Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

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Skip the coffee shop line and bake up the best recipe for cranberry orange scones at home from scratch! This easy copycat Starbucks cranberry orange scone recipe is made with simple ingredients for a special breakfast or brunch treat that is delicious and wholesome.

These homemade scones are perfectly tender, crumbly, and loaded with lots of yummy orange and cranberry flavors. A drizzle of fresh orange glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

And you can taste the love in every bite! Here I share my top tricks and tips to make a fresh batch of these moist orange cranberry scones in only about an hour.

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Ingredients For Cranberry Orange Scones Starbucks Copycat Recipe

TO MAKE THE SCONES YOU NEED:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Cold unsalted butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Sour cream
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Orange extract
  • Orange zest
  • Craisins (chewy dried cranberries)

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh orange juice

how to make Cranberry Orange Scones Starbucks Copycat Recipe

  1. First, line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.  
  2. Mix two cups flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in cold butter cubes with fork (or pastry cutter) until butter is about the size of peas.
cuts of butter in a bowl with sugar
  1. In a separate medium bowl, combine the heavy cream, sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, orange extract, and orange zest. Whisk to combine.
large glass bowl with heavy cream and egg with whisk
  1. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (flour mixture) just until combined and a soft dough forms.
adding the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients

And add in the craisins until just combined. You want to gently fold in the dried fruit, don’t mix too roughly or the dough will be too crumbly.

adding craisins to the copycat Starbucks orange cranberry scones dough bowl
  1. Sprinkle ¼ cup of flour onto a clean work surface. Transfer scone batter onto floured surface and lightly knead into a ball.
copycat Starbucks cranberry orange scones dough in a ball on flour

Pat dough down into a ½” high rectangle (approximately 6” x 10”).

scone dough pressed into a rectangle on floured surface

Now cut in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Then cut each half into 3 rectangles. Then cut each rectangle at a diagonal to create a triangle shape.

This copycat Starbucks cranberry orange scone recipe yields a total of 12 scones.

unbaked scone dough cut into triangles
  1. Place triangles on the prepared large baking sheet, leaving 1-2” between them. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before baking. Doing so ensures that the edges bake cleanly and evenly, so don’t skip this step!
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400°F, then add the baking sheet to oven when ready. Bake the scones for 18-22 minutes, or until they are nicely golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet.
finished treats from copycat Starbucks cranberry orange scones recipe
  1. While the scones are cooling, prepare the sweet orange glaze by adding the powdered sugar and orange juice to a small bowl.
making the glaze by adding orange juice to powdered sugar

Combine glaze ingredients until fully incorporated.

powdered sugar and orange glaze to complete the copycat Starbucks cranberry orange scones recipe
  1. Let the baked scones cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. Drizzle with the orange vanilla icing while the scones are still slightly warm (but not hot).
scones glazed on a wire rack

Enjoy warm, or let cool completely before transferring to a container with a lid.

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What Is The Best Way To Eat Scones?

A freshly baked warm scone – or even a chilled or room temp scone – is delightful with a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. And they are perfect to serve as a kid-friendly breakfast treat with a big glass of milk!

This copycat Starbucks cranberry orange scone recipe is wonderful to make for a casual weekend breakfast or brunch. I love to make a dozen on Sundays to have a few on hand to enjoy throughout the week.

How To Store Scones

These flaky scones will keep well for up to 5 days when stored at room temperature. I recommend storing them in a reusable box-type container that has an airtight lid. But be sure that there is enough room to put the lid on without smushing and smearing the orange glaze.

If you plan to freeze, I’d skip making the glaze until ready to serve. Wrap each single scone individually in plastic wrap and transfer all to a sealed plastic zipper bag. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Yield: 12

Cranberry Orange Scones Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Skip the coffeeshop line and bake up the best cranberry orange scones at home from scratch! This easy copycat Starbucks recipe is made with simple ingredients for a breakfast or brunch treat that is delicious and wholesome.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • SCONES:
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour + ¼ c. for work surface
  • 3 t. baking powder
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. cold unsalted butter
  • ½ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ c. sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • ¼ t. orange extract
  • 1 t. orange zest, preferably organic
  • 1 c. craisins
  • GLAZE:
  • 2/3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 T. fresh orange juice

Instructions

  1. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.   
  2. Mix two cups flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with fork until butter is in pea-sized pieces.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the heavy cream, sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, orange extract, and orange zest. Whisk to combine.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Add in the craisins and stir until just mixed.
  5. Sprinkle ¼ cup of flour onto a clean work surface. Transfer scone batter onto floured surface and lightly knead into a ball. Press the dough down into a ½” high rectangle (approximately 6” x 10”). Cut in half lengthwise, and then each half into 3 rectangles. Then, cut each rectangle diagonally to create triangle-shaped pieces.
  6. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-2” between them. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before baking.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 400°F, then add the baking sheet to oven when ready. Bake the scones for 18-22 minutes, or until they are nicely golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  8. While the scones are cooling, prepare the orange glaze by stirring the powdered sugar and orange juice together in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.
  9. Serve the scones warm drizzled with some of the orange glaze on top. Enjoy!

Notes

Homemade scones will keep well for up to 5 days when stored at room temperature. I recommend storing them in a reusable box-type container that has an airtight lid. But be sure that there is enough room to put the lid on without smushing and smearing the orange glaze.

If you plan to freeze, skip making the glaze until ready to serve. Wrap the baked and cooled scones individually in plastic wrap and transfer all to a sealed plastic zipper bag. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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