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Cranberry Orange Scones

These Cranberry Orange Scones are buttery, crumbly, and light – the perfect addition for your Thanksgiving breakfast.

Cranberry Orange Scones

So you probably have your Thanksgiving menu all planned out…or at least have ideas floating around in your head about what you plan to make right?!

But what are you going to munch on the morning of, while you are racing around the kitchen to finish everything in time? Or what about when you rush out the door for all those Black Friday deals? Well these Cranberry Orange Scones are the answer of course.

The perfect morning treat - Cranberry Orange Scones

Lately I have been starting my day around 5:30 AM. Once I pour my chai tea my day has officially started. You all know by now that the only time I make a real breakfast (something other than scrambled eggs, cheese toast or oatmeal) is on the weekends. Especially if we are being honest here…with a toddler chanting “more” “more” as he waits for his sippy cup of milk and breakfast all while trying to feed the baby I am lucky if I eat in that same hour.

So when I have already made these it’s a nice treat.

The best Cranberry Orange Scones

In Indy I would eat a crepe every Saturday morning when I went to the farmers market. I would pick up my beet juice, have a Hot Date Crepe and sit down to read my kindle all before I would pick out all the goodies I wanted to cook with that week. Now I know you are wondering why I am talking about crepes when obviously I am sharing a recipe for scones.

So let’s fast forward to us moving back to Birmingham. I am no longer a crepe girl at the farmers market. I am now a scone girl. When I saw the booth for Highland Gourmet Scones I realized I couldn’t tell you the last time I had ever had a scone. And you could imagine my excitement when I saw they had cranberry orange scones (my favorite combination in the whole wide world – no exaggeration).

Cranberry Orange Scones | Hall Nesting

You’ve heard me tirelessly say I’m not a baker. But after refusing to make someone else’s scone recipe – I have perfected these bad boys! They are a masterpiece and I will no longer listen to that little voice in my head that says I’m not a baker.

These cranberry orange scones are full of flavor and will just melt in your mouth. And trust me I made a few batches that were rock hard – this is not one of those!  I didn’t want the actual scone to be too overpowered with an orange taste because it needed to be balanced with the tart cranberries. So go ahead and inhale two or three of these. I know I will Thanksgiving morning. Hey don’t judge!

Cranberry Orange Scones
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Cranberry Orange Scones


  • 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


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


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, mix first 5 ingredients. Then add egg, cream, orange zest and almond extract and mix on low.
  • Fold in dried cranberries.
  • Knead dough on floured surface and form into a circle about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut into 8 equal pieces and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet still keeping in a circle formation leave room between the scones.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until a light golden brown.
  • Mix the powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  • Drizzle glaze on scones when cool.


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!


Tuesday 26th of July 2016

Cranberry and orange is such a great flavor combo! And i happen to be obsessed with scones!! I need to make these

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