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Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

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. YIELD: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 large 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Cathy User ID: 9203463 268305
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

"Just made these and was so excited to try...I LOVE anything cranberry orange...these definitely missed the mark. :-/. Not enuf umph. I followed the recipe exactly. If I try again...will add more sugar and orange i suppose."

playapelada User ID: 7463083 252936
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2016 Edited Feb. 3, 2017

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

Jayaina User ID: 8664893 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 User ID: 100836 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 User ID: 7851780 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 User ID: 6274346 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 User ID: 3205485 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 User ID: 6215681 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 User ID: 1604521 217662
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

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

LeslieH User ID: 191346 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 User ID: 7759436 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."

SharonDetweiler User ID: 2604437 75006
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Perfect for breakfast and snacks. I do not make the glaze. Perfect without!"

mommylu User ID: 5317722 74989
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"These are amazing! This was my first attempt at making scones and it was a success. My husband has requested them 3 times since I first made them less than a month ago. I followed the recipe exactly, but we skipped the orange butter. So good!"

Yummcookie User ID: 7546588 37138
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"They were yummy but we burded the bottom so I suggest that you only cook them at 350 degrees"

petelovestoeat User ID: 7422547 37107
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"tasted great"

Prettyboygirl User ID: 7393298 73447
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"These scones are to die for! I had to alter slightly by using fat free french vanilla organic yogurt because I did not have half and half. I would recommend this recipe highly!!"

gomomof4 User ID: 6903985 26206
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"My girls and I made this for the Ladies Tea at our church. It was wonderful, moist, not too sweet. Just perfect."

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 64607
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Loved these! I soaked the cranberries in the orange juice as the reviews had suggested. I also greased the baking sheet, as the dough was quite difficult to work with, and I was glad I did. Thanks so much for the recipe! I'm definitely making it again!"

smallvillenyc User ID: 7094483 71579
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Simple and Delicious. I did not knead too much,and it worked out just fine."

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 71578
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"these were excellent. I didn't make the orange butter- I didn't think they needed it but the glaze made them wonderful. I'll probably make them again next week (or sooner)."

Sandrakay1 User ID: 2359946 203400
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"I added heaping teaspoons of baking powder and found the scones more moist and fluffy. Great recipe."

momoshiba User ID: 6658414 28825
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"These were the most delicious scones. My boyfriend, who hates cranberries, thought they were great.

I followed the recommendation of other reviews and soaked the cranberries in the orange juice. I didn't have any half and half but it seemed fine using plain old 2% milk."

Davena User ID: 6613215 37179
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"I did the same as some suggested and soaked the cranberries in orange juice. These were light and fluffy and very good. I would definitely make them again.

Update - I have also made these scones using blueberries and substituted lemon rind and then used a lemon glaze, very tasty!"

Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 37177
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"This recipe was absolutely delicious! It is going in my file. i took the advice of soaking my cranberries in the orange juice, and they were soft in the scones."

Leannm User ID: 4337171 37149
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Wonderful recipe! Is definitely a keeper."

tahnee_p User ID: 6146423 37147
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"First time I have made scones. These were moist, tasty and easy to make."

lisajayne User ID: 5407067 37145
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"skipped the step of rolling it out in flour and cutting - less mess to clean up! I just dolloped large portions onto a greased pan - came out just as awesome. WILL make again!"

Kerrielea User ID: 6036281 73446
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"This recipe was wonderful! I will make it again. I made a single batch then after tasting hurried to make a second batch before the company arrived."

elenam78 User ID: 5927209 74987
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"These taste amazing! They are very easy to make and turn out great! It was only my second time making scones and i had no problems with the recipe. The glaze is a must! It really puts these over the top!"

