Orange Cranberry Scones {Christmas Brunch}

Welcome to our Third Annual Christmas Brunch. I decided that I had to begin with this Orange Cranberry Scone recipe. Wow, they are yummy!

My favorite ingredient is the orange juice because of the amazing flavor it gives this treat. But my actual favorite ingredient is the dried cranberries, because no matter how you use those, they are delicious. It is a fact that my real favorite ingredient in these scones is the butter, because I think we all know how much I love butter. Plus butter is what makes these scones so yummy and “pastry like”.

This takes me back to the orange juice (which is my favorite scone ingredient, in case you were not aware) – because this is the ingredient you use to make the delicious glaze that you drizzle over the top once the scones are baked.

By the way – did you know that scones are very, very easy to make? They are especially simple if you have a food processor and let that machine “cut in your butter” for you.  I’m all for working hard, but remember how I’m not a butter cutter inner?

Orange Cranberry SconesYum

2 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground flour from hard white wheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup milk

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt, and dried cranberries. Cut in butter until mixture resembles crumbs. (I use my food processor for this, and to mix the remaining ingredients.)  Add egg, honey, orange juice concentrate, and milk. Stir until a nice ball of dough forms.

Form dough into a ball on a floured surface. Roll dough into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Place on a cookie sheet or baking stone. Cut circle into 8 equal pieces.

Bake in a 400° oven for 12-18 minutes or until scones are golden brown. While the scones are baking, mix up the glaze.

Orange Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar (I use organic unbleached or homemade)
4 Tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Drizzle glaze over the scones right after you remove them from the oven.

Orange Cranberry Scones

Which do you suppose will be your favorite ingredient in these Orange Cranberry Scones?  :)


  1. Jen L. says

    I love dried cranberries too. Do you think I could just swap flours for GF flour blend or oat flour? My family would love this.


  2. Brighid says

    Bring on the recipes! As a bonus, unbaked scones freeze well so that when you have a moment to invite a friend over, you can have hot scones on a spur of the moment. Or if you have teenage boys like I do, you’ll have something extra to feed them when they announce “I’m starving!” two hours after you last fed them. :)


  3. Cathy B. says

    Yum! These sound delicious. I love afternoon tea, and agree with Brighid that having unbaked scones in the freezer is very handy. I think I’ll be trying these soon!


  4. Tara H says

    It looks so tasty and pretty! This might sound stupid but how in the world do you get that perfect circle of dough? Every time I try that mine always looks like….well, not a circle! :)


  5. Heather Anne says

    I love scones! These sound so delicious. I will have to try them soon! Sounds wonderful for a snowy day with some hot tea!


  6. Sheila Laurence says

    I think I would love these just as orange scones – leaving the cranberries out. I’m not so big on cranberries mixed in recipes, although I really like them in trail mix. We are stuck home due to weather right now and I wish I had some orange juice concentrate to make them this morning.


  7. Jenny says

    I can just imagine the smell of these baking. YUM! Looking forward to the brunch this year. We loved last year’s muffins and warm vanilla soother. Took vanilla soother to a teacher breakfast, and was the rock star mommy that day.


  8. Michele says

    Oh my, this looks & sounds absolutely delicious. I was searching the internet for something special to make for dinner tonight because it’s our first (finally!) snowfall worth anything of the season and I wanted to add to the specialness of the day. This will be perfect to add to my menu! I love scones-this recipe incorporates 2 of my favorite flavors. Thanks!


  9. Shari says

    Laura, I love your site. I’ve learned to much from you — not just the recipes but your enthusiasm and great attitude as well.

    Thank you for taking the time to do all the things you do. You are truly a Prov. 31 woman!



  10. Linda says

    I absolutely love scones! My current favorite is with orange zest and chocolate chips. My recipe uses sour cream instead of milk or cream. It’s a basic recipe where you can switch out the orange zest and chocolate chips for a million other combinations.


  11. Katrina Page says

    I love making scones! I don’t put glaze on mine, but I like that kind of slightly sweet, bread like thing they have going on. I’ll have to try these, but I’m not a huge fan of dried cranberries so who knows if I’ll like them or not.


  12. Charlotte Moore says

    I made my first scones a few months ago. I also made some cranberry orange. I did not make them the healthy way but I sure want to try these. I do grind my own flour for my husband and myself.


  13. sandra says

    These look scrumptious, can’t wait to try them out!
    Merry Christmas to all!
    Jesus is the reason for the season!!!


  14. Rebecca says

    This looks so yummy! Definitely going to make these this week! May even attempt a gluten free/allergy free version for my little one!


  15. KathrynB says

    Do these travel/store well? Could I make them to give as gifts do you think?


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, since they freeze well, I think that would work just fine!


  16. says

    All I have is orange juice… I never buy the concentrate… What would you suggest for an orange juice equivalent? Would it add too much liquid? Thanks! I love scones! Esp cranberry orange! :) MMMmmm


    Laura Reply:

    I think if you just substitute OJ for the milk, you should be fine. :)


    Gretchen M Reply:

    Maybe squeeze and orange and use the zest too for extra orangey
    goodness :)


  17. Shannon F says

    The orange glaze would be my favorite!!


    jenny Reply:

    I wonder how the glaze holds up and if this would last for a few days


  18. Sarah says

    Hmm…my favorites would be the BUTTER and the orange juice concentrate – oh, and more butter slathered on top of a warm scone before I eat it! lol! :o)


  19. says

    My favorite would have to be the orange glaze and the cranberries. I have 2 huge packages that my friend sent me. His dad works at Ocean Spray so I get some every year when they are allowed to buy them on special. YUMMY


  20. Cheryl L says

    I know what I’ll be making tomorrow morning. And I just happen to have some orange craisins from Trader Joe’s that will really make these special.


  21. Melanie says

    Yum! My favorite ingredient is the sugar. And the flour. And the cranberries. I’ve had gestational diabetes, but i had my baby last week…just in time for holiday treats! Yea!!!


  22. shannon says

    This was excellent! Read your post this morning before knowing what I was going to make for breakfast and made these with some bacon. We’ve never had scones so I described them to my 3 y/o as a “cookie” though so soft they were like a cake too! Delish. Thank you!


  23. Kristy says

    These look really great and my mother in law loves scones, so I can’t wait to try it when they come to visit after Christmas!


  24. Kim says

    This looks really good! My kids aren’t big cranberry fans, but maybe if I cut them up smaller they would go for this.


  25. Amy S. says

    These were delicious, but very very sweet, even using fresh squeezed oj instead of concentrate. Could be because my ocean spray craisins have more sugar on them than the kind Laura uses?

    Anyway, I tried the recipe a second time using only 2 tablespoons of honey and half the glaze amount. This was just right for us.


  26. Marie says

    Can orange juice be used if I don’t have any concentrate? Should I add orange zest?


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, that will work! Orange zest would be wonderful. :)


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