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The Best Fresh Cranberry Scones

With the holidays coming up fresh cranberries are in abundance! So if you’re looking for a delicious new recipe to try out, these fresh cranberry scones are a must!

Homemade Fresh Cranberry Scones

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I love the holidays for so many reasons, but one of my favorite things is all the baking!

I just love being in the kitchen with Hallmark Christmas movies on and trying out new recipes or making old family favorites.

It’s such a happy time of year and nothing seems to put me into the holiday spirit more than a great day of baking.

So as I was trying to come up with something new to make this year, I thought a cranberry scones recipe with fresh cranberries sounded amazing.

And they are!

I always seem to forget about scones, but they are one of those things that are so quick to make and there are so many variations.

You can pretty much add anything you’d like to the recipe or take anything away to make them just how you want.

So that’s what I did with these fresh cranberry scones.

I made a simple and slightly sweet scone dough. Then added in the fresh cranberries, almonds on top, and a sweet glaze to top them off with!

And I’ve got to say, they are the perfect holiday creation.

In fact, I’ll likely be making them year around because I always stock up on fresh cranberries around the holidays and then freeze them so that I have fresh cranberries to use all year.

One of my most favorite cranberry recipes is my cranberry cider recipe. It’s the perfect hot drink for a cold day, so be sure to check it out as well!

Fresh Cranberry Scones Recipe

This recipe makes about 24 scones.

They are the perfect treat for any occasion. They are soft and flaky with the perfect combination of sweet and tart!

Scone Ingredients:

3 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup cold butter, cut in pieces

1 cup heavy cream

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup fresh cranberries (cut in half if they are large)

1/4 cup sugar (to mix in with cranberries)

1/4 cup sliced almonds (for topping)

Glaze Ingredients:

4 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup powder sugar

Glaze Directions:

First:

Soften cream cheese and butter in microwave for 30-60 seconds.

Second:

Add in vanilla, heavy cream, and powder sugar and beat with an electric hand mixer until completely smooth.

Then set aside to glaze on top of scones.

Scone Directions:

First:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Use a sifter or a fine mesh strainer and sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

Second:

Use a pastry blender or fork and mix in cold butter to the dry ingredients.

Third:

Measure out fresh cranberries and cut in half if needed. Then sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar and set aside.

Then, measure out the heavy cream and whisk in the egg and vanilla.

Fourth:

Then slowly pour the cream mixture into the flour mixture, stirring gently with a fork until the dough barely comes together.

Or if you’re using a kitchenaid, use the dough hook attachment and have it set on a very slow speed.

Fifth:

Add in the fresh cranberries coated with sugar and gently mix into the dough. Then use your hands and press the dough into a ball.

Sixth:

Put the dough on a lightly floured surface. I like to use a pastry mat because it makes for a super easy clean up after.

Then shape the dough into a rough rectangle shape and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.

Cranberry Scone Dough

Seventh:

Roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch thick. As you roll it out, use your hands to keep the edges of the dough in a nice rectangle shape.

Eighth:

Cut the dough into small rectangles or triangles and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.

I actually use both so that the bottom of the scones stay nice and soft and never burn.

Cranberry Scones on a Baking Sheet

Ninth:

Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes or just until they are barely golden brown along the edges.

Tenth:

After baking, transfer the baked scones to a cooling rack. Once they are completely cook drizzle them with the glaze.

Enjoy!

Fresh Cranberry Scones
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The Best Fresh Cranberry Scones

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fresh cranberry scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 24 scones

Ingredients

Scone Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cold butter cut in pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries cut in half if they are large
  • 1/4 cup sugar to mix in with cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds for topping

Glaze Ingredients

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup powder sugar

Instructions

Scone Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Use a sifter or a fine mesh strainer and sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  • Then use a pastry blender or fork and mix in cold butter to the dry ingredients.
  • Measure out fresh cranberries and cut in half if needed. Then sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar and set aside.
  • Measure out the heavy cream and whisk in the egg and vanilla.
  • Then slowly pour the cream mixture into the flour mixture, stirring gently with a fork until the dough barely comes together.
  • Or if you're using a kitchenaid, use the dough hook attachment and have it set on a very slow speed.
  • Add in the fresh cranberries coated with sugar and gently mix into the dough. Then use your hands and press the dough into a ball.
  • Put the dough on a lightly floured surface. I like to use a pastry mat because it makes for a super easy clean up after.
  • Then shape the dough into a rough rectangle shape and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch thick. As you roll it out, use your hands to keep the edges of the dough in a nice rectangle shape.
  • Cut the dough into small rectangles or triangles and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  • I actually use both so that the bottom of the scones stay nice and soft and never burn.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes or just until they are barely golden brown along the edges.
  • After baking, transfer the baked scones to a cooling rack. Once they are completely cook drizzle them with the glaze.

Glaze Instructions

  • Soften cream cheese and butter in microwave for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add in heavy cream, vanilla, and powder sugar and beat with an electric hand mixer until completely smooth.
  • Set aside for glazing scones.

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Fresh Cranberry Scones

2 Comments

    1. Hi there! I have never tried freezing them yet, but I am sure they would still be great. If you make them and try it out I’d love to hear how they turn out.

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