Best Ever Cranberry White Chocolate Scones with Orange Icing
Recipe type: Scone
Total time: 
Serves: 10
After much sampling and many recipes, here is the scone recipe to end all scone recipes. A great way to start (or end) your day!
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1-2 tsp orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly.
  4. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  5. In separate, smaller bowl, whisk buttermilk with egg; pour over flour mixture. Stir with a fork to make a soft, ragged dough.
  6. With lightly floured hands, press dough into ball. On lightly floured surface, knead gently about 10 times or until smooth. Roll dough out to about ¾” thickness and cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter or 2½ ”-3” biscuit cutter, re-rolling dough as necessary. Place shapes on prepared baking sheets about 1” apart.
  7. Bake at 400º until bottoms are light golden, 15-18 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool.
  8. In small bowl, combine icing sugar with just enough orange juice to make an icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm scones.
Dried cherries and dark chocolate are also a great combination in these scones! If you don't have buttermilk, use soured milk: put a generous tsp of lemon juice or vinegar in your measuring cup before adding enough milk to make 1 cup. Let stand while you prepare the dry ingredients. Despite the name, buttermilk is not high in fat, and a better substitute if you're using soured milk is 1% or 2% rather than whole milk.
Recipe by Hidden Ponies at