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Quick Cranberry Scones

Being an Anglophile, I've tried lots of scone recipes over the years, but this is my all-time favorite. It was given to me by a hotel chef in Los Angeles and bakes into batches of lovely Christmas gifts for friends and family.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 scones


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or dried currants


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg and cream ; stir into crumb mixture just until blended. Stir in cranberries. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently four times.
  • Shape dough into a ball; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Pat until an 8-in. circle. With a sharp knife, score the dough into eight wedges (do not separate).
  • Bake at 425° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Break into wedges. Serve warm.
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  • 4kmom
    Nov 3, 2019

    I used butter instead of shortening, orange peel and extra cranberries added. Pulsed the dough in processor. These are the best scones I ever had. Not low fat but that was not my goal.

  • abmcatmommy
    Sep 15, 2014

    The best cranberry scones! A local coffee shop used to have scones that were good, but these are far superior. Thank you for sharing recipe. I,too, am an Angophile, and these are great with a cup of tea.

  • hrh1129
    Mar 14, 2011

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