Cranberry-Orange Scones with Walnuts


The cranberry, orange, and walnut combination is perfect for Christmas morning. These scones can be made ahead but should be warmed in the oven to maintain the shortbread-like texture. Serve with tea or mulled cider.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 small scones



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 5 ½ tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 teaspoons orange juice

  • 3 drops orange extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in grated orange zest. Cut in cold butter with 2 knives or a pastry blender until butter is the size of small peas. Mix in cranberries and walnuts.

  3. Mix 1/2 cup cream and egg in a small bowl until well combined. Add to the flour mixture and stir with a spoon or by hand until just combined and dough comes together. Divide dough in half and form into two 3/4-inch thick circles. Cut each circle in half, and cut each half into 3 triangular-shaped scones. Place scones on the prepared baking sheet and brush with remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges begin to brown slightly, 13 to 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, mix confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange extract together in a small bowl until completely combined. Drizzle glaze over scones and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
13g Fat
31g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 57mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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