Chocolate Chip-orange Scones
2 c unbleached a-p flour
1/3 c plus 3T sugar
1t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c butter, diced
3t grated orange peel, divided
1c miniature SS choc chips
2/3 c chilled buttermilk
1 L egg yolk
1t vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400.
Butter and flour baking sheet.
Whisk flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl.
Add butter and 2t orange peel; rub in with fingertips until mix resembles coarse meal.
Mix in choc chips.
Whisk 2/3 c buttermilk, egg yolk, and vanilla in small bowl to blend.
Add buttermilk mix to dry ingredients; stir w/fork until dough comes together in moist clumps.
Gather dough into ball.
Press out dough on lightly floured surface to 3/4" thickness.
Using 2" heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out scones.
Gather scraps, press out dough, and cut out additional scones.
Transfer to baking sheet, spacing 1" apart.
Mix remaining 3T sugar w/1t orange peel in small bowl.
Brush scones lightly w/buttermilk; sprinkle w/orange-sugar.
Bake until scones are crusty on top and tester inserted into centers comes out clean - about 15 minutes (up to 20 minutes if they've been refrigerated).
Serve warm or at room temperature.
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