Cranberry Orange Scones

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Break up your brunch routine by adding sweet-tart Cranberry Scones to the menu this weekend. Moist and cakey, rather than dry and crumbly, these perfectly sweet scones are studded with both fresh and dry cranberries, then drizzled with an orange-spiked icing for a seasonal, make-ahead brunch treat. Prepare the scones in a food processor to cut down on cleanup time!

Cranberry Orange Scones
Makes 8 scones


2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
1 cup half & half
1 egg, whisked
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup dried cranberries

For the orange glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice


Preheat oven to 425°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a large food processor then pulse to combine. Add butter then process until mixture is the consistency of coarse sand. Add half & half, whisked egg and orange zest then process until mixture starts to come together in a ball. Add fresh and dried cranberries then pulse until cranberries are just combined.

Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface (dough will be sticky,) then shape into a circle about 1-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into 8 wedges, then place onto the prepared baking sheet at least 1-inch apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden brown, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the orange glaze:
Stir together powdered sugar and orange juice in a bowl, then spoon glaze on top of cooled scones, spreading slightly. Allow to set for 1 hour then, serve or store scones in an airtight container.

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  1. I make these scones with my new mixer but I have to tell you everyone went crazy over them. I took them to a church event and they were gone before anything else. I even saw a man hiding them under his suit jacket. Delish!!!! Great recipe….I have to say no to people–they all want a batch made. Hardly anyone I know loves to bake like I do!!! I will make for presents and holidays lol.