Next up in our 12 Tastes of Christmas series is the perfect treat for holiday mornings, brought to you by Jess. You know her as the author of our biweekly Perfect Bite column – but if you haven’t read her darling food blog Forgiving Martha, head on over to peruse her collection of mouthwatering recipes and beautiful photography. I know from firsthand tasting: the girl can cook! Take it away, Jess…


Black Friday is upon us, my friends, and today’s breakfast treat will start your marathon shopping day just right! After an amazing Thanksgiving Day, I’m ready to start infusing my baking with a major dose of holiday cheer…

The Starbucks version doesn’t hold a candle to these warm, fresh-from-the-oven scones. Besides being a lovely accompaniment to morning coffee, these scones are quick & simple to throw together.  The cranberries add a touch of sweetness to the perfectly flaky dough – pile them into a basket as an amazing “good morning” for overnight guests.

For a more decadent treat, sub the cranberries for dark chocolate chips.  Or just add them both.

Cranberry Scones


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

5 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2/3 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) half-and-half

1/2 cup halved cranberries, drained on paper towels (or dried dried cranberries)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; Set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, spices 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 or until just moistened. Gently fold in cranberries.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

*Adapted from Martha

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Comments (15)
  1. 1
    Tiffany @ Savor Home November 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Those look wonderful!! Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast! I could actually use one right now…

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    Annie Hall November 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Yum and they look east to make!

  3. 3
    Christine November 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm


    I love your blog and just wanted pass along a master list of 20+ Black Friday Sales for fashion I created at my blog:

    Thought it would be lovely to share it with you and your readers! It surely won’t disappoint!

    Happy holidays and shopping!


  4. 4
    Leah November 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Yum Yum! Must make these for my next out of town guests!!

  5. 5
    Jackie December 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I just made these with the addition of white chocolate chips and an itsy bit of vanilla extract. (I’m in college, and this is our last week of classes to end a *very* long semester—celebration is in order). They are soooo goood. Thanks for sharing; this recipe is a keeper.

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    Sara W. December 11, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Saw your post through; I just baked these and they turned out well. The cream and sugar on top makes for a nice crust. I went the route of both cranberries and dark chocolate–such a good idea…

    • Camille Styles December 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Yum – that sounds like an amazing combination!

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    Melissa December 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I made these this weekend – used fresh cranberries cut in half and added semi sweet mini choc chips = they turned out incredible! Definitely a keeper – I’ve been looking for a winning recipe for scones, and I can see myself creating unlimited variations of these – thank you!!

    • Camille Styles December 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      So glad to hear that – and never thought of using FRESH cranberries. Genius!

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    Neida March 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Just made them for a high tea I am planning they came out to be better than the ones at the Ritz!!

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    frank January 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    made it a couple of days ago. I doubled everything except the butter (used a half cup of salted butter instead) and i got 8 nice sized scones. Also instead of half and half i used a mixture of 2/3 milk and 2/3 orange juice. best scones ever !!!!!

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    Rajitha May 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Should I ask my mom to make me this i have strep throat and they look very yummy even though I can’t swallow anything … Are scones hard to digest or soft and easy to swallow for a ten year girl ?a

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    Karen November 20, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Can a stand mixer or food processor be used or is it better to mix by hand (without the cranberries of course)?

    • Camille Styles November 21, 2020 at 7:36 am

      Yes, you can use a stand mixer on the lowest “stir” setting! 🙂



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