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Cranberry Orange Scones

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. —Karen McBride, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    10 scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 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 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • GLAZE (optional):
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • ORANGE BUTTER:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, 7 teaspoons sugar, orange zest, 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 400° until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.
  • Combine glaze ingredients if desired; drizzle over scones. Combine orange butter ingredients; serve with warm scones.
Nutrition Facts
1 scone: 331 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • homemadewithlove
    Nov 15, 2020

    Very Good! I used fresh squeezed orange juice and zest and made the glaze, not the butter. I would've liked them to raise a little higher but they are tasty and wonderful for holidays.

  • Donna
    Oct 28, 2020

    Recipe was super easy to follow and results were exactly as described. I did not use a glaze or sugar on top. If I make these again I will add a little mor sugar to the dry mix. I would also enjoy a little extra orange zest, but that is my taste. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Mona
    Jul 28, 2020

    Easy and fast. I just whipped these together this morning for my hubby. They came out perfect! No substitutions. Made exactly as written. Made the glaze too but not the butter.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    May 16, 2020

    Delicious! I made the glaze, but not the butter. Followed directions for scones exactly.

  • Lori
    May 1, 2020

    These came out great and my family loved them! The only problem I had was not enough orange flavor, but maybe my oranges were too sweet.

  • Dorothy
    Apr 26, 2020

    Wow! The scones were delicious, the recipe easy to follow. One thing I did different was befor baking, I put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, than cut into slices and baked. The scones came out perfect. Loved the taste of orange and cranberry.

  • Bonnie
    Mar 13, 2020

    No comment left

  • dglong
    Sep 28, 2019

    I love the flavor of these but the dough was very wet and they didn’t rise very well the first time I made them. The next time I added a little more flour and they did better.

  • Lisa
    Mar 18, 2019

    I chose this recipe for a Quick Breads class my chef husband will be teaching for our culinary classes through our county rec. center. Before we present the classes, we always try to do a test run. Needless to say this recipe was such a hit! I always had in my mind scones were hard to make but after trying these I know better! The cranberry orange flavor hit the palate so nicely! I am for certain, this recipe is going to be a hit with our students on Saturday! I love Taste of Home recipes! My favorite go to site for recipe research!

  • Caralyn
    Feb 8, 2019

    I used fresh squeezed orange juice and swapped the half-and-half for buttermilk. I also used sugar sprinkles instead of granulated sugar. They came out amazing! This is my new go to recipe