Orange Strawberry Scones

If you've ever had a craving for fresh scones, these are so easy to make at home! This orange strawberry scones recipe is light and delicious. A perfect sweet treat or addition to breakfast.

Orange strawberry scones drizzled with icing on a cooling rack.
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Orange Strawberry Scones Recipe

While scones may look super fancy, they're actually incredibly easy to make. As long as you're willing to get your hands a little dirty, then you're all set to go. Although, I will say that making scones is even easier when you have a fancy pastry cutter!

My favorite part about good scones is definitely how light they are. A tender scone that just melts in your mouth is just irresistible! And these fresh strawberry scone fit the bill.

The first flavor of these pastries that I ever had were a lemon blueberry scones. They were so insanely delicious that I knew I had to learn how to make as many different flavors of scones as I could!

Whether you want fresh baked goods for a party or simply want nice afternoon snack, these perfect scones are just the thing to make. With pops of strawberries folded into the flaky layers, they are just so yummy!

Orange strawberry scones with icing and a sliced strawberry.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

This easy scone recipe is a family favorite for so many different reasons. We love this incredible pastry:

  • These are just as good, if not better, than the strawberry scones you would get at your local coffee shop or bakery. And you can make them very simply in the comfort of your own kitchen!
  • Scones are a fabulous shareable treat. Make them for new neighbors, friends in need, as a kind pick-me-up for someone or for any parties and get -togethers.
  • Make a dozen of the best homemade scones with fresh strawberries in just about a half hour. A quick recipe with a satisfying final product!
A bowl of ingredients for orange strawberry scones

Ingredients

This delicious recipe doesn't require anything super fancy. Just pantry staples and a few things you likely already have in your refrigerator. Here is what you will need:

Scone Ingredients

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated white sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • orange zest
  • cold unsalted butter
  • fresh orange juice
  • eggs
  • strawberries
  • heavy cream

Glaze Ingredients

  • orange juice
  • powdered sugar
  • heavy cream

Substitutions and Variations

If you do not have strawberries on hand, many other fruits will work. Anything from cranberries to blueberries would be tasty in a good scone.

You can use a gluten-free 1:1 flour substitute, such as King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour, to make this recipe without gluten.

Make strawberry orange scones refined sugar free by using coconut sugar or maple syrup instead of white sugar.

Give variation to the flavor of these scones with some chocolate chips in the dough or a melted chocolate drizzle instead of the orange glaze. You can also simply add some vanilla extract to the dough. A strawberry glaze would also be tasty.

If you would prefer the individual scones to not have glaze, sprinkle some coarse sugar on the tops before baking.

How to Make Orange Strawberry Scones

Follow these step by step instructions to make the perfect scone recipe:

A bowl of flour, eggs, sugar, orange zest in a glass bowl.
A bowl of flour and a pastry blender.

Whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and orange zest in a large mixing bowl.

A bowl filled with flour, sugar, cubed butter.
A glass bowl with a mixture of flour, sugar, and milk.

Once the dry ingredients are well combined, place cubed cold butter into the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until there are only small pieces of butter left.

Create a well in the center of the mixture and whisk together the liquid ingredients in small bowl, then pour that mixture into the well you created.

Use a pastry scraper to combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, folding it over itself.

A glass bowl filled with strawberries and orange strawberry scone batter.
Orange strawberry scone batter on a blue and white surface.

Add the strawberries and gently fold them into the dough. Once the dough has begun to combine, turn it out onto a clean surface and knead it with your hands. Fold the dough over itself, kneading well until it comes together.

Then form a large circle with the dough that is about an inch thick.

Orange strawberry scones on a baking sheet.

Using a pastry blender or pizza cutter, slice the disk into 10 pieces. Transfer those scones to a baking sheet and brush the tops with milk or heavy cream.

Bake at 400°F (204°C) for 16-18 minutes until the top of the scones are golden brown. Once they are baked, allow them to cool on the sheet pan for about 2 minutes. Then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool while you make the glaze.

Make the Orange Glaze

While the scones cool, you can make most incredible homemade orange glaze to top the pastries:

In a small bowl, whisk together heavy cream, orange juice and powdered sugar until the consistency is like thin cake batter.

Once the strawberry scones have fully cooled, drizzle the glaze generously over each one.

Allow a few minutes for the glaze to set, then serve!

Orange strawberry scones.

