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Cranberry Orange Scones | Christmas Morning Scones

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Scones for  breakfast  has  become a  Christmas  tradition over the past  few years, followed  by binge watching Star Wars if  it is  too cold  to  step outside.  This  year  we  watched The last  Jedi   few  days  before, leaving  us  with just  the  hunger for  scones :-).   Our  favorite is this  Christmas Morning   Scones.  These bright looking  scones are  flavored  with orange  zest,  cranberries  and  pistachios. Easy to make, and  easier to share ..Cranberry Orange Scones

To me scones  are one  of  the  easiest  bakes. Not  much prep  and  they need  very little  baking  time  as well.   These  beauties  can be  made  home  in less  than  the  time   it takes  for  me  to go to the  store  and  buy a box .  A well made  scone is crumbles  in the  mouth  and is  a  perfect  companion  for  that  morning  cup  of  joe.   When making  breakfast  scones we  keep the  sugar  a  tad  bit  low , but  on Christmas one  is  allowed a  little  indulgence.

There is  not  too much sugar  in this  version   either, but   it is  drizzled  with   orange glaze  to make up for  it  😉 .  The   wonderful  flecks of red  from  the  cranberries  and  the  green  from the  pistachios  adds to the  festive  touch. Now  you know  why I call it  Christmas Morning Scone !

Cranberry Orange Scones


Often  times  I  make  my scones  with  part  whole   wheat  flour. The  recipe  works  well  with partial  substitutions – up to 50%. You may have  to add  1  to 2  tbsp  extra  liquid  to  bind  everything.  For  Christmas  it  is usually   made with all  white  flour (All purpose) . The all purpose  flour I use  are  always  unbleached and  un-bromated,  and  more  often than  not   organic as well.

I can  not  marvel at  this being such easy morning bake. Mix  everything  scoop on to a  baking  sheet  and  bake. No shaping , resting or  waiting. All the   time  in the  world  unwrap and  enjoy the  presents 🙂  or  curl up   and  finish reading that  book –   which currently in my case happens  to be  one  on  worpress !


Making Cranberry Orange Scones

Unlike  cakes  and  breads  the  dough for  scones is  not  homogeneous and  smooth.  Small pieces of  butter is  distributed  uniformly in the  dough , allowing  it  to  melt  and  form  the  characteristic  crumbly  texture  while  baking. The  fastest  way to achieve this is  to add all the dry ingredients to a  food  processor  along  with  chopped  cold  butter  and  pulse a  few  times.  4 to 5  pulses is  all it  takes  to get   the  mix  to a  coarse bread  crumb texture.  Transfer to a  mixing  bowl and  fold  in the  fruits  and  nuts  as well as  the  liquid. Do not  overwork the  dough.

Prep Ahead The  mix  can be   made  ahead  in the  dry form , i.e.  without  adding  milk  and chilled in the  fridge overnight.  In the  morning  pre-heat  the  oven, take  out  the  mix  and  fold  in the  cold  milk.

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

By Syama
Delicious cranberry and orange scones - an easy breakfast/snack.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 10 to 12 scones


  • AP Flour - 2 C
  • Baking Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Sugar - 3/4 C
  • Salt - A pinch
  • Butter - 1/2 C Cold
  • Chopped Dried Cranberries - 1/3 C
  • Chopped Pistachios - 1/3 C
  • Orange Zest - 1 Tbsp
  • Milk - 3/4 C

For Glaze

  • Orange Juice - 4 Tbsp
  • Icing Sugar - 1 C
  • Fine Orange Zest - 2 Tsp
  • Vanilla extract - 2 Drops
  • Finely chopped Pistachios - 2 Tbsp


  • Start with all cold ingredients.
  • Place the dry ingredients - flour , baking powder and salt , in the jar of a food processor. Pulse twice to combine evenly. Chop the cold butter into half inch cubes and add to the flour mix . Add the sugar . Pulse 4 to 5 times until the mix looks like coarse bread crumbs. Turn out into a mixing bowl. Alternately you could cut the butter into the flour sugar mix in a bowl using a pastry cutter or forks.
  • Add the cranberries , chopped pistachios and the orange zest. Use a spatula and gently mix everything. Drizzle the cold milk and again use the spatula to stir the mix until all the flour is moist. Do not knead or work the dough more. The dough should just hold together when scooped up .
  • Using an ice cream scoop transfer the dough in batches to a cookie sheet. Place each scoop about 2 to 3 inches apart from each other. Do not flatten.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes until the tops begin to turn golden .
  • Remove from the oven, cool in pan for a minute and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool for at least 10 minutes before icing.


  • Take the icing sugar in a bowl. add the orange zest and vanilla extract . Pour enough of the orange juice to make a thick glaze. Drizzle over the cooled scones . Sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top.


  • I prefer not to make this dough by hand as the body heat is enough to soften the butter.
  • You can substitute  up to 50% of  the  flour  with  whole  wheat flour for a  healthier version. In this  case  increase  the  liquids  by one  to 2  tablespoons.
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Cranberry Orange Scones

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