Carrot, Orange + White Chocolate Chip Scones with Cream Cheese Glaze

I’ve having a bit of an Easter conundrum here. Despite whether or not she would remember, we’ve always gone all out for holidays like Christmas and her birthday, but have been total slackers when it comes to Easter. (Last year we were actually on a plane to Hawaii on Easter.)  There have so far been no baskets and no egg hunts and no one has been the wiser, but now  I’m suddenly on a mission to provide the quintessential Easter for this three year old. (Although, maybe one with less chocolate and less of that plastic grass that gets everywhere.)  What do you guys put in your kid’s baskets?  Any clever ideas? Something tells me she won’t appreciate the toothbrush and new book I have in mind as much as the solid chocolate bunnies she keeps passing at the grocery store.  As for my own Easter treat? Give me a scone over a muffin (or a solid chocolate bunny) any day. Scones have kind of been my thing since I discovered the the cranberry orange ones at Whole Foods at the ripe old age of 17.  (Admittedly, such a weird obsession for a teenager. It was that and Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée body lotion.) Meanwhile, I’ve baked dozens of muffins, countless breakfast breads, and even a handful of batches of donuts, but never scones.  Guess what guys?! Secret’s out. These were so easy, so moist, and every bit as good if not better than the coffee shop ones they sell for four dollars a pop!  (PS. Be sure to hop on over and check out the other Easter-inspired recipe posts today from Inspired by Charm, Freutcake, Paper & Stitch, and Julie Blanner)

Carrot, Orange + White Chocolate Chip Scones with Cream Cheese Glaze

(makes 8 large scones- adapted from Words of Deliciousness)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup orange sections chopped
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1/2 c. mini white chocolate chips

For the Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/2 c. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by greasing it or using parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the butter and cut in with a fork or a pastry cutter until the butter is completely worked into the flour mixture and forms a crumbly mixture.  Add the chocolate chips. Wait to combine until next step.
  3. In another bowl combine the egg, shredded carrots, oranges, and milk. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and by hand combine the two until it forms a ball. Do not overwork the dough.
  4. On a lightly floured surface form the dough into an 8″ circle and then cut into 8 even slices or triangles. Place each piece on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Cool completely.  This process actually helps soften the carrots, too.
  6. While the scones are cooling prepare the icing. Add all ingredients for the glaze to a bowl and mix well. You can add additional powdered sugar or water until you reach your desired consistency.
  7. Drizzle the icing over the scones and serve.

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  3. Those look soooooo good!

    xx Jennifer

  4. This combination of flavors is perfection!! I can’t wait to give these a try. I love a scone with a cup of coffee. It’s one of my favorite treats.

    xo Michael

    • Jen Pinkston

      03/21/2017

      Yes! A scone with coffee might be the most perfect combination… now I’m hungry!

  5. These sound and look incredible! I love making scones so I’ll definitely give these a try.

    • Jen Pinkston

      03/21/2017

      Oh to live in your kitchen and sample all of your recipes! I hope your kids know how lucky they are!

  6. I wanted to stop by and thank you for trying my recipe for these scones. Your scones look lovely – Dawn from Words Of Deliciousness

    • Jen Pinkston

      03/21/2017

      Oh my goodness! Thanks for posting such a delicious recipe! First time making scones and they were a hit!

  7. My son has a milk allergy so that limited the amount of chocolate he could eat. His Easter Basket contained small toys (jacks, matchbox cars, etc depending on his age), books, crayons, stickers and one slightly bigger gift. For example, one year we were in DC for Easter and he got an inexpensive camera. We used to fill eggs with candy and money and hide them until I went to do it the next year and discovered the eggs were still full of (hard as rocks) candy from the year. At that point, I switched to just money (nickels, dimes, quarters and a few dollar bills). That was a hit with him. I would put one chocolate bunny in and he would take a bite and I would eat the rest. 🙂

    • Jen Pinkston

      03/22/2017

      Oh, Parker would love coins! She’s obsessed right now. I love the idea of one bigger gift, too, so it doesn’t all just feel like throw away stuff that will be gone in a few days. Thanks, Jonel!

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  9. The description says to add orange zest, but it is not noted in ingredients…..

    • Jen Pinkston

      03/28/2017

      You’re totally right! I ended up not adding it and loved it that way. Will adjust now. Thanks, Pat 🙂

  10. These look amazing!! I’m in love with scones so I’ll definitely be making these!

    • Jen Pinkston

      04/01/2017

      Me too! I’m addicted now! I just made maple walnut last week!