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Cranberry Orange Scones

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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!

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!!!

Cranberry Orange Scones
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 shortcuts 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… you’re 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 goodbye to those overpriced 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!

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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!

Photo of Norine and her signature.
Yield: 8 servings

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones stack with fresh cranberries around them.

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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 4g

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Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Norene, I followed your recipe as close as I could and everything was with identical results through the cutting of dough through baking. My problem resulted when I removed them from the oven. They had only raised approximately 1/4” as opposed to the picture in Pentarest (APROX 1/2 “). They tasted great but we’re almost flat. What did I possibly do wrong. Thnx in advance.

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Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Hi Bill! Yes you're right they generally rise about 1/2 inch to make them an inch tall. Let me think...One of three things come to mind. Is your baking powder fresh? If it is old it can result in a "non-rise" in bake goods. Was the butter cold and cut in to create a fine crumb? (I'm sure it was, but I do have to ask) Lastly how thick did you pat out the dough? It should be at least a half-inch thick before cutting. Then they rise another 1/2 inch during baking. Other than that, I'm not really sure. Are you at a high altitude? Let me know if any of this helps. So sorry you didn't get the results you wanted. I love this recipe and have made it numerous times with great results. Thanks for stopping by! Norine


Monday 9th of May 2022

These are the best scones ever! I'm going to be at about 8000 ft altitude for the summer. Do I need to make adjustments for high altitude?

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Monday 9th of May 2022

Hi Rainee! I'm at a higher altitude, about 6000 feet and I don't do anything different. I think you'll be okay. Thanks for trying this recipe. I absolutely love it. Have a great week! Come back soon. Norine


Saturday 20th of November 2021

Absolutely best texture I’ve ever had!! Subbed almond extract & a bit of vanilla as I had no orange. Used all fresh cranberries. I’m going to make the dough & freeze it for our breakfast at our fam Thanksgiving wkend! My sisters are going to LOVE these!!

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Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Hi Yvonne! I'm so glad you enjoyed this scone recipe. It's my very favorite recipe for scones. I love your addition of the almond extract! I hope you and your sisters have a wonderful Thanksgiving and lots of "girl chat" over these scones! Enjoy!



Thursday 14th of January 2021

Noriega, made the cranberry scones following the instructions to the T. They came out flat. All ingredients were in date. I have made a similar recipe and they were fine. I am flustered

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Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hi Karen! I'm so sorry they turned out flat. I've never had anyone tell me that they've had this problem. I wish I could tell you the exact reason why this happened when you made them...that hasn't happened to me with this recipe and I've made it several times...many times, because they are my husbands favorite. Without being in the kitchen with you...I have no idea how to help. I'm so sorry. Norine

C Reed

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

I’m getting my ingredients today! Sound delicious and I love your instructions. Thanks for sharing.

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Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Coral! Oh I hope you love these scones as much as I do! They are truly one of my all time favorites!!! I can taste them now! Please let me know if you enjoy this recipe. Have a wonderful scone filled week! Happy Nesting! Norine

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