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Sparkling Orange Sugared Scones

Sparkling Orange Sugared Scones

These buttery sugared scones are perfect for gift-giving or a warm breakfast treat.

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30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time



1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into 8 pieces

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries or blueberries or finely chopped dried apricots

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest

Almond Butter

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all topping ingredients in bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and cranberries.

  4. STEP 4

    Stir together half & half, egg and 1 tablespoon orange zest in bowl until smooth. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times until smooth, adding small amount of flour, if necessary.

  5. STEP 5

    Divide dough in half. Pat each half into 7-inch circle. Place 2 inches apart onto large ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle topping evenly over dough. Score each half into 8 wedges; do not separate. Bake 25-30 minutes or until scones are lightly browned. Cool 15-20 minutes on baking sheet.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine all almond butter ingredients in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

  7. STEP 7

    Separate scones while warm. Serve with almond butter.

  8. STEP 8

    Store leftover scones in container with tight-fitting lid at room temperature. Store remaining almond butter covered in refrigerator.

Tip #1

- One large or two medium oranges will yield what is needed for the grated orange zest.

Tip #2

- A pastry blender is made of 5-6 parallel U-shaped steel wires attached at both ends to a handle. It cuts the butter into small pieces so the flour can coat the particles. Two knives may also be used.

Nutrition (1 scone plus 1 1/2 teaspoons almond butter)

240 Calories
12 Fat (g)
45 Cholesterol (mg)
190 Sodium (mg)
30 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
3 Protein (g)
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