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Orange Almond Scones

I loved creating new cookie recipes for our cookbook, Cookie Cravings. The only hard part was not being able to post the recipes on the blog right away. I can’t wait to share my latest cookie creations with you! I will give you a little hint about one of the new cookie recipes in the book-the cookies inspired me to make these Orange Almond Scones. I loved the cookies so much I had to create a scone based on the same flavors. There is your hint, sorry for the suspense! :) These Orange Almond Scones are delightful and make a great breakfast treat.

I have really been enjoying citrus season. Our fridge and counters are overflowing with lemons, grapefruit, and oranges. I put a few oranges to good use to make these Orange Almond Scones. The scones have orange zest and juice in the dough, plus they get an orange glaze drizzle after baking that really brings out the citrus flavor. The almond extract and chopped up almonds add a nice almond kick, plus I love the crunch the almonds add to the tender buttermilk scones.

I made four jumbo scones, but you can make six smaller scones if you wish. I figured if I was going to eat a scone, I was going to EAT a scone:) I also shared with our friends, Josh couldn’t help me out because he has that darn nut allergy. I knew if I would have left these scones on the counter I would have devoured them in a day. They are divine!

Grab a hot cup of tea or coffee and enjoy an Orange Almond Scone. They are guaranteed to make your day better!

Orange Almond Scones

Yield: 4 large scones or 6 small scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Big fluffy and tender scones with orange zest, orange juice, almonds, and a sweet orange glaze. These scones are perfect for breakfast or tea time.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon buttermilk
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling over scones

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Chopped almonds, for sprinkling over glaze, if desired

Directions:

1. Preheat to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together until fragrant. Add sugar mixture to the flour mixture and whisk again. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal, using your fingers, two forks, or a pastry blender.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, orange juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a soft dough. Fold in the almonds.

4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until dough comes together. Pat dough out into a 1-inch circle. Cut into 4 large or 6 small triangles. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush scone tops with remaining buttermilk and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until scones are golden brown.

5. Let the scones cool completely on a wire rack. While the scones are cooling, make the orange glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, orange zest, and orange juice. Drizzle glaze over scones and sprinkle with additional chopped almonds, if desired. Let scones set until glaze hardens.

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71 Responses to “Orange Almond Scones”

  1. 1

    Beautiful scones and perfect for spring…love how light and airy the pics look!

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    Kathryn — March 5, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    I love the combination of orange and almond, it’s so perfect and spring-like!

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    Blog is the New Black — March 5, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Scones are one of my favorite pastries to tackle! This flavor combo sounds divine!

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    raquel@eRecipe.com — March 5, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    What a sight to see in the morning. Eating these breakfast treats can make mornings very delightful =)

  5. 5

    Nothing like a good scone! These sound fabulous!

  6. 6

    yum, I made scones once a few weeks back and have been looking for more recipes to try.

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    Erica — March 5, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    I honestly never make scones because I’m afraid the whole batch will disappear into my tummy ;) Another gorgeous recipe. And citrus is awesome right now!!

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    Becca@learnasyougocook — March 5, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    I have never made or had scones but yours look soooo good! I mean of course its what you expect. I will definitely be trying my hand at scones!

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    Emmanuelle — March 5, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    I’m afraid I won’t resist very long before trying that one! I’m a scone-lover! Thankf for sharing!

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    thelittleloaf — March 5, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    I’m a massive fan of simple plain scones, but love the idea of branching out and trying orange and almond – what a gorgeous combination!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 5, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Ohh I bet the orange with the almond is fantastic!

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    Ben — March 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I can’t wait to see all the new cookie recipes. This scones look so good too!

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    Cookbook Queen — March 5, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Oh how I love citrus…it’s like eating sunshine!!

    These look great, can’t WAIT to see the cookies that inspired them!!

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    katrina — March 5, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Oh – those look delicious!

  15. 15

    As always, they look delicious. Your cooking creativity truly amazes and inspires me, Maria!

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    Jenny Flake — March 5, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    These are so pretty Maria! I need!

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    noble pig- cathy — March 5, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Your pic is beautiful and I love this flavor idea.

  18. 18

    I love all scones but the ones with orange in them are my favorite. There’s something so perfect about the light citrusy flavor that goes perfectly in a scone. Although, I’m sure it will be delicious in cookie form too! :)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 5, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    jumbo scones sound like the right size to me! these look heavenly maria :)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 5, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    This is my kind of breakfast. Yum!

  21. 21
    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — March 5, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Yum I love scones! These look especially delicious!

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    Lauren — March 5, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Those look huge!! Just the way they should be! :)

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    vanillasugarblog — March 5, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    excellent combo for a scone!

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    Sweetsugarbelle — March 5, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Sushi salad and these scones…that’s a perfect day in my book!!! I love, love scones and I cannot wait to try this combo! My family will be excited for something besides boring blueberry!

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    These scones look wonderful, Maria! Perfectly golden brown and crumbly. Lovely photos, too!

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    Cassie — March 5, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    I can’t wait to see some of your new cookie creations but a scone will do for now! I’m a huge fan and this flavor combo sounds so refreshing!

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    Amanda — March 5, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Those scones look and sound amazing!!

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    Mary @ Bake Break — March 5, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Ooh these look delightful! I could go for one right now… Yum!

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    Amanda — March 5, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Gorgeous!! Can’t wait to give these a try! :)

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    mireia — March 5, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    as always delicious, and as always I want to bake it right now!!!

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    Annie~SavorThisMoment — March 5, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Gorgeous! These would be great with the addition of cranberries, too! (I think everything’s great with cranberries, especially almonds and oranges.)

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    antique engagement rings — March 5, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I love the scones.. looks fantastic!

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    Joanne — March 5, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Orange is usually the one citrus flavor that I typically don’t like in my baked goods but you make it look delicious here!

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    Tracey — March 5, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Oh yum, I love the orange and almond flavor combo. Almond extract is completely irresistible to me :)

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    Urban Wife — March 5, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Citrus! It’s everywhere and I’m loving it. Good thing it’s in season because I tend to crave citrus when it’s not in season and pay ridiculous amounts of money for it. These scones look perfectly delicious!

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    Mi Vida en un Dulce — March 5, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    Scones have something so special, I think is the feeling that it is melting in your mouth. My kids don’t like sweet scones, can you imagine that…!!! Anyway, I will bake just for me and my husband.

  37. 37

    I love a sweet bite with a cup of tea in the afternoon. It’s always a great pick up! These look delicious. I could probably eat all four of them in no time!

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    Emilie — March 5, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    These look so delicious and refreshing. Can’t wait to see the cookie that inspired these!

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    Becky at Vintage Mixer — March 5, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I’m a big fan of anything almond flavored as you know :) I hope Josh was far from the kitchen when you made these.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 5, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Giant scones are the only way to go! Love the orange and chunks of almond, delicious!

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