Easy Cranberry Scones With Orange Zest

Cranberry Scones
Cranberry Scones. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 to 1 1/2 Dozen

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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