Cranberry Scones

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

We used cranberries instead of currants in these traditional, crumbly British scones for an irresistible winter treat. Try them for breakfast or with afternoon tea.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

  • 5 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • cup (plus 1 tablespoon) half-and-half

  • ½ cup halved cranberries, drained on paper towels


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened. Gently fold in cranberries.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges; place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Brush tops with remaining tablespoon half-and-half; sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

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