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Old-Fashioned Cranberry Scones

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Old-Fashioned Cranberry Scones
8 scones
20 Min

Dress up your bread basket this Thanksgiving with these extra special Old-Fashioned Cranberry Scones. They're super easy to make and bake up in only 20 minutes!

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons stick butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • Cooking spray

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, baking soda, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cranberries and orange rind, tossing well. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Sprinkle remaining flour evenly over work surface. Turn dough out onto floured surface; knead 4 or 5 times. Divide dough into 2 portions. Pat each portion into a 5-inch circle on prepared baking sheet . Cut each circle into 4 wedges, cutting to, but not through, bottom of dough. Sprinkle each circle evenly with remaining sugar.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden.


Nothing like the smell of  biscuits baking in the oven! We suggest you add our Savory Olive and Rosemary Scones to your holiday bread basket!

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Disappointing...way too much liquid...had to add more dry ingredients and still there was no way to be able to knead the dough. Cranberry and orange flavor were good, but the texture was not very scone-like.

According to the Paula Deen Test Kitchen: Buttermilk Substitution Add 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar to 1 cup fresh milk; let sour for 5 minutes.

will definitely try the 1/4 cup coconut oil instead of butter.

@JudyTrudy ... You may substitute an equal amount of mashed banana for the butter in the recipe. In this case, you might increase the 3 TBSP butter to 1/4 Cup (4 TBSP) without changing the consistency much. 1/4 cup softened butter, for example, pack a 1/4 cup measure with mashed banana. Add a tsp or two of flour to bring back, to desired thickness, as necessary. An average banana is 1/4 to 1/2 cup when mashed. Alternates, use blueberries (sub lemon for orange rind), diced: dried apricots, dates, figs; raspberries (quartered); Might also add a tsp of vanilla, rum, or almond extracts if served with clotted cream or butter. Can also substitute 1/4 cup coconut or Macadamia oil for the butter. I've made this with the above variations, and find them all suitable, looks and taste, for serving to family or guests. Instead of adding the vanilla etc to the biscuit, you could add to a light glaze: 1/2 cup powder sugar, 1 TBSP light corn syrup, 1 TBSP milk, (1 tsp vanilla, rum, orange, lemon or almond extract if you chose).

I prefer using fresh cranberries. Any scone recipes using fresh cranberries?

I have used this same recipe with fresh berries and I thought it was better than the dried. I was afraid it would make the batter to thin but it was perfect.

will add to Christmas Cookie list, will make soon as a dry run. might heat half cup of orange marmalade to brush warm scone...sounds great

I'm going to work on a way to add banana to them...that would make them awesome.


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