Easy Cranberry Scones With Orange Zest Recipe

Cranberry Scones
Diana Rattray
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 -18 servings
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These cranberry scones are perfect for holiday mornings. The scones are flavored with fresh cranberries, chopped nuts, and a little fresh orange zest.

Use walnuts or pecans in the scones, or change them up and make them with chopped pistachios or hulled pumpkin seeds. Or if you aren't a fan of nuts, you can leave them out.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (finely grated)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon milk (or evaporated milk)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease and flour a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to blend. With a pastry blender, cut the butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cranberries, walnuts or pecans, and grated orange peel. Mix buttermilk in with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  1. On a floured surface, roll or pat dough out into a 3/4-inch thick circle. Cut into rounds with a 2- to 2 1/2-inch cutter or cut the circle into wedges.
  2. Place the cut-out scones on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Brush them with milk or evaporated milk. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle a little of the mixture over each scone.
  3. Place the scones on lower oven rack.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 150
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Sodium 211 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)