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Fresh Cranberry Scones

The Best Fresh Cranberry Scones

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fresh cranberry scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 24 scones


Scone Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cold butter cut in pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries cut in half if they are large
  • 1/4 cup sugar to mix in with cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds for topping

Glaze Ingredients

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup powder sugar


Scone Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Use a sifter or a fine mesh strainer and sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  • Then use a pastry blender or fork and mix in cold butter to the dry ingredients.
  • Measure out fresh cranberries and cut in half if needed. Then sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar and set aside.
  • Measure out the heavy cream and whisk in the egg and vanilla.
  • Then slowly pour the cream mixture into the flour mixture, stirring gently with a fork until the dough barely comes together.
  • Or if you're using a kitchenaid, use the dough hook attachment and have it set on a very slow speed.
  • Add in the fresh cranberries coated with sugar and gently mix into the dough. Then use your hands and press the dough into a ball.
  • Put the dough on a lightly floured surface. I like to use a pastry mat because it makes for a super easy clean up after.
  • Then shape the dough into a rough rectangle shape and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch thick. As you roll it out, use your hands to keep the edges of the dough in a nice rectangle shape.
  • Cut the dough into small rectangles or triangles and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  • I actually use both so that the bottom of the scones stay nice and soft and never burn.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes or just until they are barely golden brown along the edges.
  • After baking, transfer the baked scones to a cooling rack. Once they are completely cook drizzle them with the glaze.

Glaze Instructions

  • Soften cream cheese and butter in microwave for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add in heavy cream, vanilla, and powder sugar and beat with an electric hand mixer until completely smooth.
  • Set aside for glazing scones.