Easy Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

When I got up Sunday morning, I decided “I want scones!”  They have been providing scones at work for the morning breakfast basket (when we have catered meetings that is), and they are so yummy I wanted to make some for breakfast during the week.

I generally make some sort of “grab and go” breakfast on Sundays so I can package it up for my weekday morning meal.  Mini-muffins, breakfast cookies, and oatmeal packets are my normal options.  But this weekend – I just wanted scones.

I found a recipe on Disney Family for “Easy as Pie Scones” and just adapted it to what I had on hand.  The problem was, I didn’t have all the ingredients to make the recipe I found online – so I substituted, and tweaked, and played around with it a bit.  I added melted butter to whole milk to substitute for the heavy cream, and added orange zest and chocolate chips to the cranberries.

Here is what I came up with:

Easy Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of whole oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 1/8 cup whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and sugar together
  3. Add the dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and orange zest and mix until berries and chips are coated with flour (to prevent them from sinking in the batter)
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and the whole milk and mix until combined.  NOTE:  at this point, the batter was really really loose – I added another 1/4 cup of flour to make it less sticky.
  5. Turn out the batter on a floured surface and knead about 8 times, adding flour if needed.  Batter will be sticky!
  6. Shape into a round, and cut into 8 pieces.
  7. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter onto the round, and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Transfer the individual slices to a greased baking sheet and bake 13-15 minutes until slightly golden brown.
Serve with strawberry jam and whipped cream for an extra special treat.

Pictures of the process:

Gather your ingredients:

Mix the dry ingredients:

Add the berries and chocolate chips:

Add the zest, melted butter, and milk:

Knead on a floured surface:

Shape into a round and cut into 8 pieces.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar:

Separate and place on a greased baking sheet.  Here I’m using my well seasoned Pampered Chef Baking Stone (love it!)

Bake at 425 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.  Cool and serve!

This was great with my homemade Strawberry Jam.

Some notes on this process:

I did find that the scones were not as sweet as the ones from work, so when I make this again I’ll probably use more sugar and see if that helps.  I also think I added a tad too much flour because the dough was so sticky, but in the end, slathered with jam, this really did hit the spot!


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