Chocolate Cranberry Scones

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I’ve had a love affair with scones since pastry school when I worked at a teashop that made fresh scones daily. Those savory, cheddar cheese, rosemary, flakey delicious pastries. Oh gosh, I want one right now! It was my breakfast every day before class. I would work at the tea shop as the baker from pre-open hours until about 9am, then eat my employee breakfast and head to culinary school. It didn’t take long for me to develop a love affair with those warm buttery flavorful scones.

Before then I had no appreciation for scones. I thought they were all dry crumbly triangles. After testing a few recipes I learned that the key to a great flakey scone is all in the butter. Cold butter. The colder the better. I can’t stress this enough. When the little crumbs of butter melt as the scones bake, they release steam and create little pockets of air. Making the scones airy and flakey on the inside while the outside remains crisp and crumbly. Think of it as little pockets of buttery goodness.

The next important part is to not overwork the dough. You just end up creating a tough scone. Remember you don’t want to melt the butter.

And the last bit is all about the glaze. I always have fresh oranges in the refrigerator. So this is just a combination of fresh squeezed orange juice, a tiny bit of vanilla, and powered sugar. The glaze will seep into the top of the scones, providing a sweet flavor that just blends perfectly with the chocolate and cranberry.

You could also freeze the dough. I like to do this so I can have a scone whenever I like. Once it is rolled and shaped, I place them into a freezer bag. Then I can pull them out one at a time and bake. It’s like the gift that just keeps giving. Freeze these for up to one month.

I hope you like this as much as I do. Give the recipe a try and let us know how it goes.

Chocolate Cranberry Scones


  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter - Cold
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

Orange Drizzle

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Do not overwork the dough.
  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, heavy cream, cranberries, chocolate and orange peel.
  • Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir using a fork until just moistened.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead dough for 10 - 15 strokes until it is nearly smooth.
  • Divide dough in half. Roll each portion into a 6" circle. Cut each circle into six wedges. We used a cutter and just made round pieces instead of wedges.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush the wedges with additional cream. Place these in the freezer uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and bake for 12 - 14 minutes until golden. Cool slightly and drizzle with glaze.

Orange Glaze

  • In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, orange juice and vanilla. Stir in additional orange juice if needed to reach a drizzling consistency.

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      12 comments… add one

      • Matt @ Plating Pixels October 11, 2017, 9:55 am

        Yum! Love scones in the morning. Need to try this flavor combo.

        • serena October 12, 2017, 6:19 pm

          This is such a nice combo. Goes great in the morning with a coffee 🙂

      • Christine October 11, 2017, 10:19 am

        Oh, how I love scones. Savory, sweet, love them all! The glaze looks amazing!

        • serena October 12, 2017, 6:19 pm

          Thanks so much!

      • Tara | Deliciously Declassified October 11, 2017, 10:30 am

        I’m also a scone lover and these sounds so hard to resist! Great flavor combination and freezing for later always somehow makes me feel less guilty, haha. Thanks for sharing 🙂

        • serena October 12, 2017, 6:18 pm

          I usually feel less guilty also…Until I take the last one out of the freezer bag 🙂

      • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy October 11, 2017, 11:28 am

        The chocolate/cranberry combination is so good. I would love these with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. These would be great on the weekend brunch menu too. Homemade scones are always so good.

        • serena October 12, 2017, 6:17 pm

          I love homemade scones. Really enjoying being able to just grab one out of the freezer and cook it with morning coffee

      • Lori Geurin November 2, 2017, 11:43 am

        That’s a great tip about using cold butter to create the ultimate scone. These chocolate cranberry ones look amazing! And I love the addition of orange peel and juice. I used to bake scones years ago and our family loved them. I will have to try making these!

        • serena November 2, 2017, 9:17 pm

          I love scones. They are so simple to make and are such a nice treat

      • Julie November 2, 2017, 5:56 pm

        OMG, get in my belly now! These would be perfect for a holiday brunch….totally saving this recipe for later!

        • serena November 2, 2017, 9:15 pm

          I love this recipe. I will make the dough, cut it and freeze so I can pop one in the oven at a time and I always have them in the freezer.


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