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Cranberry Buttermilk Scones

Cranberry Buttermilk Scones are the perfect addition to your Christmas Tea or Christmas brunch. They are so festive with the addition of dried cranberries (we used cran-raisins). You could serve these with clotted cream or lemon curd for the perfect topping!

These Cranberry Buttermilk Scones are delicious and perfect for a Christmas tea!

You could serve these scones in place of biscuits.  They are a little sweet, but I am sure that all of your guests would enjoy them!  We recently served these Cranberry Buttermilk Scones at our Christmas Tea.  Everyone loved them.

Cranberry Buttermilk Scones

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  • Cranberry Buttermilk Scones
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup of cold butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • Put aside 1 tablespoon milk and prepare cinnamon sugar
  • sprinkle of 2 tablespoons sugar ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon


  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl; cut in butter
  • Stir in buttermilk just until combined
  • Fold in cranberries and orange peel
  • Turn onto floured surface; divide into two parts shape each portion into a ball; pat dough ball into a circle approximately ½ inch depth and cut into desired shapes circles or wedges. Place onto lightly greased baking sheet; brush each scone with 1 tablespoon milk and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  • Bake @ 400 degree for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
Author: Mary Singleton

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  1. Scones are one of my favorite things to bake — and eat. These would be delicious for breakfast with a big cup of your favorite coffee.

  2. I am hydrating my dried cranberries with rum. Would there be any modifications to the recipe if the cranberries are not dry?

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