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cranberry orange scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones are the best scones around! Super moist batter is studded with dried cranberries and flavored with orange zest!

Yield: 12 large scones 1x
Prep: 30 minsCook: 25 minsTotal: 55 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (about 1 large orange)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (do not use fat-free yogurt if possible)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins, currants, chocolate chips, berries, etc)


  1. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat 3 minutes on high until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add orange zest and mix until blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Slowly add the flour and baking powder mixture into the egg mixture and mix until blended.
  5. Then add yogurt, again mixing until blended. Add cranberries and mix until blended throughout the dough.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. (This recipe may be made in advance and refrigerated overnight.)
  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Filling a 1/3 cup measuring cup, make scones and form into round balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 325 degrees and bake for 10-13 minutes more until lightly golden.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: Baked