Cranberry Orange Scones

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Here’s a delicious fall breakfast pastry recipe:  Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

When Sunday afternoon rolls around each week, I’m jotting down ideas for the week’s menu while I’m sitting on the couch watching football.  YES, I watch football!  It’s my weird, crazy pleasure to watch football on Sunday afternoons while I make some new recipes in my kitchen.  I can barely see the TV from the kitchen, but the roar of the crowd riles me up and the ref’s announcements keep me posted on game progress.  While things are cooking, I sneak over to the couch to snuggle in a blanket and scour my cookbooks and magazines for new recipe ideas.  Planning breakfast for the following weekend is always on the agenda.

Cranberry Orange Scones #recipe

I knew that after Halloween I’d start craving cranberries (and hoped that everyone else would too).  Cranberry and orange are such a classic and wonderful combination in cranberry sauce, and they work beautifully together in scones too.  The best thing about buying a bag of fresh cranberries is that the leftovers freeze beautifully.  I’ve had fresh cranberries in my freezer since last fall, and they’re still perfect and fresh when you defrost them.  I baked my scones in one giant round like this (wedges cut before baking).  They were a tiny bit undercooked in the center when I pulled them out, so I gently pulled the wedges away from the center and let them bake for a few more minutes, and then they were good to go.  It would be better to pull them all out from the center before baking if your dough isn’t too crumbly.  Either way works just fine.

Cranberry Orange Scones #recipe -

This recipe did turn out a tender scone that was not at all dry.  I rubbed a little bit of soft REAL butter on my bites and topped that with a drizzle of honey too.  We enjoyed them very much!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Yield: 12 scones

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min


1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (see *Tips below)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

3. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it becomes a course crumb texture (use two knives or a pastry blender).

4. Stir in the cranberries, nuts and orange zest. Add the buttermilk and mix with a fork until moistened.

5. Gather dough into a ball and place on a floured board. Roll or pat into a circle 3/4-inch thick.

6. Cut into into 12 pie shaped pieces. Place on prepared baking sheet 1 1/2-inches apart. I transfer the whole circle of dough onto the baking sheet with a pizza peel, then gently pull each wedge away from the circle a bit to create space between scones. Brush tops of scones with milk and sprinkle with sugar/cinnnamon/nutmeg (stir together first).

7. Bake 14 to 18 minutes, until lightly browned.


*If you'd like the cranberries more spread out, roughly chop them (but only if they're frozen). Trying to chop fresh cranberries is kind of a messy disaster!


More Cranberry Scone recipes you might enjoy:
Gluten-Free Cranberry and Quinoa Scones by Cannelle et Vanille
Gingerbread and Cranberry Scones by A Farmgirl’s Dabble
Meyer Lemon and Cranberry Scones by Teenie Cakes
Weight Watchers Lowfat Cranberry- Pumpkin Scones by Simple Nourished Living
White Chocolate Cranberry Scones by Buns in my Oven

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  • Julia @ The Smart Baker wrote:

    Looks yummy.

  • cristina wrote:

    I’m making these beautiful scones for the holidays…great texture and color to these treats…( thanks for the mention, Lori! -xo ). Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • Kelly – Life Made Sweeter wrote:

    These scones are gorgeous! I love the cranberry and orange flavor – perfect for this time of year!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles wrote:

    Mmmmm…one of my favorite combos, cranberry and orange. Oh how I love a good scone! Thx for the link love, too, Lori.

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction wrote:

    Orange and cranberry is definitely one of my favorite flavor combinations. These scones look delicious!


  • Millie | Add A Little wrote:

    I love the zesty fall flavours Lori – they look so delicious and easy!

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl wrote:

    These scones look amazing! Cranberry and orange is a one of my favorite combinations. My mom always makes a cranberry orange quick bread at Christmas time – she’ll go nuts over these! Thank you.

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan wrote:

    Love orange and cranberry together! Never gets old. These looks great Lori!

  • marcie wrote:

    I love having football on when I’m in the kitchen on Sundays — it’s so fun to listen/watch while I’m cooking! Cranberry and orange is one of my favorite winter combinations, so I would love these scones!

  • Jessica wrote:

    Typically, my scones are spread very far apart, like baking cookies, but I think I want to try it this way next time. It looks so pretty for serving.

  • martha@ simple-nourished-living wrote:

    I love scones and cranberries so these are going on my must try list! Thanks, Lori.

  • Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction wrote:

    I’ve only made scones once but yours are inspiring me to make them again. They really do look moist and delish.
    I’m sure my hubby wishes I had your inclination to watch football.

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    Gorgeous scones Lori! Wish I had one on this flight right now 🙂

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen wrote:

    I’m all about cranberries right now and have about 4 cranberry recipes lined up for the blog in November (so I hope others are as crazy about them as me!). These scones look absolutely perfect!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I love baking with cranberries and pairing them with orange! These scones look fantastic!

  • Nancy Long wrote:

    will have to try these – have been making a similar one with dried cranberries for almost 20 years that I got from Fine Cooking

  • bill @thewioksoflife wrote:

    Scones for breakfast on the weekends are the best and fresh cranberries and orange zest make a nice moist and flavorful one. Thanks for the tips on fresh cranberry handling 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    Such a great flavor combo and I like how you baked it as one big round!