Chocolate Chunk Orange Scones

These easy Chocolate Chunk Orange Scones are rich, tender, and the perfect amount of sweet. The scones are made with orange zest and dark chocolate, then covered in a flavorful orange glaze!

A Close-Up Shot of an Orange Scone on a Metal Cooling Rack

Homemade Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

So the Memorial Day weekend is over…

I’ll tell you, it was a doozy in my life. I had to go to Boston with one of my sons for a soccer tournament and my husband had to go near Philadelphia with one of my other sons for HIS soccer tournament. I hate weekends where we all have to go opposite directions, especially to cool cities to explore….and ESPECIALLY on holiday weekends. BUT we’re all home safe and sound, ready to be done with the soccer season for the year.

Only a few more weeks. Jesus take the wheel.

Also when did I become the old person that gets achy joints after driving long distances? Last night when I got out of the car I had to literally move at a snails pace, holding my back, bending my knees like a little old lady.


ANYWAY. Today we’re talking about scones…which I happen to ADORE. I’ve made a few other scone recipes on my site before, like these Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Scones (yum), and these Bacon Cheddar Scones. And I also have an amazing scone recipe in my book that today’s recipe is a spin on.

An Orange Chocolate Chunk Scone Dripping with Orange Glaze on a Cooling Rack

Now, I’ll have to admit…chocolate and orange isn’t my most favorite flavor combo…BUT I started a really fun BAKING COMMUNITY on facebook (totally come over and join) and I asked the members in the group about a few flavor ideas and they overwhelmingly chose the chocolate/orange option.

I’m a people pleaser, so I did what you guys told me and chocolate and orange was how it played out.

And these scones are super great. If chocolate/orange isn’t your fave, you can play around with ideas…leave out the chocolate…leave out the orange…use craisins in place of chocolate (like I did in my book)…up to you!

The recipe is REALLY easy and comes together in just a few minutes. The goal to a scone (IMO) is to be crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. Let’s talk how to get that result…

How to Make The Best Orange Scones

A Metal Whisk Combining the Dry Scone Ingredients in a Mixing Bowl

Whisk your dry ingredients together. No problem.

Chopped Chocolate on a White Surface Next to Two Fresh Oranges

Chop your chocolate, zest your orange…

A Pastry Cutter Smooshing Butter Into the Dry Ingredients for Orange Scones

And cut COLD butter into the dry ingredients. You can use a pastry cutter or a fork to do this step.OR you could even use your food processor. You want the mixture to resemble coarse sand. The tiny butter bits keep the scone tender, much like it does with a biscuit or pie crust.

Chunks of Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Orange Zest on Top of the Dry Ingredient Mixture

Add in the chocolate and zest…

A Bowl of the Combined Dry Ingredients for Orange Scones with Heavy Cream Added

And then cold heavy cream. You want the mixture to come together, and not crumbly, but it will have a dry texture.

A Ball of Orange Chocolate Chunk Scone Dough on Top of a Floured Cutting Board

Press this into a circle or square about an inch thick and cut into pieces.

Six Scones' Worth of Dough on a Floured Surface

Brush the dough with some heavy cream…

Scone Dough Brushed with Heavy Cream on a Piece of Parchment Paper

And bake them for 15-20 minutes.

Freshly Baked Chocolate Chunk Orange Scones Before the Glaze Has Been Added

You can certainly stop there, OR you can add a sweet orange glaze, which is just powdered sugar, orange juice and a tiny bit of zest.

A Whisk Combining the Glaze Ingredients in a Mixing Bowl

Drizzle that on top…

And go ahead and enjoy! I think these are best served warm or the same day.

An Orange Chocolate Chip Scone Cut in Half to Reveal the Fluffy Interior



Chocolate Chunk Orange Scones

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 6 1x
  • Category Category: Breakfast
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: English


These easy Chocolate Chunk Orange Scones are rich, tender, and the perfect amount of sweet. The scones are made with orange zest and dark chocolate, then covered in a flavorful orange glaze!


For the Scones

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cold, salted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons cold heavy cream

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice



  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. LIne a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into the mixture using a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the orange zest and the chocolate.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and add 3/4 cup of the heavy cream. Mix the dough together. It should have a slightly dry texture, but not be crumbly. Add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of cream if the dough seems too dry.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for 1 minute. Form the dough into a round or rectangle approximately 1 inch thick and use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into 6 equal pieces.
  5. Arrange the pieces on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Brush the wedges with 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the scones are golden and the edges are lightly toasted.


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, orange zest, and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle glaze on top of the warm scones.
  2. Serve warm.


I prefer these if enjoyed the same day as being made, but if you need to, store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Keywords:: orange scones, chocolate chip scones, how to make scones

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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June 7, 2021 3:18 am

Perfect scones for a rainy spring day! I added a bit more orange juice for the icing, but other than that they were delicious.

October 3, 2020 4:32 pm

These scones are so delicious! Even my husband who does not like scones, says they are too dry, loves them. I even have to hide the last one so he won’t get it:)

May 2, 2020 8:16 pm

Made these just now and they are delicious! I did use more orange juice for the glaze.

March 27, 2020 9:29 pm

Hi, Shelly! Thanks for the recipe. For anyone wondering how to make these dairy free– I did fairly easily, with ingredients I had on hand. Instead of butter, I used coconut oil, refrigerated for 20 minutes or so, and instead of heavy cream, I used coconut milk, full fat– the stuff that is mostly solid, in a can. Same measurements, and they turned out really delicious. My boyfriend is allergic to casein, so I’ve taken to converting all cake/cookie/scone etc., recipes to be boyfriend-edible. We both agreed that very little, if any, coconut flavor was imparted into the final baked… Read more »

July 14, 2019 2:21 pm

Why is in impossible to save this recipe to Pinterest? I save every blog recipe that I like there-but can’t on your blog!

September 18, 2018 11:36 am

Can buttermilk be substituted for the heavy cream in this recipe? Thank you ?

November 24, 2017 2:24 pm

Made these for post-Thanksgiving breakfast and they’re REALLY good. Thank you for the recipe!

June 28, 2017 5:33 am

thank you for the recipe,wanna try it for my hubby birthday

June 13, 2017 10:58 pm

Made these tonight and they are delish! I did sub some fresh OJ for some of the heavy cream. These have a great orange flavor, aren’t to sweet…perfect scone ?

May 31, 2017 12:45 pm

I’m pretty sure the only chocolate/orange baked good I’ve had were cookies, years ago. I didn’t really think it was something I’d be into but I ended up really enjoying the flavors. These scones look amazing!

May 30, 2017 7:34 pm

These look awesome! They just might be breakfast in the morning. I also saw a trick for incorporating the butter. Put your cream in the freezer for about 10 min. Melt your butter and allow it to cool slightly. Then whisk it into the chilled cream. This creates lots of bits of butter that mix into the flour easily.

May 30, 2017 9:16 am

Just came across your blog recently. Your recipes all look delicious and are beautifully photographed. Scones are one of my all time favorites. I cannot wait to try these. A little tip I learned, grate your cold butter, then you don’t even have to cut it in, you just stir it around and work it into your dry ingredients with your fingers. Just a thought to share. Thanks for the new scone recipe!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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