Glazed Orange Scones

Every year at this time, I have a pretty major freak out session. If you’ve read MBA for any length of time, you know that I’m a full-time middle school teacher. And at the start of every school year I panic because I have no idea how I possibly managed to maintain a classroom, blog, personal relationships and a household the previous year.

Inevitably, a few days later I calm down and my friends realize that despite the fact that I’m a typically a well-oiled machine, I too can come undone. The calming stage usually happens after a good crying/whining/baking session. So this weekend as I was making a mental list of things I’d never be able to do again such as sleep, watch tv, shop or take pictures in good light, I decided to bury my hands into some dough.

The very first scone I ever ate was a glazed orange scone from Panera and I’ve been smitten with scones ever since then. In my opinion, they’re the perfect balance between biscuits and cake – I mean is it possible to go wrong with that textural combination? I think not.

These orange scones are especially flavorful and tangy thanks to the addition of sour cream. More specifically, the delicious lactose free sour cream made by Green Valley Organics. I was recently reacquainted Green Valley Organics and Redwood Hill Farm when I attended the Big Summer Potluck.

We’re not particularly lactose free in our household, but lactose free products tend to last longer before going bad (Hooray – grocery shopping less often for me!), and this inspired Dairy Duo have a motto I can get behind: “Peace. Love. Dairy.” Not only are all the products from GVO certified organic, products from both GVO and Redwood Hill Farm are certified Humane too.

What does this mean? It means the animals behind Green Valley Organics and Redwood Hill Farm “have ample space, shelter and gentle handling. They receive plenty of fresh water and a healthy diet free of antibiotics or hormones. And they will live and behave naturally, free of cages, crates or tie-stalls”.

Now – who wants to skip school with me and go meet a cow? ‘Cus I would be down with that right about now. Or we could just enjoy these Glazed Orange Scones together, solid in the knowledge that the sour cream they’re made from is some of the best you can find.


Glazed Orange Scones

Yield: 8 scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15-17 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes


For the Scones

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • zest of two medium oranges
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Sour Cream
  • 1 large egg

For the Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and orange zest; mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream and egg until smooth.
  5. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be sticky first, but as you press, the dough will come together.
  6. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and prepare the glaze.
  7. In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and orange juice. Whisk until smooth. Dip the top of the scones into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. At this point, you can leave them as is or go for the double dip. I glazed my scones twice.


  • Scones store well in an airtight container for up to two days.


This is a sponsored post written by My Baking Addiction on behalf of Green Valley Organics and Redwood Hill Farm. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own.

137 Responses to “Glazed Orange Scones”

  1. Sarah @ Give-the-Rest — August 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I totally loled about your post. I’m a high school teacher and am feeling the same anxiety and whinyness and excitment and fear and and and…. you know. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I bet it would be a good treat for the first day of school, for our lunchboxes, :)


  2. Jill — August 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    These look so delicious. I love scones, but haven’t tried an orange one yet. Now I know what’s next on my to-make list!


  3. Monica @TheYummyLife — August 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I am so excited! My FAVORITE bakery treat in the whole world is Panera’s orange scones. The frosting on them is what puts them over the top for me. I’ve been wanting to figure out how to make them, and now I don’t have to. THANK YOU. I am making these for breakfast tomorrow morning. Not kidding. :-)


    • Monica @TheYummyLife — August 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

      I made these this morning and had to come back and tell you that they are every bit as delicious as I’d hoped. This recipe is definitely a keeper. I made two minor changes. Didn’t have sour cream on hand, so I used Greek yogurt instead. Also added 1 tsp. of orange zest to the glaze. So good. Thanks for the great recipe. Love it!

  4. luv what you do — August 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Good luck with the new school year! It is always hard to balance it all, but I’m a huge fan of your blog so keep up the good work : )

    And…these scones look incredible!


  5. Tracy — August 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Gorgeous scones! I could use a good baking session myself…will have to put these on my list! :-)


  6. Ala — August 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    My friend is making scones for our brunch on Friday–I’m going to have to, er, slip him this recipe and hope he gets the hint, because these look great! Also, complete empathy on the score of starting a new school year as a teacher. (I’m starting my very first year next month, and it has me all jittery just thinking about it!) Best of luck with everything!


  7. Ann P. — August 23, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I have a few good teacher friends that all went back to school this week! I have to hand it you y’all, being a teacher is a pretty amazing feat, and you with middle schoolers, no less!! Props to you :D


  8. Jess — August 23, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I work full time, and I always wonder if I’d be better off if I had a summer “break” like those of you who are teachers, or if it’s better not to ever taste the freedom of escaping the grind for a couple months a year. Good luck getting back into the swing of things!


