Cranberry Chocolate Scones

Can I just tell you that I went nearly 2 years without refined sugar? You’re laughing, right? I’m being serious! I never felt cleaner nor leaner. I had a few relapses now and again, but for the most part I remained firm. And then this Thanksgiving all of the sweet aroma of things I was baking was waaaaay too much for me and I caved. I’m not eating it on an every-day-basis (although it might seem like I am–okay, maybe I am. Oye!) but it’s just so dang addictive! It’s also really comforting to mindlessly eat some sweet treat as I’m typing out these posts.

I will admit that I am thoroughly enjoying baked goods I haven’t eaten in a very long time–like these cranberry chocolate scones! Ya, they do have chocolate! Can I remind you that I can’t make anything without chocolate! (Or cheese. It’s gotta be one or the other!)

As I type this, I can still taste the sweet cranberry and hint of chocolate with each bite. Add a drizzle of orange icing and, well, there’s just one word for them–amazing. I double-dare you to stop eating at one and if you can, I want to hear your secret how!

This blog is really dangerous for me. I just want to make all of these goodies to share with you and in the meantime, I’m spreading!! Argh!


Adapted from BHG Special Interest Publication, Holiday Recipes 2011, p. 35

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cranberry Chocolate Scones
Recipe type: Breakfast, Bread, Quick Bread, Pastry
Cuisine: American
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped (optional)
  • Orange icing
  • Orange Icing
  • Mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. If icing is too thick to drizzle, continue adding orange juice 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you get the right consistency.
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add softened butter and with a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until it resembles course meal.
  2. In a separate bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, mix together eggs, 3/4 cup whipping cream (set aside the remaining cream), cranberries, and orange zest for 2 minutes. Stir in mini chocolate chips and finely chopped pecans, if desired.
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until blended and moist. Dough will be sticky.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and gently knead the dough until the dough is smooth.
  5. Divide the dough in half and form into two large balls. Press down each ball into a large 6-inch circumference and cut the dough into 6 wedges. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Lightly brush the tops of each wedge with the remaining whipping cream. Repeat with the other dough half.
  6. Bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool and drizzle with orange icing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 290 Fat: 14 g Carbs: 38 g Sodium: 194 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 71 mg
About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. I’m missing something here. Recipe calls for 3/4 c of cream. Directions say to mix with eggs, etc, but to set aside the remaining cream. Why, where, and how much goes in the scone batter?

    • Hi Janet, on the last step of the recipe, it says to brush the wedges with the remaining cream. It doesn’t go in the scone batter. Just brushed on top. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. I have always loved a good scone! These look amazing Jen. Must try :)

  3. I have a great cranberry blondie brownie recipe. And I love it because of the craisins! I also have a cranberry cake recipe that I love that has fresh cranberries baked in. Love me some cranberry! This looks scrumptious….

  4. :)

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