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Cranberry Orange Scones

If you’re looking for an AMAZING scone recipe…look no further! This Cranberry Orange recipe creates a puffy, tender, exceptionally moist and flavorful scone! They’re truly perfect in every way!

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I’m so excited to make these again for Christmas morning! Best part? You can make them ahead time, freeze them, pop a few of them in the microwave Christmas morning for a minute… and you’ll have scrumptious light moist scones that taste like you just pulled them out of the oven! Hooray!!!

Christmas Cranberry Orange Scones

Scones should be tender and moist! They should never be crusty over-sized Croutons! To help you avoid gigantic croutons I’m going to share two of my biggest tips for making exceptionally moist scones!

TIPS How To Make PERFECT Cranberry Orange Scones

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Next prepare the fresh Orange Zest by grating the zest of one large orange. 

TIP: For the BEST Orange zest pick an orange with a bumpy thick “meaty” skin. This is the opposite of when you are purchasing oranges for eating. Generally you want an orange with a smooth thin skin for eating. Not so for Orange Zest!

Grated Orange Zest

In a medium bowl add 2 cups of flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and orange zest from one medium orange.

Flour and other dry ingredients for scones

Whisk to combine all the dry ingredients and that amazing orange zest! (The smell of that zest is fantastic!) 

Dry ingredients whisked together

Let’s Talk Butter!

You have two options regarding the addition butter…

  • Cut 1/2 cup of cold butter into small cubes 
  • Grate 1/2 cup of butter

First time I made these…I cut the butter into small cubes. The smaller the better. It makes “cutting” them into the dry ingredients easier.

Second time I made a double batch and I grated the butter! I HIGHLY recommend this method! It made cutting the butter into the flour a breeze! And we could all use short cuts at this busy time of year.

cold butter cut into cubes

Add the cubed or grated butter and cut it in with a pastry blender.

One recipe I read said you could use two knives to do this? Perhaps if you’re Edward Scissorhands! Otherwise….No freakin’ way! 

Cutting butter into flour

Cut the butter in until you have a mixture that resembles a fine crumb. (When you feel your arm is gonna fall off… your done!)

butter cut into flour

Add 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream…mix together until the dough begins to gather together into large clumps.

Heavy Cream

Add 1/3 cup fresh cranberries and 1/3 cup dried cranberries.

Mix by folding the ingredients together with your hands, also known as “Kneading”…if your name is Julia. If it’s Norine…it’s mulching the ingredients.

I do this in the bowl! It’s much easier than using a spoon. Gently “knead” until everything is well combined.

Adding Cranberries to scones

Place dough on a floured surface.

I love my dough disc that I purchased from Amazon. I use it for every dough that needs to be rolled out…cookies, pie crust, biscuits, and rolls…it’s one of my favorite kitchen tools and it’s used a LOT! You can check them out HERE!

Cranberry Orange Scone dough

Next you are not…let me repeat this…you are NOT going to use a rolling-pin! (Don’t make me come and smack it out of your hand!)

Gently shape it, and pat it…like a little babies bottom…into a large circle about 10 inches around and 1/2 inch thick.  Be careful not to squish the cranberries! They haven’t done anything to you…they’re just giving their lives to the cause of a Great Scone! Be nice to them. lol

Cranberry Orange Scones in a disc

Sprinkle top with granulated sugar…you don’t have to do this if you are going to glaze them…I like sugar…so I did both! That’s right…sugar and glaze. I believe in living large! Go big or go home! lol

Dust dough with sugar

Using a sharp knife cut into 8 triangles…don’t worry about those whole cranberries…just cut right through them. Sure I told you to be nice to them when patting them…when it comes to cutting them…show no mercy!

Dough cut into triangles

Place scones on parchment or silicone lined baking sheet about a half-inch apart.

Cranberry Orange Scones on baking sheet

Place in 375° oven on the center rack for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Aren’t they beautiful! Big and fluffy filled with tender tart cranberries! I drool just thinking about them.

Remove from oven and allow to cool while you make the glaze. 

Cranberry Orange Scone coming out of oven

In a measuring cup, or glass bowl, add 3/4 cup powder sugar and 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice…Remember that orange you grated the zest off of…use that for “fresh” orange juice in your glaze. It’s amazing!

Orange glaze

Mix until smooth and creamy!

Orange Glaze

Drizzle orange glaze over scones!

