Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe
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Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

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Moist and scrumptious, these scones come out perfect every time. I savor the chewy dried cranberries and sweet orange glaze. There's nothing better than serving these remarkable scones warm with the delicate orange butter.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • GLAZE (optional):
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 331 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 7 teaspoons sugar, orange peel, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, orange juice, cream and egg. Add to flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  2. On a floured surface, gently knead 6-8 times. Pat dough into an 8-in. circle. Cut into 10 wedges. Separate wedges and place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with milk; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  3. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack.
  4. Combine glaze ingredients if desired; drizzle over scones. Combine orange butter ingredients; serve with warm scones. Yield: 10 scones.
Originally published as Cranberry Orange Scones in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p27

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playapelada 252936
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2016

"Just made these beauties and some Orange Curd. Man Oh Man Love it!"

Jayaina 241844
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"These scones are delicious! I cut the recipe in half since it's just the two of us, and we enjoyed them with a cup of tea for breakfast. I didn't have orange marmalade for the orange butter, so I made a cream cheese whip with orange juice and a bit of sugar, and it was perfect to smear inside hot scones. This will definitely go into my recipe box!"

CampyRS 241282
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Just pulled these out of the oven and they are wonderful! I didn't have any half and half so I used evaporated mlk. Turned out fine. Wow! I will make these again."

Matzo1012 229024
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Highly recommended, a crowd favorite!! The only change i made was the shape - 24 smaller diamond-shaped scones instead of the 10 wedges. I only glazed half the batch, knowing some people like a sweeter scone."

tsuop 227816
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"I LOVE scones, these?? Not so much. I just finished making them.............. They "need something" not much taste, bland. I will try them again with a little more sugar & more orange."

mtuttle 224174
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Delicious! I formed them into two circles and made 16 scones instead of 10 - they are plenty big for me. Excellent!"

JacquieRR 218693
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"I have been making these for several years now and I made them again this morning. They are easy and delicious. Great with a cup of coffee!"

ms11145 217662
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Daughter and I love these. Love the orange marmalade butter that goes with them."

LeslieH 22112
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"A tasty treat filled with orange flavour and loads of cranberries. I used milk instead of half and half as it is what I had and they turned out awesome. A definite make again."

kindrag25 75590
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"My family loves these! I just made them and my mom who does not like dried fruit in anything devoured 2 in quick succession. The glaze was a little bit to powder sugary tasting so I added about .25 teaspoons to it to cut that strong flavor and add a little bit more of an orange flavor. These took less than 30 min start to finish and with my food processor and the knife attachment made it even easier. I will be making these again in no time."

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