There are two things I can’t stand… reality TV and dry scones.
I have never been into reality TV. I don’t think one can find true love in front of a camera competing against 20 other people. I don’t like watching people fight their way out of the jungle, sing, dance, or watch any other talent America may have. And the most horrible reality show of them all…. the worst of the worst… The Hills. Don’t even get me started! (Ok so I do watch The Biggest Loser, but those people aren’t selling their souls to be famous. They are getting the help they need, and that’s inspiring!)
And dry scones. I can’t stand dry scones. Sometimes I give a scone a chance at the coffee shop, like this past Saturday. A cranberry orange scone behind the counter was calling my name. I bought it, bit into it, and had to take a huge gulp of coffee to wash it down. I started to think about it, and most scones are dry and crumbly.
But that’s not how it has to be…
Scones don’t have to crumble in your fingers when you take a bite. Scones don’t have to be consumed only on the day you make them, because the next day they are as hard as rocks.
Scones can be moist. They can be creamy. And they can be killer
Cranberry Cream Scones
- 4 oz Cream Cheese softened
- 2 TBS Butter softened
- 2 cups AP Flour
- 1 TBS Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup Milk
- Egg Wash 1 Egg, 3 TBS Milk
- Melted Butter for brushing
- 2 oz Cream Cheese
- 3 TBS Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste optional
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- Sprinkles (optional)
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add cream cheese and butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix until combined and smooth.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour the flour mixture into the mixer and turn on medium speed. I let mine mix for 20 seconds until the cream cheese/butter was pea sized. Add the cranberries, egg and milk. Mix until just combined.
- Flour a work surface and divide dough in two portions. Use your hands to shape the dough in a log. Then press down on the dough and pull on the edges. You want the dough to be about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide. Use a knife to cut the dough in triangles. Repeat with the other piece of dough.
- Make an egg wash by whisking the egg and milk together, then brushing on the scone. Place the scones on a prepared baking pan, and bake for 16 minutes. When the scones start to bake melt some butter in the microwave.
- At the 10 minute mark pull the scones out of the oven and brush the butter on top of the scone quickly and put back in the oven. Once the scones are evenly brown remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes.
To assemble the glaze
- Melt the cream cheese and milk in the microwave, around 20 seconds. Whisk until smooth, add the vanilla bean paste here if using.
- Next add the powdered sugar and whisk until lump free. If the glaze is too stiff add one TBS milk at a time, if it is too loose add more powdered sugar.
- Using a spoon, pour glaze on top of each scone. Decorate with sprinkles (optional). I used white sanding sugar on top of my scones.
Other Cranberry Cream Scones Recipes
Orange glaze on scones
An Orange glaze on Cranberry Cream Scones is the perfect way to top these delicious scones. Using freshly squeezed orange juice and powdered sugar, this glaze will make these scones even more delicious! While baking, combine the sugar and orange juice until the consistency is similar to honey. Pour the glaze over the warm scones and serve. If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container and enjoy them within a few days.
Start by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the orange zest and sugar. Rub together using your fingers to release their citrus flavor. Add this to the dry mixture. Then, with a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse meal. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky, but not overly sticky. After that, add the cranberries and orange zest to the dough.
Next, prepare the orange glaze. In a glass measuring cup, whisk egg, cream, and orange juice. Whisk the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. Then, stir in the cranberries. Once the cranberries have been combined, the dough should be smooth and loose. Form into wedges about 8 inches. Place each wedge 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with an egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 18-20 minutes.
When adding the orange glaze to the cranberry cream scones, you can use either freshly squeezed orange juice or frozen cranberries. Either way, both methods will work. The orange glaze will add a sweet orange flavor to the scones, as well as lock in moisture. And don’t forget about the cranberries – use them if you like! This recipe will impress guests.
After baking, dunk the scones in the orange glaze or spoon the glaze over top of them. If you are not serving these scones the same day, don’t worry. They will keep at room temperature for several days. You can also freeze them, but don’t eat them right away. If they dry out, they will still be delicious. So enjoy! And make sure to make a batch of these delicious scones!
