Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

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Vanderbilt Tea Set

Serve this tasty recipe with our lovely tea service, directly inspired by the Vanderbilt set used by George and Edith in Biltmore House, and enjoy afternoon tea in Vanderbilt style!

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Cranberry Orange Scones

By Catherine Barbeaux

Right now I am giving this recipe 1 star because I believe the oven temperature is wrong. I took the scones out before the last 5 minutes were up because I found the scones to be already dark brown and burnt on the bottom. Come on...bake it at 450...




Cranberry Orange Scones

By Shannon Smelser

These are a favorite at our house. They are wonderful for weekends on the patio with coffee. We like them because they are not overly sweet and the orange zest really comes through combining nicely with the tart cranberry. They come together quickly....




A Keeper

By Kris Fournier

These scones are delicious and so easy to make! I especially like that they are so low in sugar, and use common ingredients that I have on hand. This one was put into my "keepers" binder right away!





By Sheri Hernandez

Thank you so much for this recipe. It's wonderful, with a pleasant orange flavor and not too overly sweet. Thank you!


Enjoy your coffee or tea with these delicious scones. Serve on our classic Vanderbilt Tea Set and enjoy afternoon tea in style with friends.

Serves 8

Preparation Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter - lightly softened
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice - approximate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine the flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Process or cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the cranberries.

Beat the egg in a 1-cup measure. Add enough orange juice to measure 1/2 cup. Add the vanilla. Stir the liquid into the flour mixture just until moistened.

Place the dough on a floured surface. Knead 8 to 10 times. Shape into a 10-inch circle. Cut into wedges or into rounds with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter. Place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake for 12 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F, bake for 5 minutes longer or until golden brown.