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Fresh Cranberry Scones

Fresh Cranberry Scones

I love Christmas morning. When I was little I used to stay up all night anxiously awaiting for Santa to come down our chimney. I was too excited to sleep. I had to drag my family  members out of bed every year to see what surprises were left under the tree. I still get butterflies every Christmas morning, there is something magical about the holiday. I also get excited about Christmas morning breakfast. We always have something special. This year I am going to make fresh cranberry scones.

After opening presents, we always enjoy a tasty Christmas breakfast. This year fresh cranberry scones are on the menu. These scones are festive and simple to make. The fresh cranberries are tart and add a nice pop of holiday color. The scones are tender and sweet and will make your house smell amazing on Christmas morning. Serve with jam, butter, or dunk them in your favorite tea or coffee.

If you are looking for a special breakfast treat, try these fresh cranberry scones on Christmas morning. I don’t know what I more excited for now, Santa or fresh cranberry scones:)

Here are a few other Christmas morning breakfast ideas:

Fresh Cranberry Scones

Yield: 10-12 scones

Cook Time: 15-17 minutes


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup unsalted cold butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup half and half
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries


2 tablespoons half and half
Turbinado sugar


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.

2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together with your fingers. Whisk into the flour mixture.

3. Add cold butter pieces to the flour mixture. Cut in butter using a pastry blender, fork, or your hands. I prefer to use my hands. Mix until you have pea size chunks of butter.

4. In a small glass measuring cup, whisk the half and half, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Pour over dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until moist. Gently stir in the fresh cranberries. Transfer dough to a floured countertop and knead until dough comes together.

5. Shape dough into a large circle. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the scone dough. Cut dough into wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush each scone with half and half and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until scones are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

*Note-these scones are best eaten the day they are made. Serve with jam, butter, or enjoy plain.

If you like these fresh cranberry scones, you might also like:

Cranberry Orange Scones from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cranberry Scones from What’s Gaby Cooking?
Buttermilk Cranberry Scones from Pinch My Salt

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88 Responses to “Fresh Cranberry Scones”

  1. Tina Seeger — December 20, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    I tried your Dads Parry rolls this weekend.I must say they were terrific.It was a big hit with my kids and husband.

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — December 20, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    These are so pretty and fresh!

  3. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 20, 2010 @ 5:35 am

    These look so pretty, and festive. Great job!

  4. Erica — December 20, 2010 @ 5:48 am

    I agree! Christmas will always be wonderfully special, no matter how old we get :) And this is the perfect breakfast. I love cranberries and am always looking for new uses for them.

  5. Susan Mallery — December 20, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    These look amazing. I would be more excited about digging into the scones than about opening presents. Fantastic!

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 20, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    I love that burst of flavor cranberries add to baked goods! These scones look incredible!

  7. Flourchild — December 20, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Same things over at my house..I make a big breakfast and we open gifts, eat, open more’s such an amazing morning! I love the scones..great choice to add to your Christmas feast!

  8. Jenny Flake — December 20, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    mmmm! So pretty!

  9. Ben — December 20, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    Xmas memories are the best, aren’t they? I’m looking forward to start making new memories down here. Those scones look delicious.


  10. Jan — December 20, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    These look like a great breakfast! I have actually never made scones! I think I might start with these. Happy Holidays!

  11. Kristen — December 20, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    So colorful and delicious!

  12. Erica Lea {Cooking for Seven} — December 20, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    They look scrumptious, Maria!

    I love Christmas morning as well. We kids would always get up too early to open our presents.

    And Christmas breakfast? A must! We usually have a feast. :)

    Lovely post.

  13. Marie — December 20, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Ah these are beautiful. I just made orange cranberry muffins last night that I intended to make for my family when I’m home for Christmas, but these have replaced that idea. Thank you!

  14. Jennifer (Savor) — December 20, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    yum-yum. I also add orange zest to mine so give it a try….Merry Christmas

  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 20, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Look at all those plump cranberries! These scones are lovely, Maria, and perfect for the holidays. I love Jennifer’s idea of adding orange zest, too, but they look SO delicious as is! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great week.

  16. Shaina — December 20, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    I love the addition of the fresh cranberries to them! Perfect for the holidays.

  17. allison [a for aubergine] — December 20, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Christmas morning has such a special place in my heart. I don’t know why I have never baked scones. I need to change that asap.

  18. Rachel — December 20, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    YUMMY on the fresh cranberries! What a delicious addition.
    Your pictures are always so beautiful, love them!

    I love everything about this time of year! Christmas decorations, family, the music, the food! YUMMY

    • twopeas replied: — December 20th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

      I agree-so many fun things happening this time of year!

  19. Marly — December 20, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    What a fun idea to wake up to an extra special breakfast on Christmas morning!

  20. Feast on the Cheap — December 20, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    I’m loving all the cranberry recipes that are popping up. I feel like they’re underused – solely relegated to the thanksgiving table. But I actually just whipped homemade Cranberry Pear Sauce, which – like your scones – prove that crans aren’t just for Turkey Day! Will definitely make these with my holiday surplus.

  21. Peggy — December 20, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    When do you add in the cranberries? I am guessing at the very end before rolling out. I have some cranberries just waiting for a recipe like this. I may try it this afternoon.

    • twopeas replied: — December 20th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

      You add them in right before rolling out the scones. Stir them in gently.

  22. averagebetty — December 20, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    YUM! With a hot Chai tea and a smear of lemon curd I would be in scone heaven. Awesome!

  23. megan — December 20, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    I like the fresh cranberries, they add such a festive touch.

  24. Tracy — December 20, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    I love me some cranberry scones. Yours look wonderful!

  25. Joanne — December 20, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    There’s nothing like the smell of scones baking to wake you up from a Christmas stupor! These look wonderful!

  26. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 20, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    Those look great! Awesome for Xmas morning

  27. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 20, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    i just saw cranberries in the store this afternoon…i have to get on that as soon as Christmas is over and i’m back home!

  28. DessertForTwo — December 20, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    How gorgeous! And perfect for Christmas morning!

  29. Every year I make a baked item to go with my mom’s egg and bacon strata–I think I might make these year! Beautiful!

  30. Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 20, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    those monkey bread muffins look incredible!

  31. marla {family fresh cooking} — December 20, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    These look festive & great Maria! xo

  32. EatLiveRun — December 20, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    Those are beautiful, Maria!

  33. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — December 20, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    These look beautiful (and delicious)!!!

  34. Amanda R — December 20, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    What a great way to enjoy cranberries one more time this season! I love how the red of the cranberries gives a pop of color to the scones.

  35. Pam — December 20, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    I love Christmas morning too. The scones look festive, beautiful, and so delicious.

  36. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — December 20, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    These look great for Christmas morning, Maria! With a hot cup of coffee, mm. :)

  37. cindy harris — December 20, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    I made a batch of these, so yummy! I baked just a couple and athe rest went in the freezer.

  38. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella — December 20, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

    What a lovely way to wake up or to perk up a tired afternoon than with these lovely festive cranberry scones 😀

  39. Emily — December 21, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    These look like they would taste delicious! They’re so pretty! Hope you have a merry Christmas!

  40. Heather — December 21, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    These are so pretty Maria! Love cranberries and they are perfect for this time of the year. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

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