Easy Cranberry Scones With Orange Zest

Cranberry Scones
Cranberry Scones. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
    25 min

These cranberry scones are perfect for holiday mornings. The scones are flavored with fresh cranberries, chopped nuts, and a little fresh orange zest.

Use walnuts or pecans in the scones, or change them up and make them with chopped pistachios or hulled pumpkin seeds. Or if you aren't a fan of nuts, you can leave them out.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make It

  • Heat the oven to 400 F.

  • Grease and flour a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to blend. With a pastry blender, cut the butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cranberries, walnuts or pecans, and grated orange peel. Mix buttermilk in with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened.

  • On a floured surface, roll or pat dough out into a 3/4-inch thick circle. Cut into rounds with a 2- to 2 1/2-inch cutter or cut the circle into wedges.

  • Place the cut-out scones on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Brush them with milk or evaporated milk. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle a little of the mixture over each scone.

  • Place the scones on lower oven rack.

  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

  • Reader Comments and Suggestions

  • "I've made a lot of scones and thought I'd try a new recipe this Christmas morning. These are very easy to put together and I was eating them 45 minutes after I took the cranberries out of the refrigerator. I used a bit of lemon juice (1/2 t or so) and a few extra cranberries. I didn't brush them with milk first but gave them a LIGHT brushing with melted butter after they came out of the oven. Tested them at the recommended time but put them back in for five more minutes. A nice Christmas treat that will be good year round. (p.s. great way to use up those cranberries that were left over from Thanksgiving!)" Jack

  • "I just found this recipe about an hour ago and my scones are done. Very easy to make and really tasty. I am not big on nuts and excluded them from the recipe, but the scones are still delicious." Belle

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