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Orange Scones with Cream Cheese Filling Recipe

I love making these for company. The orange peel imparts a pleasant touch and the cream cheese filling in the moist scones is a delightful surprise.—Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • SCONES:
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Directions

  • 1. For filling, in a small bowl, combine all ingredients; set aside.
  • 2. For scones, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk cream, egg and orange peel; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
  • 3. Divide dough in half. On an ungreased baking sheet, pat each half into a 9-in. circle. On one half of each circle, spread half of the filling to within 1/4 in. of edges. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal.
  • 4. For topping, beat egg and water; brush over scones. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400° for 13-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cut each into six wedges; serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 scone equals 234 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 208 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.