Orange Almond Scones

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Soft and tender Orange Almond Scones drizzled with a sweet orange glaze and chopped almonds. These scones are great for breakfast, brunch, or tea time. 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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Orange Almond Scones

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.
4.50 from 2 votes


For the 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


  • Preheat to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until dough comes together. Pat dough out into a 12-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.
  • 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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  1. Beautiful scones and perfect for spring…love how light and airy the pics look!

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

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

  4. I honestly never make scones because I’m afraid the whole batch will disappear into my tummy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Another gorgeous recipe. And citrus is awesome right now!!

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

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

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

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

  10. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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!

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

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

  16. Oh yum, I love the orange and almond flavor combo. Almond extract is completely irresistible to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. I’m a big fan of anything almond flavored as you know ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope Josh was far from the kitchen when you made these.

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

  22. My neighbor gave me a ton of oranges and this recipe is perfect! I’ve been wanting to make scones! Yum!

  23. These would be perfect with an afternoon cup of tea – though I’m sure my boys would prefer to dunk them into their hot chocolate. This makes me yearn for spring!

  24. What a great way to start off the day. I love the simplistic flavors, bound to make a sweet and flavorful morning treat. Can’t wait to enjoy with a nice cup of Joe!

  25. These sound very good. I Love scones-they are so fast..great with tea…can’t wait for your cookie book.

  26. Yummy!! I just baked orange scones as well — perfect when citrus is abundance this time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I love scones! One of my favorite flavor combinations is cranberry-orange. I can imagine that these are just as good. And I love your plates! They are quite beautiful.

  28. Ahh I’m so anxious! I want to know those wonderful cookie recipes! I’ll just have to wait until the book it out :). But in the meantime, I’m loving these scones!

  29. Great minds think alike – whipped up a batch of Orange-Scented Shortbread this weekend. Not exactly the same, but both british, both delicious, both extra citrusy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. I made your almond toffee chocolate cookies last night and I’m hooked! Wow! Thanks for sharing that as a preview recipe, I can’t wait for your cookie e-book. Do you mind if I re-post the recipe on my blog or would you rather have it just be for people who signed up for your newsletter?

  31. Just made these – they will definitely be a repeater! I put the glaze in a baggie and snipped the end to drizzle over the scones. We couldn’t wait for the scones to cool or for the glaze to harden. Super yummy, light and fluffy! Thanks for sharing!

  32. I made these today for my friend’s baby shower tea party. They were fabulous! Everyone raved! I doubled the recipe and made 24 mini scones. Yum, thanks for the great recipe!

  33. Sounds pretty good, but I am Not really a nut person in my scones. I’m going to sustitute some cranberries. They will go great with the orange.

  34. Hello from Singapore! i made them this morning. it was a sticky batter to work with, i didn’t put enough flour and hence, couldn’t knead them. i added 4 tablespoons of orange juice instead, and it was still good. thanks for the recipe!