To make the orange glaze, mix the sugar with the orange oil and orange zest. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients until they resemble coarse meal. Work the dough into an eight or nine-inch disc. Divide the dough into eight equal portions. Once the dough is formed, gently fold in the cranberries. Then, brush on the glaze, and bake for about 15 minutes. It will turn out to be a delicious treat!
Cranberry orange nut scones
If you want to make a simple yet delicious treat for your breakfast, this cranberry orange nut scones recipe is for you! The scones are filled with cranberries and oranges, and they are the perfect way to start your morning! These little treats are just as easy to make as a simple muffin or cookie. Scones should be baked for fifteen to eighteen minutes until they are golden brown and puffy. The recipe calls for buttermilk, but you can substitute a cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Just make sure to let it sit for five minutes before using it.
To make the scone dough, mix together two cups of flour and 2 Tbsp sugar. Add in the melted butter and cranberries and mix well. Use a 3-inch round cutter to cut out scones, then place them on a prepared sheet pan. If the cranberries are too tart, use an orange glaze to balance out the tartness. Let the scones cool and then enjoy!
You can also replace the cranberries with any dried fruit of your choice. Just make sure to select plump, not dried. If you want to use dried fruit instead, soak it in orange juice for about 30 minutes, and then drain. If you prefer, you can also substitute 1 cup of all-purpose flour with cornmeal or oat bran cereal, or use turbinado sugar instead. Once the scones have cooled, drizzle the glaze over them, and allow them to set for about 10 minutes before serving.
If you like scone dough that’s not too dry, this is the perfect choice. With its delicious flavors and unique texture, these scones are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Try it with your friends and family! They’ll be a hit! If you’re looking for a delicious treat that is quick and easy to make, this recipe is for you. Simply follow the directions and you’ll be enjoying delicious, healthy scones in no time.
This cranberry orange nut scones recipe is not too sweet. The cranberry orange scones have plenty of butter and cream, and they’re filled with tart dried cranberries. Fresh orange glaze adds an even more delicious touch to these little treasures! A favorite treat for any holiday or special occasion! This recipe can be frozen for up to a week or frozen for up to a month.
You can also add dried cranberries or a few tablespoons of orange juice to this cranberry orange nut scones recipe. The cranberries should be soaked for twenty five minutes before being added to the dough. Using floured hands, work the dough into a ball. Add a generous layer of cranberries on top to top it off.
Strawberry cream cheese scones
This Strawberry Cream Cheese Scone recipe is a quick and easy treat that is both delicious and healthy. The strawberry flavor makes the scones moist and delicious. This recipe is ideal for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. The scones are dense and crispy on the outside, but moist and tender on the inside. You can make the scones using frozen strawberries, or use fresh ones. Just remember to dry the strawberries thoroughly before cutting them.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut butter into small chunks with a fork or pastry cutter. Add the strawberries and stir gently to combine. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir well. Stir in the 2/3 cup of diced strawberries. Stir the dough until it is crumbly, but not wet. The scones should be about the size of a golf ball. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
After baking, place scones, about eight inches apart, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush each with heavy whipping cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 18 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. You can serve them slightly warm or at room temperature. The nutritional value given above is an approximate figure. This recipe yields 12 to 14 servings. One serving of scones should be about one and a half to two tablespoons.
After baking the scones, prepare a glaze. Prepare a large baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Mix together the flour, sugar, and cream cheese. Add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Stir well and add just enough to make a smooth batter. Scone should bake for 12 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. When cool, glaze with the strawberry cream cheese glaze and serve! The perfect breakfast or snack!
For the best results, the butter should be cold and pre-cut into 1/4″ pieces. It can also be frozen and grated with a cheese grater. Place the scones on the baking sheet. Ensure that the pan is 18×13 inches. You can use parchment paper to prevent the scones from sticking. This recipe serves two people. It is an excellent breakfast or snack for anyone! And it is easy and delicious!
Next, prepare the strawberries. Prepare the strawberry cream cheese scones with fresh strawberries. These scones are delicious and very quick to make. This recipe is also versatile and can be used with various berries such as rhubarb or even kiwi fruit. You can also experiment with different flavors by varying the berries and cream. Once you’ve got the right combination, make sure to serve it with a dollop of clotted cream.