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2 orange cardamom scones on a white plate
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Orange Cardamom Scones

These lovely orange cardamom scones, with the subtle flavors of cardamom and orange, are sure to please the pickiest eater in your family. They're perfect for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
resting time in refrigerator30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, brunch recipe, cardamom, scone recipe
Servings: 12 scones
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley



  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ cup butter cold and diced
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of one orange
  • ½ cup half and half


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice use a little more if necessary



  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cardamom.
  • Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles small pebbles.
  • Stir in the eggs and the orange zest.
  • Add in the half and half, and stir until the dough just comes together.
  • On a floured surface, dump out the dough and gently knead it a few times until the dough is smooth and stays together. Roll or pat out into a 9 inch circle (doesn’t have to be exact). Gently fold one side of the dough towards the center, then fold the other side all the way over- like you are making an envelope (this should give you a rectangle shape).
  • Roll or pat out the dough until it is 3 inches by 18 inches. Cut this into 6, 3 inch squares, then cut each square in half. Transfer scones onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Place scones in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the scones from the freezer and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool while you make the orange glaze

Orange Glaze

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar with 2 to 3 tablespoons of orange juice- depending on the consistency you like.
  • Pour the glaze over the scones and enjoy!


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.6mg