Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe with dried cranberries

Orange Cranberry Scones

A family favorite, Orange Cranberry Scones recipe produces a light textured American style scone that has a sweet and bright orange flavor. Perfect for Holiday celebrations or a delicious treat with a cup of coffee. 

Course Baked Goods
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Orange Scones, Scone Recipe
Servings 28 scones
Author Heather


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar *packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter *1 stick, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 heaping tbsp orange zest *zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 cup heaving whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk *for glazing top of scones before baking
  • 1/2 cup decorative sparkling sugar *optional, for sprinkling on top of scones


  1. Preheat oven to 400℉.

    Cut cold butter into small cubes and place in freezer while preparing dry ingredients. 

  2. Place flour, salt, baking powder and sugars in a food processor and mix until well combined. Add in cold butter cubes and pulse until mixture resembles pea sized crumbles. Transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl. 

    Measure cream and stir in orange zest and extract. Stir well. 

    Make a well in crumble mixture and pour cream into well. Using hands mix until a ball forms. May need 1-4 additional tbsps of cream if dough is too dry.

    Fold in pecans and cranberries by hand.  

  3. Place dough onto lightly floured surface. Roll into a large square that is 1 inch thickness.

    Cut dough into 2 inch squares and then squares in half to form a triangle shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush scones tops with milk and sprinkle on decorative sugar.

    Bake for 12-17 mins or until scones reach a light golden brown. 

Recipe Notes

Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.