Cranberry Scones


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Oh man… Valentines day is right around the corner! A lot of people always worry about where they are going to for Valentines Dinner but I think there is nothing better than to surprise your sweetie with a little breakfast in bed on Valentines day! These scones are the perfect way to start your day, add a fabulous bunch of roses and some freshly squeezed Orange Juice and you can guarantee that its going to be a fantastic day.

Actually I take it back… if my boyfriend made these for me I could do without flowers, chocolate and a card… (hint hint – hope your reading this bf!!!)

These scones are fairly simple and you can make in under 40 minutes and then hide them away for your surprise the following morning.

When my sister and I were little, we went to England for a few weeks over the summer and my mom would always order scones from different bakeries and I would always sneak a quick bite and then make an unpleasant face and go back to my own snack. I think that they were all a little too dry for me. After a little tweaking to a family recipe, I was able to come up with a great recipe for scones that are moist but still flaky. The addition of a little extra cream makes all the difference in the world…

Cranberry Scones



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter cold, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • Combine the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Next add the heavy cream. Fold everything together being careful not to overwork the dough. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  • Form large mounds out of the dough. The size can vary depending on if you want to stretch the recipe to make more. ( I generally make them bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball)Arrange them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 16-20 minutes, or until the top just barely turned golden brown.

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  1. Megan

    Ooh yum. I agree… if my boyfriend made me these, or any breakfast in bed, nothing else would be necessary. I think that means I would be getting cereal in bed though. 🙂

    What do you think about making these with fresh or frozen cranberries (sliced), as opposed to dried cranberries?

    • Gaby

      Megan – Frozen or Fresh Cranberries will work too! Be careful with the frozen ones because they have a tendency to bleed on the batter which just turns it a little bit red!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet

    I used to never like scones because I thought they were too dry, but recently I have been LOVING them. My hubby also loves them. This would be a perfect V Day treat. 🙂

  3. Nastassia (LetMeEatCake)

    i love scones for breakfast! i also love having frozen scones on hand to throw in the oven in the morning for an easy breakfast. thanks for the recipe now i can make my own instead of buying the frozen ones from joan’s =)

  4. Monika

    I have always LOVED scones. They can be a little dry though – all the more reason to use some yummy preserves! I am going to try these, as they will be perfect for the little nibbling I do off and on at work. Thanks for the gorgeous photos. I can’t wait for my garden to start blooming!!!

  5. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie

    I love scones but have never taken it upon myself to make them. This would make a perfect surprise breakfast, maybe I’ll give them a shot this weekend! It IS a 3 day weekend and all!! 🙂

    • Gaby

      Maria – I will email you one of these if you email me one of your oreo brownies?!?! deal?

  6. Anya

    Yum!! I just recently started liking scones, and if these aren’t dry I will like them even more! Definitely a recipe I need to try!

    • Gaby

      Light cream would def work… not quite sure about the buttermilk. My vote is for the light cream!

  7. marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    I too used to spend my summers in the UK. Never did understand the scone thing as a kid….now on the other hand I love ’em. (the clotted cream served with them was another ick)

    These look so tasty. Nice to add in the roses, they tell such a nice story. Hope you guys have a great Valentine’s day 🙂

  8. Joy

    My dad has been begging me to make scones. Ha! I’ll surprise him this weekend with these. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Fuji Mama

    Mmmm, I love a good moist scone! I’m going to have to try these. And PERFECT for Valentine’s Day with the addition of pretty red craisins!

  10. Laurentius

    Gaby: I normally don’t like scones but yours are absolutely dynamite…..

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