Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Bursting with cranberries and bright orange flavor, these sweet buttery little scones are my new favorite winter treat. They are easy to put together and perfect to share with friends and family.

Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Recently, my friends Alisa and Enrique asked me to collaborate on a little recipe video for FresYes, a local blog that focuses on cool stuff happening around the valley. I’m a big fan of Enrique’s video work and have been really been enjoying Alisa’s local food posts, so I created this cranberry orange scone recipe and invited the two of them into my kitchen for a night of take-out pizza and scone making.

Despite my huge fear of being on camera, we had a lot of fun and the resulting recipe and cute little video were definitely worth the discomfort.

Since it’s December, I decided to make these slightly sweeter than my other scone recipes. With their beautiful sweet orange glaze, these petite scones can easily take the place of fancy cookies on a gift plate.

Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

As you’ll see in the video, these scones really are quick and easy to put together. The photos below show you how to shape them once the dough is mixed.

How to Shape Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Since these are small scones, the dough needs to be divided into two pieces before being sliced into triangles.

How to Shape Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

It’s really easy to shape these scones. Just cut them up like pies and they’re ready to bake.

Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Once transferred to a parchment-lined baking sheet, the scones are ready for the oven. Make sure you preheat the oven before you begin, because this recipe goes pretty fast!

Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

My oven bakes these scones perfectly in 12 minutes every time. But it’s always good to check them a little early since every oven is different.

Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Once they have cooled completely, it’s time to mix the glaze and dip the scones right in the glaze. As long as you dip only the tops of the scones, you should have just enough glaze to cover all of them. Make sure you lay some waxed paper or newspaper under the rack before beginning the dipping process. This makes cleanup much easier!

Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt


Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Petite Cranberry Orange Scones
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2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

scant 1/2 cup half and half

zest of one orange, divided

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut in small pieces and well chilled

1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped


1 cup sifted powdered sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice (from the zested orange)

1/2 teaspoon orange zest (reserved from above)


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together egg, half and half, and most of the orange zest (reserve about 1/2 teaspoon for the glaze); set aside.

4. Rub cold butter pieces into the flour mixture with your fingertips (or use a pastry blender) until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped cranberries.

5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture all at once and stir until the mixture clumps together. Dump mixture out onto a floured countertop and, with floured hands, gather into a ball and knead once or twice to combine everything. If it’s quite sticky, just sprinkle some extra flour on the counter and on top of the dough to keep it from sticking. Cut dough into two equal pieces and pat each into a circle about 3/4 inch thick. Cut each circle like a pie into 8 slices. Arrange scones on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

7. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely before dipping in the glaze.


Put some waxed paper or newspaper underneath the cooling rack to catch dripping glaze. In a small bowl that is wide enough to dip a scone, combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons orange juice and the reserved orange zest. Whisk until smooth. Dip tops of the scones in the glaze and place them (glaze side up) on the cooling rack. Once glaze is dry, scones can be stored in a container or covered in plastic wrap. They are best eaten the day they are made, but will stay somewhat fresh for a day or two if carefully wrapped.

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Big thanks to Enrique at Meza Films and Alisa from FresYes for coming to hang out in my kitchen for a delicious night of scone making.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot taken by my husband Phil.

Enrique behind the camera

Enrique and Alisa eyeing the scones

Nicole zesting an orange

Nicole and Alisa

  1. Nancy Long

    this is similar to one I’ve been making for almost 20 years – recipe from Fine Cooking, I think their 1st issue – mine calls for buttermilk and no glaze. I just brush the top with extra buttermilk and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar. They are always devoured. I sometimes switch up the orange zest and cranberries for lemon zest and dried blueberries or other fruit; have even done mini chocolate chips, nuts, etc

    9:36 am  Dec 23rd, 2014
  2. Barbara

    I’ve never made scones before, but because these look so good, and you make it look so easy, I’m going to go ahead and make these for Christmas morning. By the way, I LOVED the video! Do not fear being on camera – you are adorable and your smile lights up the room. I think you should make some more. 🙂

    2:48 pm  Dec 23rd, 2014
  3. Andrew

    I have never made scones before…looks like it’s time for me to try these…..have a wonderful year ahead

    12:23 pm  Jan 2nd, 2015
  4. Super Chef

    OMG looks very nice! I definitely gonna try!

    12:33 pm  Jan 6th, 2015
  5. Matea

    Just yesterday I made cranberry orange muffins! The combination is so delicious! 🙂

    6:09 pm  Jan 10th, 2015
  6. Joanna

    Love the video and plan to make tje scones for breakfast. Bought all the ingredients before Christmas but ran out of time. Nicole I’ve missed your blogging so thank
    You for the video it’s wonderful, luv the apron too!

    11:25 pm  Jan 10th, 2015
  7. Carol Lou

    The photos are terrific and the scones look delicious. I want to brew a cup of coffee and make these scones. Beautiful and inspiring blog.

    10:12 am  Jan 16th, 2015
  8. Mahee Ferlini

    Love The glaze! Definitely going to try these!

    1:49 pm  Jan 17th, 2015
  9. Michelle Tremblay

    It’s my first time posting a comment but I just wanted to say “Welcome back to the blogging world”!! You were my first food blog that I followed and was sad when you stopped posting this year. Glad you are back!

    5:30 pm  Jan 21st, 2015
  10. Suzanne

    It’s so good to have you back. I’ve missed your posts very much.

    10:12 am  Jan 24th, 2015
  11. Steve

    These scones are amazing! I have been baking scones for a very long time and these are wonderful. I took them to a meeting at church and could hear everyone saying “who made the cranberry-orange scones.” I loved it!

    12:21 am  Jan 27th, 2015
  12. Phillicia

    These scones look delicious! Blogs are quite effective to share information such as recipes like this. I look forward to making these and others from your page. Thank you for sharing.

    6:19 pm  Feb 1st, 2015
  13. Joanna

    My scones turned out perfect! They were delilecious, time to make some more.

    3:11 pm  Feb 2nd, 2015
  14. Smith Cic

    mmmm yaami , I Like the pictures 😉

    See my receipe food , it’s a moroccan food as you know morocco is one of the best countries that make a great food , see my recipe :

    3:40 am  Feb 11th, 2015
  15. Veronica

    I was looking for such recipe. Glad to came here. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. Keep it up!!

    3:40 am  Feb 12th, 2015
  16. Kate

    These look amazing! Will make them this weekend.
    I have a question though. What is “half and half” that is in the ingredient list? At first I thought it was an error but after watching the video, it looks like milk or cream.

    6:23 pm  Feb 12th, 2015
  17. Nicole

    Hi Kate, In the US, half and half is like half milk and half cream. You can substitute a light cream or even just whole milk and the recipe will work. Enjoy!

    8:09 pm  Feb 12th, 2015
  18. Valerie

    I want some of these for my snack today!

    2:11 pm  Mar 6th, 2015
  19. Lety

    These scones were so good! My husband had been requesting scones for a while so I finally made them. We absolutely loved them!

    12:35 pm  Feb 1st, 2016
  20. Corina

    I need these like now!!

    3:54 am  Mar 24th, 2016
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