Orange Scones

Forget Panera, these copycat Orange Scones taste amazing. Plus, you get more for your money! BONUS.

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Orange Scones: copycat Panera recipe

My family doesn’t do fast food very much at all. Panera, Chipotle and Subway are what we consider “fast food” around here.

When it comes to Panera, I’m weak to the pastries. Those beautiful pastries that call my name. And when they offer me one of them with my meal for 99 cents, how can I resist?

I love recreating restaurant recipes at home. And while I have no idea if this is even CLOSE to how they make their scones, I can tell you that these are delicious.

There is something wonderful about eating a fresh baked pastry with a cup of coffee in the morning. Especially if you made that pastry yourself.

One of my favorite routines is to enjoy a cup of coffee with my breakfast after all my children have safely left the home for school. I can’t resist a piece of biscotti, a donut, or a scone.

Orange Scones: copycat Panera recipe

Today’s recipe gets it’s orange flavor from not only freshly zested oranges, but also the juice and some extract as well. It’s citrus overload (without tasting like overload of course)!

And the glaze, well, you might as well make a little extra. I’m pretty sure you may find yourself slurping this up with a straw, like orange juice (or is that just me??)

These scones are flaky and delicious. I just used a large baking sheet to make my scones. If you have an actual scone pan, you could try using that too! This makes 12 large scones! I have frozen them too, before applying the glaze. Once thawed on the counter top, make a fresh batch of glaze and enjoy!!!

Orange Scones: copycat Panera recipe

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Orange Scones

Yield: 12 large scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


For the scones:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  1. For the scones, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add in butter. Mix using the beater blade of an electric mixer until it resembles coarse crumbs (you can also use a pastry cutter, if you prefer).
  2. Add in egg, yogurt, orange juice, orange extract and orange zest. Combine completely.
  3. On a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or silpat), shape dough into a large rectangle (about 9inch x 7inch by 1/2 inch thick). Use your hands to pat dough, it will be sticky. Sprinkle with flour to make it workable.
  4. Using a large knife or pizza cutter, slice dough in half then cut into thirds (vertically) creating six rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half to make 2 triangles. You will be left with a total of 12 triangles. Don't separate them on the baking sheet yet!
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and re-cut your triangles carefully. Separate and return to oven for an additional 10-15 minutes. Remove and cool completely before glazing.
  6. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, orange zest and orange juice. Spoon glaze over each cooled scone, allow to set, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. ENJOY!

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44 comments on “Orange Scones”

  1. These look delicious! Love having a great pastry in the morning…. especially at panera. Wishing I had one of these with my coffee this morning : )

  2. I am so freaking glad I can’t easily access Panera, otherwise I would pretty much live in their bakery dept. >_< That Asiago Cheese Bread = my life. The scones are dangerous too, especially yours since now I can make it at home! Ugh. C'mon Aimee, are you trying to get me to give up on my resolutions?! 😉

  3. I wish I had some of these to enjoy for breakfast today! That glaze is drool worthy 🙂

  4. We consider fast food the same restaurants as you! Your scones look incredible and so perfect with coffee!! This is a must make!!

  5. Oh yeah I totally want these over Panera anyday!

  6. I think I could LIVE on these orange scones! Seriously. Wow.

  7. Forgetting Panera is a tall order! But if it means I can eat these scones, then let the brainwashing begin 😉 Love the crunchy edge and tender middle. And the citrus is perfect!

  8. I am so all over these! My mouth is watering!

  9. We don’t do much fast food either. This is why our grocery bill is eleventy trillion dollars!! But when I DO eat Panera, I’m all over the pastries. Probably a good thing I don’t go often, ha!!

    These look fabulous — I need that glaze in my life!!

  10. That’s pretty much our idea of fast food too!!! I love checking out the pastries at all the places we go too! These scones…I need them and some glaze to slurp on!!! Yum!

  11. I was never a fan of scones (dry, flavorless, doughy) UNTIL I tried Panera’s! YUM! And now I can make them on my own! Woohoo! THANKS! You’re awesome!

    And I’m with you on the fast food places……BUT……if you’re in need of a great FAST salad fix, the Southwest Chicken Salad at (of all places!) McDonald’s is AWESOME. Get it with the grilled (not fried) chicken, and it’s fresh, huge, very satisfying and really really tasty! And doesn’t blow out your calories for the day either…..I think it’s about 350! AND, I think it’s under $5 (in my area, anyway.) Just letting you know, there’s a really good FAST salad out there! :o)

  12. I love scones but have never made an orange version, which clearly needs to be changed asap. These look perfect!

  13. These orange scones are everything! I so would eat a bunch and not regret a thing!

  14. I love having a homemade pastry in the morning with my coffee (or a store-bought one will do as well! ha!). But homemade is better : ) These orange scones look delicious – I love how many ways you have the orange in here! Plus, scones are my favorite breakfast treat to make at home!

  15. Panera is my fast food too, unless it’s in the middle of the night- then del taco works 😉 LOL I have always eyed the orange scones from Panera but since I have grown up with scones always in our kitchen I have never given Panera’s a try! The glaze on yours looks gorgeous!

  16. These scones look amazing Aimee! I love all the orange you used to make these – would love a few of these for my breakfast!

  17. These scones look delicious Aimee! Love orange in the morning!

  18. Wow, I could go for a couple of these right now Aimee! I am a huge sucker for the cinnamon crunch bagels at Panera, so good, but so bad 🙂

  19. Seriously I am craving these right now! That glaze looks unreal delicious! Beautiful photos 🙂

  20. Panera scones have been forgotten! These look delicious, I love orange scones 🙂

  21. Aimee L

    So these were out of this world tasty! The one issue I had was uneven baking due to laying the dough out on the baking sheet and not getting it even enough. Would it be possible to bake these in a cast iron skillet?

  22. I adapted this recipe to be Gluten Free by using Glutino All-Purpose flour in place if regular all-purpose flour. These turned out PHENOMENALLY. I recently made the switch to GF and Panera’s scones are my old favorite. I couldn’t find a simple enough GF recipe so I just used this one (because it looked the best!) and I am SO GLAD that I did. I’m in scone heaven right now. 🙂

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  24. ol

    not sure if it was me and my lack of skills but these turned out more like sponge cake than scone… still not use to the idea of eggs in scones, must be an American thing! Traditional Scottish scones omit the eggs. They were also WAY too sweet!

  25. Momuv3princesses

    Just had my bite of a Panera orange scone on Saturday and Sunday I came looking for a copycat recipe for these amazingly delicious little things. Your recipe did not disappoint! They were FANTASTIC! (Even my picky kid loved them!) My 12 year old said she wants one every morning for breakfast. 🙂 Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe!!! Oh and for other newbies to making scones, this was my first time making them. I had never been a scone fan because I thought they were dry and flavorless when I had tried them from a bakery before.

  26. Mary

    I’m not used to making scones with eggs either but I was willing to try these out. I weighed my flour rather than scooping it perhaps that made the difference I ended up with a batter rather than a dough. I also didn’t have yogurt so I used buttermilk. I just hope they hold together after they’re baked.

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