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

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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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  • Debra Singletary
    September 14, 2017

    Hey Natasha, I love Cranberry Orange Scones. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I’m hoping your measurement for the baking powder has a typo. It seemed little heavy taste of baking powder. Drizzling with the glaze helped. Please advise…Thanks Debra Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 15, 2017

      Hi Debra, that measurement is correct – did you maybe use baking soda by mistake? You should not be able to taste baking powder unless it has aluminum in it – some people report an off taste to baking powders with aluminum so I would recommend checking the label and purchasing one without aluminum. Reply

  • diana
    August 29, 2017

    Your recipes are all fabulous and many are soooo easy to make Keep them coming…. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2017

      I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes Diana! Thanks for following! Reply

  • Dorothy Hutton
    June 3, 2017

    These are delicious. I didn’t have cream so I put a mixture of Greek yoghurt and soy milk. Today I made them again, because they were so popular, and changed the cranberries to dried apricots and used 2 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of coconut. To save time I also just put it on the baking paper in a circle and pressed the knife in to make the divisions and that worked fine. We didn’t put the icing on either just to save on sugar content. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 4, 2017

      Dorothy, thank you for sharing your version of the recipe and for the nice review 😬. Reply

  • Denae Stahl
    May 11, 2017

    Is their anything that I could sub for cranberries? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 12, 2017

      Denae, you could just leave them out or sub with dry cherries 😀 Reply

  • She Writes
    April 24, 2017

    Tried this recipe yesterday (got more than 12 scones but yay for me!) and they were so nice! Lucky I had all these ingredients in my house. Thank you for the recipe they were amazing! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2017

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

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