Perfumed with orange zest and dotted with dried cranberries, these cranberry orange cream scones are an absolute dream for the holidays. Bright and buttery, with a soft tender crumb and sweet orange drizzle, there’s no better breakfast for Christmas morning than a batch of warm scones.
Pile these beauties high on a platter and watch them disappear, or share them with friends and neighbors as you spread some holiday cheer. No matter how you enjoy these scones, you’ll find them scrumptious down to the last crumb.
Cranberry Orange Cream Scones
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp orange zest
- 3 cups flour
- 1 Tbsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp cold heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1 1/2 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- For the scones, line two rimmed baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Combine sugar and orange zest in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Whisk together orange-sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Drizzle 1 1/3 cups heavy cream over flour mixture and fold in just until flour is incorporated and a shaggy dough forms - if needed, add 2 more tablespoons cream.
- Divide dough in half and turn out on a lightly floured board. Use lightly floured hands to pat each half into a 6-inch circle. Place the two circles of dough on prepared baking sheets and cut each circle into 7 wedges. Chill baking sheets in the freezer for 20 minutes while preheating oven to 425°F.
- Pull the wedges slightly apart, leaving an inch between them, and brush lightly with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until tops are set, edges are beginning to turn golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool scones for 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to a wire rack to cool.
- For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, salt, orange zest and juice, and heavy cream in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over scones and let set before serving.