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.

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

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Scones:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *measured correctly
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

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)

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

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.

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

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

4.9 from 37 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
The texture of these cranberry orange scones is phenomenal - billowy soft and crumbly. And they are not overly sweet.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$8
Servings: 12 scones

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2/3 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 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 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 3/4 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 1/2 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 3/4" 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 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, adding more or less to desired thickness then drizzle over scones.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

 

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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