One of my favorite “mom-treats” are cranberry orange scones from Starbucks. Once a week, I drive through and treat myself to an iced coffee and a cranberry scone. Since I already make so many scones at home, like my Almond Flour Scones made with blueberries and even my pumpkin scones, I decided to try my hand at homemade cranberry orange scones next!
One day, I realized that I could make my own… and this was one recipe I didn’t mind testing since I love scones. Most scone mixes and recipes require butter -not this one. I’m not saying it’s a “low-fat” scone, all I’m saying is that you won’t have to cut the butter into tiny little cubes, use a special tool to mix the scones… you know what I mean.
*Note: the scones in the front are chocolate chip scones. Same recipe, omit all things cranberry and substitute with ½ cup chocolate chips.
This recipe is a one bowl-wonder, easy to make and it has that same cranberry paste filling I’ve come to love. You didn’t think I was going to forget about that yummy cranberry filling, right? Oh no. I often wish the ones from Starbucks had more.
It takes a lot of caffeine to power up this mom. Just ask my husband. I once tried to give up caffeine a couple of years back and that was not a good idea -for any of us.
Monday is the busiest day of the week for us. The “big ones” get picked up from school at 2:45pm, we come home to change clothes, eat a snack, pick up Gabriel from school, and head out to our after-school activities.
First up: Sofia. She gets dropped off at ballet and Alex and I have a good thirty minutes until he needs to be dropped off at gymnastics. This is when the drive-through routine happens.
While Alex is at gymnastics Sofia gets picked up from ballet and is dropped off at piano lessons. While she’s at piano, I pick up Alex and head back to get her with just a few minutes to spare.
By this time, it’s now 5:35pm and this family is worn out! Ok, not this mamma. I got my 3pm caffeine fix! That afternoon pick-me-up is just what I need to get through the afternoon activities, get home with the 3 kids, help with homework, make dinner and get baths done.
One reason I love this scone recipe is that I can take a single scone out of the freezer and pop it in the oven while I am getting dressed and I prep that Monday night easy dinner.
I highly advise that you double or triple the recipe and keep the scones in the freezer for when you need them. Do I use a scone baking pan? Not always. I prefer my scone dough to be hand-pliable… but sometimes I have to use my scone pan when I’m testing new recipes.
As you can see, scones are winners in my household. This is one recipe I have made in many occasions and it’s easy to substitute for other ingredients. I’ve even made chocolate chip scones before with this very recipe (see note above)
I should mention that I’ve added a light glaze to the recipe directions even though I didn’t have a chance to photograph mine with it. The kids were anxious to eat the scones and take breakfast outside.
Oh yes, in case you were wondering what the Cranberry Orange Scone from Starbucks looks like…