Citrus Scones with Orange Glaze

Citrus scones with orange glaze are wonderful for breakfast, brunch or even dessert. Light and delicious, these scones are like a slice of sunshine whenever you serve them!

Citrus Scones Recipe with Orange Glaze from

Lately, I just haven’t been able to get enough of these citrus scones. So bright and fresh, tender and delicious, I’ve been making them again and again over the last few weeks. It sure is a good thing my family loves them as much as I do.

Thankfully, they couldn’t be any simpler to make! 

For these citrus scones, both lemon and orange for a really citrusy punch of flavor. And then when you add the orange glaze on top of the still warm scones, the flavor is just amazing. Of course, the amounts of the citrus zest are adjustable based your personal preference. If you decide to not add the orange glaze on top of the scone, I would add a bit more zest to the actual scone.

Here’s my Citrus Scones Recipe with Orange Glaze. I think you will absolutely love them.

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Citrus Scones Recipe with Orange Glaze

Citrus scones with orange glaze are wonderful for breakfast, brunch or even dessert. Light and delicious, these scones are like a slice of sunshine whenever you serve them!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


Citrus Scone Recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar + more for topping
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick cold butter + more for topping
  • 3/4 - 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • coarse sugar for topping optional


  • Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking sheet.

For the scones:

  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter to the bowl and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of a pea and the flour mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in 3/4 cup of heavy cream, lemon juice, and orange and lemon zests.. Press dough together between the palms of your hands. If it doesn't just hold together, add more heavy cream until is just holds together.
  • Pour dough onto a lightly floured countertop or a pastry board. Pat dough into a large round disc, about an inch thick. Cut dough into equal sized wedges and place onto prepared baking sheet pan. Melt about 2 tablespoons butter and brush on top of dough.
  • Bake scones for 20-25 minutes or until they are just beginning to turn lightly brown. Remove from the oven.

Orange Glaze:

  • Whisk all of the glaze ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until smooth and then drizzle on top of each scone after it has cooled for a few five minutes. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.

Robyn xo


28 comments on “Citrus Scones with Orange Glaze”

  1. These scones look amazing!!

  2. So yummy for Easter brunch, and love both lemon and orange together. So fresh of spring! Mmmm…

  3. Mmmm. I love scones…..and citrus flavored…..delicious!

  4. White Lily is a gem in the South so I know the texture of these scones is as perfect as you describe. The citrus flavor is absolute perfection.

  5. These look absolutely scrumptious! I love the combo of lemon and orange! I would love to do a cost breakdown of these on my blog, with your permission of course! I am going to try these tomorrow, and hope that they come out as good as they look here! (I have been known not to have that special touch with baking!) 🙂 Thanks for posting this recipe!

  6. Robyn, I’ve heard of White Lily all-purpose flour!!! I hear all good Southerns who know how to bake use it!!! I will try it and I LOVE these scones!!!

  7. You could easily call me Scone Woman. Yes, I have a cape. These are winners. I am an expert, so I know what I am talking about. Seriously they look delish!!!!

  8. Love these scones! The lemon and orange combo is fantastic!

  9. These look amazing! My husband would love them, making them for Easter!

  10. If I wanted to make these the night before will they store okay? or is best to bake them the night before and then glaze them in the morning? It sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to try it out 🙂

  11. These are also fantastic with cranberries in them with a bit of dusted lemon sugar on top

  12. I made these scones yesterday, and they are delicious! I am adding them to my scone recipe collection. Thank you!

  13. I love white lily flour and not sure what makes it so much better than other fours. I pick it up when I am in Mississippi visiting son and family. how many people can say that their trunk is full of flour from there vacation. if anyone has ideas about lily flour and why it is so much better, please let me know.

  14. Made these today. Wonderful, exactly the way scones should be.

  15. Whole family looooved them! Even the child who said, “I don’t like lemon”, ate 2. The glaze I made was not as thick as the photo, but I just added more powdered sugar — still not as thick as photo, but very, very tasty and plenty attractive. We will definitely be making these again. :9

  16. We made this recipe and it fell flat and was to sweet . It was like a cookie.

  17. I have been baking for our weekly meeting for the past year. Lots of biscotti and scones. These win, hands down, as the most popular. The orange icing? I think people would lick the plate if they could.

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