I'm really looking forward to Easter this year. Last year we were all at home and it was sweet and cozy, but I found myself missing all of our family and the extended egg hunts that typically ensue before lunch. I've been making plans for the holiday and these Carrot Cake Scones with Cream Cheese Glaze are definitely on my list! I've been obsessed with scones since I discovered the cranberry orange ones at Whole Foods at the ripe old age of 17. Want to know a little secret? Scones are so easy to make! These are so easy, so moist, and every bit as good if not better than the ones at your favorite coffee shop!
Carrot, Orange + White Chocolate Chip Scones with Cream Cheese Glaze
(makes 8 large scones- adapted from Words of Deliciousness)
- 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
- ½ c. mini white chocolate chips
For the Glaze:
- 1 ½ c. powdered sugar
- ¼ c. water
- ½ c. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by greasing it or using parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cool completely. This process actually helps soften the carrots, too.
- 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.
- Drizzle the icing over the scones and serve.
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Photography by Katie Jameson
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