I’d never really had a scone I liked before these. Many scone recipes that I tried seemed dry and just a bit bland. Recently a client I bake for asked me to make some cranberry scones for her for a holiday season brunch she was planning, so I gave it a try. They came out fantastic and they are a new favorite in our house (I’ve even made a gluten free version that came out great). This Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe makes a great breakfast or brunch treat this time of year and are perfect served with coffee or tea. They’re easy enough to make too!
Recipe For Orange Cranberry Scones
- 2 cups flour (if doing gluten free I use 1 1/2 cup of GF baking mix and 1/2 cup GF all purpose flour)
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 stick cold butter, diced
- zest from 1 clementine or orange
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- juice from 1/2 clementine orange
- 1 heaping cup of fresh cranberries cut in half (measured after they are halved)
For Orange Glaze:
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tbsp cold heavy cream
- 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
How To Make Cranberry-Orange Scones:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, or stand mixer bowel, combine the dry ingredients- flour, sugar, baking and powder. The cold unsalted butter can be diced or chopped with a pastry cutter, then added to the dry ingredients. The flour mixture should turn to a fine crumble, almost like wet sand. Do no over mix, small chunks of butter the size of peas are fine. Lightly stir in the orange zest. Don’t skip the zest, it goes a long way to contributing that delicious orange flavor.
In a separate, small bowl whisk together the sour cream, egg, and juice.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, again making sure not to over mix.
Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed together stir in the halved cranberries.
Turn the scone dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and form a disc. It should be approximately 8″ around and an inch or so thick.
Use a knife to cut the disc into 8 wedges.
Transfer the wedges to a baking sheet (I line mine with parchment paper) and bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and a pick inserted near the berries comes out clean.
While the scones are baking, make your sweet orange glaze. Mix together the powdered sugar, whipping cream, and orange juice to create a glaze. The amount of powdered sugar you use will determine how thick the glaze is. The sweet glaze is perfect to go with the tartness of the cranberries.
When the scones are baked through remove from oven to cool. Once cool, drizzle with the glaze and serve. I hope you love this cranberry orange scones recipe as much as I do!
Orange Cranberry Scone Printable Recipe Card
These cranberry orange scones are like a tender biscuit filled with the perfect amount of sweet and tart. They’ll be perfect for your holiday guests or keep them all for yourself!
This easy scone recipe makes the perfect scone bursting with flavor. They are perfect served with a hot cup of coffee or a spot of tea. Have you ever made scones? What’s your favorite flavor?