CitrusLove BlogHop: Clementine Cranberry Scones

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I used fresh cranberries for the first time in my Mandarin Orange & Cranberry cookies last week.  And let me tell you… I must be a crazy woman for not ever using these before!

This morning, the Cake Duchess posted a recipe for scones that featured these beautiful little berries and I knew I just had to whip up a batch with the rest of my cranberries!

The scones turned out SO GOOD.  Seriously.  Warm, fresh from the oven with a little butter on them.  Almost too good to eat! They are tart, yet sweet… full of beautiful color and flavor with a crispy sugar crust.

I will definitely be making these again!

Clementine Cranberry Scones
makes 6 large scones

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 3 Clementine oranges, about 2-3 tsp

1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

1 cup chopped fresh cranberries

1 tsp vanilla extract
8-10 tbsp milk, divided

1 tbsp sugar (use turbinado if you have it)

cookie sheet
parchment paper
cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, orange zest, and salt
  3. Add cubed butter to flour mixture.  Using a fork, press butter into the flour mixture against the side of the bowl.  The goal here is to create a very dry dough where the butter is in small pieces, not chunks… coarse like.
  4. Add the cranberries and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  5. In a small measuring cup, mix together 5 tbsp of the milk and the vanilla together.   Add milk to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Add 3-5 more tbsp of milk at a time until the mixture forms a dough and no dry ingredients remain.
  7. Move the dough to your cookie sheet and flatten into a round circle about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Cut it into 6 equal triangles with a sharp knife, and space evenly across sheet.
  8. Brush the scones with a tablespoon of milk and sprinkle generously with sugar.
  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until tops of scones brown.  Watch carefully you don’t want them to burn!
  10. Remove to a wire rack to cool… or you could smear them with butter and eat warm! YUM!

Recipe adapted from: Cake Duchess 


26 Comments on CitrusLove BlogHop: Clementine Cranberry Scones

  1. Baker Street
    January 7, 2012 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

    Clementine and cranberries have been so perfectly paired in these gorgeous scones.

    • JavaCupcake
      January 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! They turned out so delicious too!

  2. Soni
    January 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm (3 years ago)

    These look so beautiful and yummy!!Love the choice of clementines and cranberries together!

  3. Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food
    January 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm (3 years ago)

    These look just like what I need for breakfast tomorrow morning :-) Love cranberry and orange, and I love, love, love scones! Great recipe!

    • JavaCupcake
      January 8, 2012 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Laura!! Let me know how they turn out for you!

  4. Serena
    January 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m a sucker for scones and these look amazing!

  5. Sylvia@ peaches and donuts
    January 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I love scones and they will definitely taste much better with these wonderful flavours in them!

  6. Mike's Baking (@mikesbaking)
    January 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm (3 years ago)

    These look wonderful!! Love scones and adding in clementines and fresh cranberries… YUM!

    • JavaCupcake
      January 8, 2012 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

      I know, Mike! These turned out SO NOM NOM NOM NOM!

  7. bakingaddict
    January 8, 2012 at 2:15 am (3 years ago)

    This sounds amazing and that picture looks so inviting!! Definitely bookmarking to try :)

    • JavaCupcake
      January 8, 2012 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

      Let me know how they turn out!

  8. Linda
    January 8, 2012 at 3:00 am (3 years ago)

    Simply gorgeous! Love the cranberries peeking out all over!!

    • JavaCupcake
      January 8, 2012 at 7:46 am (3 years ago)

      That’s my favorite part too!!

  9. Lisa
    January 8, 2012 at 3:10 am (3 years ago)

    Stopping by from citrus bloghop. I bet the clementine oranges give this scone a nice taste and oranges no matter what variety pair well with cranberries!

    • JavaCupcake
      January 8, 2012 at 7:46 am (3 years ago)

      They were sweet and tart…. I really want to make more! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Elizabeth @Mango_Queen
    January 8, 2012 at 7:10 am (3 years ago)

    These clementine cranberry scones are amazing! I can just sniff the delish aroma! Glad to do citrus-love with you this month!

    • JavaCupcake
      January 8, 2012 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks! It was my first time…. loving the success of it! <3 Hope to participate again!

  11. Jessica | Oh Cake
    January 8, 2012 at 7:31 am (3 years ago)

    I love scones! I bet these are fantastic with a cup of orange pekoe tea!

  12. foodwanderings
    January 9, 2012 at 2:40 am (3 years ago)

    I literally gasped. Clementine cranberries scones I must try!! Delicious looking photos. Love hopping with you all!

  13. Terra
    January 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh just simply beautiful! I love working with fresh cranberries, soooooo much better then dried cranberries:-) I wish it was easy for me to find fresh cranberries all year, it is my mission for sure:-) So happy to host citrus love with you! Hugs, Terra

    • JavaCupcake
      January 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Terra…. I really need to make them again. They are SO EASY and SO YUMMY!

  14. Lisa
    January 11, 2012 at 5:53 am (3 years ago)

    THese look really fantastic. I think I need to give scones another go (was never huge fan) Great co-hosting #citrruslove with you!


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