Cranberry Orange Scones

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Cranberry Orange Scones are tender and lightly sweetened, with an orange glaze drizzled on top. You’ll love how easy this scones recipe is to make!

homemade cranberry orange scones

I love starting the day with something sweet. If you do too, you’re going to want to make these golden brown, tender, lightly sweetened Cranberry Orange Scones asap.

What are Scones?

Scones are a type of quick bread, similar to biscuits. They don’t have yeast in them, so scone recipes don’t take as long to make. Instead of yeast, scones are made with either baking soda or baking powder.

Utah’s been having a bitter cold winter this year. The other day, when I was out running errands, I stopped by a local sandwich/bakery, Kneaders, to buy a hot chocolate to warm up.

The line to order is right in front of all the sweet treats and I couldn’t resist buying one of their cranberry orange scones to enjoy with my hot chocolate. I loved the combination and couldn’t wait to go home and recreate the scones at home for my family. 

Collage of making cranberry orange scones

How are scones made?

Scones are super easy to make, the key is to not over work the dough so they’re tender.

You can cut the scones with a biscuit cutter, but the easiest way to make them is to shape the dough into a circle and cut the dough into wedges.

plated cranberry orange scone drizzled with orange glaze

The glaze adds a little extra sweetness and a brighter orange flavor to the cranberry orange scones. And I think it just makes them look more fun.

Bring a little sunshine to your cold winter mornings by baking this Cranberry Orange Scones recipe.

If you enjoy scone recipes, here are a few more to make:

homemade cranberry orange scones
Yield: 8 servings

Cranberry Orange Scones

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Finely grated zest from 1 orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream for glazing


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar and orange zest until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; whisk to combine. Use a pastry blender or your fingertips and quickly cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in heavy cream with a rubber spatula or fork until dough begins to form, about 30 seconds. Add cranberries.
  3. Dump dough on a work surface and knead dough just until it comes together. Pat the dough into an 8-inch circle. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut dough into 8 wedges.
  4. Place wedges on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the scones lightly with milk or cream. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until scones are firm to the touch and the tops are light brown.
  5. Prepare Icing: Whisk together powdered sugar and orange juice to create a thin glaze. Drizzle icing over warm scones.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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