  9. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — August 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I could definitely start my morning off with a few of these babies… looks so good!


  10. SimplyBakes — August 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Such beautiful tender scones! I was totally smittened by the cranberry scones i first ate at a really high class hotel here in Singapore too! Thanks for the wonderful recipe:D


  11. megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love trying new scone flavors! This one sounds really good, and it looks like it came our pefectly from your pictures! :)


  12. Jaime — August 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

    These scones look absolutely inviting and your photos are gorgeous! I love the orange glaze, makes it extra special and decadent.


  13. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Orange scones from Panera are my obsession!! I was so excited when I saw this post!


  14. Anne — August 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Yum, can’t wait to make these scones. I have 2 married daughters who teach school, run a household, have 5 young children between them and each has a side business. Eeeek! Bowing down before teachers – thank you for all you do for our children & grandchildren.


  15. joyce mosby — August 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I can totally relate to your feelings as a MS teacher myself. So much so that here I am on FB and not doing lesson plans. I am trying to avoid that panic feeling. I plan on trying these scones- my current favorite is the Cinnamon Bun Scones on the Quaker Oats website.


  16. Joan — August 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    There is nothing better to relieve stress than baking.
    I love Orange Cake, particularly the recipe from “The Cake Doctor”, so I am sure I will love your Orange Scones. Thank you!


  17. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — August 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, these scones look so amazing! I love working with biscuit dough and I love scones and this just looks so perfect! :) Yummy

    And if you come over and make these scones with me you can come see the pretty little cows that are between my dorm/apartment and my school:) They are sweet little cows.


  18. Giovanna — August 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Wonderful recipe!
    I’m at the other end of the same rope. I have 4 children and in the last summer days I’m dying for them to go back to school, so I have time to write, cook, take pictures with good light… :)


  19. R brown — August 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I just made a double batch. I added dried cranberries and raisins. I was so excited and anxious to pull them out of the oven. When I did they didn’t rise as much as I would’ve expected. I am unsure, did I jack something up or are they just not fluffy?
    Thank you for a great blog with delicious recipes.


    • Jamie — August 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      These scones definitely don’t rise much at all, so I don’t think you jacked anything up. If you want them to be taller, roll them a thicker next time. Have a great weekend.

  20. Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 24, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Good luck with school starting very soon! :D My sister-in-law is also a middle school teacher. I dont know how you guys handle that age of kids! They are a handful Im sure :) But these scones look like they’ll calm ya down! I love them!


  21. Angel Liu — August 24, 2012 at 1:42 am

    The glaze looks thick and yummy!


  22. Mary McAndrew — August 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Can’t wait to try these! I was so glad to see they weren’t made with orange marmalade (yuch for me!) but fresh oranges…YUMM.


  23. Dina — August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Love anything orange. Maybe the kids will like this for the first day of school breakfast. Thanks for the recipe.


  24. Green Valley Organics — August 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! We can’t wait to try! Good luck getting back into the grind and keeping up with it all!


  25. Chels — August 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    These look fantastic!


  26. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    These are simply unreal! Love that glaze!!


  27. donna giblin — August 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Baked these last night and the taste……amazing!!!! I grated some additional orange peel on the top after the second dip into the glaze just to give it some added orange zing. Delicious, thank you for sharing.



    • Jamie — August 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the scones – I love your addition of the zest to the glaze.

    • Suzanne — March 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Your pictures of the scones clearly show that you too used zest in the glaze…I am confused by this.

  28. leslie — August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I am sure you will do fine with the new school year!
    Love the scones!


  29. Laura — August 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    One of my favorite treats is a Orange Scone at Panera Bread. When I saw this recipe, I just knew it was my destiny to make these scones. Thanks for sharing.


  30. Donna @ My Sweet Things — August 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I have never made a scone but I’d love to give these a try! I love all things orange and I do love a good scone. Thanks for sharing!


  31. Angie — August 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I laughed out loud as I read the beginning of your post. I am a full-time middle school teacher, mom of two athletic teenage boys and wife of a very involved husband. I have this exact same meltdown every year-I am starting my 23rd year and am having one now. I will have to try your scone recipe and see if it sweetens the beginning just a little:)Have a great school year!


  32. Sharlene — August 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I know your feelings about going back to school-I taught Family & Consumer Science for 37 years & this is the first year that I’m not dreading the end of August (I retired!). After a couple days back at school it will feel like you’ve never been gone. Have a great year & keep up your wonderful blog-the recipes are amazing!


