Orange Chocolate Chunk Scones with Orange Glaze

Orange chocolate chunk scones topped with a fresh orange glaze. These flaky cream scones are studded with semisweet chocolate chunks and orange zest, and can be prepared in just over 30 minutes! 

Orange chocolate chunk scones topped with a fresh orange glaze - this flaky cream scone recipe can be prepared in just over 30 minutes, or baked ahead of time!

Let’s talk cream scones. I’ve become a die-hard scone fan this past year. They are one of my favorite pastries, and I can’t help but share new creations every few months.

In 2015, I’ve shared these raspberry pistachio scones (which come to think of it would be extremely festive at this time of year!) and these carrot cake scones with maple cream cheese glaze. Then, of course, there is one of my all-time faves: brown butter chocolate chunk scones.

Better yet, maybe we should all gift our friends and loved ones jars of brown butter this year? No?

If you’re looking for a delicious holiday breakfast addition, try your hands at scones this year. I love that the flavors are near limitless and you can make them as fun and playful as you like. Go wild, pipe a glaze on top, sprinkle them with Belgian pearl sugar for a snow-like effect (as I did on today’s scones), or split them and serve them with jam or marmalade.

Orange chocolate chunk scones topped with a fresh orange glaze - this flaky cream scone recipe can be prepared in just over 30 minutes, or baked ahead of time!

While scones are amazing the day that you bake them (preferably within those first few hours) –  this isn’t a hard and fast rule. One of the best parts about homemade scones is that you can easily refresh and reheat them in the oven between 325 degrees Fahrenheit and 350 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 8 to 12 minutes. See the recipe notes for more details. 

You can even bake them ahead of time, allow them to cool, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, place them in a freezer bag, allow them to partially-defrost, and go from there.

After testing multiple scones last year, I quickly came to realize that the results between a freshly baked scone and an oven-reheated scone were almost negligible. They have the ability to transform into their original flaky, buttery delicious self.

I mean, really, can you think of a better thing to have on hand for Christmas morning or during the holidays?

Orange chocolate chunk scones topped with a fresh orange glaze - this flaky cream scone recipe can be prepared in just over 30 minutes, or baked ahead of time!
Orange chocolate chunk scones topped with a fresh orange glaze - this flaky cream scone recipe can be prepared in just over 30 minutes, or baked ahead of time!

Since I am a huge fan of pairing chocolate and orange together – and love this combination, particularly around the holiday season – I decided to infuse these scones with lots of fresh orange zest, stud them with chopped semisweet chocolate chunks, and top them with a fresh orange glaze.

While the scones themselves contain very little sugar and have a subtle orange essence, the glaze helps bring it all together and really allows the orange flavor to shine. If you’re not a fan of glaze (don’t worry we can still be friends), I recommend serving these scones with orange marmalade! 

The most important thing when it comes to glazing scones: if you aren’t planning on serving the scones right away (within the first few hours), put off glazing the scones until just before serving. This rule also applies if you want to be able to reheat or refresh your scones in the oven (trust me, reheating glazed scones will be a disaster).

Orange chocolate chunk scones topped with a fresh orange glaze - this flaky cream scone recipe can be prepared in just over 30 minutes, or baked ahead of time!

If you’ve never tried a good scone in your life, I beg you to give scones another chance this holiday season and whip up a batch.

They are one of the most time-friendly baked goods out there. All you need is 30 minutes  – 40 minutes, extra cold ingredients, a baking sheet, and a hot oven ready to go!

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