Recipe for Orange Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

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These Orange Cranberry Scones are perfect for the holidays as they combine two classic seasonal flavors – cranberries, and orange.

Scones are easy to make and delicious to eat, and the orange glaze adds a touch of sweetness that is irresistible!

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Orange Cranberry 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 understand the steps and timings involved.

Cranberry and orange are such wonderful holiday ingredients and they work perfectly together in this recipe for orange cranberry scones.

These delicious homemade scones are easy to make and could be served for a seasonal Sunday brunch, or to be enjoyed with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea.

Serve the scones with a drizzle of sweet orange glaze on top for extra decadence!

Recipe for Orange-Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

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Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Scones

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen.

The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredients Needed for Orange Cranberry Scones

Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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Recipe for Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

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Storing Orange Cranberry Scones

  • Storing Leftovers: Cool, transfer to an airtight container, and store in the pantry for 1-2 days, or in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • Cool the scones completely (do not glaze, make the glaze when ready to serve) and wrap them individually in a double layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil to help prevent freezer burn and keep out unwanted freezer smells.
    • You could also place the scones on a baking sheet on a flat surface in the freezer until frozen, then transfer them to a freezer bag or an airtight, freezer-safe container and place return to the freezer.
    • Label with the name of the dish, thawing/reheating instructions, and the date to keep track of your food storage.
    • Scones will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • To defrost the scones, unwrap them completely and place them on a plate, covered with paper towels, and thaw them for an hour or two at room temperature. Alternatively, place them in the fridge to thaw overnight (or at least 12 hours).
    • Reheat the defrosted scones in the oven for a few minutes until warmed through, and drizzle with the glaze.
  • With all leftovers, make sure the food looks and smells okay before eating.

How Do I Make Orange Cranberry Scones?

The printable recipe card below has the full ingredients list and instructions. Any demonstration photos on the card do not print out to save ink.

Orange and Cranberry Scones Recipe

Orange Cranberry Scones

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Orange Cranberry Scones are perfect for the holidays as they combine two classic seasonal flavors - cranberries, and orange.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced to yield 1½ Tbsp juice
  • ¼ t salt
  • 7 Tbsp butter, frozen
  • ¾ c + 1 Tbsp heavy cream, very cold (double cream)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen cranberries or 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)


  1. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, 1 tablespoon of orange zest, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir with a fork until combined.
  2. Grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture. Using your hands and working quickly, pinch the butter into the flour until the mixture comes together into pea-sized crumbs. Place the bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

    Mixing Flour Mixture & Butter Together
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together ¾ cup heavy cream, egg, and vanilla extract.

    Whisking Egg & Milk Together
  4. Remove the bowl from the freezer, add the cranberries, and mix them together.

    Adding Cranberries

    Mixing in the Cranberries
  5. Pour the cream mixture into the flour mixture and mix everything together until combined and a dough forms.

    Adding Wet to Dry Ingredients
  6. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Using floured hands, form into a ball. Press the dough into a disk and slice it into 6 large wedges.

    Cutting Dough into Wedges
  7. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and arrange the scones. Brush the scones with the remaining heavy cream.

    Brushing Scones with Cream
  8. Place in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to firm up the dough.
  9. While the scones firm in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas 6.
  10. Transfer the baking tray of scones to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Leave to cool for a few minutes while you make the glaze.
  12. To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl until smooth.

    Making Orange Glaze

    Orange Glaze
  13. Drizzle glaze over the scones and serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Drizzling Scone with Orange Glaze

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 3gSugar: 51gProtein: 6g

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