Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones


This is one of my favorite ways to count to five.

It has chocolate.  So.. yea.




Do you get those giant chocolate oranges at Christmas?  It’s a giant bulb of chocolate shaped like an orange, with wedge segments and everything… and it tastes like an orange!  Well, an orange drowned in chocolate.    I love those things… but I’m a weirdo.

I turned one of those chocolate oranges into a scone with butter and buttermilk.  So tender.  Like little pillows of good.


Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

makes four large or six small scones

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons orange zest

2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

1 large egg yolk

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold buttermilk

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  I use my fingers to rub the butter and dry ingredients together.    In another bowl, combine egg yolk and buttermilk and beat lightly with a fork.  Add to flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a soft dough.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times.  Roll or pat out into a 1-inch thickness.  Cut into 4 large or 6 small  squares.     Place on prepared baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.  These are best when serve immediately with butter and jam.

254 thoughts on “Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

  1. I am new to this website, but came to a screeching halt when I saw chocolate and orange in the Recipe Index, definitely one of my favorite combos. I am originally from England and the orange I believe you are talking about, Joy, originated there – Terry’s Chocolate Orange, I love them too, especially if you put them in the fridge!

  2. I have a dark chocolate orange ball sitting on my desk right now, so its no surprise that I’d like to have these on my desk (in my face) right now too. =D

  3. These scones describe absolutely every food and flavor that my mom loves. I’ll definitely have to make these for her very, very soon. Of course, I may need to taste one or two as well. :D

  4. Making this but substituting the chocolate for dried currants, I know who substitutes chocolate for fruit but what do you think? Will it be swell or ehh??

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