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Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

My family asks for these scones all the time, but I like to save this special treat just for celebrations. It makes them feel extra-special that way. —Leslie Parker, Avoca, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    16 scones

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chocolate chips. In another bowl, mix milk, orange zest and extract until blended; stir into flour mixture just until moistened.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Divide dough in half. Pat each portion into an 8-in. circle. Cut each into 8 wedges. Place wedges on a greased baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Lightly brush scones with cream; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 scone: 245 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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