This is a fun recipe to make if you’re feeling British, or having afternoon tea, or just want a treat. The children absolutely love them, and they really love it when I use cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes. I’ve also substituted lemon juice for the orange juice in a pinch, and it works fine…they’re just a bit more tart, but still delicious!
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons (or more) orange juice
Preheat oven to 400. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender or a large fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips. Mix in the orange juice to form a dough. (You may need to add more juice until the dough comes together.)
Turn out the dough on a floured surface. Pat or roll into a 9 inch circle about 1/2 inch thick. With a 2 1/2 inch fluted biscuit cutter, cut out 12 scones, pushing the dough scraps together for the last few, if necessary. Transfer the scones to the baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Move to wire racks to cool.