These delicious and beautiful orange cranberry scones take advantage of a fantastic flavor combination. We knew this flavor combination was a winner when we shared our orange craisin muffins. Since scones are a hit with pretty much everyone, we are excited to share this breakfast recipe with you today.
This recipe is perfect for holiday morning or anytime of year. If you can't find fresh cranberries, frozen will work as well. We normally find fresh cranberries in the produce section of the grocery store around September through December. Cranberries freeze very well. When you see them in the store, we recommend buying an extra bag and storing it in the freezer, so you can enjoy these scones anytime of year! Visit the Cranberry Marketing Committee for more information about fresh cranberries.
❤️ Reasons to Love This Recipe
- It's easy. These scones come together very easily. We have also included step by step photos below to make the process even easier to follow.
- It's a crowd pleaser. Your friends and family will love these scones!
- It's perfect for entertaining and gifting. Holiday baking just wouldn't complete without a delicious homemade baked good you can enjoy holiday morning. It's what holiday traditions are made of, and this one's a keeper!
- All-purpose flour. You can substitute self-rising flour and omit the baking powder and salt. Self-rising flour already contains baking powder and salt.
- Baking powder. Double acting. This recipe uses double acting baking powder. This is the most common type and what grocery stores carry. It is activated twice during the process. The first activation occurs when liquid is added. The second activation occurs during baking.
- Salt. Salt enhances the flavor of food.
- Granulated sugar. For a reduced sugar version, we recommend substituting the granulated sugar with Swerve sugar substitute.
- Orange zest. About 1 large or two small oranges.
- Unsalted butter. Frozen and chopped or grated.
- Heavy cream. Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to add it to the recipe.
- Vanilla extract.
- Egg. Cold from the refrigerator.
- Fresh cranberries. Frozen cranberries will work as well. When cranberries are in season, we recommend buying an extra bag to store in the freezer.
Orange Glaze (Optional)
- Powdered sugar.
- Orange juice. You can use the juice from the zested orange(s) used to make the scones.
See recipe card for quantities.
Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
This step is optional. While scones are cooling, place powdered sugar in a small bowl and add orange juice. Stir until combined. Drizzle over cooled scones.
- Liquid measuring cup. Use a liquid measuring cup to measure the heavy cream. A dry measuring cup will not provide accurate results.
- Dry measuring cups. Use dry measuring cups to measure the dry ingredients, like the flour and sugar. To properly measure the flour, spoon it into the measuring cup and sweep the excess off with the back of a butter knife. Scooping the flour with the measuring cup may result in an inaccurate measurement.
- Measuring spoons. Measuring spoons provide more exact measurements than using a teaspoon or tablespoon.
- Mesh strainer. A mesh strainer is optional. A strainer will help to aerate the flour and remove any lumps.
- Citrus zester. Use a citrus zester to remove just the orange outer layer of the skin of the orange as shown in the photo below. Avoid the white pith beneath the orange outer layer. The pith is bitter.
- Pastry cutter. Use a pastry cutter to blend the cold butter with the dry ingredients. You can also use the back of a couple of forks.
- Large bowl. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Baking sheet.
- Wire cooling rack.
- Gluten Free - If you are on a gluten free diet, you can substitute your favorite gluten free flour blend for the all-purpose flour in this recipe. We use and recommend Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour.
- Reduced Sugar - For a reduced sugar version, we recommend substituting the granulated sugar with Swerve sugar substitute.
These scones freeze well. We recommend freezing any leftovers right away to retain their freshness. They will keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.
💭 Top Tips
- As we mentioned in our recipe for lime scones, the colder the cream and butter, the better. We recommend freezing the butter before grating or chopping it.
- Keep heavy cream and egg in the refrigerator until you are ready to add them to the recipe. They must be very cold as well.
- Chill the raw scone dough wedges in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before you bake them.
- Use a pastry cutter or two forks to blend the butter with the dry ingredients, rather than your hands. The heat from your hands will warm and soften the butter, leading to less desirable results.
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Cranberry Orange Scones
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder Double acting
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange zest About 1 large or two small oranges.
- ½ cup unsalted butter Frozen and chopped or grated.
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange juice You can use the juice from the zested orange(s) used to make the scones.
- Using a mesh strainer, sift flour, salt, and baking powder into a large glass bowl.2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
- Stir in orange zest and sugar.⅓ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons orange zest
- Add frozen and chopped or grated butter. Combine with a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers until mixture resembles a course meal and holds together when squeezed. Make a well in the flour mixture.½ cup unsalted butter
- Pour the cream and vanilla extract into the well into the flour mixture. Add the egg and fresh cranberries. Stir until just combined.½ cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1 cup fresh cranberries
- Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Drop dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is combined and slightly sticky. Roll the dough into a ball and shape into an 8-inch diameter disc. Cut into 8 wedges, and place each wedge on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow dough to chill for 15 minutes before baking.
- Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- While scones are cooling, place powdered sugar in a small bowl and add orange juice. Stir until combined. Drizzle over cooled scones.¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice
Nutritional information provided is for one serving and is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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