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These Cranberry Orange Scones are buttery, tender and flaky with a creamy orange glaze, and they are the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning. This Scone Recipe is a keeper!

Cranberry Orange Scones
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Orange and Cranberry Scones

This Cranberry Orange Scone recipe is perfect for Christmas morning (or any morning really)! There is something about the flavors of cranberry and orange together that just say wintertime to me. These Cranberry Scones are full of orange and cranberry flavors, baked until flaky and delicious and then topped with a sweet orange glaze.

A Cranberry Orange Scone with Orange Glaze

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Scones

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Dried cranberries
  • Oranges

The best part about this scone recipe is that you don’t need any fancy ingredients. I had everything on hand to make these Cranberry Orange Scones, except the buttermilk but that’s easy enough to make with regular milk.

The glaze is simple, made with just powdered sugar, buttermilk and orange juice.

How to Make Cranberry Orange Scones

  • Mix the dry ingredients together, then cut in the cold butter. this process will guarantee little pockets of butter all throughout the scones to make them tender.
  • Separately combine the wet ingredients, then fold everything together to form the dough.
  • Once the dough is formed, you will form a ball with the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Press down to form a thick disk, then cut the disk into triangles. I recommend using a pizza cutter to roll easily through the dough for the most precise cutting.
  • Once the scones are done baking all you need to do is drizzle on some orange glaze and they are good to go!
Cranberry Orange Scone Dough for Christmas breakfast

How Long do Scones Last?

Scones are best when consumed fresh, within 1-2 days when kept at room temperature. You can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

To warm them, you can microwave for a few seconds, or heat at a low temperature in the oven.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

These Cranberry Orange Scones are buttery, tender and flaky with a creamy orange glaze, and they are the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 Scones


  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed (1 stick)
  • 2 large eggs divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • zest of 1 orange divided


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • zest of ½ an orange
  • 1 teaspoon of milk


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Work the cubed butter into the flour mixture, until pea sized.
  • In another bowl, whisk together one egg + one egg white and the buttermilk. Set the extra yolk aside for later.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a rubber spatula, then stir in the cranberries and half or your orange zest. [Your dough should be lumpy].
  • Place the dough on a flour surface and shape it into a ball. Press down on the ball to make the dough about ⅝ inch thick circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 triangles.
  • Arrange the scones on a baking sheet. Whisk the leftover yolk with a couple teaspoons of water and brush the tops of the dough with the wash.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  • While they are cooling, make the glaze. Whisk together the melted butter, powdered sugar and the remaining orange zest. If glaze is too thick, add in a teaspoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Frost the tops once they are cool and enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea!


Calories: 563kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 419mgFiber: 2gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 641IUCalcium: 185mgIron: 3mg
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Hey yall! I'm Kelley the author behind the Grant life blog. Over there I share easy recipes and mix in stories about our family. I'm also a licensed REALTOR in the state of Texas. I love fresh ingredients, my skillet and chasing my kiddos around the house!

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