fresh orange cranberry scones

fresh orange cranberry scones

The key word here is fresh! Yes, these orange cranberry scones are oozing with fresh OJ and warm dried cranberries that don’t disappoint!

Cranberry Scones

Sometimes things can ‘look’ and ‘seem’ more complicated than they really are. Take for instance, ‘scones’, I mean it’s a cool word and, for me, it conjures up images of being prim and proper and British. Maybe afternoon tea where you have your pinky finger poised and you’re sipping from a vintage bone china cup. The thing about scones is that you can change the flavor with just a few ingredients. Want cranberry scones, add dried cranberries!

Recipe for Orange Scones

Scones really are a kind of biscuit. Not real sweet. And, the varieties can be just about anything that you like. From pumpkin to lemon to just plain scones with a hint of vanilla, you can create your own flavor profile. 

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

Since I had some juicy sweet Mandarin oranges, I wanted to squeeze the beautiful vibrant healthy juice and use it in the recipe. Then what’s better with oranges than cranberries!

Starbuck’s Scones

Trader Joe’s Cranberry Orange Scones

Now Trader Joe’s nor Starbuck’s have nothing over these scones. So if you don’t have a TJ near you, and even if you do, make these and you’ll not turn back. You’ll not buy scones again because they’re just so darn easy to make. And, talk about delicious when you pull them from oven hot. Then you bite into one when it’s warm. Yes, this is the essence of the real scone experience. 

Baking Scones

Baking scones is about as easy as baking biscuits or cornbread. Scones are nothing more than baby cakes in my opinion. And, I do like my scores crunchy! 

And, if want to try some other of my scone creations, well, here are a few that have bit hits with my food seekers!

Almond Rose Crinkly Scones

Crinkly Coconut Scones

Pineapple Rosemary Scones

Round Scones

These disk-like dollops are each uniquely shaped. That’s my style when baking. Yes, they’re round irregularly shaped scones. Each unique like all humans. 

Orange Cranberry Scones

 I love having the imperfections, the cracks and crevices and the personalities of each scone shine. There’s a nice crunch and the inside texture is moist, especially if you eat them shortly after baking. And, I served with a blood orange fruit spread that just made the entire experience even more elegant! Enjoy and be sure to raise your pinky while sipping your coffee or tea and having a scone!
fresh orange cranberry scones

fresh orange cranberry scones

fresh orange cranberry scones

Yield: About a dozen

The key word here is fresh! Yes, these orange cranberry scones are oozing with fresh OJ and warm dried cranberries that don't disappoint!


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 2/3 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed (I used sweet mandarin oranges.)
  • 1 tsp. orange blossom extract
  • ¼ cup oil, avocado or coconut
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbl. Baking powder
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tsp. sugar, divided, can substitute date sugar or coconut sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


Combine in a small bowl the juice, extract and oil and blend together.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add in one-third cup of sugar and the salt. Mix together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and blend well. Add cranberries and blend together.

Dollop on to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet spacing about 2-3 inches apart. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake in a preheated 350 oven about 12-15 minutes. Remove and cool a few minutes. Serve with your favorite fruit jam.

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fresh orange cranberry scones

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  1. I decided to make these scones as they were simple and I had the ingredients on hand. I had never made scones before but they are my favorite bakery item occasionally. Unfortunately we do not like them. They are missing something, the flavor lacking and the texture is not scone like. I’m guessing since there is no cream or egg is the reason. Would substituting heavy cream for the avocado oil make a difference?

    1. Hi, Tammy! Thanks for letting me know. It’s always a good thing to experiment and see what might work to produce the flavors and textures you like more. The recipe calls for 2/3 cup of fresh orange juice. Why don’t you swap that for 1/4 cup and do the balance with heavy cream. And, you could also add an egg for more binding. And, for the oil, you could use ghee or butter (melted). That would give more richness to the flavor. You’re going to feel like the mad scientist! Another option is to use an orange marmalade rather than the sugar (just dust w/some sugar). Hope this helps! Please keep me posted on your scones. For me they’re kind of like fancy biscuits! xoxx ally

  2. One of my favorite treats! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Kathy, luv! You’ve made my Wednesday! Thank you, angel! xoxx ally

  3. Karen Bolton says:

    Love the flavor combo! Can almond flour be used with the same success?

    1. Hey, Karen! Yes, these are quite refreshing and unique with the orange! I’ve not done with almond flour, but I think it’s definitely worth a try! Please let me know! xoxx ally

  4. Where can you get orange blossom extract?
    What can you substitute for it if can not find it?

    1. Hi, Rosie! Please check my Amazon Storefront for options. Here’s the link. Sometimes it can be tricky to find in grocery stores. Other options will be orange zest (make sure you wash the orange well), I’d do 2 TBL of it. You could also use a TBL or orange liqueur or baking orange oil. Hope this helps! xoxx ally

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