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Orange Marmalade Scones

Orange marmalade scones are filled with bold, citrus flavors to perk up your day. Orange marmalade is in the scone dough and can be used on top too. Serve with tea and clotted cream if you are feeling especially British and are making the most of tea time.

orange marmalade scones on white plate with blue checkered napkin

Oranges bring a bright, zesty addition to baked goods over the winter months so today we are bringing you the best of our orange breads from quick breads, to yeast breads and everything in between.

Choose oranges– the juice or the zest, marmalade, jams, candied orange peel and more. Just make your bread ORANGE and join us in this month of baking.

Scones in America haven’t reached the same popularity as muffins and I think they need their time to shine. They come together quickly without much fuss– no muffin tin or  liners needed just a flat baking sheet will do.

Scones are a type of quick bread– bread recipes that don’t need yeast as the leavening agent. If you like scones, you’ll enjoy this collection of quick bread recipes!

The shape is up to you– the more traditional triangle is easily formed by patting the dough into a flattened circle then cutting wedges which you slightly pull apart before baking. Or switch it up– this time I used a round cutter to make circular scones for a change.

These orange marmalade scones started with a recipe I found in The Big Book of Bread, a Betty Crocker Book. The original recipe found here finds its orange flavor in orange zest, mandarin orange segments and an orange butter made with marmalade.

I didn’t have mandarins on hand so I substituted 1/2 cup of freshly made orange marmalade for the mandarins. The dough was therefore slightly stickier than intended so I also added another 1/2 cup of flour.

Instead of the orange butter topping I chose to brush a touch more marmalade on the warm scones, making a sticky glaze that really emphasized the orange flavor waiting tucked inside these scones that were just calling out for a first bite.

If you like scones, you’ll enjoy these strawberry scones too! Scones are perfect for Mother’s Day recipes.

Yield: 12 scones

Orange Marmalade Scones

orange marmalade scones with blue checkered napkin

Recipe slightly adapted from General Mills's Double Orange Scones with Orange Butter (only flour and marmalade amounts changed. No mandarin oranges included)


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel (orange zest)
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cut in small cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade plus 2 Tablespoons for glaze
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat.
  2. Mix flour, 2 Tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and orange peel. Use a pastry blender (or two knives in the criss-cross method) to cut in the butter until the mixture has butter the size of small peas. Fold in 1/2 cup marmalade, milk and egg. Stir gently until dough forms.
  3. Empty dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough about 8-10 times or until it comes together in a smooth ball. Pat the dough into a round circle about an inch and a half thick. Cut into wedges and pull apart to separate slightly. Alternatively use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut 2 1/2 inch rounds.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining Tablespoon of sugar then bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove scones from oven and brush the warm scones with the remaining marmalade. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Monday 7th of April 2014

I really need to get on the scone wagon and make some scones. I've only ever made them once. I have no idea why I haven't made them more as I see so many darn good recipes, like this one. Oooh that orange marmalade looks good and so do those scones. Thanks for sharing, Holly!

Holly F

Monday 7th of April 2014

Yes, me too! I want to jump on the scone wagon too and eat all of the fantastic variations I can think of-- I'll share!!

Lora @cakeduchess

Friday 4th of April 2014

Scones are so fantastic! I love to bake them on a Sunday morning. They're quick and amazing...and these orange marmalade scones are great, Holly! They are wonderful for our Oranges theme this month!! Thank you for being a part of our baking group!!

Holly F

Friday 4th of April 2014

Thanks for another great month of baking. I was so impressed with everyone this month!

Kathia Rodriguez

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

Perfect scones, yes please I need one or two of this right now.

Holly F

Friday 4th of April 2014

Why I don't make scones more often is beyond me. I am going to change that for sure!


Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

They look amazing, Holly. I am looking forward to trying this with the glaze. Full of beautiful orange flavor.

Holly F

Friday 4th of April 2014

Wish we lived closer and I'd drop off a jar of the marmalade for you.

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

Yep, these look amazingly delicious! Wish I had one for breakfast right now!

Holly F

Friday 4th of April 2014

Thanks, Renee, how nice to bake along with the group this month! My thoughts are already turning to next month's theme.

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