Cranberry Orange Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze


Wow what a day yesterday! Thanksgiving is always amazing but seriously is it a lot of work. But now it’s time to just relax, do some simple baking and dive into these easy to make scones! I have the feeling a lot of you might have extra cranberries sitting around, so here’s a perfect use for them!

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Normally I’m not a big scones fan, when I’ve gotten them at bakeries I think of them more as dry hockey pucks that need to be soaked in some sort of drink to become edible. These however are completely moist and flavorful all on their own! Party in your mouth right here :). The tartness of the berries is perfectly complimented by the sweet vanilla flavor in both the scones and the cream glaze, and I love how well the orange pairs with the cranberry. My favorite cranberry sauce is actually made with a fair amount of orange zest and juice (this here). The two were just meant to be together, and you and these scones – just meant to be together! You are going to love them!

Happy baking!


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Cranberry Orange Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze

5 from 1 vote

The perfect scone recipe for the holiday season! Tender scones are infused with fresh cranberries and vibrant orange flavor and finished with a creamy vanilla glaze.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Scones, Scones
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Jaclyn


  • 2 cups (277g) all-purpose flour
  • 8 Tbsp granulated sugar , divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter , frozen
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp heavy cream , divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 (heaping) cup fresh cranberries, diced into halves


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, 6 Tbsp of the granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds. Grate butter and add to dry mixture, then using a long pronged fork or pastry cutter, cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse meal. Make a well in center mixture.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together 1/3 cup of the sour cream, cream, egg, vanilla and orange zest until well blended. Pour sour cream mixture into well in dry mixture and using a rubber spatula fold mixture until it starts to come together in large clumps. In a small bowl toss cranberries with remaining 2 Tbsp granulated sugar then pour cranberry mixture into dough mixture. Gently knead mixture by hand (in bowl or on counter) about 5 times, or just until it comes together.
  3. Dust a clean surface with flour and drop dough onto surface. Gently pat and shape into an 8-inch round. Cut into 8 wedges then transfer to a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with remaining 1 Tbsp cream. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 16 - 18 minutes. Cool on a wire rack then drizzle with Vanilla Cream Glaze and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. Best served day prepared.
  4. For the glaze:
  5. In a mixing bowl whisk together all glaze ingredients until well blended.
  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
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  • Sheryl: I love anything with cranberries. I made this recipe without the glaze. They were delicious. I will definitely make these again. March 1, 2018 at 4:28am Reply

  • Elaina: Just made 2 batches! They came out really great! Such a great way to use cranberries! They were moist scones! Added a little bit of orange extract to the scones just to make it a little more orangy flavor. Will be using this again! January 30, 2018 at 9:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: o glad you loved them Elaina! February 5, 2018 at 10:13am Reply

  • Kylie: Can you use frozen raspberries? September 9, 2016 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Debbi: Can I make scones disc cut and ready to bake day before before? Cut and wrap in plastic wrap then take out of fridge and bake in am? September 3, 2016 at 8:07am Reply

  • Barbara: I made these for the first time today (first time making scones too). Mine were definitely not as pretty but were totally tasty!! I added orange juice and zest to the glaze too!! To die for!!! Thank you!! November 23, 2015 at 5:23pm Reply

    • Becky: Barbara – I followed this tip and added just a touch of juice and orange zest to my glaze when making these today and they turned out beautifully! Thank you!

      I also pulsed the butter in with a food processor instead of grating it to save time – still yummy. December 1, 2015 at 2:42pm Reply

  • Sandy Fritz: Sorry, I just noticed your previous comments, I will try frozen. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!!! September 30, 2015 at 6:58am Reply

  • Sandy Fritz: First time I’ve ever made a scone and the turned out wonderful. Now I want to make them again and can’t find fresh cranberries, will frozen work just as well? I’m making for a District meeting so I really want them to turn out well. Can you help me ??????? September 30, 2015 at 6:55am Reply

  • Shanta: Could I substitute dried cranberries or do I need to use fresh? May 12, 2015 at 9:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should work fine too. I hope you love them! May 12, 2015 at 10:48pm Reply

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