest and have made like 15 times already. Your original is my fav, but I’ve adapted to different flavors (maple brown sugar, lemon and strawberry chocolate chip!). My whole family just eats em up, they only last like 2 days I’ve my house….. Thank you!!

    • Jessica says

      That’s awesome, you’re so very welcome!! Omg, maple brown sugar sounds AMAZING! What were your changes for that? I’ve got to try it!

  17. Silena says

    you said it makes eight, but they look huge, would i be able to get 22 small ones out of them it seems like a whole lot of dough! or would you recommend doubling?

    • Jessica says

      They are a little big, but now bigger than your average scone. when I make them I usually will make them this size and if I am feeding more people I will cut them in half to make two smaller triangles once they are baked (or you could do this before baking). If you want anymore than 16, I would recommend doubling because they would be way too small cutting them anymore than once.

  18. Nikki Jones says

    Made these today and the whole family loved them! Definitely my new favorite scone. I wasn’t sure that I would like the orange glaze on top, but I really did. The glaze makes these scones even better. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Jessica says

      I felt the same way the first time I made these, being that I’m not a huge orange fan but these scones are our favorite! I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed them Nikki!

  19. Jane says

    These are truly FABULOUS!!! I read someone else’s comment about also adding a little zest to the glaze, so I added about a tsp in with the glaze, and these are really, REALLY delicious!! I know I”ll be making these often! Thank you for sharing! :0)

    • Jessica says

      I would say about two tablespoons of zest per (large) orange. Since limes tend to be very strong I would try one tablespoon first, taste the batter (if you feel comfortable doing so) and see if you should add more.

    • Jessica says

      You can follow the recipe and instructions as written up until the part where you cut them. You’ll first cut them into 8 triangles and then cut them in half again to create 16 mini triangles. You’ll need to adjust the baking time accordingly so I would start checking the scones at around 10 minutes or so and go from there. Hope this helps, Alisa!

  20. Merriweather789 says

    Has anyone tried making these ahead of time and freezing them? I’m trying to minimize work time before Christmas Eve brunch. Was thinking of baking scones a week in advance and freezing and then glazing the night before or morning of? Any advice?

  21. Cyn says

    So good. I just whipped up a batch to commemorate our first winter storm here in Western MA. Family loves them. Will repeat this recipe. THANKS!

  22. Anne says

    These were VERY good!! I didn’t have frozen butter so I just used refrigerated and it seemed fine! Also, I made 16 mini scones and in my oven it took 15 minutes. DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  23. Rosemary Correia says

    My hubby loves scones, therefore I am always on the lookout for new recipes; Since I had never made orange scones before, I tried this recipe with complete success; they rose beautifully; got thumbs up from 3 people; they all stated that they had a subtle hint of orange; 3 days later I made them with lemons; my husband stated that he could taste the lemon more than the orange but liked both and would want both again; thanks for a great recipe.

  24. Taryn says

    These are the best scones I’ve ever eaten. I’ve made this recipe several times; usually with sour cream, and once with vanilla greek yogurt because it was what I had on hand. Always turn out terrific. I had never heard of grating butter when it calls for cutting in – genius! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jessica says

      Wow, thank you so much, Taryn! You are too sweet. Yes! Grating the butter gives you quite the arm workout lol but it distributes throughout the dough much more uniformly that way.

  25. Jenny says

    OMG! I made these for my family on Valentines Day and they were so yummy. I’ll be making another batch this weekend. At some point I want to try switching the oranges to lemons. Yummy! Thank you!

  26. Jill says

    I LOVE these scones!!!! They are so soft and yummy! The amount of orange is perfect and I have made them the past 4 Sundays for breakfast. I used greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and one time I used ricotta (had to add a little milk) because I didn’t have any yogurt or sour cream. Both substitutions tasted amazing! My husband says its time to give this recipe a rest for a week or two but I could eat them everyday! These are so very good and thank you for sharing!!!

    • Jessica says

      Thanks so much, Jill! That’s good to know that ricotta works in place of the sour cream, I would have never thought to try that. I’m so happy you love these so much!!

  27. Kayla says

    These things are spot on to the Panera ones, which is a terrible thing for the waistline of this household!! That being said, have you ever tried this with a Lemon substitution? I’m craving lemon and was contemplating making a batch of both, but figured I’d ask to avoid a dud batch if you’d tried it before

  28. Kathy says

    I have been looking for a great scone recipe. These turned out great. I love to bake, but never tried to make scones . I love Panera’s scones so I tried your recipe. My mom & sister loved then too. Thank you for the recipe. I will be trying your other flavor a also.

  29. Barb Dossey says

    Wow! Made these this morning and are they ever delish. Only made scones once before. These had such a lovely texture. Think the sour cream is the key.

  30. Denise says

    This is my third time making this recipe and of all the scones recipes I’ve tried on Pinterest, this has been my favorite…BTW I myself am NOT a fan of “orange” dishes!
    My mother in California has the best orange tree. I can eat those oranges like there’s no tomorrow. So I took some home and decided to try them in this recipe. Oh my gosh what a hit! I then made them for a breakfast function at work and again they were a huge hit!
    I’m visiting my mom and picked oranges off her tree yesterday so made them before everyone got up…HIT AGAIN!
    Soooooo, wondering if you could hook me up with a recipe to include pine nuts, pecans, and maybe walnuts or almonds. I’ve tried a scone at a small independent brunch stop and it was a tri-nut scone…too die for!
    Thanks for the share!

    • Jessica says

      Yay!! These comments make me so happy! Thank you, Denise! Those scones sound delish and you can totally make something similar with this recipe! How about adding some almond extract for a little almond flavor – omitting everything orange from this recipe – and your nut(s) of choice? You can literally do anything you’d like by using this scone recipe as your base! Let me know if you try it out or need more help!

    • Jessica says

      I have had readers tell me they have done this with great success but make sure to use real buttermilk, not DIY with vinegar/lemon + milk.

  31. Rhonda says

    Really yummy recipe. I added just a pinch of cloves and cinnamon to the glaze and they taste like XMAS.
    Will definitely use this recipe during the holidays. Thanks!

  32. Kim says

    I have made these scones for my family a few times. They are awesome! They always go fast.

    I like to add a little bit of orange zest into the glaze. Makes it extra yummy. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Jessica says

      I have never made them ahead, but if I were to, I would prepare them right up until ready to bake and refrigerate them on the baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap. Just pop them in the oven when ready.

  33. Lou McCallister says

    Thanks for the great recipe! I have been thinking about trying to make scones for quite a while and your “orange vanilla scones” sent me over the edge. I took the plunge and made a batch last night, they are awesome! Living in coastal Alabama, I have access to heaps of Satsuma (mandarin variety) oranges , so I used them, what a treat, highly recommended….. you, I fear, have created a monster….a scone monster! Thanks!

  34. Kelly says

    I’m baking these scones this morning, and the dough is SO dry. The only thing I can think of is that you and I are measuring flour differently. Would you please tell me how you usually measure it?

    I’ve added some orange juice to the dough to get it to come together. I think they’ll come out just fine this time, but I’d like to know what I did wrong, so the dough is easier to deal with next time!


    • Jessica says

      When I measure flour, I normally use the spoon and sweep method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup WITHOUT packing it down, then sweep off the excess with a butter knife. This should solve your problem.

  35. Adrienne says

    These were delicious! I made them with blood oranges, so the glaze was a little pink, which is cute. They were tangy and not too crumbly. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Hope K says

    These were my first attempt with scones, and they turned out GREAT! So yummy! I used blood orange! So pretty! Perfect for valentines day!


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