  33. Sruts — August 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I’m just finding my way around my kitchen and baking, especially breakfast-y stuff, has gotten to me. I tried these scones out and they were perfect! I can totally see how these would calm you down :)
    Your blog is really keeping me on my feet and very interested in baking in general! Thank you!!


    • Jamie — August 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the scones and that MBA is igniting your love of baking. Thanks so much for reading – have a fantastic weekend.

  34. Michelle — September 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    We just got done eating these for breakfast, and they were so delicious! I have wanted to make scones forever now, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally taken the plunge. Thank you for a delicious recipe, and a new favorite too! :)


    • Jamie — September 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed the scones, thanks so much for coming back and telling us about your experience with the recipe. Have a great day.

  35. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 6, 2012 at 12:08 am

    These sound fabulous. I love scones, and I love anything made with citrus!


  36. Missy — September 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    OMG YUMMMMMMMM!! I am seriously addicted to Panera’s orange scones, and when I found these, I tried NOT to get my hopes up…. But WOW! My husband says they are better than Panera’s! I followed your recipe to a “T” other than my use of Tillamook sour cream. Bravo!


    • Jamie — September 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Better than Panera’s? Now that’s a serious compliment – tell your husband I said THANK YOU! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know how the recipe worked for you! Thanks so much for visiting!

  37. Cindy — September 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I LOVE Scones !!! I am going to try these for breakfast this weekend !!


  38. Karen — December 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Great scones and better than Panera’s imho!!


    • MBA — December 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!

  39. Meg — December 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! It got rave reviews from both my mother and my husband (who rarely agree on anything.) They were decadent and light at the same time. Just lovely.


    • MBA — December 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I am so pleased you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for stopping by and providing your feedback – have great day!

  40. Diana — December 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Just made these this evening. Thanks for a very easy and delicious recipe!


    • MBA — December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!

  41. Patti — January 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I too love Panera’s orange scones and was looking for a recipe to make my own. I made these this morning and they are delicious! My family loved them too! Thank you so much!


    • MBA — January 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!

  42. Becky — January 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Wonderful recipe. We are in the autumn years and I am teaching my husband the joys of baking. We are planning on watching the third season of Downton Abby and wanted some scones and tea. The scones are waiting
    G on the stove ready to pop in the oven, I am so excited!


  43. Sarah — January 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I just made these.. I have also been smitten by the orange scones at panera, but I don’t live near one. Have been frustrated with my baking attempts lately. I loved the precision and clear directions. They turned out great. I will do these again. Such a treat and a pat on my back too!


  44. Becky H — January 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    YUMMY!! My husband worked at Panera while we were dating. We order a scone everytime we eat there…but they are pricey! I had never made a scone in my life, and thought Panera set to high of a standard to even try!! I was wrong! I made these yesterday and added crasins to them! We can’t stop eating them! They are PERFECT!!! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try your other scones!


  45. Mia — February 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I made these last week. My whole family loved them. We were out of oranges so I used cuties, and my middle kiddo is allergic to eggs so I used a flax egg instead. They came out great.


  46. Jennifer G. — March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    After 16 minutes in the oven, they were perfectly done! Orange-y and just sweet enough; everyone who got a triangle /loved/ them! Thank you for the recipe!


  47. Noreen — March 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

    This recipe is delicious!! Thank you! Love to use citrus. I haven’t tried Panera’s orange scones yet, but definitely will soon. Another favorite scone recipe I have been making for years is Ina Garten’s cranberry orange scones. SO tender and moist for a scone! I add extra zest and also add zest to the glaze which I double. Try this recipe too…you will love it!


  48. Kelly — April 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I made these for a committee meeting at work. These were some of the best scones I have ever had! Super easy to make and everyone raved over them. I will definitely be making these again! Thanks for the recipe! Great for spring time!


    • Kelly — April 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

      AND I just love Panera’s orange scones!! :)

  49. vtgrowlbear — May 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

    these scones have made me the company baking hero. Before every function I am begged to make these, again and again!


    • Jamie — August 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      That’s great to hear! Thank you so much for stopping back and have a wonderful day!


  50. Mary mason — June 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    These were better than panera’s. I added some orange zest to the glaze. Followed the directions exactly and they turned out perfect.


    • Jamie — August 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm


      That’s awesome! Thank you so much for stopping back. The addition of orange zest sounds like a great idea. Have a lovely day and thank you for following MBA!


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