Cranberry Orange Scones

A lightly sweetened scone, studded with dried cranberries and perfect for Christmas morning. Recipe slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour.
Course Breakfast & Brunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 215kcal
Author Courtney


  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons raw cane sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice optional
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter chilled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice or clementine
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Zest of 1 medium orange or 2 clementines
  • milk for glazing


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick baking mat.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, salt and allspice.
  • Cut the butter into pieces and add it to the dry ingredients, using your fingers or a pastry cutter to incorporate it until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the dried cranberries.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together the cream, orange juice, egg, and orange zest. Pour egg mixture to the flour and butter and stir with a light touch just until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough to a generously floured work surface, knead it gently a few times, and shape it into a ½"-thick round, about 8" across.
  • Transfer the round of dough to the baking sheet. Brush it with milk, and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  • Cut the round in 8 wedges and separate the wedges slightly. Bake the scones for 13-15 minutes, or until they're light golden brown. Remove them from the oven and serve immediately.
  • To make ahead and freeze, line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and place the unbaked scones on it. Freeze until the scones are firm, then transfer to an airtight container. Bake directly from the freezer, adding a couple minutes to the original baking time.



Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.8mg