Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones

by alexandra

Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones  - light, buttery, tender scones with the perfect amount of crispy edges and fresh citrusy flavor.

Have I mentioned before that scones are basically my favorite thing ever?

HELLO crispy-edged, buttery little bites of goodness that are super-easy to make. I like you. ♡

Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones - light, buttery, tender scones with the perfect amount of crispy edges and fresh citrusy flavor.

Here’s the thing; when I’m feeling ambitious, I make fancy cupcakes with whipped ganache and all that jazz. When I feel like putting in effort is just short of impossible and something needs to go right with my day, I make scones. Quick, simple, and always delicious — exactly what a rough day calls for.

These orange-vanilla bean scones are currently on my go-to list because they’re about as easy as scones can get and filled with enough bright, citrusy flavor to make it not feel like the dead of winter ➝ which can be over already in my book. They’re bold in flavor but light in texture, perfectly crisp on the outside but super-tender on the inside, and so simple but yet so spot-on-perfect. Plus all those pretty specks of vanilla bean dotted throughout? My fave.

Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones - light, buttery, tender scones with the perfect amount of crispy edges and fresh citrusy flavor.

I’m making myself really sad now because I don’t have any of these left for tomorrow’s breakfast. :( On the agenda: MAKE MORE SCONES. Guarantee you’ll being seeing some on the Insta very soon. ;)

Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones

Cook Time: 15 minutes

12 scones

Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones

Light, fresh, and citrusy scones with a bold orange flavor. These smell heavenly as you make them and bake up with a perfect bit of crispiness to the edges and a buttery, tender crumb.


  • 9 1/2 ounces (2 1/4 cups, spoon and level) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 5/8 ounces (6 tablespoons) vanilla sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) butter, frozen and cubed
  • 6 1/4 ounces (3/4 cup) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • sparkling sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, orange zest, salt, and vanilla bean seeds until evenly combined. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until all pieces are small (pea-sized or less). Add cream and vanilla extract and fold in until incorporated. Use hands to gently knead everything together into a single ball of dough, adding a bit more cream if needed to bring dough together. Dough should not be wet or sticky.
  3. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a round disc about 3/4" thick on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Whisk together cream, vanilla sugar, and orange zest for glaze.
  5. Cut each disc of dough, pizza-style, into 6 individual scones and spread apart on baking sheet. Brush tops with cream mixture and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  6. Bake scones in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack until ready to serve. Scones are best fresh, but leftovers can kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Jess February 2, 2015

I’ve totally fallen off the scone bandwagon – it’s been YEARS since I’ve made them, but you remind me of what a fun and delicious little baking project these are. Just the inspiration I need – I think I’ll try these out over the weekend!
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alexandra February 10, 2015

Oh my gosh, years?! Totally need to get back on that bandwagon Jess! ;)

Alison Jeanine February 3, 2015

Butter and orange?! Sounds like such a delightful combo! :)

Xo, Alison
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alexandra February 10, 2015

YES! :) Thanks Alison!

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