Easy Cranberry Scones With Orange Zest

Cranberry Scones
Cranberry Scones. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 -18 servings
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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 orange zest (finely grated)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon milk (or evaporated milk)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease and flour a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place the scones on lower oven rack.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.