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Iced Cranberry & Orange Swirl Scones

These wonderful scones balance sweet and tart flavors to perfection.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, dessert, holiday
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 scones
Calories 348kcal
Author Erren


For the scones:

  • 3 cups all-purpose/plain flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup milk plus extra for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg

For the filling:

  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • the zest of 1/2 an orange
  • ​½ cup cranberry jam/jelly or in the UK jarred cranberry sauce see post for link to buy

For the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • the zest of 1/2 orange
  • 3–5 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar baking powder, and salt.
  • Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together, the cream, milk, vanilla and egg. Stir in the wet ingredients until combined then turn out onto a lightly floured work surface to completely bring it together with your hands. Press the dough out into a rectangle about 10-x-14-inches.
  • Spread the cranberries, zest and cranberry jam (as pictured) evenly across the dough.
  • Roll the dough up tightly from the 10-inch side.
  • Slice the dough into 8 rounds and place them on a parchment lined cookie tray.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with milk.
  • Bake the scones for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Allow the scones to cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the glaze.
  • For the glaze:
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of the juice, the melted butter and powdered sugar.
  • Add in more juice as needed 1 teaspoon at a time until it is the desired consistency.
  • Once the scones have cooled ten minutes, drizzle with the glaze and serve.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1.7mg