Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones is just like eating one of those dark chocolate oranges you get at Christmas, but for breakfast and full of carbs. It’s a simple and flavorful recipe that was passed down from my grandma Alice. A bit of tradition to bring to your own home!

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones |

So I think I’ve just discovered the best scone combination in the history of ever.

If you’ve already experienced an orange dark chocolate chip scone, please don’t tell me. Let me live in my bliss of thinking that it hasn’t been done before, mmkay?

I really wanted to make a scone that was a blend of bright summer and fall for the end of August. It’s already bouncing between 60 degree and 90 degree temps here in Denver so I know that fall is well on its way.

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones |

Fall happens to be one of my favorite seasons (and no, I swear it’s not only because my birthday is in October…) and even though I’m not a crazy pumpkin spice latte fan girl, I am a fan of all the fall and winter flavors.

Oranges are one of those iconic fruits for me that signify both summer and fall/winter. 

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones |

For the summer, I think of my grandma Adele who lived in Florida and grew oranges in her backyard. We used to pick them whenever I visited, eating them for breakfast along with grapefruits sprinkled with sugar.

For winter, I think of my grandma Alice who would shove an orange in all of our stockings at Christmas every year. We would moan and groan, but it would be the first thing we’d actually eat on Christmas mornings. She would also add socks to the mix, which would also get audible groans from myself and my cousins. However, it became a tradition that we eventually looked forward to every year (and one that my mom still continues to this day for me). 

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones |

And then there’s me, right smack dab in the middle of fall and wanting the best of both worlds. After all, we can have it all, am I right?

So I threw a heavy amount of orange zest into these scones along with star anise and Cointreau to bring out the bright fruit notes, but also the subtle more sultry flavors you like when the temps cool.

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones |

Essentially this is the perfect scone for Colorado at this time of year. I love enjoying one of these alongside my morning coffee or even as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea! It’s such an easy recipe to make and the end result is well worth the scant amount of time it takes. 

The dark chocolate just makes it taste like a freaking candy bar, and I’m 100% ok with starting my day off that way. Aren’t you?

This Recipe’s Must-Haves

Thankfully, this recipe is pretty dang simple so you don’t need a ton of tools! First you will need a set of mixing bowls so you can bring all the ingredients together. I also like to have a wooden spoon handy to stir after I work the butter in with my fingers.

You can use your half sheet baking pan and silicone mats to bake these yummy treats!

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Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

Yield: Makes 1 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

It's like eating one of those dark chocolate oranges, but for breakfast.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Cointreau
  • 1 tsp ground star anise
  • 2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Using two knives, cut in the butter until it's the size of small peas. You can also use your hands but if you do, be very careful not to overmix.
  3. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the beaten eggs in a small bowl. Add the heavy cream add the majority of the eggs and beat until combined.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour the egg and heavy cream mixture into the center. Add Cointreau, star anise and orange zest to the center as well. Mix together slowly. Once the dough appears moistened, gently fold in the dark chocolate chips. Combine in a few strokes and handle as little as possible. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat the dough until it is approximately 3/4 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut into large circles (I made 1 1/2” to 2” circles). Combine the scraps, pat them out again and cut out any remaining biscuits. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with the reserved beaten egg. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Serve immediately.