These simple Orange Cranberry Scones are flavored with fresh orange zest and sweet dried cranberries, for a delicious flavor combination!

Orange Cranberry Scones - Wedges on Sheet Pan

When I first made these, my husband was reluctant to try them, telling me that he didn’t like scones because they were rock hard stones.  WHAT?!?  I said, what scones were these?  He told me they were the ones sold by Aramark at the University we both went to.  I said HOLD ON, you can NOT judge a food by an Aramark experience (our school food was awful.  Just to give you an idea of what it was like, it was not surprising to discover that upon biting into a piece of pizza, the dough was raw).  Well, fortunately I made him some REAL scones, and my goodness, these are so so so good.  They’re crumbly and soft but crisp on the edges, and the orange and cranberry go so beautifully together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until combined.

Cut the butter up into pea sized pieces.  Add the butter to your dry ingredients bowl and rub the butter and flour mixture with your fingers until a coarse meal forms, and all the cubes of butter have been rubbed.

Rubbing Cold Butter into Flour Mixture

Dump in your cranberries and almonds, and toss with your hands to evenly incorporate them.  Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add in your cream, starting only with the 1/2 cup.  Using your hands, incorporate the cream to make a dough.

Dry Ingredients for Scones - Bowl with Dough Stuffed With Cranberries and Orange Zest

Dump your scone mixture onto your countertop, and if looks all crumbly, it’s okay.  You should be able to press it together (and if you can’t, put the crumbly dough back in the bowl and add another tbsp of cream).

Form a 1-1.5 inch disk with the scone dough, and use a knife to cut it up into 6-8 wedges.

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough Shaped Into a Disk

If the dough crumbles, don’t worry about it, just press it together again.  Place the scone wedges on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Freshly Baked Orange Cranberry Scone Triangle

Orange Cranberry Scones

These simple Orange Cranberry Scones are flavored with fresh orange zest and sweet dried cranberries, for a delicious flavor combination!
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 orange zested
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp ground cloves optional
  • 1/16 tsp ground nutmeg optional
  • 1.5 sticks cold butter
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or you can use cherries or other dried fruit
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream plus more if needed

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until combined.
  • Cut the butter up into pea sized pieces. Add the butter to your dry ingredients bowl and rub the butter and flour mixture with your fingers until a coarse meal forms, and all the cubes of butter have been rubbed.
  • Dump in your cranberries and almonds, and toss with your hands to evenly incorporate them. Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add in your cream, starting only with the 1/2 cup. Using your hands, incorporate the cream to make a dough. If the dough feels too crumbly and won’t come together when you press it with your fingers, add the next 2 tbsp, one tbsp at a time.
  • Dump your scone mixture onto your countertop, and if looks all crumbly, it’s okay. You should be able to press it together (and if you can’t, put the crumbly dough back in the bowl and add another tbsp of cream).
  • Form a 1-1.5 inch disk with the scone dough, and use a knife to cut it up into 6-8 wedges.
  • If the dough crumbles, don’t worry about it, just press it together again. Place the scone wedges on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 185mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 37g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.