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The Best Cranberry Scones

These Cranberry Scones are quick and easy, just a bowl and a fork is all you need. The perfect scone recipe you won’t be looking anywhere else for a recipe. 

cranberry scones on a wire rack


I love scones, I could eat them breakfast, lunch and dinner and yes I usually do! So of course when Terri suggested the ingredient of cranberries, I knew I had to make Scones.

These are probably the best scones I have yet made. They are so easy to make, between mixing together, the chilling and the baking you can have them made in an hour.

cranberry scones how to make making the dough and baking
brushing with egg on cranberry scone

How to Make Scones

  • In a large bowl add the sugar, then sift in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add grated butter and toss to combine, add the cream.
  • Slowly add the butter milk and gently combine with a fork, until dough forms a ball (it will be slightly sticky).
  • Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured flat surface, sprinkle the dough with a little flour and then fold the dough over two or three times, add the cranberries and fold them into the dough.
  • Pat the dough into 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a small to medium size round cookie cutter.
  • Brush the scones with a beaten egg and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool or eat warm.
cranberry scones on a wire rack

How to Make Buttermilk

Buttermilk is not available in Italy and besides the price of it is ridiculous, so grab a small bowl add 3/4 cup of whole milk and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, let it sit for about 5 minutes before using.

You are going to want the mixture as thick as possible (just like store bought), so I think using whole milk and a tablespoon of whole cream makes them the Best Scones.

spreading butter on a cranberry scone

More Delicious Scone Recipes

Easy Homemade Hot Cross Scones

hot cross scones on a wire rack

Maple Glazed Brown Sugar Cinnamon Scones

brown sugar cinnamon scones on a wire rack.

Half and Half Scones

pouring maple glaze on brown sugar cinnamon scones

And if cranberries aren’t your thing, then you could add raisins, or chocolate chips or even nuts. Whatever you decide I hope you enjoy these Cranberry Scones.

The Best Cranberry Scones

cranberry scones on a rack
cranberry scones on a wire rack

The Best Cranberry Scones

Rosemary Molloy
These Cranberry Scones are quick and easy, just a bowl and a fork is all you need.  The perfect scone recipe you won’t be looking anywhere else for a recipe. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chilling 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 scones
Calories 296 kcal


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon butter (cold & salted and grated (use a cheese grater large hole)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole cream**
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

**you can substitute with whole milk if desired.


    • In a small bowl add the milk and vinegar, mix and let sit 5 minutes.
    • In a large bowl add the sugar, then sift the flour, baking powder and salt, mix together.  Then add the butter and toss together with your fingers.  Add the cream, then slowly add the milk and mix with a fork until the dough comes together and forms into a ball. (will be slightly sticky).  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes.
    • Pre-heat oven to 325F (160C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    • Place dough on a lightly floured surface (add a little flour to the dough so it isn’t too sticky) and fold the dough over 2-3 times, add half the cranberries and fold over, then add the remaining cranberries and fold the dough again 2-3 times.
    • Pat the dough down to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out with a small round circle, place scones on prepared cookie sheet, brush with a beaten egg and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden.  Enjoy!


    Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. 3 stars
      Just made these and 325 is definitely too low to cook them. After 20 minutes they had barely baked at all and never rose. Hopefully they still taste good

    2. 5 stars

      This is indeed a VERY VERY good recipe!
      Im a scone fanatic and try each recipe i come across and this one was up there.
      i was supposed to look at a keto diet today but this recipe has derailed me!
      i had to put a little more moisture so i added more cream and i used store bought buttermilk

      i baked at 200 centigrade for 15 min
      was terrific -melt in mouth
      will definitely make this again

      thank you so much for this recipe

    3. 5 stars
      These are so good. I let them cook about 10-15 minutes longer than requested and they browned so nicely.

    4. Can I use a store-bought buttermilk in your scone recipes? I use an all natural, really nice buttermilk which I would prefer to use instead of making my own buttermilk, but will that effect how the scones turn out? I have not tried to make any of the scone recipes yet, so cannot comment of that.

      1. Hi Linda, yes you can use store-bought I’m sure it will work out fine. I hope you like them, let me know.

    5. 5 stars
      Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t have cream, so used plain yogurt instead. I also scaled down the recipe and made six mini scones. They turned out great!

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