This Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones Copycat Recipe is easy to make on your first try and you're going to love the sweet orange glaze that is drizzled over top of these buttery scones. They're perfect for the holiday season!
If you love Starbucks, you've likely enjoyed or drooled over their cranberry orange scones, pumpkin scones and cranberry bliss bars at the baked goods counter.
We think this copycat recipe is as good, if not better than Starbucks cranberry orange scone.
These tender scones have fresh cranberries with orange zest sprinkled throughout the soft dough. The citrus flavor in the glaze combines beautifully with the cranberry flavor.
This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can usually find in the grocery store. If you can't find fresh cranberries, many store have frozen cranberries in their freezer section.
- All purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Orange Zest
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Butter - you will need cold butter for this recipe. Do not take it out of the refrigerator until you are ready to add it to the recipe. Cut the butter into small cubes.
- Buttermilk - fresh buttermilk is best or you can make a substitute (instructions in recipe note).
- Fresh Cranberries - you can use frozen cranberries in this recipe as well. Dried cranberries work too!
- Large Egg
- Powdered Sugar
- Orange Juice - use fresh sueezed orange juice from the orange that you will zest for the dry ingredients.
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
You 'can' use a food processor to make scones, but I love to make them by hand. It's quick, easy and less cleanup!
In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: all purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest. (Note: set aside 2 teaspoons of orange zest to use in the glaze).
With clean hands, or using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add buttermilk and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms.
Fold in the cranberries. Lightly flour your hands and press dough into a ball.
Sprinkle work surface with a little all purpose flour and knead dough 6 to 8 times.
Pat dough into a ten inch circle and cut into wedges using a pastry cutter, sharp knife or a pizza cutter will work as well.
Separate wedges and place on preapred baking sheet. Brush with lightly beaten egg.
Bake in 425°F for 13 to 16 minutes. Move to wire cooling rack and cool for a few minutes before glazing.
For glaze: In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice and 2 teaspoons of orange zest.
You might need to add a little more powdered sugar or and little more orange juice to get the right drizzling consistency.
Use a spoon to drizzle glaze on top of each scone. Enjoy!
How to Serve Cranberry Orange Scones
Cranberry orange scones are delicious warm and fresh from the oven or at room temperature. They taste delicious with a cup of tea or hot cup of coffee.
My Top Tips for Making This Recipe A Success
- Use cold butter. Resist the urge to take the butter out of the fridge early.
- Mixing this recipe completely by hand reduces overmixing that can sometimes happen when using a food processor. You've got this!
- The dough circle and size of the scones does not have to be perfect. You want the scones to be close in size for even baking but they do not have to all be identical!