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Cranberry Orange Scones make a quick and easy scone recipe perfect for breakfast or brunch. A delicious combination of sweet and tart!

Cranberry Orange Scones make a quick and easy scone recipe perfect for breakfast or brunch. A delicious combination of sweet and tart! // addapinch.com

I love the combination of fresh, tart cranberries mixed with the brightness of oranges. It is a combination I’ve turned to time and again in cranberry orange muffins and even my cranberry orange rolls. The flavor combination definitely doesn’t disappoint in this cranberry orange scones recipe either. It makes for the perfect combination for anytime of year, but especially throughout the fall and winter when fresh cranberries are readily available and oranges are at their peak. 

I love them so much that I actually buy fresh cranberries now while they are in season and store them in my freezer so that I can use them anytime of the year for these scones and in other recipes.

How to Make Cranberry Orange Scones

  • flour
  • sugar + more for topping
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • cranberries
  • heavy cream
  • orange juice
  • orange zest

Orange Glaze:

  • confectioner’s sugar
  • orange juice
  • orange zest

Step by Step Instructions

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking sheet.
  • Make Dough. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter to the bowl and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of a pea and the flour mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cranberries, ¾ cup of heavy cream, orange juice, and orange zest. Press dough together between the palms of your hands. If it doesn’t just hold together, add more heavy cream until is just holds together.
  • For the Dough. Pour dough onto a lightly floured countertop or a pastry board. Pat dough into a large round disc, about an inch thick. Cut dough into equal sized wedges and place onto prepared baking sheet pan. Melt about 2 tablespoons butter and brush on top of dough.
  • Bake. Bake scones for 20-25 minutes or until they are just beginning to turn lightly brown. Remove from the oven.
  • Make the Glaze. Whisk all of the glaze ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until smooth and then drizzle on top of each scone after it has cooled for about five minutes.

Can You Use Dried Cranberries in Cranberry Orange Scones?

Yes! I love to use fresh cranberries in these scones, but if for some reason I don’t have them available, dried cranberries work well, too.

What If You Don’t Have Orange Zest?

To make my cranberry orange scones, I included both orange zest as well as juice in the scone as well as in the glaze to really bring out the orange scent and flavor in these scones. You can adjust the amount to suit your preference by backing off the zest in the glaze if you like, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love all that citrusy deliciousness in these!

You can omit it from this recipe if you don’t have it available. The orange flavor will not be as pronounced, but the scones will still be delicious!

How Long Do Cranberry Orange Scones Last?

Store on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5.

Can You Freeze These Scones?

Yes! Allow to cool completely and then store in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To serve, allow to thaw and then serve at room temperature or warm in the microwave or in the oven at 350º F for about 5 minutes.

Other Favorite Scone Recipes

Classic Scones

Blueberry Scones

Citrus Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones make a quick and easy scone recipe perfect for breakfast or brunch. A delicious combination of sweet and tart! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Cranberry Orange Scones recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

4.88 from 24 votes

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

Breakfast 30 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Cranberry Orange Scones make a quick and easy scone recipe perfect for breakfast or brunch. A delicious combination of sweet and tart!

Ingredients  

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar + more for topping
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • ¾ – 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking sheet.

For the scones:

  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter to the bowl and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of a pea and the flour mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cranberries, ¾ cup of heavy cream, orange juice, and orange zest. Press dough together between the palms of your hands. If it doesn’t just hold together, add more heavy cream until is just holds together.
  • Pour dough onto a lightly floured countertop or a pastry board. Pat dough into a large round disc, about an inch thick. Cut dough into equal sized wedges and place onto prepared baking sheet pan. Melt about 2 tablespoons butter and brush on top of dough.
  • Bake scones for 20-25 minutes or until they are just beginning to turn lightly brown. Remove from the oven.

Orange Glaze:

  • Whisk all of the glaze ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until smooth and then drizzle on top of each scone after it has cooled for about five minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg

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