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Start your morning off bright and sunny with a batch of homemade Orange Scones! Soft, crumbly scones are flavored with real orange juice, as is the sweet glaze on top.

A batch of homemade scones is presented on a cooling rack on top of a white lace tablecloth.

Is it officially summertime yet? No? Oh well – it’s springtime, which still means it’s time to enjoy all of our favorite fresh flavors! Orange juice is a favorite morning beverage of mine, so making a batch of orange scones is a no-brainer in my kitchen.

It’s not just the fresh orange flavor that makes these scones so scrumptious, either. The consistency is everything a scone should be – soft, crumbly, and perfectly buttery! The store-bought scones just can’t compare to a warm homemade batch.

The glaze also has a delicious orange flavor, since it’s made with powdered sugar and orange juice in place of water/milk. Every bite of these summery scones makes me think of all those sunshine and happiness feelings, which is just what I need as the seasons finally start to change!

Seven scones are placed in a circle on a wire cooling rack over a square sheet of parchment paper.

What You’ll Need:

The scones call for:

  • Flour – All-purpose flour is what you’ll need.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Baking Powder – This helps the scones rise to the perfect height.
  • Salt
  • Butter – Unsalted butter is a key ingredient when making scones! It needs to be cold and cubed.
  • Milk – Whole milk works best.
  • Orange Juice – Use a pulp free orange juice for the best consistency.
  • Egg – I like to use farm fresh organic eggs when I can.
  • Zest – Fresh orange zest amplifies the natural orange flavor so much!

For the glaze, you’ll need:

  • Powdered Sugar – Don’t substitute this with any other type of sugar.
  • Orange Juice
Glazed scones on a wire cooling rack are garnished with orange zest.

How to Make Orange Scones

For more detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Make the dough. Combine all of the dry ingredients, then incorporate the butter into the mixture. Add in the orange zest and mix, followed by the remaining ingredients.

Form the scones. Transfer the dough to a floured surface. Flatten it into a circle that’s about an inch thick, then cut it into 8 triangles.

Bake. Place the scones onto a prepared baking sheet and bake them at 400°F for 18-20 minutes.

Make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar and orange juice.

Glaze, and enjoy. Spoon the glaze onto each of the scones, let it set, then dig in!

Several scones are stacked on top of one another. One has been split in half to reveal a cooked through center.

Common Questions:

How do I know when the scones are fully cooked? You’ll know the scones are ready to be removed from the oven when the tops have turned slightly brown. You can always do the toothpick test if you’re not sure!

How long will orange scones stay fresh? In an airtight container at room temperature, these scones will stay fresh for about 2 days. You can keep them fresh for a little longer if you pop them into the fridge, where they’ll last for up to a week.

Scones are presented on a cooling rack next to a plated scone.

As the weather heats up, enjoy more of my favorite spring and summer treats!

Peach Fritters

Stunning Lemon Tart

Triple Berry Cheesecake Bars

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Orange Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 scones
Author: Julie Chiou
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For the scones:

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 20 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • Zest from 2 oranges

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 34 tablespoons orange juice

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies.


  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Spray a baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the cubed butter until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is pea sized. Add in the orange zest and mix. Add in the milk, orange juice and egg and bring the mixture together.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and roll into a ball. Flatten into a large circle about 1” thick. Cut into 8 triangles.
  • Place onto prepared baking sheet and into the oven to bake. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops begin to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • In the meantime, make the glaze by combining powdered sugar and 3 Tbs of orange juice. You will have to stir for quite a while before you start to notice the powdered sugar start to be absorbed into the orange juice. Once your glaze comes together, if it is too thick you can add the remaining tablespoon of orange juice. It is easiest to make the glaze using a whisk.
  • Spoon glaze onto each of the cooled scones and let set for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Scones may be stored in an airtight container or baggie for up to 2 days on the counter or up to 1 week in the fridge.


Serving: 1 scone | Calories: 590 kcal | Carbohydrates: 75 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 30 g | Saturated Fat: 19 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 98 mg | Sodium: 469 mg | Potassium: 134 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 38 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange recipe, scone recipe
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