How to Store Leftover Scones

Place completely cooled leftover scones into an airtight container and store a room temperature for 1-2 days. Alternatively, you can place them in the refrigerator and store for up to a week.

Scones also freeze really well! Place them in an airtight container in a single layer, or with sheets of parchment paper between layers if you need to stack them. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw one whenever you get a craving for a fresh scone!

To reheat, place your scone in the toaster oven, microwave, or oven until warmed through.

Three orange strawberry scones with sliced strawberries.

What to Serve with Orange Strawberry Scones

Good scones are a wonderful snack, dessert and a great addition to breakfast. Pair them with a warm cup of coffee or tea.

You can also serve something like cheesy breakfast egg muffins or breakfast casserole alongside a scone for breakfast time. They would also be a great dessert after a hearty dinner of dessert, baked turkey meatballs and parmesan risotto.

Tips for Success

Check out these simple tips to have the perfect scone every time:

  • Fresh berries will provide the best flavor, just be sure to dice the juicy strawberries into small pieces so that each bite of scone gets that beautiful flavor of sweet strawberries.
  • Use fresh squeeze orange juice instead of bottled. Sure, bottled juice may be more convenient but fresh squeezed really takes the scones to the next level.
  • When zesting the orange, be sure you only get the orange part of the peel and not the white part. The pith is bitter and can effect the flavor of your strawberry scone recipe.
  • It is important to use very cold butter in the dough for fresh scones. It doesn't need to be frozen butter, but it does need to be cold. This helps make the flaky layer in the pastry and keep them tender and fall-apart delicious.

FAQ

What is the secret to moist scones?

Keeping the dough really cold will keep the butter cold, and that's the key to a moist scone. If you let the butter get too warm, it can change the texture of your scones and they won't be as moist.

Why are my scones dry the next day?

If you end up with dry scones the next morning, you may not have stored them properly. You also may have added too many mix-ins to the dough. It's important not to overload your scones with tons of add-ins because they can soak up the moisture of the dough.

Orange strawberry scones on a cooling rack next to a cup of coffee.

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Orange strawberry scones drizzled with icing on a cooling rack.

Orange Strawberry Scones

These light and flaky orange strawberry scones are so easy to make. A bakery-quality treat in the comfort of your own kitchen!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Zest from one medium orange
  • ½ cup unsalted butter COLD cut into chunks
  • Juice from half an orange
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup fresh diced strawberries
  • ½ cup heavy cream

For The Glaze

  • Juice from half an orange
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and orange zest.
  • Place cold cubed butter in flour mixture. Use a pastry blender to cut butter into the flour until pea sized pieces of the butter are left.
  • Create a well in the middle of the flour and set bowl aside. Whisk together liquid ingredients.
  • Pour in liquid ingredients and use a flexible pastry scraper to start bringing the dough together, folding it over itself and repeating. As it begins to come together, fold in the strawberries.
  • Once the dough isn't fully liquid, you can start kneading the dough outside of the bowl on a clean surface with your hands.
  • Fold the dough over and knead it until it's come together.
  • Form dough into a large circle, about an inch thick.
  • Use the pastry blender or a pizza cuter to divide the scones dough into 10 pieces.
  • Move scones to a baking sheet and brush tops with milk.
  • Bake at 400°F (204°C) for 16-18 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  • When scones are fully cooked, let cool on baking pan for 2 minutes, then move to a wire cooling rack and make your glaze.

For the Glaze

  • Whisk together orange juice, heavy cream, and powdered sugar. Consistency should be like thin pancake batter.
  • Drizzle over cooled scones.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 Comments

  1. Scones are some of my favorite things to make! I love that they freeze so well, too - so it's easy to pull one out for a special treat. Love the vanilla glaze on these!

    1. I knew that they had a reputation of freezing well, but I need to put it to the test sometime! Do you let it thaw naturally to eat one?

  2. My goodness. Scones are my absolute FAVORITE, and I love that the first time you made them, you were studying abroad. They didn't let us use the kitchen in our little dorm... but they served us pound cake for breakfast every morning, and it was AMAZING. 😉

    I'm a sucker for scones, so I need to make your recipe soon. Lady A is a big fan, too. So is W.

    1. Pound cake is a pretty good alternative 😉 I need to make these again as soon as I get home next week!

  3. I've been wanting to make scones lately! I think the last time I made scones was before I even started blogging. Time to make some more!