Delicious Cranberry Orange Scones Brunch or Afternoon Tea!

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These Cranberry Orange Scones, filled with the flavors of Christmas and drizzled with an orange glaze are out of this world delicious! Make them for brunch or afternoon tea during the holiday season, or enjoy them as a mid-morning treat with a cup of tea!

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Cranberry Orange Scones

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

This recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones is American, and if you’re a Brit you may well be wondering why they are triangular in shape, rather than round!

Well, they’re both delicious baked goods that can be enjoyed for afternoon tea, with a cup of coffee, at brunch, or even breakfast.

However, it’s the texture that’s different. American scones are denser than the British version, come in all sorts of flavors, and you could liken them to British Rock Cakes.

British scones are generally plain, or come with raisins or sultanas in them and served with clotted cream and jam. There are savory versions too – cheese scones anyone?

American scones are generally eaten “as is” and often come with a glaze drizzled on top.

To learn more about scones, Wiki has a whole page about them!

But back to this recipe…

Cranberry and orange are classic flavors for this time of year, and work perfectly in this scone recipe.

Make them to enjoy on Christmas morning, or for a holiday brunch!


Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may already have some of the basic ingredients for this recipe – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, liters, etc.,).

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How Do I Make Cranberry Orange Scones?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Orange and Cranberry Scones Recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

Make these Cranberry Orange Scones for brunch or afternoon tea during the holiday season, or enjoy them as a mid-morning treat with a cup of tea!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plain flour) + ¼ cup for dusting
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream (double cream)
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)

For the Glaze

  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh orange juice


  1. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Mix the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter with a fork until butter is in pea-sized pieces.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the heavy cream, sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, orange extract, and orange zest. Whisk to combine.
  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Stir in the craisins until just mixed. blank
  7. Sprinkle ¼ cup of flour onto a clean work surface.
  8. Transfer the scone batter onto the floured surface and lightly knead into a ball. blank
  9. Press the dough down into a ½”/1cm high rectangle (approximately 6” x 10”/15cm x 25cm). Rolled Cranberry Orange Scone Dough
  10. Cut in half lengthwise, and then each half into 3 rectangles.
  11. Then, cut each rectangle diagonally to create triangle-shaped pieces. blank
  12. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-2”/2.5-5cm between them. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before baking.
  13. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6, then place the scones in the oven to bake for 18-22 minutes, or until they are nicely golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes. Baked Cranberry Orange Scones
  14. While the scones are cooling, prepare the orange glaze by stirring the powdered sugar and orange juice together in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Orange Glaze
  15. Serve the scones warm drizzled with some of the orange glaze on top. Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones
  16. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! Orange and Cranberry Scones Recipe
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 1g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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