Cranberry Orange Scones

Believe it or not…

Cranberry Orange Scones recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I had never made scones before making these Cranberry Orange Scones.

Cranberry Orange Scones

I’ve always kinda kept my distance from scones.  Not sure exactly why — I guess I had written them off as “too dry” or “flavorless” or even “too difficult to make” (I mean, it is bread, after all).

Man, was I ever wrong!  Scones are super simple to make.  No need to let rise or use yeast — and you can add all sorts of flavor.

Cranberry Orange Scones recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Plus, these scones are moist and fluffy.  Winner!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Think of all the different types of scones you can make, too. I’m thinking chocolate chip, blueberry lemon, cinnamon sugar…

Cranberry Orange Scones recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

What’s your favorite type of scone?

Cranberry Orange Scones
 
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These Cranberry Orange Scones are super simple to make. No need to let rise or use yeast -- and you can add all sorts of flavor.
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Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups plus ¼ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium orange (for zest and 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed juice)
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, brown sugar, baking powder and kosher salt in a large mixing bowl. Add chilled butter and cut into flour mixture until butter resembles pea-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine dried cranberries, orange zest from 1 medium orange and ¼ cup flour. Stir until cranberries are well coated with the flour, then add to flour and butter mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat together yogurt and egg until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Once all ingredients are combined, knead dough on a lightly floured surface until dough is well-formed, about 1 minute.
  5. Divide dough into two equal portions. Roll each portion into two 6-inch circles at about ¾-inch thickness. Cut each circle into 6 equal pieces/wedges. Place wedges on 1-2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper, separated by about 1-2 inches. Beat 1 egg with 1 tbsp. milk in small bowl and lightly brush over the tops of the scones right before placing into the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool scones on cooling rack.
  6. Drizzle with Sweet Orange Glaze (recipe below), if desired.
  7. To make Sweet Orange Glaze, combine 1-2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice with ½ cup confectioner's sugar until smooth and runny. Add additional orange juice until mixture is loose enough to drizzle, if necessary. Drizzle over scones when they are completely cooled.

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Comments

  1. Kristen says

    These are the first scones I’ve ever made. My husband just told me that these are the first scones he has ever liked! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Debra says

    These sounded fantastic! and easy ! One question on your recipe. It calls for 2 eggs separated but in the instructions it just says mix egg w/ yogurt. I assumed it was the egg yolks that went w/ the yogurt? My dough didn’t look quite as gooey as the one pictured. Anyway, just made them and they seemed to have turned out fine. Just wanted to clarify as I definitely would make them again.

  3. Katlyn says

    I am a big fan of your easy to do scone recipe! Make absolutely yummy scones, better then I have bought at a bakery! One thing I add is trader joe’s orange flavored cranberries! Thanks for your recipe it is divine.

  4. says

    One of my favorite combinations is cranberry and orange, so these scones look awesome to me! They look quite easy and perfect for Christmas Eve morning. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Samantha says

    Wow, that looks good. I usually have a terrible time making bread, but I can’t wait to try this!

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