Orange-Chocolate Chip Scones

Orange-Chocolate Chip Scones

I’ve been experimenting with creating different flavors of scones. I’ve done Cranberry-Orange, Almond Blueberry, and these Orange-Chocolate Chip Scones. I just love the combination of orange and chocolate together so these ended up my favorite. They taste like Pepperidge Farm Orange Milano cookies. My daughter took a batch of these to work and they were gone in 15 minutes. One co-worker commented that if it wasn’t rude she would eat four of them!

3 C. flour
1/3 C. sugar
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) chilled butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 C. mini chocolate chips
1 C. chilled buttermilk
1 1/2 t. orange extract
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1-2 T. milk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.
2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. Add butter to bowl, and using a pastry blender of with your fingers cut the butter into the flour mixture. Or place butter and flour mixture into a food processor and pulse until the mixtures resembles coarse cornmeal.
4. Add the chocolate chips to the flour mixture and toss to coat.
5. Mix the buttermilk and orange extract together and gradually add to the flour mixture. Stir with a fork until moist clumps form.
6. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead briefly to bind dough. Do not over handle the dough. You want the butter to stay cold so the dough doesn’t bake up tough.
7. Roll dough into a 4 X 12 inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle into 3 equal squares. Cut each square diagonally in two directions to make four triangles out of each square of dough.
8. Transfer the triangles to the prepared baking sheet, placing them an inch apart.
9. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
10.While the scones are baking, mix together the powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze for drizzling over the warm scones. Place the glaze in a zip-loc sandwich bag. Clip a small piece from one corner of the bag and drizzle the glaze over the hot scones. Let cool.
Makes 12 scones

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