Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones

Monday, November 22, 2010
Here's a great way to start your Holiday morning with these delicious breakfast Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones.

Orange with a hint of cinnamon will be a lingering smell of fall and comforting scents.

I love making quick bread in the fall, but these scones are light fluffy and so festive looking for the holiday.

Especially at Thanksgiving, or Christmas, the color of these and the fresh taste of orange is the perfect way to start that busy day!

Scroll down and check out our step-by-step photos you don't have to be a professional baker to make these easy buttery scones.

fresh cranberry scones

Easy to Pack Lunch or Traveling

These are perfect for on-the-go folks for breakfast, brunch, or plus they freeze well.

Most of the time we leave half plain for those who wish to spread butter on them, jams, or even some clotted cream.

Scones are perfect for traveling, packing in lunches, and perfect for gift-giving around the holiday..

Some Simple Pantry Ingredients(scroll down for exact measurements)

  1. cranberries
  2. flour
  3. brown sugar
  4. orange zest
  5. cinnamon
  6. milk
  7. baking powder
  8. egg

scone cut into triangles raw dough


  • baking sheet
  • baking mat
  • food processor or pastry cutter
  • bowl
  • rolling pin
  • rolling mat
  • knife

cut up raw cranberries for scones


  1. for a flaky dough make sure the butter is cold
  2. use two forks or a pastry cutter for even distribution if you don't have a food processor
  3. if you grate the butter first it's easier and quicker to combine
  4.  add a pinch of ginger and nutmeg for a fall taste 
  5. add orange, lemon or vanilla to the glaze
  6. do not overwork the dough with flour when rolling

scone dough

Other Fruit and Additional Suggestions:

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Dried Fruits (raisins, nuts)
  • Chopped Strawberries
  • Diced Fresh Figs
  • Mango chopped
  • Apples chopped
  • Pears chopped
  • Dried peels, oranges, lemon (using flavored extracts in place of vanilla also)

scones with a slab of butter

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones

If you've never had a scone before, this is a great recipe to try.

They're not dry like biscuits and the tender moist inside with cranberries and orange these just makes these the perfect combination.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones

Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones

Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones are a delicious biscuit but flaky moist and delicious!


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 small orange
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten ( and another for egg wash if desired for the tops)
  • 1/2 cup milk and more for the top
  • Extra flour
  • White granulated sugar, for topping
  • Note: alternatively makes a drizzle icing :
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, orange juice, or vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. Chop the cranberries into small pieces either by hand or lightly pulse in a food processor.
  3. In a food processor mix(or mixing bowl using a pastry cutter), add all dry ingredients then add chilled cut-up butter into the dry ingredients with orange zest and brown sugar and on pulse/or mix until fine and crumbly.
  4. Add cranberries and stir in the beaten egg and milk.
  5. Sprinkle the counter or a board with flour, and dump the dough out on it. (It will be very wet and sticky).
  6. Make a circle or a rectangular mound around 1- inch high and cut into wedges.
  7. Brush tops with milk and sugar or egg wash ( beaten egg with a tablespoon of water).
  8. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until just getting golden.
  9. Cool before drizzling with icing if using.
  10. Serve warm with jam, preserves, clotted cream, or butter.
  11. Here is a Dried Cranberry Version:
  12. Dried Cranberry Scones:
  13. Combine in a bowl and mix until mixture looks like crumbs:
  14. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  15. 1/3 cup sugar
  16. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  17. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  18. 3/4 cup margarine or butter (or use margarine)
  19. 1 teaspoon orange zest
  20. Add the following and mix until dry ingredients are moistened:
  21. 1 cup buttermilk
  22. 1 cup dried cranberries
  23. Roll dough into a ball and knead lightly twelve times on parchment papered surfaced and lightly floured.
  24. Keep the dough on parchment paper, and roll out 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
  25. Cut into pie wedge triangular shape as shown above.
  26. Brush each scone with:
  27. 2 tablespoons sugar
  28. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  29. 1 tablespoon milk
  30. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.
  31. I gave you both versions I make when fresh cranberries are not available these are a good substitute!
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  1. good recipe for breakfast Claudia. I'll do it!! Excuse me but oven temperature is 400 °F or it's an error! Sorry but in Italy we use Celsius scale and i don't know what is the temp. in Fahrenheit
    Bye Valerio

  2. Scones everywhere! Great for the holidays too!

  3. Got it! Love this for Thanksgiving morning. We're suppposed to have a snowstorm... these delicious scones will soothe the frazzled nerves and they are oh so pretty.

  4. I was so tempted to buy fresh crans. while shopping this past weekend but then thought "I'm not going to make cranberry sauce, so what would I make?"....shoot! I should have made scones! I'll get them next week and use your recipe.
    Sounds great!

  5. I love the combo of orange with cranberry! Scrumptious!

  6. I could wake up to these cuties. Job well done.

  7. Talk about the perfect holiday breakfast! I love the combination of sweet and tangy in your recipe.

  8. I love scones for breakfast too! It's pretty filling. Yours look really tempting. Hope you're going to have a fabulous thanksgiving with your family, Claudia. Enjoy!
    Blessings, Kristy

  9. colourful delicious scones love making scones

  10. These scones look perfect for breakfast, so scrumptious with cranberries!

  11. These are a great idea. I think I will get the ingredients to take down to my parent's house to make for Thanksgiving morning. They will be incredible.

  12. These look like a delicious breakfast to wake up to in the morning. Cranberries and orange are a perfect combo of flavors.

  13. You seem to really be busy spoiling your family with beautiful color and aromas wafting through your home.
    I like the technique you used to partition those scones ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  14. Oh my gosh, another great cranberry recipe! You're teasing me too much! Gotta make these too to add to my cranberry faves!

  15. Hmmm cranberry-orange, my favorite combination. Thanks for a great recipe, I have always wanted to make scones but never found a good one I liked!

  16. looks fantastic ,claudia,perfect for a cup of tea or coffee!

  17. I was scrolling backwards on the RSS feed and when I came to this one, knew I needed to say thanks for all the delicious food recipes and ideas! The technique for the scones is the best, thanks so much. Time for another cup of coffee, so I can keep reading.


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