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Cranberry Orange Scones

These Cranberry Orange Scones are buttery, crumbly, and light. They are full of flavor and will melt in your mouth! The tartness of the cranberries balances out the sweet orange, and they’re a perfect addition for your tea or breakfast! Don’t forget the sweet orange glaze!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry and orange are reminiscent of Fall, but this flavor combination is one that’s enjoyed all year long.

Mornings and afternoons can be so busy but it’s so beneficial to slow down and enjoy the quiet moments. These Cranberry Orange Scones are quick, warm and satisfying. They’ll taste like they came from the bakery or your favorite coffee shop!


Cranberry Orange Scones

Cozy up with your favorite book and tea for these soft, sweet scones. They’re often made in the wintertime but perfect for anytime of the year! 

Ingredients for cranberry orange scones.

What ingredients are in Cranberry Orange Scones?

  • All Purpose Flour provides the structure and rise in the scones. When mixed with the heavy cream, the elastic gluten forms and expands as it bakes. Make sure to fluff the flour, scoop it into the measuring cup and then level off with a knife. 
  • Granulated Sugar sweetens the scones!
  • Baking Powder make sure it’s fresh and not expired as it helps raise the scones as they bake, resulting in a puffier, lighter scone. 
  • Salt enhances the other ingredients flavors.
  • Butter this recipe uses softened butter for an easier approach! If you have time you could grate cold or frozen butter and cut it in with a pastry blender or forks. Cold ingredients will help the scones be fluffy and flakey. 
  • Egg increases the flavor and binds the ingredients together. For flakey scones, use a cold egg. 
  • Heavy Cream adds to the richness of the cranberry orange scones. 
  • Orange Zest adds the citrus flavor!
  • Almond Extract an aromatic element that is mildly sweet. It enhances other flavors as well.
  • Cranberries add tartness! If your cranberries are hard and dry, you could soak them in water for 10 to 15 minutes to plump back up; make sure to thoroughly dry afterwards though. 

Ingredients for the Sweet Orange Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Orange Juice
  • Butter
Scones with dried cranberries before they go into the oven.

How do you make easy Cranberry Orange Scones?

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter. Mix just until it forms a coarse meal.
    If you’d like to use cold butter, cut into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until there are pea sized chunks of butter incorporated. 
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix on low.
  4. Fold in dried cranberries.
  5. Knead dough on a floured surface and form into a circle about ½ inch thick.
  6. Cut into 8 equal pieces and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, still keeping in a circle formation but leave a little room between the scones. Having the scones close together will aid in their rise in the oven. If you’d like shiny scones, brush an egg wash (egg with a little water) or extra heavy cream on top.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they’re light, golden brown. Let rest for five minutes on a baking sheet before transferring to cool on a wire cooking rack. 
  8. While the scones bake, whisk the powdered sugar, melted butter and orange juice in a small bowl until smooth and sugar is somewhat dissolved.
  9. Drizzle glaze on scones after they cool down. 
Orange Scones with dried cranberries.

How do I store these scones?

These scones are delicious the day of, but you can store them in an airtight container for up to two days. 

Can you freeze scones?

Sure can!
You could freeze the scone dough before baking in the 8 triangles in a freezer container or bag for up to two months. Place into the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
Or you could bake the scones and after they’ve cooled, place in a container and freeze for up to two months. 

A plate of scones with orange flavor and cranberries.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

These Cranberry Orange Scones are buttery, crumbly, and light. They are full of flavor and will melt in your mouth! The tartness of the cranberries balances out the sweet orange, and they're a perfect addition for your tea or breakfast! Don’t forget the sweet orange glaze!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Orange Scones, Scones
Servings 8 scones
Calories 284kcal


  • liquid measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • 1 chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • whisk
  • large mixing bowl
  • small microwavable safe bowl
  • mixer
  • silicone spatula
  • pizza cutter or knife


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped dried cranberries

Orange Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons juice from an orange
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter. Mix just until it forms a coarse meal.
  • Add the egg, cream, orange zest and almond extract. Mix on low until just combined. Fold in dried cranberries.
  • On a lightly floured surface, form dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into 8 equal pieces. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet still keeping them in a circle formation and leaving a little space between the scones.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until a light golden brown.
  • Mix the powdered sugar, melted butter, and orange juice in a small bowl until sugar is slightly dissolved.
  • Drizzle glaze on scones when cool.


Serving: 1scone | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg

This post was originally published 11/25/15. It has been updated in format and with photos on 5/19/22.

The perfect morning treat - Cranberry Orange Scones
Cranberry Orange Scones
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Thursday 9th of June 2022

I just finished baking these! Easy to read recipe, and delicious taste! My toddler enjoyed baking with me and taste testing

Amy O.

Monday 14th of August 2017

I made these this morning. They have the perfect scone texture - dense, but light. The orange zest was spot on, striking the just-right balance of orange flavor with the cranberries. I also love the hint of almond! I did not have heavy cream, so used half and half - the scones turned out great!

Lauren Hall

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Amy I am so glad!! These are definitely one of my family's favorites - we actually made them this morning too!


Sunday 15th of January 2017

We were about 200 miles from home and had time to kill so we went into Target. That was my first visit and was impressed with their grocery section then I saw them....cranberry orange scones!!! I bought all six boxes and ate one box on the way home. Yes, I can make them but they're a great excuse to go to Target!!

Del's cooking twist

Thursday 11th of August 2016

This looks fabulous. Never tried scones with orange and cranberries but I am totally convinced, and now that I see your recipe in front of me, I just can't wait to make it!

Lauren Hall

Friday 12th of August 2016

Thank you! I hope you do it's a favorite at our house!

Debra C.

Wednesday 27th of July 2016

Scones are such a treat & yours look just delicious. I love the cranberry orange flavor combination!

Lauren Hall

Thursday 28th of July 2016

Thank you Debra! This is definitely my favorite flavor combo!

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