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Cranberry Buttermilk Scones

In Bend, Oregon, Loraine Meyer bakes these light, fluffy scones that are loaded with dried cranberries and topped with cinnamon-sugar. "I take them to breakfast meetings, serve them at brunches, and share them with neighbors and friends," she says.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a bowl, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the buttermilk just until combined. Fold in the cranberries and orange zest.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; divide dough in half. Pat each half into a 6-in. circle. Cut each circle into six wedges. Separate wedges and place 1 in. apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with milk. Combine the cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over scones. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 283 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 422mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Kate
    Jan 6, 2021

    Just came out of the oven and a huge success! I ended up using a bit more buttermilk because the batter seemed dry (could have been my flour measurement). Very fluffy and flavorful.

  • Tammy
    Nov 13, 2020

    Really good recipe. Buttery and easy to make. I use sanding sugar on top for added crunch. Love them!

  • marianneskitchen
    Oct 29, 2019

    I LOVE this recipe! I switch up the dried fruit: mixed berries, blueberries, cherries, etc. I use it for most of my scones!!

  • kswl
    Sep 29, 2018

    I was looking for a recipe without eggs and this is a good one. I soaked my cranberries in orange juice to plump them up before adding to the batter, then used the orange juice left from the soaking to combine with confectioners sugar for a drizzle. Followed Paul Hollywood’s method and used the dough hook on mixer with great results.

  • sjpoor
    Apr 14, 2018

    These are really good. Because I have arthritis in my hands that restricts what I can do I blended dry ingredients & butter in food processor (just a few pulses did it). They came out great the first time.

  • apsimon23
    May 9, 2016

    These were fast to make and delicious to eat! I threw a batch together to take to my mother for Mother's Day. I made no modifications. They were a big hit. Will definitely make again and try out substitutes for the orange and cranberry.

  • flageolet
    Feb 1, 2016

    these are totally amazing scones, i substituted dried cherries for the cranberries, used coarse sugar on top and omitted the cinnamon. very easy to make and dough was easy to work with, will make these often!

  • gggg4532
    May 31, 2015

    The best scones ever! My toddlers eat a batch in two days!!!!. Incredible

  • marthaandmary
    Feb 15, 2015

    I've made these many, many times. My family loves them! Excellent if you follow the recipe however my family likes them even more with an orange glaze instead of the cinnamon and sugar (1 cup confectioner sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, orange zest, orange juice to the consistency you want and drizzle over the warm scones). I've also made this recipe substituting blueberries and lemon zest for the cranberries and orange zest. Excellent! Easy! Love 'em! Thank you so much for this recipe.

  • ckbray
    Feb 5, 2014

    I've made these several times. I LOVE scones and these are by far the best I've ever had. Try them you won't be sorry. In fact, I'm going to make some today.