Cranberry Orange Scones

Scones are a popular breakfast item in my house. These Cranberry Orange Scones from Ina Garten are a great way to usher in the flavors of Autumn, the theme of the week at I Heart Cooking Clubs.

I made these on a Friday then popped them in the freezer before baking so I could bake fresh Saturday morning without all the cooking! I made half a recipe which worked well and I also increased the serving size. I like to make 12 scones from about 2 cups of flour. I also never put a confectioner’s sugar drizzle on my scones. I used the zest of one orange and did not measure, I think the more the merrier. One change I would make, I usually add my dried fruit to the flour mixture before the wet ingredients are added. This ensures an even distribution of fruit. I followed Ina’s instructions of adding them in the end and I did not get an even distribution. This was also my first time using a mixer for making scones. I usually do it by hand with a pastry blender.

Reviews: These were more cake-like than my usual scone but delicious none the less. The orange essence with the cranberries was a great combination. I eat my scones plain but my husband loves jam. He enjoyed these with orange marmalade. Definitely worth a repeat.

This recipe is available at, from the cookbook Barefoot Contessa At Home and at


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily says:

    Yes, we were taught in domestic science classes to mix the fruits with the flour and this helps tremendously. These scones looks delicious though!


  2. Kim says:

    I looked into making this recipe this week as well. I love any kind of scone for breakfast with a bit of butter or jam. Wonder why Ina didn't have you toss the fruit with the dry mixture? That is odd. Like you, I'm all for even distribution!


  3. Flourishen says:

    I used to be big on scones, now I make them for special occasions. This flavor combo speaks fall. Can't fool a seasoned baker with the \”best-practice\” mixing technique!


  4. I love scones, too and these sound great. I will gladly forgo a glaze in favor of a nice slather of butter and jam 🙂


  5. I do enjoy scones with a cup of warm tea! Like you, I prefer eating them without any jam. Have seen this recipe and have bookmarked it to make one of these days. I'll take note of the fruits to be mix in the flour first for even distribution! Thanks!


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