Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones

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Add a seasonal spin to a breakfast favorite with this quick and easy recipe for Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones loaded with fresh fruit.

Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones with orange slices on gray background

Chocolate chunks, juicy raspberries, white chocolate chips, sliced strawberries—you name the mix in and I’ve transformed it into my favorite (non-doughnut) breakfast pastry, a.k.a. scones!

They’re light. They’re tender. And this particular variety happens to be ringing in all the seasonal flavors. Welcome to the pastry party, Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones!

A glass bowl containing flour, sugar and cranberries

Can we take a moment to answer a question I’ve been dying to know the answer to?

Have you ever cut open a fresh cranberry?

That photo up above was the first time I’d ever really studied the inner workings of a cranberry. Creeped out yet? Just take a closer look… closer… even closer. They’re stunning, inside and out!

Dough cut into triangles on floured work surface

Fold them into my go-to scone dough, toss in a hearty portion of fresh orange zest, and please find yourself transported to a winter wonderland. But I couldn’t stop there…

Orange cranberry scone on silpat lined baking sheet being brushed with heavy cream

After a solid dousing of heavy cream, these bad boys are popped into the oven, and once cooled, met by a citrusy glaze that sets up perfectly atop each wedge-o-glory.

Drooling yet? Preheat your oven and raid your pantry for these impossibly light and flavor-packed Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones!

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Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones

Add a seasonal twist to a breakfast favorite with this easy recipe for orange cranberry scones topped with a citrus glaze.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.67 from 3 votes
Glazed Orange Cranberry Scones with orange slices on gray background
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 scones


For the scones:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (and thawed) cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, plus more for topping
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest


Make the scones:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the cubed butter to the bowl and using your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand. Stir in the cranberries. 
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, eggs, vanilla extract, orange juice and orange zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, gently folding the mixture together until a wet dough forms. 
  • Transfer the dough onto a generously floured work surface then shape it into an 8-inch circle that’s about 3/4-inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 wedges then arrange the wedges on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the scones at least 2 inches apart.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream then bake them for about 20 minutes or until they’re pale golden. Remove the scones from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
  • While the scones cool, make the glaze. 

Make the glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sifted confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, milk, melted butter and orange zest. (If the glaze is too thick, thin it with additional orange juice as needed.)
  • Once the scones have cooled completely, drizzle them with the glaze and serve. 
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Calories: 443kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 180mg, Potassium: 206mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 690IU, Vitamin C: 6.5mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 2.1mg


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Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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  1. 4 stars
    I made the following changes and it came out perfectly
    1) used extra large eggs so I upped the flour to 2 3/4 c.
    2) use 1c. Fresh chopped Cranberries or 3/4 cups dried cranberries but soaked them first in 1c. of boiling water for 15 minutes then drained & dried them with a paper towel before I added them to the recipe (this makes them more moist)
    3) one third cup sugar
    4) chill the dough for 30 minutes before cutting into triangles. This made it not necessary to use extra flour.

    PS you can also use one teaspoon of frozen orange juice.

    1. Hi Renee! I haven’t made mini scones with this particular recipe, but it’d totally work. I’d follow the recipe exactly but shape them smaller and bake them for about 8 minutes (or start checking them around the 8-minute mark and continue baking as needed). Hope that helps!

    2. 5 stars
      I’m going to try making the mini scones as well. I love, love, love anything with orange and cranberries. One question…can I omit brushing them with the heavy cream?

      1. Hi Cecelia – Brushing the tops of the scones with heavy cream results in a richer, darker crust, but feel free to omit that step!