Hints of cinnamon and spice and sudden bursts of cranberry with a smooth vanilla finish. This recipe for Cranberry-Cinnamon Scones is one of my favorites. Whenever I make them, I can’t help but imagining that I am somewhere in the European countryside. I wear a white apron and the wind tousles my hair as I set out freshly brewed tea and some bite-size scones next to my outdoor reading chair. (I always try and make my scones bite-size. That way they can become breakfast, a tea break snack, or dessert!)
Another reason I like this recipe is because I make it without the aid of a mixer. There is something about just taking the time to use your trusted wooden spoon and some muscle. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Prep Time: approx. 30 minutes
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; lightly grease a baking sheet
- In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda. Set aside.
- Mix the butter (room temperature) and sugar in a bowl.
- Beat egg with vanilla extract in a bowl. Add to the butter mixture.
- Mix the dry ingredients. (Flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
- Add dry mixture to the butter mix. Do not over mix.
- Add sour cream mixture. Make sure it is completely mixed, but do not over mix. (slightly crumbly dough)
- Mix in the Craisins until evenly distributed throughout.
- Distribute triangles of dough (about 2″ wide) on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
*While the Scones are baking make the glaze.
Vanilla Glaze Ingredients:
- 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of milk (I used 2%)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Vanilla Glaze Directions:
- Melt the butter. Add milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix.
- Gradually add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Add more or less for thickness.
Source: modified from Allrecipes.com
The Fresh Fridge Tip: To reach the desired consistency for the scones without over mixing, I generally hand mix the batter after I have mixed it well enough with a spoon. I find hand mixing in the cranberries works out pretty well.