Fresh cranberry orange scones

You say you’re too busy this time of year to bake or make any homemade yum?!  Well, I want to share this amazing Fresh cranberry orange scones recipe that I experimented with the other morning.  You’ll be amazed at how easy and delicious they are.

Fresh cranberry orange scones

So perfect for Christmas time and for gift giving.  I mean… who doesn’t like homemade deliciousness such as fresh scones?

Fresh cranberry orange scones

I love making scones for breakfast cause I’m not your traditional breakfast kinda gal.  Actually, for most of my life I have not been a breakfast person.  It wasn’t until my bff’s and I started going away for weekends at B&B’s and most B&B owners had “to-die-for” breakfasts. Then my girlfriends either really liked the breakfasts or were trying to entice me so I wouldn’t miss out.

Fresh cranberry orange scones

Then there’s the fact that I always feel like Thanksgiving and Christmas would never be the same if I didn’t have a bag of fresh cranberries to make something divine.  I know that cranberries and orange goes well together and so…

Fresh cranberry orange scones

I diced some up and soaked them in boiling water to soften them a bit before adding them to my basic sconces recipe.

Fresh cranberry orange scones

Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones


  • 2½ c all-purpose flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2 T orange zest
  • (1 stick) butter, cold & cut into chunks
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ c heavy whipping cream + (1 T to brush the top)
  • 1/2 c chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 T coarse sugar to sprinkle the top, optional
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1 T freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a glass measuring cup (microwave proof) boil 1 cup water and add the chopped cranberries and allow to soak until needed.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and grated orange zest.
  4. Pour this mixture into your food processor & add butter. Pulse until you have coarse pea-sized crumbs.
  5. Return to a large bowl.
  6. Drain the cranberries completely and pat dry with paper towel.
  7. Stir cranberries into flour mixture and gently combine.
  8. Make a well in the center and set aside.
  9. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and ½ cup heavy cream.
  10. Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and use a spatula to stir just until moistened.
  11. Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface and pull it together into a round disk, about ¾" thick.
  12. Cut disk into 12 equal wedges and pull apart slightly.
  13. Brush tops of scones with 1 Tbsp heavy cream and sprinkle with raw sugar if desired.
  14. Bake 15-17 min until golden (mine took 16 min).
  15. Remove scones from the hot baking sheet and let cool 15 minutes while you whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 T. freshly squeezed orange juice, adding more or less to desired thickness. Drizzle over scones.

The final outcome… super flaky, buttery, a touch of tart from the cranberries but balanced out by the yummy delicious glaze.  So good!!!  Perfect with a cup of hot tea.

fresh cranberry orange scones

*For a gluten free version which are just as fantastic, substitute the all purpose flour with the same amount of gluten free all purpose.  I had the hubs hustle some over to my daughter at her school for a mid morning snack.

These will be perfect to wrap up in cellophane bags, tied with my adorable free printable gift tag, and gift away!



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