Orange Scones

Forget that trip to Panera, these copycat Orange Scones taste amazing! Tender scone topped with a sweet orange glaze. The perfect breakfast or afternoon treat.

Love Panera? Try our Panera Broccoli cheese soup recipe next! Or give our panera mac and cheese recipe a try soon.

Scones on a baking sheet with slices of oranges.


Copycat Panera Scones

I know I’m not the only one out there who has a weakness for the pastry case at any coffee shop. Panera Bread’s is no different. What is it about those orange scones that are so darn irresistible?

This Orange Scones recipe has all the amazing orange flavor and flaky goodness of the Panera version but tastes even better!

After you try these scones, you’ll also want to give my Starbucks Pumpkin Scones and Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf a try.

Believe me when I say these scones are flaky, sweet and just downright delicous.

And the icing? Well, you might as well make a little extra. It would be delicious on this King Cake Puff Pastry recipe!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make orange scones.

Be sure to scroll all the way down for a complete list of ingredients and directions!

  • Oranges – This recipe gets its citrus flavor from not only freshly zested oranges, but also the juice. Use our guide on how to zest lemons for best results.
  • Orange extract – You’ll also need this secret ingredient to enhance all that delicious orange goodness. Learn how to make orange extract at home too!
  • Greek yogurt- The key to scones that are flaky and moist at the same time. Make sure to use unsweetened plain yogurt, or you can substitute sour cream.

How to Make Orange Scones

Step by step photos showing how to make orange scone crumb.

Make a pastry crumb.

  • Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, an electric mixer, or two forks.
Step by step photos showing how to make orange scone batter.

Add wet ingredients.

  • To the coarse crumbs, add the yogurt, egg, orange juice, extract and zest.
  • Combine to make a dough.
Step by step photos showing how to shape orange scones,

Cut and bake.

  • Shape the dough into a large rectangle on a baking sheet. It will be a little sticky, so you can sprinkle the dough with some flour to make it easier to work with here. (you can also shape into a circle if prefered)
  • Cut the dough into rectangles and then triangles using a large pizza cutter. Separate the slices slightly on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, separate the triangles completely, then return them to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Step by step photos showing how to make an orange glaze for scones.

Glaze.

  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients, then spoon them over completely cooled scones.
  • Let the scones rest for a few minutes to let the glaze set.
Orange scone on a plate with a bite taken out.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store scones?

Store the glazed orange scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze these?

Yes, I love to freeze orange scones! Before glazing, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. When ready to serve, thaw and drizzle them with freshly made orange glaze.

Do you need to use fresh squeezed orange juice?

No, orange juice from a bottle or carton will work too. Since I’m already zesting oranges for these, I usually just go ahead and squeeze the oranges fresh!

Can these be made in a scone pan!

I just used a large baking sheet to make my scones. If you have an actual scone pan, you could try using that too.

More Easy Breakfast Recipes

Orange Scones

5 from 2 votes
By: Aimee
Forget that trip to Panera, these copycat Orange Scones taste amazing! Tender scone topped with a sweet orange glaze. The perfect breakfast or afternoon treat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 large scones

Ingredients 

For the scones:

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter cubed, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Instructions 

  • 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).
  • Add in egg, yogurt, orange juice, orange extract and orange zest. Combine completely.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!

Notes

  • Store the glazed orange scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • I love to freeze orange scones! Before glazing, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. When ready to serve, thaw and drizzle them with freshly made orange glaze.
  • I just used a large baking sheet to make my scones. If you have an actual scone pan, you could try using that too. Or shape your scones in a large circle.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone, Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 117mg, Sugar: 18g
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
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The best ever Orange Scone recipe! This copycat version of your favorite coffee house treat is even more delicious . . .AND easier on the wallet.



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Posted on January 22, 2024

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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 🙂

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

    1. Thanks Anna, I very rarely make scones at home, I’m more of a biscotti and muffin girl. But now I need to find more scones recipes, yummy!!

  6. 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)

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

    1. Thanks girl. Yeah I could never forget Panera, but I can limit my visits and enjoy this at home more often!

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

  11. 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?! 😉

  12. 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 : )

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