Orange Cranberry Scones with Optional Egg Nog

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Delicious Orange Cranberry Scones make a delicious Christmas morning treat. Or Thanksgiving. Or New Years! Really any day of the year you will love this easy scone recipe! Spruce it up for the holidays with a little egg nog for an even richer, creamier taste! 

Cranberry Orange Scones make a delicious holiday brunch recipe! The sweet and tart flavors from the fresh cranberries and oranges combine perfectly with the (optional) creamy egg nog for a special Christmas brunch treat in this easy scone recipe! | The Love Nerds

Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones that will impress your brunch or holiday guests!!

Alright Nerds, we’re officially into December. How are we doing? Are we surviving the holiday season? I think all of us tend to get a little stressed and overworked this time of year. Long to do lists, extra events taking up free time, and lots of deadlines. As the years pass, we’ve definitely been trying to scale down our responsibilities during the holiday season. We start our shopping early (I’m almost done!), turn down opportunities that cause more stress than excitement, and focus on time together as a family. No matter what the holiday season looks like though, it always seems to involve a few activities that require baking which is why these Cranberry Orange Scones come in handy!

Fresh cranberry scones are tart with a subtle sweetness coming out from being baked! Add in the sweet citrus of orange and even creamy egg nog for a balanced scone you’ll love! I’m a big fan of cranberry and orange together; it’s such a bright and happy flavor combination for a cold winter morning! It was the perfect winter scone recipe to add to my collection!

Orange Cranberry Scones with Egg Nog are the perfect Christmas breakfast recipe!

Now, I feel like this is an important disclaimer. I’m not a fan of egg nog and you will probably never see me drink it during the holiday season. I will, however, cook with it! It adds an extra richness in flavor that you just don’t get from milk or cream.For this recipe, I used International Delight Egg Nog. I love baking with International Delight’s line of creamers and you will see them often in my recipes on the site because they offer enhanced flavor over milk, such as my White Chocolate and Raspberry Cinnamon Roll Casserole (YUM by the way) and my Caramel Apple Scones,

I’ve heard from a lot of people that scone recipes are intimidating to make, and I was once that person! Let me reassure you that you can make these, especially if you let go of some perfectionist tendencies. Yes, the dough is wet and a bit messy. Cover your hands, use plenty of flour and embrace the stickiness.

Fresh Cranberry Scones with sweet and tangy orange is an easy Thanksgiving recipe! Perfect for holiday brunch all year long!

When adding fresh berries, use very cold berries and don’t over mix or push on the dough. It’s something I learned from making my Lemon Blueberry Scones. It’s okay if one or two berries breaks; nothing bad will happen! Plus it naturally happens  to one or two when they cook or when you cut them anyway, so don’t get too hung up on smushed berries. Your guests will love this scone recipe either way!


Cranberry and Orange Egg Nog Scones make a delicious holiday brunch recipe! The fresh citrus flavors combine perfectly with the creamy egg nog. | The Love Nerds #ad @InDelight



Orange Cranberry Scones with Optional Creamy Egg Nog
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
27 mins

Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones make a delicious holiday brunch recipe! The sweet and tart flavors from the fresh cranberries and oranges combine perfectly with the (optional) creamy egg nog for a special Christmas brunch treat in this easy scone recipe! | The Love Nerds

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 8 scones
Author: Maggie Roush
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup International Delight Original Nog (or milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoon fresh orange juice (or milk)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F, and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and zest.
  3. Grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture. I use my large box grater and a cutting board for grating the butter. Toss butter into the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter, fork, or just your fingers.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg, sugar, and vanilla together. Add to the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together until everything appears moist.
  5. Slowly and gently fold in the cranberries. Do not overwork the dough!
  6. This part is a bit sticky because the dough will be wet. Flour your hands and the working space and then work the dough into either a long rectangle or a round circle. If a long rectangle, I usually cut in half and then cut the two halves into 4 pieces with an X. If a circle, cut into 8 equal wedges. I like using a sharp pizza cutter for this process.
  7. Place scones at least 2 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before adding glaze.

  9. For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice. Drizzle over scones.

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