Snickerspotpie User ID: 5910745 83083
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! And super quick and easy and using ingredients I had on hand. What more can I ask for?"

timari User ID: 5902883 89340
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"This recipe was wonderful will be making it again! My family loved it! I made some change I did not have half and half milk so I replaced with heavy cream, I used white whole whet flour and did not add the any the glaze at the end I only brushed the milk and sprinkled the sugar to bake with. Delicious!!!!"

katieford User ID: 3898747 71574
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"These scones were light,flakey and delicious. I used Harry and David's Cranberry Orange Preserves and Clotted Cream, which made the scones even more delicious."

jicecube User ID: 5812631 89339
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I should add that I did not use the glaze nor the orange butter - they were perfect without, though the orange butter sounds great and I will make it to go with the scones or other breads for a brunch with guests."

jicecube User ID: 5812631 71571
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I love scones and these came out perfect! Not too sweet and not dry or hard like many scones. Pefect warm or cold. I did not have 1/2 & 1/2 and for only 1/4 cup I wasn't going to buy it so I just used the milk I had on hand which was 1% and they were still great. I did add about 1/2 cup chopped pecans. I also let my cranberries soak in the orange juice before adding the rest of the wet ingredients to plump them some and so they wouldn't be too chewy. This is definitely a make again recipe for me!"

SusanR812 User ID: 5810073 51047
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This was my first attempt at making scones and am happy to say they came out awesome. According to my husband they were exceptional and better then any scones you would buy at the grocery bakery section or coffee joint. Extermely easy to make, I even used my Kitchen aide mixer on low speed which made them even easier to make. They came out moist and tender, wonderful orange flavor. Did not glaze them as it was not needed. Recipe will definietly become a regular in our house."

KarenHawes User ID: 1634389 89338
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"These are so good! I added about a half cup of chopped pecans. A definate keeper!"

letourneur User ID: 4808752 51046
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"These were so good that I had to double the batch the second time I made them! We skip the orange butter altogether...the orange glaze alone is enough. They're delicious and very easy to whip up before work or school in the morning. A definite keeper!"

mclinard User ID: 5358592 73444
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"These are excellent! Not dry not a lot of scone recipes that I have tried.Made them for Mom's Birthday along with the Birds Nest breakfast Cups also on this site. breakfast was a huge hit! Thank you for sharing. Sorry I forgot to rate it on my previous rating"

mclinard User ID: 5358592 83079
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"These are excellent! Not dry not a lot of scone recipes that I have tried.Made them for Mom's Birthday along with the Birds Nest breakfast Cups also on this site. breakfast was a huge hit! Thank you for sharing."

omghamom User ID: 3362044 89337
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"OMG, these are the greatest!! A little putzy, but well worth it! LOVE THEM!!!"

BusyRNMom User ID: 4380898 203399
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"I've tried several recipes for scones, and this one is absolutely the best! Comes out yummy every time!"

cdbdga User ID: 3142440 203398
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"Yummo! Search no more, this is the only scone recipe you'll ever need. Change up the cranberries to blueberries or black berries. Even use lemon zest, lemon juice and poppy seeds in place of orange and cranberries."

AMWmomofsix User ID: 4493382 31154
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"Just made these this morning for breakfast and they were delicious. The whole family loved them! I will defiantly make these again!"

lizandan User ID: 4921589 28816
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"These scones are so good! I love the scones at coffee shops but the ones from scratch people have made always tasted so dry and bland. I will definitely be making these again soon! Thanks for this recipe."

rowdy44 User ID: 186146 64560
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"Been making these for 10 years. They are quick, easy and taste delicious."

lattedeb User ID: 752681 71568
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009 Edited Jun. 1, 2009

"These scones are the easiest I have ever made. Moist and yummy. The orange glaze on top, yum!! Sent these with my husband to a morning meeting and they were a big hit."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 71555
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"Enjoyed these right out of the oven -- YUM! I didn't have marmalade so I used apricot jam in the butter -- LOVED IT! Very elegant!"

apjohnson User ID: 3325890 37093
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2008

"I used to go from Starbucks to Starbucks in search of these; not anymore! I can tailor this recipe to get the scones exactly how I like them. My first trial run was simply DELICIOUS. Can't wait to make the next batch!"

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