Cranberry Scones

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I’ve been loving the fact that fresh cranberries are available right now, so I’ve been looking for reasons to bake and cook with them. A couple weekends ago, we had one of those rare weekends where we didn’t have much going on, so I decided to make hubby and I a nice breakfast. I realized it had been a while since I last made scones, and with half a bag of fresh cranberries sitting in the fridge as my inspiration, I decided to change up my favorite scone recipe. The result was a perfectly fluffy and festive scone – a definite keeper, especially for the upcoming holidays!

  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces fresh cranberries

For the topping:

  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

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Cut the butter into tablespoon-sized pieces, and using a pastry blender, incorporate it into the dry ingredients.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, and vanilla extract.

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Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and then fold in the cranberries. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead to combine.

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Separate the dough into halves. Shape each half of dough into a circle, and then cut each half into four wedges. Pull the wedges apart just a bit and then brush with the milk. Sprinkle with the granulated sugar.

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Place the pan of scones in the freezer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the scones from the freezer and put them right in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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35 Responses to “Cranberry Scones”

  1. 1 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    So funny… I was just looking at a Cranberry Scone recipe last night. Great minds think alike :) They look good! I don’t know if I’ve seen the fresh cranberries at my market yet. Will have to take a peek!

  2. 2 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:55 am

    these are so vibrant and beautiful!

  3. 3 Small Town Runner Karen Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I love scones, but I’ve never tried making them. I will definitely have to do so soon! Perhaps this weekend…

  4. 4 heather Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    What deliciously perfect scones! The cranberries popping out make them irresistible.



  5. 5 Delishhh Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Very nice scones. I am a huge fan of scones with fresh fruit. Love the cranberry idea.

  6. 6 Eliana Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:58 am

    These look so delicious Tracy. And I really love that pop of color from the cranberries.

  7. 7 Katrina Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I love these! Cranberry scones are amazing.

  8. 8 Jennifurla Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I almost bought a bad last night, now I am inspired.

  9. 9 Dee D. Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    So adorable and colorful! looks yummy too :)

  10. 10 My Kitchen in the Rockies Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I haven’t baked scones in a while. Thanks for the reminder. I also love the idea to add the fresh cranberries. They look fabulous.

  11. 11 Tracy Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Oh yummy! I have never made scones before but these look delicious, I may have to try them. :)

  12. 12 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Tracy, these look SO good! I can just taste the cranberry tartness. I’m going to make these tonight so we can have them for breakfast tomorrow! *hits print*

  13. 13 Sheena Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had fresh cranberries before, but these scones look just delightful :)

  14. 14 make my day Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I don’t know why but cranberries don’t seem to be a big ingredient down this way but I’m anxious to find some and pop them into scones….lovely! cheers kari

  15. 15 Katrina Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Ooh, I love scones. Those look great. Love the red in them.

  16. 16 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Those are incredibly beautiful! Bookmarked!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  17. 17 Lisa Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 2:22 am

    What beautiful crunchy topped little scones. These look like an ideal breakfast.

  18. 18 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 7:54 am

    cathyb. @ brightbakes

  19. 19 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 9:14 am

    These look wonderful! Scones are my favorite! I’m bookmarking this one

  20. 20 Amy Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh..I LOVE cranberries in baked goodness.. and scones are becoming a new fav to make! Thanks.. I will be making these soon!

  21. 21 Raina Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Hard to believe but I have never made scones which is strange because I love them. Yours look wonderful. I love the idea of cranberries in them; they must give them a wonderful sweetness and tanginess:)

  22. 22 Jenny Flake Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Gorgeous and I would LOVE one for breakfast! :)

  23. 23 Maria Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I love the bright dots of red in these scones!

  24. 24 Susan Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    These look so good, Tracy! Perfect for fall, too.

  25. 25 naomi Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Love it! Loving the cranberries in the scone. It makes so tasty and looks so pretty with the burst of color.

  26. 26 Sherry Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Love cranberry orange scones, so will try these, maybe replacing a little of the half and half with some orange juice and adding some orange peel. Thanks

  27. 27 amy Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    They are in the freezer waiting to be baked..I can hardly wait! I am going to put a light glaze on half of them..YUM!!

  28. 28 Alicia Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Ooooh my. Cranberries… scones… such a good idea.
    I am pretty sure I will be making these this weekend. Yup. And some weekends to come, definitely.

  29. 29 Sarah Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Oh yum! I was just seduced at the grocery store last night by the bright pop of the fresh cranberries and had to get a bag. Now I know what I’ll be making with them. I think I’m going to try the cranberry-orange version. Mmmmmm.

  30. 30 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I would be tempted to make a quadruple batch of these to make sure I always had some in the freezer. Gorgeous!

  31. 31 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 3:12 pm


    the cranberries haven’t made it this far south I guess, but when they do….this post will be bookmarked and waiting!

  32. 32 Ingrid Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    These look sooooo good! :)

  33. 33 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    These are gorgeous! I love that they use fresh cranberries (as opposed to dried).

  34. 34 Jen @ How To: Simplify Says:
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I love that you threw in some cranberries into this recipe! I absolutely love cranberries during the holiday season. I know I would devour one of these in a matter of seconds!

  35. 35 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    November 10th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Yum! I love fresh cranberries almost as much as I love pumpkin. This really is my favorite time of the year! Love these scones… They are stunning!

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