Orange Scones with a Vanilla Glaze

Happy mothers day to all the mothers reading this! I made these scones for breakfast for my mom on Mothers day. (Hi mommy.) I also gave some to Brian’s mom, and she loved them! She was all excited yesterday to tell me that she had them for breakfast, and I would not be surprised if they were gone by tonight. (Hi Franny!)


A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to a women’s tea hosted by her church. I was wonderful, but my favorite part was the scones- Orange vanilla and strawberry, served with lemon curd and devonshire cream. They were fantastic, and I left determined to make the scones myself.

I really like scones, guys. This recipe is adapted from Joy the Baker, and the glaze is a creation all of my own. *sort of… it’s just cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. It’s so basic it can hardly be counted as a recipe and there are thousands out there.


I cut these round, mostly for ease. Rolling them out then using a cutter is much more easier than shaping and slicing and hoping they’re the same. They’re much more moist and less crumbly than your traditional scone,ย andย the glaze helps to lock in the moisture for even longer.


Oh my lanta, this glaze. I could just slurp it off a spoon. In fact, I used to when I was younger. I would sneak downstairs at night and mix up milk, powdered sugar, and Cheap Oakleys Sunglasses Outletvanilla in a little bowl and eat it sitting on the counter. (… hi mom and dad! you didn’t read that! Blame whoever got me the Emeril Lagase cookbook!) I tried using heavy cream for the glaze- I’m not skipping out for my momma- but about 4 tablespoons in, I realized it was too thick and went back to using milk. Heavy cream is fine for making light and fluffy icings, but it’s much too thick for making a glaze.

These are thick, fluffy, and full of orage flavor, with the zest of two oranges in the mix. They also use buttermilk, but don’t stop reading here! You can easily substitute and make your own! You’ll want about a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice for every 1 cup of milk. This recipe calls for 3/4 cup of milk, so put 3/4 Tbs in a liquid measuring cup, then fill to the 3/4 cup line and let sit for five minutes. After that, I like to add the zest to the milk so it can really get nice and friendly and infuse the flavor. I let it sit while I’m working my dry ingredients before adding the egg and pouring it in.


Enough talking, here’s the recipe. (Adapted from Joy the Baker)


  • 1/3 C buttermilk (to substitute: pour 1/3 Tbs lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Pour in regular milk up to the 1/3 c line. Let sit 5 minutes.)
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 tps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1 large egg

For the Glaze:

  • 2 C Powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbs Milk
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbs vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400หš.
  2. Add the orange zest to the buttermilk and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl seift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture is mealy and crumbly.
  4. Add the egg to the buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) and beat. Add the mixture to the flour all at once and stir with a wooden spoon to create a soft dough.
  5. Knead on a floured surface 10-15 times. Roll out to a 1-inch thickness and cut with a round cutter. Reshape and re-roll with the scraps, trying to use as much dough as possible. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until top edges are golden brown.
  6. Let chill for a few minutes, then dip in glaze and let chill on a wire rack.
  7. To make the glaze: Combine sugar, milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined.

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15 Comments on Orange Scones with a Vanilla Glaze

  1. rebacox
    May 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Yumm I love scones. Its been on my to bake list ever since I bought some expensive vanilla beans months ago!

    • faithcatherine
      May 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm (7 years ago)

      You can easily replace the zest with the vanilla! These scones are so easy and delicious!

  2. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    May 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm (7 years ago)

    I love the sound of orange and vanilla scones! I love that they’re moist moist and less dry than your average scone, sounds totally yummy!

  3. crazyforcrust
    May 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm (7 years ago)

    I love scones. I want to swim in that frosting!

  4. A Wiener Dog in the Kitchen
    May 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Scones are one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods and orange and vanilla sounds delish!!

  5. BruCrew Life
    May 15, 2013 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)

    Scones are so perfect for breakfast! I love the sound of the orange and vanilla together!!! And that glaze…you have me wanting to slurp it too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sally
    May 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm (7 years ago)

    I don’t make scones very often, but I love having them when I go out for coffee with friends. I would love these – orange and vanilla is such a great combination!

  7. Jess @HungryHarps
    May 19, 2013 at 10:18 am (6 years ago)

    I am loving the flavor combination here – these scones would disappear at my house!! Thank you so much for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays – hope to see you next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Anyonita
    May 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh, these look amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to have to try your glaze recipe! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! Iโ€™ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

    • faithcatherine
      May 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Anyonita for the pin and share! Let me know if you try the glaze!

  9. maryann
    February 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I want to make the scones for my Bible Group, how many does it make

    • faith
      February 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Maryann! Sorry for the late response, I’ve been out of power and wifi and haven’t been able to check. This recipe will make 10-12 scones, depending on how thick you roll the dough and now large your cutter is.


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