Easy Blood Orange Scones with Cherries & Blood Orange Glaze

These tender, citrusy blood orange scones are the perfect way to celebrate citrus season! There is blood orange zest and juice in both the scones and the glaze for a bright, sunny flavor in the cold of winter. The dried cherries add a gorgeous ruby color and a deep, rich flavor to bring everything together. Perfect for Sunday mornings!

white plate with blood orange scones.

Aren’t blood oranges the most beautiful citrus? I am a big fan of blood oranges, always in awe of the stunning colors and patterns when I slice them open. Plus, they have a deep flavor that’s more nuanced than regular oranges. They always make me feel a little fancy!

These homemade blood orange scones are almost too easy to make, though. The dough is ready in just a few minutes, and I love watching them rise up in the oven! My favorite part is drizzling the blood orange glaze drizzled on top of each scone, and I love the balance of flavors with the dehydrated cherries. They’re such a treat!

pouring blood orange glaze on blood orange scones.

What are Blood Orange Scones?

This particular recipe is a fun twist on traditional scones. I like to make cream scones or American-style scones, which are very tender and flaky with a slightly sweet flavor. These blood orange scones come together similar to your favorite flaky biscuits. You need to break the butter into very small pea-sized pieces, carefully working it into the dough. It’ll look crumbly in the food processor, but that’s how you get the flakiest texture. They’re some of my favorite scones ever!

Why you’ll love this blood orange scone recipe


  • ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS – The tender, citrusy scones have a pop of cherry flavor, and the fresh blood orange glaze takes the entire recipe over the top. The fresh orange zest and juice give it a pale pink color and unbelievably fresh flavor!
  • READY IN A HURRY – This easy recipe is made extremely quickly by the food processor. The dough will be ready before the oven even preheats, and you’ll be eating warm, freshly glazed scones in less than 30 minutes! If you haven’t tried this method before, you’ll be a convert after the first time.
  • PERFECT FOR BLOOD ORANGE SEASON  – Winter is citrus season here in the US, and it’s amazing to see all the different options available at the grocery store! If you’re lucky enough to have a stash of blood oranges on hand, these scones are the perfect way to use up a couple!

Equipment

To make these delicious blood orange scones, you’ll need:

ingredients to make scones with blood orange and dried cherries.

Ingredients

  • Flour – I prefer to use pastry flour, but all purpose flour works well too!
  • Granulated sugar – Feel free to substitute vanilla sugar or lavender sugar for extra flavor.
  • Kosher salt –
  • Baking powder – This helps the scones rise.
  • Egg – Egg will bind the dough together and give it a soft texture.
  • Cold butter – Make sure it is very cold! I often use frozen butter, which the food processor breaks up easily.
  • Heavy cream – These are cream scones, which gives them an incredibly tender flavor.
  • Dried cherries – These add a ruby red color and a pop of rich cherry flavor.
  • Fresh blood oranges – You’ll need both blood orange zest and juice for both the scones and the glaze.
  • Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar, this will thicken the blood orange glaze to drizzle over the scones.

How to Make Blood Orange Scones

Prepare the Scones

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, orange zest, and diced cold butter to the bowl of a food processor. Blend for 5-6 seconds.
  3. Add the egg, heavy cream, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and dried cherries to the bowl on top of the flour mixture. Blend for 5-7 seconds or until it looks like large crumbles. Be careful not to overwork.
  4.  Dump the crumbles onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet or a lightly floured surface. It may look very crumbly at this point, which is fine. 
  5. Knead the dough into a ball and then press it into a round. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 6-8 even slices.
  6. Separate the slices then refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. 
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Remove from the oven and allow the scones to set up on the baking tray for at least 5-10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack (optional).

Make the Blood Orange Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of blood orange juice, the zest of one orange, and half the powdered sugar.
  2. Whisk well until fully integrated, then stir in the remaining sugar. Whisk to remove any clumps.

Glaze the Scones

  1. Allow the scones to cool for 15-20 minutes, then drizzle or glaze the scones in whatever design you’d like. Eat right away or allow the drizzle to harden before storing in an airtight container. 

Storing

Scones are always best freshly baked. If you’d like to store these for later, allow them to cool to room temperature and let the glaze harden. Then, place them in an airtight container, like a Tupperware tub. Eat within 1-2 days. You can also refrigerate the baked scones for later, but you’ll want to reheat them for 15 seconds in the microwave to bring back their soft texture.

