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Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones

These Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones are amazingly tender and moist with a festive look for the holidays.

Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones on a baking sheet.

Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones taste heavenly fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee. White chocolate and cranberries have such a Christmas feel and I like to make something with this flavor combination each December. This year I decided to add them to my favorite scone recipe from The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe.

A combination of butter and heavy cream creates the most tender and moist scones you have ever tasted. A full cup of sugar, plus the white chocolate really makes for a sweet scone and the tartness of the cranberries provides a nice flavor contrast.

Is Milk Or Heavy Cream Better For Making Scones?

When it comes to scones, the choice between milk and heavy cream depends on the desired texture and richness. Heavy cream will yield a more tender and moist scone that is richer in flavor. Perfect for the holidays.

Like all scones, these Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones are best eaten shortly after baking when the texture is at its peak. For really moist and tender scones, be sure not to overbake or handle the dough too much. Treat it like you do biscuit dough or pie crust.

Scones on baking sheet and a bowl full of glaze.

Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones Recipe Tip

I like to chop the dried cranberries up into smaller pieces, but you can leave them whole.

How To Store Scones

Scones are best eaten warm from the oven. However, they will keep in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. You can rewarm them briefly in the microwave.

Recommended Equipment

  • Food Processor- a food processor makes it super easy to quickly and efficiently form the dough.
  • Rimmed Baking Sheets- I use these baking sheets for everything from baking cookies to roasting vegetables.

Such a festive holiday scone. If you’re looking for more holiday cranberry recipes, try this delicious cranberry salad.

Cranberry-White Chocolate Scone covered with glaze.

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Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones

Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones

These Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones are amazingly tender and moist with a festive look for the holidays.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 27 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a food processor and process for about 30 seconds.
  • Scatter butter pieces on top of flour mixture. Pulse about 15 times, or until mixture is crumbly.
  • Place 1 1/2 cups heavy cream in a glass measuring cup. Add vanilla to cream. With the food processor running, slowly add the cream through the feed tube. Once the 1 1/2 cups cream has been added, if the dough has begun to form a dough, enough cream has been added. Remove it from the processor. If dough needs more cream, add it 1 tablespoon at a time and pulse until a ball forms.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead in white chocolate and cranberries, while handing the dough as little as possible. Form dough into a round that is about 1-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to 2 ungreased baking sheets (they bake better if they are not crowded).
  • Place in oven and bake 10 to 12 minutes, until light golden brown.


The butter should be really cold. I like to cut it into cubes, and place it in the freezer while I get the other ingredients ready.


Calories: 617kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Scones
Cuisine: American

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Originally posted December 19, 2014.

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11 thoughts on “Cranberry-White Chocolate Scones”

  1. Christine K. Bowlin

    I “painted” mine with a slurry of milk and cinnamon just before popping them into he oven. Adds another delicious layer of flavor

  2. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    I LOVE scones, and these look incredible! I think I need to make a batch on Christmas morning! Pinned!

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I have one more day to bake before Christmas, and after seeing this post – I definitely will be making these scones Can’t think of a better treat to have for brunch on Christmas morning.

  4. These are the prettiest scones! Cranberry and white chocolate are the best around the holidays! Love these!

  5. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    What a combo! Where is my coffee? I love scones. These are wonderful. Again I love that flavor combo.

  6. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to read any blogs…i’ve missed your recipes! These scones look so tasty. I wish I wasn’t off of dairy right now 🙁 (for baby).

  7. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Cranberry and white chocolate is one of my favorite combinations at Christmas! These look so perfect for Christmas morning!

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