Cranberry Dark Chocolate Scones

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Cranberries are always a big part of the holiday celebrations from Thanksgiving to Christmas. However, even after the holiday season is over, I try taking advantage of the abundance of fresh tart cranberries during the winter months and feature them into a lot of my recipes.

Flaky and crisp on the outside, moist and tender on the inside and bursting with fresh, tart cranberries and chocolate chips in every bite, these bakery style Cranberry Chocolate Scones are as pretty as they are delicious.
Tart fresh cranberries and decadent dark chocolate pair perfectly and are a match made in heaven! These scones are perfect to enjoy on a cold winter morning for breakfast or brunch or as a snack with a cup of afternoon tea.
Can Frozen Berries be used in this Recipe?

While I recommend using fresh cranberries, you can use frozen if that’s what you have in hand. If using frozen ones, don't thaw as they'll squish into the batter and make it extra wet.
If you enjoyed these Cranberry Dark Chocolate Cake Scones, you will also love my other popular baked treats: Tips for making the Perfect Scones
  • Keep the butter very cold- It is crucial that the butter remains cold to get extra flaky and crumbly scones. If the dough or butter is too warm, the scones will spread more and won’t rise as intended.
  • Refrigerate the dough before baking-To obtain a flaky center and a crumbly exterior, the dough must remain cold. If you think the dough has warmed up while working, simply place it in the fridge for 15 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Don’t overwork the dough: Work your dough as little as possible. The more you mix and knead your dough, the more likely the scones will be heavy and dense.

If you make these Cranberry Dark Chocolate Scones, I would love to know how they turned out! Please let me know by leaving a comment below.

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 powdered sugar
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 75 g unsalted butter, very cold
  • Zest of an orange
  • 1 cup+2 Tablespoon cold milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest.
  3. Grate the cold butter with a grater.
  4. Then, add the cold grated butter and using your fingertips gently blend the butter into the flour mixture until it has a coarse texture like breadcrumbs.
  5. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir gently with a spatula. Then, fold in the fresh cranberries and the dark chocolate chips until well combined. Lightly knead dough in bowl just until it holds together. Do not overmix.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Lightly flour your hands. Shape the dough into a circle about 1-1 1/2 inches thick. Use a sharp knife to slice the dough into 8 triangles.
  7. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet with a 2 inch gap in between one another. Refrigerate them for 15 minutes.
  8. When ready to bake, brush the top of the scones with milk. Bake for for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and let them cool down. Serve!


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