The Best Cranberry Scones Ever

"Recipe adapted from This is our favorite scone recipe…the scones are very festive looking and very light in texture. Great for brunches! Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s easy and fast! I have managed to make this recipe in the morning before going to work (and I was on time) ;)"
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1 large 8 inch (20 cm) scone.




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven.
  • Butter or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the cranberries and mixed fruit peel, making sure not to crush the berries.
  • Add the milk and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat the dough into a circle that is 8 inches (20cm) round and about 11/2 inches (3.75 cm) thick.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and then brush the scone with milk. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the scone into eight triangles and then sprinkle with the sliced almonds.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of the scone comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and then turn your broiler on a high setting. Sift icing sugar over the top of the scone and place under the broiler.
  • Broil for just a few seconds, until the sugar has melted and turns golden brown. Make sure to watch the scone carefully as the sugar will burn very quickly!
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Darkhunter
    I don't know who was happier, but cranberry cupcakes and cranberry scones baked on the same day, MARVELOUS! Loved the two citrus flavors. Came together fairly quick. Did not broil after baking time, just lightly dusted with powdered sugar and let it melt on the hot scones. Thnx for posting, Rosealicious. Made for Fall 2008 PAC.
  2. Omi Julie
    I love these scones. So does my family and so do my friends :). The lemon and orange rind really bring them to life! I do like the crust when you to brush them with a little cream and then sprinkle on nuts and sugar before baking. Then I skip the broiler. I'm so lazy.



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