Drizzle the scones with glaze

Now for the fun part…break into those triangles of lusciousness and dig in! 

I love the combo of both the dried and fresh cranberries.

I can’t say this enough…It’s an amazing Scone! They’re loaded with SO much flavor! Every bite is filled with the fresh winter flavors of orange and cranberry. 

Cranberry Scones

They’ll make you forget about sub-zero temps and all the snow on the ground! They also go great with a big cup of hot spiced cider on Christmas morning.

Another bonus… you can store them in a zip-lock storage bag or freeze them and pull them out when you want a little slice of heavenly bliss!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Say good-bye to those over priced scones at a certain favorite national coffee shop…you can have Cranberry Orange Scones whenever you want! Really, REALLY good scones! Scones your husband will eat! Whoa! So they’re like “Miracle Scones”! You know you want to bake a batch of Miracle Scones!

Thanks for stopping by my Nest this Holiday Season! I hope the chicks at your Nest will love these scones as much as we do! 

Happy Nesting!






Yield: 8 servings

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Light buttery moist scones loaded with hints of orange zest, fresh and dried cranberries with a fresh orange glaze.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons orange zest
  • (from one medium orange)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons sanding sugar, or regular sugar (optional garnish)
  • Glaze
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375° degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking sheets.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix with wire whisk.
  3. Grate or cut butter into small squares and cut into flour mixture with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add in 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream. Mix until mixture begins to form large balls. Mix with hands until ingredients combine and come together.
  5. Add in dried and fresh cranberries. Gently knead cranberries into dough in the bowl.
  6. Place on floured surface and pat into a 10 inch circle a half inch thick. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut into 8 triangles. Place on lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until scones are lightly golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and cool. While scones are cooling make orange glaze by mixing 3/4 powder sugar and 2 Tablespoons Orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over top of scones.
  9. Serve immediately, store in zip lock bags, or freeze.








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Nadine Surey

Sunday 9th of February 2020

I reviewed these last fall and thought I would give an update. These are totally doable using only one hand! Three weeks ago I broke my left wrist and cannot lift or put any weight thru my left hand for 2-3 months. While there are still a few things that defeat me, these fabulous scones are not one of them. A friend from AZ sent a box of oranges and lemons from his backyard trees, and I couldn't let them go to waste, right? I have made scones 4 times and lemon blueberry muffins 3 times in the last 3 weeks. Takes longer to do, but results are the same: awesome!

Monday 10th of February 2020

Hi Nadine! I'm so sorry you broke your wrist! Oh goodness me! Thank you though for leaving this helpful post! I bet those lemon blueberry muffins are great too! I'll be thinking of you and wishing you a speedy full recovery. ~Norine

Nancy Kantz

Wednesday 25th of December 2019

Thank you for the easy to follow recipe and delightful commentary. Honestly, you are the most enjoyable blogger that I have read. The way that you present the recipe along with your comments is like a breath of fresh air.

Now I’m off to make those scones!

Thursday 26th of December 2019

Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for these kind words! You have no idea how much they mean to me. I try very hard to be myself in my posts and share my love of cooking. My hope is that I bring a little sunshine and laughter along the way. I hope you enjoyed these scones. They are one of my favorites! I hope you had a great Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year. Thank you again for stopping by and making my day. Happy Nesting! Norine

Viviana Soto

Friday 20th of December 2019

Can I substitute cranberry for blueberries and orange for lemon?

Friday 20th of December 2019

Hi Viviana! Yes you can! I make it both ways and it is delicious either way. I highly recommend the blueberries and lemon! Enjoy! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season! Happy Nesting! Norine

Nadine Surey

Friday 1st of November 2019

These are terrific! I have been searching for THE best orange cranberry scone for a long time, and I finally found it. While I normally remove or omit frosting from baked goods, this glaze really adds to these. I added a little orange zest to it.

Monday 4th of November 2019

Hi Nadine! Thanks so much! I love these does the husband. I think it's a toss up who loves them move! They are my favorite and the best part is you can use the base and just change out the main ingredients for other favorites. Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. I sure do appreciate it. Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Monday 26th of August 2019

Soaking them in orange juice is a great idea! Thanks so much for your response.

Monday 26th of August 2019

Hi Ashley! You are so welcome. I'm excited to hear how this works for you. Keep me posted! ~Norine