Save on Pinterest

Cranberry Orange Scones

Moist and scrumptious, these scones come out perfect every time. I savor the chewy dried cranberries and sweet orange glaze. There's nothing better than serving these remarkable scones warm with the delicate orange butter. —Karen McBride, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    10 scones


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • GLAZE (optional):
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange marmalade


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, 7 teaspoons sugar, orange zest, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, orange juice, cream and egg. Add to flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • On a floured surface, gently knead 6-8 times. Pat dough into an 8-in. circle. Cut into 10 wedges. Separate wedges and place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with milk; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Bake at 400° until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.
  • Combine glaze ingredients if desired; drizzle over scones. Combine orange butter ingredients; serve with warm scones.
Nutrition Facts
1 scone: 331 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • homemadewithlove
    Nov 15, 2020

    Very Good! I used fresh squeezed orange juice and zest and made the glaze, not the butter. I would've liked them to raise a little higher but they are tasty and wonderful for holidays.

  • Donna
    Oct 28, 2020

    Recipe was super easy to follow and results were exactly as described. I did not use a glaze or sugar on top. If I make these again I will add a little mor sugar to the dry mix. I would also enjoy a little extra orange zest, but that is my taste. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Mona
    Jul 28, 2020

    Easy and fast. I just whipped these together this morning for my hubby. They came out perfect! No substitutions. Made exactly as written. Made the glaze too but not the butter.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    May 16, 2020

    Delicious! I made the glaze, but not the butter. Followed directions for scones exactly.

  • Lori
    May 1, 2020

    These came out great and my family loved them! The only problem I had was not enough orange flavor, but maybe my oranges were too sweet.

  • Dorothy
    Apr 26, 2020

    Wow! The scones were delicious, the recipe easy to follow. One thing I did different was befor baking, I put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, than cut into slices and baked. The scones came out perfect. Loved the taste of orange and cranberry.

  • Bonnie
    Mar 13, 2020

    No comment left

  • dglong
    Sep 28, 2019

    I love the flavor of these but the dough was very wet and they didn’t rise very well the first time I made them. The next time I added a little more flour and they did better.

  • Lisa
    Mar 18, 2019

    I chose this recipe for a Quick Breads class my chef husband will be teaching for our culinary classes through our county rec. center. Before we present the classes, we always try to do a test run. Needless to say this recipe was such a hit! I always had in my mind scones were hard to make but after trying these I know better! The cranberry orange flavor hit the palate so nicely! I am for certain, this recipe is going to be a hit with our students on Saturday! I love Taste of Home recipes! My favorite go to site for recipe research!

  • Caralyn
    Feb 8, 2019

    I used fresh squeezed orange juice and swapped the half-and-half for buttermilk. I also used sugar sprinkles instead of granulated sugar. They came out amazing! This is my new go to recipe