Cranberry Orange Thyme Scones

November 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

Cranberry Orange Thyme Scone

I went to a friend’s beautiful baby blessing today, and brought along these scones to share. My other friend who was hosting, made some really delicious dishes. One of which was a fruit salad with sliced pears, star anise, and figs with a lovely spiced dressing. There were also some gorgeous quiches, a bowl of crisp sliced apples with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, and a bowl full of pomegranate seeds that looked like little jewels the way they caught the light. The table was simple, and tastefully festive. My friend has a talent for bringing nature indoors, and with candles lit, she created a  lovely, calm, warm, and inviting setting for a blessing.


I love a lot of things in life, and I know you do not have all the time in the world, so I will just name some of them. I love cuddling on the couch and reading stories to my lovely little ladies. I love giving one of my girls(the prince) a horsey ride across the living room to my other girl(the princess) who is asleep on the couch, so they can kiss her and wake her up. I love to neigh and buck a lot so I seem more like a real horse, and they love it. I love it when I get to be the prince. I love to rake leaves with Marjie. I love to draw pictures with my girls. I love watching Marjie write her e’s upside down. I love that my girls both are sounding out words. I love being the tickle monster. I love watching my girls eat, drink, sleep, laugh,dance, and hug each other. I love listening to my girls sing, role play, laugh, breathe, and be kind to each other. I love them. I love Dominic for so many reasons, the two most important being our girls. I love the rain, the sound of it, smell of it, and the way it feels.  I love scones…

Cranberry Orange Thyme Scones

I love these scones. They are light,  fluffy, buttery, studded with jammy cranberries, and just delicious. I baked two batches of these babies in the last two days, and all I am saying is someone needs to cut off my fresh cranberry, flour, and butter supply, because I am thinking about baking another batch tomorrow.

Cranberry Orange Thyme Scone

This recipe is adapted from The Kitchn, Fresh Cranberry Scones. These scones would be perfect for a holiday breakfast, or brunch. They are delicious sliced in half, and filled with my spiced cranberry sauce. Please bake and enjoy these scones with your family and friends.

Cranberry Orange Thyme Scones
Recipe type: Quick Bread, Breakfast
Author: Jillian
Serves: 12-18
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • zest of 1 medium orange
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in cubes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup organic 2% milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cane sugar, for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 sheet trays with parchment or a Silpat
  3. In the bowl of a food processor
  4. Process the cranberries until lightly chopped
  5. Dump out into a bowl toss with the brown sugar and orange zest, vanilla extract, and fresh thyme leaves
  6. Mix until combined
  7. In the cleaned and dried food processor bowl, pulse the flour, baking powder, and salt
  8. Cut the chilled butter into small pieces
  9. Add butter to food processor bowl
  10. Pulse butter with the flour in the processor until fine and coarse meal
  11. Dump coarse meal into large mixing bowl
  12. Add the cranberry mixture, and mix to combine
  13. In medium bowl beat together egg, vanilla extract, and milk
  14. Add the beaten egg, vanilla extract, and milk to flour/cranberry mixture Stir until just combined(do not over mix)
  15. Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto lined sheet trays
  16. Sprinkle the tops with cane sugar
  17. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden
  18. Serve warm with plenty of butter, homemade jam, or spiced cranberry sauce

2 Responses so far.

  1. kourtney says:

    I just saw this post–you are so sweet! And I loved these scones. Now I can make them myself.

    • Jillian says:

      Hi Kourtney, I am so happy you liked them. I hope you make and enjoy them with your family for year to come. Thank you for reading my blog, taking the time to make a post, and most of all for your friendship.

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