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Cranberry Orange Scones

Fluffy, sweet, and tart homemade scones that pull apart like perfect flaky biscuits. Cranberry Orange Scones are loaded with fresh cranberries, orange zest, and are topped with a yummy sweet orange glaze.

Cranberry Orange Scones

How was your holiday weekend? Are you in Christmas mode yet? Have you picked out a tree covered your house in lights and hung all your stockings with care?

Did you listen  to The Drifters’ White Christmas on repeat? No? Just me?

What about shopping? I am kind of in a panic about shopping because um… 25 days!

Not to stress you out or anything.

I spent my weekend shopping at Lowes because the freaking bathroom is still besting us. At last count we found a doorway hidden under two surprise layers of wallpaper, moved the toilet to replace the seal, broke the toilet, found more holes covered by wallpaper, and then found a lightswitch hidden in the wall that is wired backwards and ruined Chad’s life for 3 hours yesterday.

Are we the only people that went Black Friday shopping for toilets? I thought so.

Now I know why people write whole blogs dedicated to home remodels.

Holiday Scones with Cranberry and Orange

I also managed to hit Starbucks like 3 times this weekend. Those of you that have a Starbucks on every corner could not possibly imagine the freaky stars that have to align for me to land at my favorite coffee chain once in a month, much less 3 times in a holiday weekend.


And I can never hit a coffee shop without ogling all the baked goods. Quick breads and scones, muffins and danish … it’s all so tempting! But I really don’t ever indulge.

Because I know I can make a big batch of Cranberry Orange Scones and eat them all warm and freshly glazed just out of the oven.

These are loaded with fresh cranberries, orange zest, and buttermilk (which makes all the breakfast foods better– think pancakes and biscuits. YES). Then these happy holiday scones are covered in a sweet orange glaze that I actually considered adding to my coffee.

I made these scones tiny because I feel like tiny food is cute, but I’ve included instructions for how to make big fat coffeehouse scones, too. Bonus on the mini scones: They make great gifts.

Fresh Cranberry Scone Recipe with Orange Glaze

I made these Cranberry Orange Scones for my terrific friends at Food Fanatic. Did you know I write about breakfast there twice a month? Well I do. Because breakfast is the most amazing, and clearly the best meal of every day.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

Yay for December, ya’ll! I’m excited.

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Laurna Evans

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Just made both cheese and herb, and cranberry orange. They look great and taste great. Must call up the family for a trear

Heather Tullos

Friday 7th of June 2019

Thanks so much, Laurna!


Friday 2nd of November 2018

This is my husband ‘s favorite so I thought I would give them a try . I did not have an orange to get the test so I added 1 Tablespoon of orange juice to the flour mixture when adding the liquid for a substitute of the orange zest. I have not tried them yet. Will update once we indulge. I am sure my husband will have one when he gets home.

Nan W

Saturday 27th of October 2018

Can these be frozen after baking ?

Heather Tullos

Sunday 28th of October 2018

I'd actually freeze before! Shape them, cut them into wedges, and freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then you can throw them in a freezer bag to store. Bake time might increase a little but I've found it's not that different!

Don Schwartz

Friday 13th of April 2018

Made these today ay my sons coffee shop. Oh my goodness, just fabulous. I see double and triple batches in my future. Assembled the dough in a walk in cooler and cutthe butter in with two knives the old fashioned way. Got tired of that and started using my hands, smashing the butter in the flour making mini disks. All I can say is wow, and thank you!

Could I make these and store over night in the walk in cooler for baking in the morning? If so do you think straight into the oven or bring to room temp first?

Heather Tullos

Friday 13th of April 2018

Hi Don! What a lovely comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out here. I am SO glad you enjoyed these! You can definitely try the walk-in cooler overnight. If you feel like the baking powder gets crazy and there's too much fluffy puff in the morning you can also try the freezer. I actually used to make scones for a local coffee shop here and I would make several batches, layer them with parchment and freeze, and then adjust my bake time accordingly. You can still use an egg wash. I actually have a garlic cheddar scone recipe that will go live soon! It's a good one too. Hope this helps and best of luck with your coffee shop ventures!


Saturday 20th of January 2018

Used your suggestion for grating butter. Mixture never really incorporated well. Good taste but dough difficult to work with.

Lori Monte

Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Same here. Just kept crumbling. Wouldn't stay together. Ended up throwing half away.

Heather Tullos

Saturday 20th of January 2018

Always works for me!