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Cranberry Scones Recipe

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Cranberry Scones Recipe

These are perfect for special brunches.

© 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

These are so easy to make, but they'll taste like they took hours to prepare! Perfect for the fall and winter holidays or anytime of year, these are also incredibly versatile; some things I like to add are candied ginger, orange zest and dairy-free chocolate chips.

Like biscuits, it is important to keep your ingredients very cold. I recommend wearing gloves or plastic baggies when forming the scones in step 3; the dough will be sticky until you've dusted it with flour, but this will also lessen the amount of body heat that can warm your ingredients as you work.

Makes 8 to 10 scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus T. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) dairy-free soy margarine, very cold
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free soy yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans


1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a food processor, process the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and 1/2 cup of the cranberries, until just mixed. Chop the dairy-free soy margarine into small pieces and add to the mixture, processing until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the dairy-free soy yogurt and the egg and process until combined. Fold in the chopped nuts and remaining cranberries.

3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and using gloved hands (or hands covered by sandwich bags), press the dough into a rectangle about 1" thick, dusting with flour until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Using a floured bench scraper or sharp knife, cut the dough into 8-10 squares or triangles. Place on the prepared sheet and bake until golden brown, 15-17 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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 5 out of 5
Great Recipe, Member UWSGUY

As a new baker (born again), I found this recipe very easy to follow and the results were delicious. Dense but moist and lots of flavor. Found it a good base recipe to use for other variations. Don't substitute the soy yogurt - keeps the scones moist.

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