One of my friends became obsessed with the cranberry orange scones at Starbucks. While they are amazingly delicious, eating them can become an expensive habit. So how do you save money and still get your cranberry orange scone fix? Make them yourself at home! Scones are surprisingly simple to make. When I first made them I thought they would be more difficult because they are British. They just sound fancy. “I’d love some scones with a spot of tea.” See, fancy. But this Cranberry Orange Scone recipe is easy a wonderful basic scone recipe. You can take out the cranberries and orange zest and replace it with any number of things for a sweet or savory scone. Be sure to check out our other family friendly recipes.
Freshly grated orange zest and orange juice in the glaze give these scones their orange flavor.
The dough can be a little sticky when you start to knead it, so be sure to flour your work surface and hands liberally.
I used a pizza cutter to cut the scones into triangles. You can make less cuts to get bigger scones. Be sure to cut the scones into triangles before they go into the oven.
Bake the cranberry orange scones on a parchment paper lined tray. This makes clean up a breeze!
You can certainly make these scones without the glaze, but why would you want to? The glaze gives them a lovely hint of orange sweetness since it’s made with orange juice.
These make a great breakfast, fresh out of the oven, but the also make a yummy mid morning snack with a cup of coffee or you guessed it, a spot of tea!
Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Zest an orange to get 2 teaspoons of zest.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest.
- Cut in butter with a fork until the mixture becomes dry and crumbly.
- Add dried cranberries and stir.
- In a small bowl, combine egg and buttermilk.
- Pour into larger bowl and mix until a dough forms.
- Turn onto a floured surface to knead.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and place the dough on it.
- Form the dough into a 10 inch circle and slice using a pizza cutter. You can easily make 10-12 slices.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the tops of the scones start to brown.
- To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and the orange juice until there is smooth mixture with no lumps.
- Drizzle the glaze over the scones.
Next time you have a craving for some cranberry orange scones, save yourself a trip to coffee shop and whip up a batch of these instead.
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