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Cranberry Scones Recipe

Cranberry Scones Recipe

“You can use any dried fruit for these tender scones, but my favorite is a mix of dried cranberries and golden raisins,” says Della Dunsieth of New Castle, Pennsylvania. “Don’t overmix or you’ll have a hard, dense scone.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sugar


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, combine milk and 2 tablespoons beaten egg; add to crumb mixture just until moistened. Stir in cranberries.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Pat into a 6-in. circle. Cut into four wedges. Separate wedges and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush with remaining egg; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • 3. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 4 scones.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 310 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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Donna User ID: 9234630 271786
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"My family loves these, usually double the recipe. We are from a family of bakers, and these past the test. I usually swirl a plain powdered sugar glaze on top! Yum!"

Tim User ID: 9124904 264105
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

"these came out great and i am at 9600 feet"

Linda User ID: 9099644 262086
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Used my food processor, doubled the recipe and added grated orange rind. The flavor is delicious but they are like a cake than a biscuit or scone. Not what I was going for but they are delicious and pretty fast to whip up."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 260362
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

"These scones are more cake like. I doubled the recipe as well. The flavor is on point and my husband already requested them again. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of AP Flour."

sorryiateyourcupcake User ID: 8959096 255897
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"If you're expecting a traditional British scone, this recipe is not for you. These are not a vehicle for jam and butter. These are American scones and should be reviewed accordingly. Take your time cutting in the butter. Use stick butter and a flour with a high protein content. Don't over-knead or over-stir. This will result in dry, dense scones. Sprinkle with coarse sugar crystals, not fine sugar. It does make a big difference. This is a fantastic recipe, and I've received some great compliments using it. Follow the recipe and never over-knead your dough!"

cooker-girl User ID: 8834792 247097
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2016

"easy and delicious. Came out perfect. Will be making these again."

TheCountess User ID: 8657194 239129
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"I've made this quite a few times, and while tasty, they've always been more bready or cakey than a scone, and don't look like the picture at all. I've tried using different milk like whole compared to 2%, different types of butter (don't use margarine haha) and different fruits in it the the bottoms are always a little dark and the consistency isn't right. is there something I'me doing wrong?"

AtTheTableWithTonya User ID: 8292865 222809
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"I think the recipe is great, my scones came out pretty big so next time I will make them just a tad bit smaller. I didn't use coarse sugar for the top, I used fine sugar. I like that they are quick to make and with the second batch I had them in about a minute less. I'm off to the kitchen to make more."

foleyd User ID: 4073849 219445
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"I doubled the recipe and it came out perfect. A big hit with my family."

GreenTeacher User ID: 6117266 100673
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I doubled the recipe because I wanted to use up some craisins I had in the house. Dough was very sticky and not easy to work with but the finished product was fantastic!!"

Socerkris User ID: 7827676 100672
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"This was an incredibly simple recipe, and it turned out delicious. I did not have milk, so substituted with whipping cream. This might have contributed to the greatness. Using a pastry blender works very well for blending. I'll add more cranberries next time. I made 6 smaller scones, and 12 minutes was the perfect cooking time."

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 176950
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"I love to make these. They are so easy and have a wonderful taste. I like to use different kinds of berries in the scones. They are all good."

Twiliightmoon User ID: 4831876 87343
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"Very simple and easy recipe. No time at all to put it together. I doubled the recipe also. The scones came out wonderful. I will definitely be making this again."

Mary's Recipes User ID: 5473390 158549
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"easy to make!"

swagsgalore User ID: 7282939 104290
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"I have been using online recipes a lot & always look forward to the reviews, so I can anticipate the problems with the recipe. This recipe has none, I made a few times, last time I doubled the recipe , it was great , no modifications needed."

Susan1971 User ID: 7266389 91987
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"So delicious! As good as the scones at an English cream tea!"

imnochef User ID: 7075209 100671
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"I made these scones in honor of the newest season of Downton Abbey. My son is a college educated chef and he told me to save this recipe. That is a big compliment coming from a chef. I made the recipe as stated. I may tweak it a bit at a later date, but it was great as it written."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 87290
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I already wrote a review, but I wanted to share that I double the recipe. I add one whole egg to the scones and a little more flour if needed along with the white chocolate chips. I brush egg white on the outside. These are so easy and a favorite!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 209812
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"Very moist and tasty! I added some white chocolate chips - fantastic!"

NPHappy User ID: 6294293 174194
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"I served these scones at my tea party.Everyone loved them. easy to make too."

kfreeman User ID: 1302758 176948
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"They turned out light as air! My kids loved them too."

Cilamix User ID: 5747543 158547
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I followed the recipe just as it is and these scones are just delicious! Much better than the ones I've bought at fancy places!

I will try to make it again with some nuts and chocolate."

barb_gordon56 User ID: 3256940 176928
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"These scones taste great and are very easy to make."

wfairhurst User ID: 5473035 174193
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"These scones are super flakey and delicious. I added a few dark cholcolate chips to mimick the ones I get at an expensive pastery/coffe shop...these are even better, warm, buttery and not too sweet. And this recipe makes just a few so MAYBE I won't be as tempted to over indulge."

gurlst4r User ID: 4131024 87285
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"These turned out so amazing!"

marmeru User ID: 4106094 176925
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"awesome, I added some pecans and cut them into eight triangles"

jllbarron User ID: 2151238 104536
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"Definitely a keeper. Delicious taste,great texture. I used dried cranberries & mini chocolate chips! So good!"

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