Cranberry Scones Recipe with Oranges

My husband Brian and I love these cranberry scones so much that it’s become one of our go-to recipes for brunch. They’re great at any time of the year, and on a cold day they fill the house with delicious aromas that make it so much cozier. 

Baked orange cranberry scones. Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

If you don’t particularly like dried fruit, you can also sub out the orange and cranberries with chocolate chips—the version my younger daughter loves best.

The first step is to mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and knead it into the flour mixture by hand. In another bowl, combine the cream, vanilla, and egg, whisking until it’s beaten, then combine with the flour mixture using a large, wooden spoon. Add the orange peel and cranberries, and mix well.

When the dough is ready, put it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or greased with butter. Using your hands, shape the dough into a ball.

Brian forming the cranberry scones dough ball.
Brian forming the cranberry scones dough ball. Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Flatten the dough with your fingers.

Flatten the scones dough with your fingers
Flatten the scones dough with your fingers. Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough circle in half.

 

Brian cutting the scones dough in half
Brian cutting the scones dough in half. Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Next, cut both dough halves into triangular pieces, each with a base that’s about 2 inches long.

Cut the dough into triangles
Cut the dough into triangles. Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Arrange the scones on the cookie sheet so their edges aren’t touching.

Orange cranberry scones are ready to bake!
Orange cranberry scones are ready to bake! Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is brown. In my family, we love eating these with a glass of milk or a cup of hot tea.

Here are the details on how to make them:

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 25m
  • Serves: 8 Yield: 8 scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 9 gratings of orange peel

Cranberry scones baking instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add the butter and knead into the flour mixture by hand.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine cream, vanilla and egg. Whisk until beaten.
  5. Combine the egg with the dry ingredients.
  6. Add orange peel and cranberries.
  7. Put dough onto a cookie sheet either greased with butter or lined with parchment paper.
  8. Shape with your finger into a circular shape, flatten with the palms of your hands, and cut into eight pieces using a sharp knife.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is brown.

Enjoy!

Adapted from a recipe by Alton Brown.

SOURCETravis Neighbor Ward
Travis Neighbor Ward is an award-winning editor in chief, magazine and web writer, and a best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction. She has written extensively about interiors, lifestyle, travel, gardening, and health. To learn about blogging, publishing, and marketing for lifestyle and interiors go to her site The Decorated Way, www.decoratedway.com.

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