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Cranberry Orange Scones (My Favorite Scones – So Good!)

Cranberry Orange Scones are studded with tart cranberries and flavored with orange juice and zest, this Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe is a great make-ahead holiday breakfast idea!

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Easy Fresh Cranberry Scones

We will be enjoying these yummy cranberry scones with fresh cranberries for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning – they’re perfect for the holiday season. This is such a good scone recipe, because orange and cranberry are the perfect combination this time of year.

My husband can hardly wait; he had to “sample” two of them to make sure the turned out just right. I’ve never before made the glaze because he usually can’t wait to dig into them.

I think for Christmas I will make the glaze with orange extract and milk instead of orange juice concentrate. That way I can dye the glaze green and they will look like little Christmas trees!

Kitchen Tools for Making Cranberry Orange Scones

Here’s a quick list of some of the different kitchen tools you’ll need to prepare this easy recipe for homemade scones with cranberry and orange:

  • Large Bowl – use a large bowl to combine all of the dry ingredients.
  • Small Bowl – a smaller bowl to combine the wet ingredients.
  • Wire Whisk – sift the dry ingredients together and combine the wet ingredients using a wire whisk.
  • Pastry Blender – cut the butter into the flour when making this easy scone recipe using a pastry blender.
  • Wooden Spoon – a wooden spoon is used to gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Rolling Pin – rolling pins work great to shape the dough into an 8-inch disc.
  • Parchment Paper – I like to lining pans with parchment paper so the orange cranberry scones don’t stick.
  • Baking Sheet – use a large baking sheet to bake the scones on.
ingredients in this cranberry orange scones recipe

Ingredients in Cranberry and Orange Scones

This is a very simple fresh cranberry scone recipe that uses few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this cranberry breakfast recipe:

For the Cranberry Scone Dough:

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Salt
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Orange Zest
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Cranberries
photo of ingredients for sweet orange glaze for a recipe for cranberry orange scones

For the Sweet Orange Glaze:

To prepare the orange glaze for drizzling the tops of the cranberry scones, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Melted Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Fresh Orange Juice

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

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How to Make this Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

Making cranberry orange scones is very simple! Here’s an overview of the process:

Preparing the Cranberry Orange Scone Dough

  1. First, combine the dry ingredients with the orange zest.
  2. Then, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Next, in a small bowl, whisk the liquid ingredients together.
  4. Then, stir in the cranberries.
  5. After that, stir into the flour mixture until the dough is moist, do not over mix.
  6. Then, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a couple of times. Divide dough into two equal balls.
  7. After that, pat each ball into an 8-inch circle. Place each dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet. Score each circle with a knife or bench scraper into 6 wedges.
  8. Then, bake until lightly golden brown.
  9. Lastly, cool the scones.

How Do You Cut Butter into Flour for Scones?

Don’t know what it means to cut butter into flour or what a pastry cutter is, then check out my tutorial with 4 different ways to cut butter into flour.

This is great information if you’re new to making a recipe for scones. The 4th method of cutting butter in flour on this list is my all time favorite kitchen tips, and also the best way to cut butter into flour if you’re wondering “what can I substitute for a pastry blender”!

Glazing the Cranberry and Orange Scones

  1. First, place a sheet of parchment paper under a wire cooling rack.
  2. Then, transfer the cooled scones to the wire rack.
  3. Next, combine all of the glaze ingredients in a bowl and whisk well.
  4. Then, drizzle glaze on top of each scone with the orange glaze.
  5. After that, let the glaze harden on the scones.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Tips for Making Cranberry Orange Scones

Have you ever wondered what the secret to making great scones is? Here are a few tips to use when preparing these homemade scones:

  • Use cold butter. The best scones are tender scones, and cold butter is necessary for that.
  • Don’t over measure the flour. Using too much flour is another reason that you might end up with dry scones. Proper measuring technique – fluff, scoop, and level. Or, you can use a kitchen scale and weigh 4 ounces per cup of all-purpose flour.
  • The dough should resemble coarse crumbs with bits of butter the size of peas throughout the dough.
  • Don’t over mix the dough when you’re preparing this cranberry orange scone recipe. Mix the dough gently until just combined. Overzealous kneading will cause even the lightest flaky scones to become tough.
photo of cranberry scones glazed with sweet orange glaze on a baking sheet with wire rack

Ingredient Substitutions in this Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

If you have frozen cranberries on hand, feel free to use them! You can add them to the batter straight from the freezer.

I’ve only made this recipe as written, but I imagine you could probably use dried cranberries if that’s all you had. But, the the flavor of these delicious scones won’t be as juicy when using dried fruit as they are with fresh fruit.

Can This Recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones Be Made in Advance?

These scones taste best fresh, but you can make the cranberry and orange scones up to 24 hours before you plan on serving them. However, I don’t recommend making them much further in advance than that, as scones dry out over time.

Can these Cranberry Orange Scones Be Frozen?

Yes, these fresh cranberry scones can be frozen without the glaze on top. Simply seal inside an airtight container or freezer bag (such as a gallon sized ziplock bag). Then, freeze for up to three months.

When ready to eat, thaw on the counter or gently reheat in the oven.

photo the best of cranberry orange scones with a mug of coffee

Try My Cranberry Orange Scones at Home!

I hope this recipe becomes one of your favorite scone recipes to make during the cooler months. If you do try it, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see.

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More Cranberry Breakfast Recipes:

Do you want more recipes to make fresh cranberry recipes? Here are some of my favorites:

These Fresh Cranberry Muffins are flavored with classic gingerbread spices and molasses, making them the perfect holiday or Christmas muffin recipe!

Apple Cranberry Muffins are packed with oats, fall spices, fresh cranberries, and shredded apples. They’re the perfect fall or Thanksgiving muffin recipe and are so easy to make!

This Cranberry Mango Cherry Smoothie is a great year-round breakfast or snack and is easy to customize.

This recipe for Multi-Grain Pumpkin Cranberry Bread features white whole wheat, spelt, barley, and oat flours!

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Yield: 12 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Studded with fresh cranberries and flavored with orange juice and zest, these Cranberry and Orange Scones are a great make-ahead holiday breakfast idea!


For the Cranberry Orange Scones:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 cup room temperature butter, sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

For the Sweet Orange Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Melted Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice


To Make the Cranberry Orange Scones

  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and orange zest. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, orange juice, vanilla, and milk together. Stir in the cranberries.
  3. Then, combine the cranberry mixture and the flour mixture until the dough is moist, do not over mix.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a couple of times. Divide dough into two equal balls.
  5. Pat each ball into an 8-inch circle. Place each ball onto a parchment paper-lined or greased cookie sheet. Score each circle with a knife into 6 wedges.
  6. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until done and lightly golden. Allow the scones to cool.

To Make the Sweet Orange Glaze

  1. While the cranberry orange scones are cooling to room temperature, stir the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and orange juice together until smooth.
  2. Drizzle the orange glaze over the cooled cranberry scones.
  3. Let the glaze harden.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 392Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 72mgSodium 478mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 6g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Kim Kenty

Thursday 12th of May 2011

I love the cranberry orange scones from Starbuck's, so I'll have to try these. THANKS.

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