Monday Menu ~ Cranberry Orange Scones

This past week while wandering around the produce section at the grocery store I happened to find some fresh cranberries. I grabbed a few bags with the plan of freezing some and then making some bread with the others. But then I thought that bread seemed like more work… cutting it all that once it’s baked as opposed to something that you can just pick up and take a bite out of.

Muffins… no… I only had one pan that makes the jumbo sized muffins and I didn’t want to use the little ones.

Finally, it came to me. Scones! I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to think of them because I love them! In just about any form I will eat a scone… sweet or savory.

I set out to make the most amazing cranberry orange scone ever and after scouring the internet for the most perfect recipe I finally found two that were close to what I wanted. I did what any other brave baker would do… I combined them. So thanks to Smitten Kitchen and Two Peas & Their Pod for creating inspiring recipes.

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3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold unsalted butter – I used unsalted butter & Melt (coconut oil) spread
1 tbsp fresh grated orange zest
1 1/4 c fresh cranberries – chopped
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk/half & half/heavy cream
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Either spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.

You’ll need to use a food processor to chop up the cranberries or you can do it by hand but it takes a little bit longer. I love my food processor… it makes so many jobs a lot easier on me and actually a bit less messy since I don’t have things flying all over the counter and floor.

With a micro plane or veggie peeler remove the zest from the lemon. If you used the veggie peeler you’ll need to finely chop it up.

cranberry scones
In a large bowl or food processer mix the dry ingredients, orange peel, and butter until it resembles course sand.

In a small bowl beat the eggs, vanilla, milk, and orange juice. Gently fold the wet ingredients and cranberries into the dry just until it’s combined. It will look a little lumpy but that’s okay.

Scoop out of the bowl onto a prepared baking sheet.  I was able to get 12 good sized scones out of this recipe but you can make them as small or as big as you’d like.

Just a quick note… this dough is pretty wet & sticky so that means rolling it out and cutting is into neat squares, triangles, or using a round cutter is almost impossible. I know this to be true because I tried and failed.

Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.

If you want to make a bit of glaze for them mix together some orange juice and powered sugar and then drizzle over top of them

The end result is a very moist and tender scone that is truly delicious!

18 Responses to Monday Menu ~ Cranberry Orange Scones
  1. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 14, 2013 | 7:49 am

    I absolutely love cranberries and orange together. Those look wonderful, Jackie!

    • Jackie
      January 14, 2013 | 11:14 am

      Me too! I think my next experiment will be a cranberry upside down cake!

  2. Corine
    January 14, 2013 | 9:18 am

    Totally making these next weekend! Thx for sharing the recipe!

    • Jackie
      January 14, 2013 | 11:13 am

      You’re welcome! Let me know how they turn out.

  3. Kristen
    January 14, 2013 | 10:46 am

    I actually have to bring a breakfast treat to a Mom’s Coffee date. These are perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. Not sure I’ll be able to wait until next week to make them though. ;-)

    • Jackie
      January 14, 2013 | 11:13 am

      Make two batches!! One to eat now and then the other to take… it’s the best of both worlds.

  4. Emmy
    January 14, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    I am not that brave of a baker. They look so good!!

  5. Mrs. Weber
    January 14, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    Wow. Those look/sound phenom. Totally pinning :)

    • Jackie
      January 15, 2013 | 2:41 pm

      Thank you!!!

  6. Aleta
    January 14, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    *note to self* – do not read blogs when pregnant… especially blogs with food posts….

    omg, I have a craving now!!!

    • Jackie
      January 15, 2013 | 2:41 pm

      LOL!! Thankfully I only post food once a week!

  7. Jill
    January 15, 2013 | 10:45 am

    These look great! I’ve never been a fan of scones because they’re mostly dry, this one looks sinful. I’m going to have to file this recipe away for when I can eat it.

    • Jackie
      January 15, 2013 | 2:40 pm

      Make them for the boys! And just try a bite… I promise that it won’t hurt that much.

  8. Mrs. Jen B
    January 16, 2013 | 9:42 am

    I <3 scones and I have been wanting to try baking my own for ages. I'm convinced that seeing this post is the universe's way of reminding me to make it happen. ;)

  9. Elena
    January 18, 2013 | 1:14 am

    Those look delicious!!

    • Jackie
      January 21, 2013 | 1:21 pm

      They were very delicious!

  10. amber
    January 22, 2013 | 8:43 pm

    Oh my, those look delicious. Pinned it!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 9:21 pm

      Thank you!! They are really good… especially with the glaze!

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