Company-Worthy Cranberry Orange Scones

“These are the scones you serve to your house guests when you have overnight company.  They taste like you put a lot of effort into them but really, they are very easy.  If you like Starbuck’s cranberry orange scones then you will love this receipe.  This is another contribution from my best baking bud, Bonny.  She has tweaked this recipe to absolute perfection.  I have personally found scones a tricky thing to make. If you don’t have just the right ratios, you end up with a dry crumbly mess.  This is moist, flavorful and delicious!  Perfect with a hot cup of tea.”

Cranberry Orange SconeIngredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 9 teaspoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange Peel (this is about 2 oranges)
  • ⅓  cup cold butter or margarine
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice (high pulp)
  • ¼ cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk


  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (high pulp)


  1. Sift together flour, 7 teaspoons sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir in grated orange peel. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine dried cranberries, orange juice, cream and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. On a floured surface, gently knead 6-8 times. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle. Cut into 10 wedges. Separate wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Brush with milk; sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar or more if desired.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not overcook.
  6. Glaze Topping: Combine powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon orange juice. Drizzle all over scones.

Cranberry Orange Scone

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3 Comments on “Company-Worthy Cranberry Orange Scones”

  1. December 16, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    A classic combination made to look absolutely fantastic, great post.

    • December 20, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      Thank you! I love your posts as well. I always get excited to see one of your new recipes.

  2. December 20, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    I bet these smell good while they’re baking too!

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