Tips & Variations

  • Use the glaze on anything. This blood orange glaze is absolutely delicious and would be wonderful poured over a cake, muffins, shortbread cookies, and more! 
  • Use different dried fruits. I love the cherries, but these would also be great with cranberries, dried blueberries,
  • Try a hand mixer. If your powdered sugar is a little clumpy, your whisk might not be able to break it down all the way. In this situation, use a hand mixer to get a smooth glaze that drizzles nicely.
  • Adjust the thickness. For a thicker, more three-dimensional glaze, gradually add extra powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time.
  • Make them by hand. If you don’t have a food processor, you can easily make the scones by hand in a large mixing bowl. You’ll need a pastry cutter to break down the butter or you can grate it into the bowl. You may need to add an additional two tablespoons of cream as handmade scones typically need more moisture to come together. Be sure to chill the scones before baking!
  • Adjust the citrus. You can easily make this recipe with other types of citrus. The cherries would taste great with Meyer lemons, lime, or even grapefruit. 
  • Stir in some extras. If you want to add even more texture to this dough, consider adding 1 of these optional add-ins: 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, or 1/3 cup chopped or sliced almonds.
  • Cut them into shapes. Prefer round scones? Roll the dough into a flat sheet, then cut it with a biscuit cutter.
  • Adjust the size. If you want smaller scones for a brunch or party, use a bench scraper or knife to cut the wedges into multiple triangles. Adjust the baking time as well.
tray of blood orange scones with cherries.

How to Serve Blood Orange Scones

I like to eat these scones with a hot cup of tea or my morning coffee. They’re a great recipe to serve for breakfast or brunch, but they also make a great afternoon snack!

FAQs

Do you need to chill blood orange scones before baking?

I always recommend chilling your scone dough before baking! This will allow the dough to relax a bit and keep the butter very cold. 

Are blood oranges better than oranges for scones?

​All types of oranges are great for scones, including cara cara, navel, tangerine, mandarin oranges, and more. You can really make scones out of any type of citrus. I love the pink color you get from blood oranges, but regular oranges are great, too.

Do you have to glaze blood orange scones?

Nope! Glazing is entirely optional. You can make the scones without the glaze, or try sprinkling a little sugar on top for a sweet, crunchy topping. I also enjoy these with a drizzle of whipped honey. The glaze gives you the strongest blood orange flavor so if you skip it, just prepared for it to be more subtle.

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tray of homemade blood orange scones.
homemade blood orange scones with blood orange glaze.

Blood Orange Scones with Dried Cherries & Blood Orange Glaze

These citrusy blood orange scones are flecked with blood orange zest and dried cherries, then drizzled with a creamy blood orange glaze on top. They're the perfect way to savor the flavors of winter citrus season. They're quick to make and a delightful treat for any morning or afternoon!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 scones
Calories 384 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Scone Dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, or pastry flour
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, one stick; very cold
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp blood orange juice, & zest of 1 blood orange
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp blood orange juice, & zest of 1 blood orange

Instructions
 

Prepare the Scones

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, orange zest, and diced cold butter to the bowl of a food processor. Blend for 5-6 seconds.
  • Add the egg, heavy cream, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and dried cherries to the bowl on top of the flour mixture. Blend for 5-7 seconds or until it looks like large crumbles. Be careful not to overwork.
  • Dump the crumbles onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet or a lightly floured surface. It may look very crumbly at this point, which is fine.
  • Knead the dough into a ball and then press it into a round. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 6-8 even slices.
  • Separate the slices then refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Remove from the oven and allow the scones to set up on the baking tray for at least 5-10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack (optional).

Make the Blood Orange Glaze

  • In a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of blood orange juice, the zest of one orange, and half the powdered sugar.
  • Whisk well until fully integrated, then stir in the remaining sugar. Whisk to remove any clumps

Glaze the Scones

  • Allow the scones to cool for 15-20 minutes, then drizzle or glaze the scones in whatever design you’d like. Eat right away or allow the drizzle to harden before storing in an airtight container.

Notes

Allow the glaze on the scones to set, then store the scones in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. You can also refrigerate or freeze them for later!
Feel free to use regular oranges (or another type of citrus). The blood orange glaze can be thicker, if you’d like. Just be sure to whisk in an additional tablespoon of powdered sugar a time until it’s the way you like it.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 412mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 795IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
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2 Comments

    1. Oh no! I just fixed that. My scone recipes always call for one stick of butter. Thanks so much for pointing this out!

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