A cranberry orange scones with glaze on a marble board with more scones and fresh cranberries in the background.
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Cranberry Orange Scones

We love these festive and easy Cranberry Orange Scones during the holiday season! They're slightly crisp and flakey on the outside with a light and moist center and delicious bursts of cranberry and orange flavor.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , FROZEN
  • 1/3 cup sour cream , light or regular
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries halved (or use frozen or dried

For the glaze:

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Grate the frozen butter into the bowl and use a pastry blender or fork to combine the flour and butter until it resembles coarse meal. Stick the flour mixture in the fridge while you combine the wet ingredients.
  • In a small bowl combine the sour cream, heavy cream, egg, vanilla extract and orange zest. Pour it over the flour mixture and gently stir to combine, just until everything is moistened. 
  • Fold in the cranberries. Flour or grease your hands and then gently work the dough together and pour it out onto a floured surface. Press the dough (or use a rolling pin to gently roll it) into a circle about 1 inch thick.
  • Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Place the scones on your baking sheet and brush the tops of them with a little bit of heavy cream. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden. 
  • Remove scones from the hot baking sheet and allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes before drizzling the glaze on top.
  • To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice and stir together until smooth. Add a little more orange juice or powdered sugar until you reach your desired thickness to drizzle over the scones.  


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.7mg