Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

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The texture of these cranberry orange scones is phenomenal – billowy soft and crumbly (as evidenced by the next picture). My sister Tanya hosted a ladies brunch/ girls tea party and these were my contribution. Remember the princess party? That’s the one! Everyone loved that these scones weren’t overly sweet (the scones themselves have just 2 Tbsp sugar!) – it’s a fairly low-guilt dessert.

The base of this recipe is modified from the strawberry scones that I guest posted for Better Homes and Gardens. The idea for the orange flavoring and glaze is based on Ina Garten’s Cranberry Orange Scones.

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Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Scones:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp grated orange zest (from 1/2 orange)
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into chunks
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream + 1 Tbsp to brush the top
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp coarse/raw sugar to sprinkle the top, optional

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Ingredients for the Orange Glaze:

2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Cranberry Orange Scones recipe - billow soft, crumbly and so easy! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Cranberry Orange Scones:

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. In a large bowl, stir together 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 Tbsp grated orange zest. Add butter pieces and using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives), cut butter into mixture until you have coarse pea-sized crumbs.

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2. Toss in 3/4 cup dried cranberries and stir gently to combine. Make a well in the center and set aside

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3. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and use a spatula to stir just until moistened. tip: don’t wash the dish with your cream/egg mix. Add a little cream to it and use it to brush the scone in the next step!

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4. Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface and pull it together into a round disk, about 3/4″ thick. Cut disk into 12 equal wedges and pull apart slightly. Brush tops of scones with 1 Tbsp heavy cream and sprinkle the top with raw sugar if desired. Bake 15-17 min until golden (mine took 16 min)

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5. Remove scones from the hot baking sheet and let cool 15 min then whisk together 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, adding more or less to desired thickness then drizzle over cranberry scones.

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Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

4.9 from 29 reviews
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The texture of these cranberry orange scones is phenomenal - billowy soft and crumbly. And they are not overly sweet.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $5-$8
Serving: 12 scones

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ Tbsp grated orange zest (from ½ orange)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream + 1 Tbsp to brush the top
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp coarse/raw sugar to sprinkle the top, optional
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together 2½ cups flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt and ½ Tbsp grated orange zest.
  2. Add butter pieces and using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives), cut butter into mixture until you have coarse pea-sized crumbs.
  3. Toss in ¾ cup dried cranberries and stir gently to combine. Make a well in the center and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and ½ cup heavy cream. Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and use a spatula to stir just until moistened.
  5. Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface and pull it together into a round disk, about ¾" thick. Cut disk into 12 equal wedges and pull apart slightly. Brush tops of scones with 1 Tbsp heavy cream and sprinkle with raw sugar if desired. Bake 15-17 min until golden (mine took 16 min).
  6. Remove scones from the hot baking sheet and let cool 15 min then whisk together ⅔ cup powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, adding more or less to desired thickness then drizzle over scones.

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Cranberry Orange Scones recipe - billow soft, crumbly and so easy! | natashaskitchen.com

Have you tried scones? What’s your favorite variety?

Cranberry Orange Scones recipe - billow soft, crumbly and so easy! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Cary Sharp
    January 13, 2018

    Love this recipe! Turned out perfect! Reply

    • Cary Sharp
      January 13, 2018

      It was supposed to be 5 stars! Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        January 13, 2018

        Awesome!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2018

      I’m glad you love it Cary! Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Catarina
    December 21, 2017

    Just made this! Very good recipe!
    Doubled the recipe to make more came up good. Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 21, 2017

      You’re welcome Catarina! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Rosalva
    December 5, 2017

    Hello. is it possible to make the scones in advance and freeze them unbaked? Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2017

      Hi Rosalva, I never tried freezing scones before so can’t really say how it will effect the texture. If trying that, you will have to thaw in the refrigerator and if you are placing them in the oven chilled from the fridge, you will need to increase baking time. These are my best guesses since I haven’t tested that.

      Maybe someone else has tried freezing them unbaked – if so, please share your insights! 🙂
       Reply

  • Nicki
    December 3, 2017

    Best scone recipe ever! Light and not to sweet. Used fresh cranberries and they worked fine! Love it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2017

      Nicki, thank you for such a nice review, I’m so glad you love the recipe 😬 Reply

  • Karina
    November 27, 2017

    What are your thoughts on using real cranberries for this vs. the dried? Reply

    • Karina
      November 27, 2017

      Never mind! Just ready one of your earlier comments to someone else. 🙂 Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        November 27, 2017

        I’m glad you found the answer and hope you love the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Anndrea Dyer
    November 27, 2017

    I made these for Thanksgiving breakfast, and oh my! Delicious! My mother in law has not stopped talking about them! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2017

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review Andrea! Reply

  • Linda
    November 5, 2017

    I use Trader Joes orange flavored dried cranberries. Really special. No need for a sugary drizzle! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 5, 2017

      Thank you so much for the amazing review!! Reply

  • Christine
    October 9, 2017

    does the fruit in these scones have to be dried? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 9, 2017

      Hi Christine, I haven’t tried fresh cranberries but I have seen some recipes online using fresh. If you experiment, let me know how it goes 🙂 Reply

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