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Petite Vanilla and Orange Scones

Overhead view of Petite Vanilla and Orange Scones on a plate
Have you ever eaten something that left a long lasting impression on you?

Right after college, I landed a job in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue. I was on top of the world! My dream location!! Not my dream job, but who cares! I had a 2 x 2 office and a window facing Millenium Park. Yeah baby! 😉

Few months into it my manager asked me to join her for lunch. Ha? What?! Me? That was a big deal. She was a bit beasty and only went out to lunch with the CEO or the VP. Not her little minions.

I of course accepted and we were on our merry way to the Four Seasons Hotel Tea Room… Double WHOA!

Overhead view of Petite Orange and Vanilla Scones in a cast-iron skillet
I opened up that menu and ordered myself some tea, a couple of scones, muffins, and some dark piece of chocolate that, according to the waitress, President Clinton had while he stayed there. Okay, I said, I’ll take it!

I don’t remember the piece of chocolate, I don’t even know if I tried the muffins, but those scones, oh my those scones… I will never forget them. It’s been 10 years since then, and I still remember the perfect taste, the texture, even the perfect shape.

This Vanilla and Orange Scones recipe is my version of that particular scone. I have made it many times, tweaking it again and again, but I think that this is pretty darn close to it.

Side view of Vanilla and Orange Scones on a plate

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Petite Vanilla and Orange Scones

Katerina | Diethood
Breakfast scones flavored with vanilla and oranges, topped with a sweet orange glaze.
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Servings : 16 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


For the Scones
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter , cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk (may need to add more), plus a little extra for brushing
  • 1 egg yolk , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Grease a large, heavy baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the orange zest.
  • Rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg yolk, and vanilla. Start with 1/2 cup milk, add more only if needed
  • Using a wooden spoon, combine all the ingredients just until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough three or four times, then form two equal-sized dough balls.
  • Flatten each ball into a disk about 3/4-inch thick, then cut each dough-ball into 8 wedges. If possible, use a pizza cutter.
  • Put all the pieces on the baking sheet, leaving about 1/4-inch space between them.
  • Brush the tops of each scone with milk.
  • Bake the scones for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and then transfer the scones to a wire rack.
In the meantime, make the glaze.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk them until thoroughly combined.
  • When the scones have completely cooled, drizzle each scone generously with the prepared glaze.


Calories: 144 kcal | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 23 mg | Sodium: 103 mg | Potassium: 102 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 12 g | Vitamin A: 145 IU | Vitamin C: 0.5 mg | Calcium: 47 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: brunch recipes, easy scone recipe, english scones
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