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A vibrant cranberry scone on a black wire rack topped with a large drizzle of white vanilla icing

Cranberry Vanilla Bean Scones


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour (includes chilling time)
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x

Description

Homemade cranberry vanilla bean scones are bursting with cranberry and vanilla flavors, a hint of orange, and are perfectly tender on the inside with a delightfully crunchy exterior! Drizzle with your choice of icing for added sweetness. No mixer required!


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Ingredients

Scones

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Large pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen and grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold heavy cream, buttermilk or coconut milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla bean paste (aff link)
  • 1 cup Decas Farms Fresh Cranberries, frozen
  • 1 /2 cup Decas Farms Cranberry-Orange Baker’s Cut Baking Cranberries
  • Coarse sugar, optional

Icing options:

Vanilla icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 23 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste (aff link) or pure vanilla extract

Orange icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 23 Tablespoons orange juice (no pulp)

Instructions

Scones

  1. In a large bowl, whisk to combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Add grated butter and combine with a pastry cutter (aff link) until the mixture forms small crumbs. Place bowl in the fridge.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk to combine egg, 1/2 cup heavy cream, and vanilla.
  4. Remove the bowl from the fridge, pour in the cream mixture, add both frozen and dried cranberries, and stir until everything is just combined.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gently knead the dough into a ball – it will be sticky, but if you find it to be too sticky to work with, add a little more flour.
  6. Form the dough into a 7-8″ disc and then cut into 8 equal sized wedges. If you prefer smaller scones, form two 4-5″ discs and cut each into 8 equal sized wedges.
  7. Place scones on a baking sheet prepared with a nonstick silicon mat (aff link) or parchment paper and place in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a separate baking sheet with a nonstick silicon mat or parchment paper. Transfer chilled scones to this baking sheet, placing them 2″ apart. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon cream across the tops of each scone, and add a sprinkling of coarse sugar (if desired).
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes for large scones (15-20 for small scones) or until scones are golden brown around the edges.
  10. Let cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, or move to wire rack (aff link).

Icing

  1. In a small bowl, combine all icing ingredients and whisk until completely combined and smooth. If the mixture is too thick to drizzle, add a little more milk or cream and whisk again to combine until you’ve reached desired consistency.
  2. Use your whisk to drizzle icing on top of each scone and let it set. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing: I recommend freezing the scones before you’ve baked them. Follow the directions above up to step #7, then place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour. Transfer them to a freezer bag in a single layer and they can be stored for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, follow the rest of the directions above and just add a few minutes to the baking time.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry vanilla bean scones, cranberry scones, homemade scones, simple scones

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