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Cranberry Scones

November 19, 2016 (Last Updated: November 11, 2019)

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Cranberry scones are perfect for breakfast or a midday break.

A stack of freshly baked cranberry scones

Oh my goodness…..cranberry season is in full swing! I always buy fresh berries and bake up a bundle. But I also throw a few bags directly into the freezer to use when fresh cranberries are no longer available. Fresh is the best, but frozen berries come in a close second.  Cranberry Scones served with tea.

This year I have gone a bit crazy with fresh cranberries. I have bought a few bags every time I’ve gone to the store. I’ve made cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, cranberry nut bars, cranberry sweet rolls and cranberry apple bread.  Every time I open the fridge, there are more cranberries just waiting to be used.

I decided it was time to make cranberry scones. To make these a bit more delicate, I’ve finely chopped the cranberries. I mixed these scones in my food processor. It makes making scones pretty darned easy.

Scones with chopped cranberries on a saucer.

Cranberry scones for breakfast or for a mid-morning snack is a perfect treat!

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Two scones on a china plate.

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4.75 from 4 votes
Cranberry Scones
Cranberry Scones
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Scones made with fresh cranberries.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry scones, scones with cranberries
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 369 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter cut into pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream for brushing on scones.
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice or milk
  1. Place flour, butter, baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar and salt into a food processor. Pulse until mixture is crumbly.
  2. Add cranberries. Pulse until cranberries are chopped.
  3. Add 3/4 cup cream. Mix for 15 seconds.
  4. Add additional 2 Tablespoons of cream, if needed. Mix 15 seconds or until forms a ball of dough.
  5. Remove from food processor onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. Knead 3-4 times making certain everything is well mixed. Form into a large circle, leaving dough about 1 1/2" high.
  7. Slice into 8 wedges.
  8. Place wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Wedges should be placed about 1/2" apart,
  9. Brush with cream.
  10. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20-22 minutes.
  11. Remove to a cooling rack.
  12. While still warm, mix glaze. Mix 2/3 cup powdered sugar and orange juice, or milk in a bowl. Drizzle glaze over scones.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 185mg8%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    November 28, 2016 at 4:45 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, these scones look AMAZING! I can’t wait to make these for my Christmas entertaining.

  • Reply
    November 25, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I’ve gone cranberry crazy too this year! I made something similar last week and added white chocolate to them. I bet your recipe would be really good with white chocolate as well.

    • Reply
      November 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

      Everything is really good with chocolate! White chocolate would go perfectly in these scones. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    November 22, 2016 at 4:33 am

    This would make the perfect Christmas morning breaking! Not too sweet and of course with a cuppa tea! Usually, we have chocolate for breakfast but that probably isn’t the best idea! hehe.

  • Reply
    Cait Weingartner
    November 22, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I love cranberry scones, but confess, I have never actually made them myself. This recipe, and these amazing photos are about to change that!

    • Reply
      November 22, 2016 at 5:37 am

      I hope you give them a try!

  • Reply
    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    November 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    5 stars
    We are getting really excited to start cooking and baking with cranberries here too! We will be starting this week in preparation for our Thanksgiving celebration in Paris! I am so tempted by your cranberry scones and can’t wait to try them. We have never actually made scones before! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    November 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I love cranberries, too! I have two bags waiting to be used and scones would be the perfect option!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Can you believe I just bought two more bags??? Time for some more baking!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    November 21, 2016 at 10:50 am

    We’ve bought a lot of fresh cranberries too this season. Some are still in the fridge and I was thinking of making scones, so thanks for the push šŸ˜‰ . They look wonderful!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Time to get baking! šŸ™‚ These scones are just waiting to be made!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    November 21, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I love scones and your cranberry version sounds delicious! They are so colorful and pretty!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks, Rachelle!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    November 21, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I love a good scone and cranberries are one of my faves. I just love their colour and the tartness they give. So perfect for breakfast with a big cup of coffee šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      I love the tartness and love cranberries in just about everything!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 21, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Oh man, I love a good scone! They are the perfect treat…especially when served on a cold day with a hot cup of coffee. I could totally get behind having a batch of these hanging out on my countertop right about now. Love the cranberries in this version, too…perfect for Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      They disappear quickly when they are just sitting around. I’m not sure who ate them all in my house…but boom, they were gone!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2016 at 5:49 am

    5 stars
    Wow! Do I love all the cranberry loading up these gorgeous scones! I’m a huge fan of scones and tea…this will most certainly be added to my repertoire!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      They go perfectly with a nice cup of tea!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    November 21, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Dear Kathy, I love homemade scones. They are the best. And cranberry! Delicious. Your cranberry scones remind me of when we were kids and went to Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA every year to ride the train through the cranberry bogs. They have special Christmas programs too, with thousands of lights strung all around. Such a beautiful setting and cranberries are the best. Will def. have to try your cranberry scones over the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      I would love to visit cranberry bogs. I would love to see their beauty! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I’m a huge scone lover Kathy, so I will definitely be adding these to my scones list. They look delicious!

    • Reply
      November 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Maryann! I love scones too. Cranberry scones are a great way to start the day!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    4 stars
    Directions did not add the 2/3 cup of sugar so I added in with the flour, salt, butter, etc. Just thought you should know. They are very good, thanks for the recipe and I think I might add some OJ into the mix too when I make again.

    • Reply
      November 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you for letting me know! I have amended the directions to mix 1/4 cup of granulated in the dough. The 2/3 cup of powdered sugar is for the glaze. I’m glad you were able to figure out how to make these scones, even with my missed step. Adding a little OJ to the dough would be fabulous….so would a little grated orange peel! Thank you! šŸ™‚

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