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Cranberry Orange Scones

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

Unglazed cranberry and orange scones on a wire cooling wrack

Easy Fresh Cranberry Scones

We will be enjoying these yummy cranberry scones with fresh cranberries for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.

Eric 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!

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:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Orange zest
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Milk
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Powdered sugar

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

How to Make Cranberry and Orange Scones

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

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

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

Can This Recipe Be Made in Advance?

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

Can Scones Be Frozen?

Yes, these fresh cranberry scones can be frozen without the glaze on top. Simply seal inside a freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.

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

Tips for Making Cranberry Orange Scones

  • You’ll need to let the frozen orange juice concentrate thaw completely before proceeding with this recipe.
  • If you have frozen fresh 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 freshly squeezed orange juice could be substituted for the orange juice concentrate.

More Cranberry Breakfast Recipes:

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

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!

Ingredients

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 frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T frozen orange juice concentrate

Instructions

  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, and milk together. Stir into the flour mixture until the dough is moist, do not over mix. Add the cranberries.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a couple of times. Divide dough into two equal balls. Pat each ball into an 8-inch circle.
  4. Place each ball onto a parchment paper-lined or greased cookie sheet. Score each circle with a knife into 6 wedges.
  5. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until done and lightly golden. Allow the scones to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, stir powdered sugar and orange juice concentrate together. Drizzle over cooled scones.

Notes

From Pat in Kansas

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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

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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.

kim.kenty@ars.usda.gov

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