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Orange Buttermilk Scones Recipe

Orange Buttermilk Scones Recipe- easy to make and bursting with fresh orange flavor and delicious chocolate chips. These buttermilk scones are THE BEST hands down!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 scones
Calories 308kcal
Author Lisa


Buttermilk Scones

  • 3 cups flour
  • cup sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold butter cubed
  • orange zest from one orange
  • 1 cup buttermilk plus more for brushing on top
  • 2 teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Easy Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.
    buttermilk scones dry ingredients
  • Cut in the butter by using a pastry cutter, a fork or your hands (the easiest and what I do!) The flour mixture should look sandy once the butter is cut in. Then stir in the orange zest.
    buttermilk scones dry ingredients with butter cut in
  • Mix in the buttermilk and orange extract until just combined- you don’t want to over mix the batter,
    buttermilk and orange extract
  • Add chocolate chips to dough and mix until evenly distributed.
    buttermilk scones dough
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out. Separate the dough into three balls, flatten each ball until they are about 5 inches in diameter, then cut into four wedges.
    buttermilk scones how to shape and cut scones ( round disc cut in 4 wedges)
  • Place scones on the lined baking sheet and brush each scone with buttermilk and sprinkle a little sugar on each one.
    scones on baking sheet before baking
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. 
    scones on baking sheet before baking
  • While baking mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and orange extract to make the glaze. You can add more or less powdered sugar or milk to get the thickness you prefer.
  • When the scones are done baking, drizzle with the glaze and sprinkle with any extra orange zest.
    orange buttermilk scones with glaze drizzle dover it with
  • Enjoy!
    scones on baking sheet before baking close up of scone


Tips and Tricks:
  • Don’t over mix the dough- once it is combined it’s read- expect it to be a little lumpy!
  • Keep the dough cold- you don’t want the butter to melt before you bake them


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.6mg