Southern Mom Loves: Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hi, guys!!! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I wanted to bring you a recipe that will melt anyone's heart (even if it's just your own heart 😉): Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze. These fluffy, biscuit-like (for us Americans) treat is best served warm while the dark chocolate is melty and gooey, and they're also filled with fragrant orange zest for a delicious combination. They're thinly-glazed with an orange and vanilla sugar mixture that compliments them perfectly.

So if you've never had a scone, they're very similar to biscuits and you can flavor them to be sweet or savory. I've stuffed these with dark chocolate chips for the win. They're gooey and messy and make this scone such a rich treat.

They also contain some orange zest to bring the aroma of that delish glaze right into the scone itself. The combination reminds me or the chocolate oranges that my mom would get on Christmas; The kind where the chocolate sphere would break into slices of orange-flavored chocolate. Memories!

This is the same recipe I used for my Meyer Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Scones, but I'm doubling it. If you don't want 8 scones, you can easily halve the recipe.

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze
Makes: 8 large scones


  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 4-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • The zest of a large orange (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 12 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 c. cold buttermilk
  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips


  • 1 c. powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened 
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice (from zested orange)


1. Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Zest an entire large orange. You should get about 2 tablespoons of zest. A little more or less is no big deal. :)

3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and

4. Add in the orange zest and whisk in to distribute.

5. Use a pastry cutter (or your hands) to cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. I cube my butter ahead of time to make this quicker, but you don't have to.

6. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolk and buttermilk together.

7. Add it to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until you make a crumbly soft dough.

8. Gently stir in the dark chocolate chips, then use your hands to fold and knead the dough in the bowl 5-10 times until it all comes together into a ball.

9. Place the dough onto a floured surface and divide it into 2 even portions with a knife.

10. Shape the 1st portion into a round disc about an inch thick. Cut it into 4 large wedges and place them on your baking sheet. Repeat with the other portion of dough.

11. Bake on the upper rack of your oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
12. While they're baking, juice the orange you zested.

13. Make the icing by mixing together the powdered sugar, softened butter, and vanilla. Add the orange juice and beat with a mixer until incorporated.

14. Spread a spoonful of the glaze over each warm scone with the back of a spoon and serve.

These scones are best served warm with butter and even a jam; An orange or lemon marmalade would be amazing. So would a clotted cream or lemon curd. Mmmmm.

Your Valentine (or your kids) will feel extra-special!

 Happy Valentine's Day!


Have you ever made a scone? Will you be trying these? I love to read your comments!

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