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Cranberry Orange Scones

Tart cranberries and sweet oranges come together in these soft and buttery Cranberry Orange Scones drenched in vanilla-orange glaze.

8 glazed cranberry orange scones arranged in a circle on a piece of parchment

Obviously we all know that I bake a lot. From recipe testing and baking for family to just getting into the kitchen with my girl – a ton of baked goods get whipped up in my kitchen each month.

And while I’m all for my favorite chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and sugar cookie cheesecake, I feel like I’ve been highly neglecting scones. So here we are with a perfectly seasonal recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones.

Cranberry orange scones on a white plate next to a mug of coffee

TART AND SWEET CRANBERRY SCONES

If you’ve followed My Baking Addiction for a little while, you know that I’ve divulged my hoarding ways with baking ingredients on countless occasions. 

From towers of canned pumpkin for making Pumpkin Crunch Cake to pounds upon pounds of unsalted butter in the freezer for my favorite chocolate chip cookies, I like to be prepared. 

Hand showing orange zest and sugar combined together in a glass bowl

Prepared for what? I have no idea.

I get especially hoarder-ish during the holiday season and if you opened my freezer right about now, you’d think my local market was giving away fresh cranberries. 

Nope. I purchased every bag – and pretty much tossed one into the cart on every shopping trip starting in November.

Hand showing the crumbly texture of butter mixed into the dry ingredients for scones

Aside from the obvious batch of homemade cranberry sauce, followed by Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip and Cranberry Brie Bites, I’ve been looking for ways to use up these tart little gems. 

I love love love a good scone, but since coffee shop trips are not exactly happening lately, I decided to crank up the oven, grate some butter and make Cranberry Orange Scones.

Wet ingredients being poured into a glass mixing bowl holding the dry ingredients for cranberry scones

HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY ORANGE SCONES

Cranberry Orange Scones are pretty much heaven in scone form. They’re tender, tart, slightly sweet and drenched in a vanilla-orange glaze that makes them even more incredible.

To make these scones, you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Zest of two medium oranges
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen cranberries or 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Cranberry scone dough shaped into a circle and cut into 8 pieces on a floured surface

I prefer to use fresh or frozen cranberries in these scones because I absolutely love the tart flavor they give to the scones. I personally prefer fresh or frozen over dried in breads like Cranberry Orange Bread and Cranberry Nut Bread and these scones. 

But if you prefer dried cranberries or only have dried cranberries on hand, feel free to use them instead!

Grab a medium bowl and mix the sugar and the orange zest with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. This releases the oils in the orange zest and really punches up the flavor in the scones.

Cut cranberry orange scones arranged on a parchment-lined baking sheet, ready to be baked

Add in the other dry ingredients and mix to combine before grating in the frozen butter. Use your fingertips again to work the butter into the dry ingredients until everything resembles coarse meal. 

In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, egg and milk until smooth.

Toss the cranberries into the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir the wet ingredients into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be sticky first, but as you press, the dough will come together.

Spoon spooning glaze on top of cranberry orange scones on a wire rack

Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a circle. Use a sharp knife or dough blade to cut it into 8 triangles. Place the triangles on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.

Once the scones have cooled, whisk together a bit of melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and orange juice. Dip the scones in the glaze or spoon the glaze on top for a coffee-shop-worthy finish.

Two halves of a cranberry orange scone stacked on a plate to show the texture of the inside of the scone

HOW TO STORE THESE SCONES

I think Cranberry Orange Scones are best the day they’re baked (and who doesn’t love a fresh scone?) but you can also store them at room temperature for a couple of days.

Just pop them in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days.

If you want to freeze them for later, you can do that as well. Pop them in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 2 months. 

I like to grab a scone straight from the freezer and microwave it for 30-60 seconds for a quick, delicious breakfast treat. The glaze may melt a bit, but the warm scone is well worth it.

Cranberry orange scones stacked on a piece of parchment paper
Cranberry orange scones stacked on a piece of parchment paper

Cranberry Orange Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tart cranberries and sweet oranges come together in these soft and buttery Cranberry Orange Scones drenched in vanilla-orange glaze.

Ingredients

For the Scones

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • zest of two medium oranges
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen cranberries or 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and orange zest; mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, egg and milk until smooth.
  5. Toss the cranberries into the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be sticky first, but as you press, the dough will come together.
  6. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 17 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and prepare the glaze.
  7. In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and orange juice. Whisk until smooth. Dip the top of the scones into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. At this point, you can leave them as is or go for the double dip.

Notes

Scones store well in an airtight container for up to two days.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 scone
Amount Per Serving Calories 436Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 74mgSodium 253mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 3gSugar 33gProtein 5g

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AbbyT

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

I scoured the comments, so apologies if you addressed this! But can I make the scone dough 'disc' say, today, to cut/cook Christmas morning??

Jamie

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Hi Abby! I haven't tried this method, so I am unsure, but I think as long as you wrap it tightly in cling wrap and refrigerate it should be fine. :) Happy Holidays! -Jamie

Danny Huyghue

Saturday 28th of January 2017

So easy, even a male cooking novice (erh, that would be me), with few cooking instincts, can do this without producing flat, tasteless rocks.

Could be our oven, but nearly every baking recipe (breads, cakes, scones) I've tried needed about 20 degrees cooler setting and 10 minutes shorter time not to overcook.

Icing nice, but gonna look up some kind of Crème Fraîche topping/dip/substitute and get daring next time.

Jamie

Sunday 29th of January 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed the scone, Danny. The creme fraiche topping sounds amazing!

Loralei

Monday 16th of January 2017

I made these today.... Delicious! I baked a couple minutes longer to crisp slightly. My boyfriend and I loved them! I was surprised how that the cranberries were which we actually really enjoyed.

Jamie

Wednesday 18th of January 2017

I'm so glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed them, Loralei!

Mary G Macuga

Sunday 29th of November 2015

I love this site and eveything I have ever made, so I was super excited to try these and I have to say that I was disappointed, as they burned and I didn't even bake them as long as the directions stated for. Maybe, if I ever tried this particular scone again I would bake it at a lower temp.

Jamie

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Hi, Mary! I'm so sorry the scones didn't turn out the way you hoped. Let me know if you try them again. I hope the results are better!

Missie

Sunday 8th of March 2015

Made these today and they are UH.MAZE.ING!

Jamie

Monday 9th of March 2015

Missie- I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for visiting.

-Jamie

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