Hazelnut Orange Chocolate Scones

When I first started thinking about desserts for our Mother’s Day tea party, I knew scones had to be on the menu. Jason and I have done a lot of tea partyin’ in our day—you know, for research purposes—and almost every afternoon tea we’ve attended involves some sort of scone situation.

[“The Scone Situation”—good band name, or amazing band name?]

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The only question was what kind of scones. I wanted to keep the tea menu light, so I focused mostly on fruit flavors rather than chocolate, but a chocoholic can only go so long before looking for her next fix. So I crammed some chocolate chunks into these scones, along with chewy bits of candied orange peel and big pieces of toasted hazelnuts, and magic was born.

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These scones are my very favorite type of scones, which is to say, they’re not all that scone-like. Oftentimes, scones are just a slightly sweeter biscuit in disguise, tarted up with a glaze or a few raisins thrown in. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I prefer my scones to have a softer texture, with a moist crumb and a crackly, sugar-crusted top. If you fall into the scone-as-biscuit camp this recipe might not be for you, but if you’ve always wished your scones were a bit softer and sweeter, then have a seat at my table.

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I also love this recipe because it’s so flexible. You can add almost any mix-ins you can dream up—cranberries and lemon zest is a good combination, or try mixing fresh berries in at the very end. Soft on the inside, with pockets of melting chocolate, chewy peel, and crunchy nuts, they’re perfect alongside a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or lukewarm water from that grungy plastic bottle you keep meaning to get rid of but never do.
…It is possible that I know about that last one from experience.

They’re also perfect as part of a breakfast in bed menu (hint) for any special ladies in your life (hint hint) who might be having a day in their honor this Sunday (hint hint hint). Happy weekend, all!

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Hazelnut Orange Chocolate Scones
These scones are more tender than some biscuit-like scone recipes. I love their crackly sugared top and soft interior. You can vary the mix-ins--try other nuts, dried fruit, or coconut!
Cuisine: Breakfast
  • 15 oz (3½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz (2 cups) powdered sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 oz (1/3 cup) candied orange peel, finely chopped (see note below)
  • 2½ oz (1/2 cup) toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 oz (1/2 cup) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 5 oz cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 7 oz (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp orange oil or 1 tsp orange extract
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, orange peel, hazelnuts, and chocolate. Mix on low speed with a paddle attachment until well-combined.
  2. Add the cubed butter and mix on low speed until the mixture is sandy. Mix together the cream and orange oil or orange extract, then with the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the cream into the dry ingredients. Mix until there are just a few dry streaks of flour remaining.
  3. Stop the mixer and mix the scones the rest of the way with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and pat it into a rectangle about 1-inch thick. Wrap the sheet with plastic wrap and chill it for 1 hour, until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Cut the scones into small 2-inch squares or circles. If cutting out circles, press the scraps together and cut more circles out until you use all the dough. Arrange them on baking sheets covered with parchment. They will spread, so leave a few inches in between each scone. Brush a little cream on top of each scone, then top with a scattering of granulated sugar. Bake the scones at 375 F for 15-16 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
  5. Cool on the baking sheet, then serve. If desired, you can drizzle them with a bit of chocolate and top them with extra candied peel and hazelnuts for a fancier presentation. Scones are best the day they are made, but they can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. They can also be frozen before baking, after they have been cut out, and can be baked from frozen. Add 3-4 minutes to the baking time if you're baking frozen scones.
If you don't have candied orange peel, you can substitute the zest of two oranges instead. Add it to the dry ingredients in the first step and proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.


26 Responses to Hazelnut Orange Chocolate Scones
  1. I’d totally see a band called “The Scone Situation”

    • Elizabeth says:

      Right?! I’ll teach myself drums if you want to do guitar and we can be a two-person operation. Scone Situation unite!

  2. Chocoholics are always looking for their next fix (speaking from experience here ;) ) and I’m not complaining about having it for brunch or breakfast! The hazelnut and orange sound incredible together – you come up with incredible flavor combos. Happy Mother’s Day, you are an amazing mother and blogger!

    • Elizabeth says:

      It’s true, we’re addicted like that. :) Thanks so much, Mary Frances! Wishing you all the chocolate in the world this weekend.

  3. I’ve tried many scone recipes, and you’re right, they are usually just biscuits in disguise. I definitely want to try your version. Plus, this flavor combo sounds awesome!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Natasha! I know it’s sacrilege to some, but whateva–I do what I want! Let me know what you think if you give them a try!

  4. I’m CRAZY for hazelnut and chocolate, and throwing the orange in there too? I love it! I’ve never had that combo, but I already love it.

  5. LOVE THIS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Okay, I should stop with the Caps Lock but I can’t help it! These look GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And they have orange, chocolate and hazelnuts! HOW AWESOME IS THAT! They’re such a perfect tea time treat!!!! <3

  6. Danguole says:

    I would literally never get sick of these. I want to eat my way out of a giant pit of these, McD’s ball pit style, and die happy.

  7. omg, Elizabeth, these are gorgeous! I’m a bit of a scone snob – too often they’re just bready and don’t have that lovely flakey texture you get from working with cold butter (and not overworking it). These look perfect. Because I’m lazy I’d be tempted to skip the drizzle of chocolate on top, but I’m going to give myself a note to NOT skip it because it’s so lovely. :-)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Laurel, thanks so much! I agree, bready scones are a no-go in my book. And to each their own, but I could never skip a chocolate drizzle. ;)

  8. I’m with you on softer, sweeter scones, vs the dry crumbly ones. And orange chocolate is one of my favorite combos…so these are def something I’d enjoy. Now you have me wanting to make a special brunch ;)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hear hear, let’s kick dry scones to the curb! I hope my invite for that special brunch is in the mail? :)

  9. Two things:
    1) I love that you and your hubs have been tea partyin’ it up. What couple does that??
    2)I love that you’ve coined the idea of “the scone situation”
    All mother’s days should know the wonders of one. (and I say AMAZING band name.)

    • Elizabeth says:

      We are professional tea partiers! Any time we travel we try to find a tea shop where we can enjoy a nice afternoon tea–no better way to get to know a place than to sample their teensy desserts, right?

  10. Medeja says:

    Beautiful things! Hazelnut and orange sounds really interesting :)

  11. I love the hazelnut paired with the orange!! These scones look like a delicious dream! :) Pinned!

  12. Uh, amazing band name. What kind of a question is that? I’m already imagining their back story of being former pastry chefs who played in the kitchen during off hours..

    Also, amazing scones! The flavors sound so perfect, I love orange and chocolate. I’m glad we share the same view on scones because that means I could happily make these.

    I hope you had a happy mother’s day!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Yesss, and they could wear their chef coats while playing. Obviously this is a million dollar idea. :)

  13. Laura says:

    Besides caramel with chocolate, orange and chocolate is my favourite flavour combination so I want to eat these scones right now!

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