Orange-Spiced Raisin Pecan Scones Recipe

Katie Goodman | Good Life {eats}

Orange-Spiced Raisin Pecan Scones are filled with delicious Fall flavors. Enjoy!

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Scones are a favorite breakfast treat around our house. You can keep them as basic or as dressed up as you’d like. In this basic recipe you have a nice, tender crumb accented with pumpkin pie spice, golden raisins, and chopped pecans.

One of the things that I love about scones is that you can easily adapt a recipe to your liking. Do you prefer dried cranberries or golden raisins? Go ahead and substitute them in this recipe. Walnuts instead of pecans? Totally fine too!

Novice bakers might find scones a little tricky to prepare. Scones can be finicky to prepare since they follow a different set of rules from cookies and cake batters, so I’ve included a few tips here for making scones that should be helpful.

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Tips for Making Scones

Keep Ingredients Cold

Sometimes in baking, a recipe will instruct things like: soften the butter, bring the eggs to room temperature, or similar steps. This is not the case with scone! You want everything to stay cold and refrigerated until you are ready to use them.

Freeze the Butter

The above is especially true for the butter! Starting with cold, refrigerated butter is a must. However, I prefer to start with frozen butter. It keeps it even colder while you are handling it and cutting it into the flour mixture.

Pea-Sized Bits of Butter

Another tip about butter: I like to grate my frozen butter on a cheese grater before adding it to the flour mixture. I think it is easier to cut it into the flour and have nice, pea-sized bits of butter throughout.

Little bits of very cold butter mixed in with the flour mixture is the key to moist, flaky scones or any other recipe that calls for the butter being cut into the flour (such as biscuits and pie crusts).

Don’t Overmix

Knead just until the dough comes together. Too much kneading or mixing and the scones will be tough.

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Orange-Spiced Raisin Pecan Scones Recipe

      12 Servings


  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Orange Zest, From 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Cold and cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 2/3 cup Golden Raisins
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Turbinado Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 2/3 cup sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Whisk well.
  3. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender, 2 knives, or by grating the butter on a cheese grater until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the pecans and raisins.
  4. In a separate, medium sized bowl, add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat, using a wire whisk, until well blended.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the egg mixture in the center and stir using a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Knead the dough for approximately 1-2 minutes, or until it comes together. Form the dough into a 10-inch circle and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Score the top of the circle using a butter knife into 12 wedges. Sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  8. Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake the scones for 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
  9. Remove the baked scones from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack for 5 – 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.


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Author: Katie Goodman
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 128
Calories 322

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 111mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 17g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Katie's been blogging over at Good Life {Eats} long enough that we think she's an expert in, well, everything! She's our local How-To gal, with some family meals and snacks thrown in too.

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