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’m gonna make it this week end for my coffee meeting with the neighbours. But, just one question… How you manage to measure the cold butter in tablespoons?

    One of your fans from Spain,


      1. Sure! Thanks, Joy.

        In Spain, there are also marked lines in the pack that indicate grams… I’ll make the conversion! Scones are one of my thousand of pending recipes, but, once reading the recipe from you, it seems easier than never!


  2. Oh my, that looks so good it must be bad!! Love traditional scones, but these look scrumptious…! There is just too much good food out there to eat and not enough time to go to the gym!

  3. They look delicious. I love choc chips in scones, so melty and tasty. Love the rustic squares, much more interesting than circles. Look so light and fluffy

  4. Can I tell you how much I LOVE chocolate & orange together? I adore those chocolate oranges (Santa was kind enough to leave one in each stocking this year), and even our wedding cake was orange butter cake with chocolate ganache filling…mmmm. Our anniversary is coming right up, and I think these would me more than perfect for breakfast. :) Thank you for what looks like a great recipe!

  5. Pardon me while I DROOL onto my keyboard. Chocolate oranges are my favorite christmas stocking stuffers…I buy them for my dad every year just so I can eat 2/3 of it myself. I also am obsessed with afternoon tea and all things scone-y. So you have officially created my dream come true.

  6. I’ve never liked those chocolate orange things…. I tried one once and it wasn’t for me, but I wouldn’t mind making these to give it a second chance.

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