I love scones. Especially warm scones with my morning coffee. I can’t remember the first time I had one but I know that I was always a sucker for the cranberry orange scones at Caribou Coffee and can’t even imagine how much I’ve spent on them.
Several years ago I found this recipe while looking for something unique for my coworkers for breakfast. (It was my treat day!) It was not only a huge hit but this recipe has become one of my all time favorites. (Really, I mean it. I have proof.) These scones are a bit more of a biscuit versus cake but without being dry at all. And topped with sugar, glaze AND orange butter there is definitely some awesome sweetness!
Please, for the love, if you make this recipe do not skip the orange butter. I could really just a take a spoon and eat that out of the dish by itself. If you like flavored butters such as honey butter, you are going to love this. And if scones or cranberries so aren’t your thing you are nuts then try the orange butter on a bagel and then come back and tell me how awesome I am for sharing this with you. Because I know I am.
2 cups all-purpose flour
10 teaspoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup cold butter (or margarine)
1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 half and half cream
1 tablespoon milk
Glaze Ingredients (optional)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
Orange Butter Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
In medium bowl combine flour, 7 teaspoons sugar, orange peel, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
Combine glaze ingredients (if desired) and drizzle over scones.