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Cranberry Orange Scones

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Cranberry Orange Scones — Scones are some of the best desserts to serve your guests with coffee during the holidays. I think cranberry scones are special and a delightful treat.

Scones can be tricky. I’ve found that they can be dry and dense or just too bready. This recipe is nothing like that. These scones are soft and delicate. They’re actually light and airy. 

Let me show you how to make these the right way so that you never have a heavy and dense scone ever again. If you really love scones, be sure and check out this Buttermilk Scones recipe. It is heaven on a plate!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Scones

After you whisk together your dry ingredients and orange zest, you will cut in some very cold butter. I keep it in the fridge until right before I’m going to use it. 

One of my favorite tools is my pastry blender. It makes cutting in butter super easy. If you don’t have one, you can use a fork. Once you’ve achieved a coarse meal, then you’re done.

Now, add in your liquids and your chopped berries. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Do not use a mixer. Mix together with the wooden spoon until just mixed together.

Now, pour the dough out onto a floured surface. Do not knead it. Roll it over a couple of times to cover the dough in the flour and then gently pat it out with your hands until you get it about an inch thick.

Then using a knife, slice into 8 triangles.

Transfer the cut pieces to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once cooled, drizzle on the glaze and enjoy!

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Yield: 8 scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

These scones are wonderful any time of the year. We especially like serving them to guests during the holidays.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of orange juice


    1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest in a large bowl. Cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    2. In a separate bowl stir together the sour cream, egg, milk and vanilla extract. Stir into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon. Fold in the chopped cranberries and mix
    3. Turn out onto a well floured surface, and cover all the dough with the flour. Gently pat out into a circle -- until your scones are about an inch thick.
    4. Cut into diagonal pieces like a pizza. You can make them smaller to get more pieces but I usually do it in 8 slices.
    5. Place the scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake scones in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
    6. To glaze the scones, whisk together the orange juice and powdered sugar and drizzle over scones.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 505mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 5g

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Wednesday 1st of December 2021

This is a very flavorful one! Love scones and can't wait to try this.

Inger@Art of Natural Living

Friday 26th of November 2021

Oh man, I'm up for Black Friday shopping now and these would be perfect!


Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

I love scones!! These look so pretty and yummy!


Monday 22nd of November 2021

These really are great for any time of the year! The refreshing taste of oranges and cranberries is awesome for a morning snack or a thanksgiving treat!

Kathleen Pope

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I adore scones, all kinds and these look perfect! I am hosting a Christmas tea for a few friends and plan on making these!

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