Lemon Cranberry Scones Recipe

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Tara Published: December 28, 2020 Modified: September 8, 2021

How To Make Lemon Cranberry Scones

Transform your dessert into these easy cranberry scones! Our recipe adds dried cranberries into the coarse baking mix, leaving a sweet, zesty starter treat.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 2tbspsugar
  • 2tbsplemon juice,fresh, divided
  • ½cuplow fat buttermilk
  • ¼cupsugar
  • 1tbsplemon zest
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 1large egg
  • 2cupsultra grain flour,or 1 cup white, 1 cup whole wheat
  • 1tbspbaking powder
  • ½tspsalt
  • 3tbspbutter,chilled, cut into small pieces
  • ¾cupdried sweet cranberries,or cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Position the rack in the top third of the oven.

  2. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, remaining lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, and egg, then stir to incorporate.

  5. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, then stir to combine.

  6. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender, or use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

  7. Gently fold in the cranberries or cherries.

  8. Add the buttermilk mixture, stirring just until moist.

  9. Place the dough onto a floured surface, then knead lightly four times with floured hands.

  10. Form the dough into an 8-inch circle onto the baking sheet, about ¾-inch thick.

  11. Using a knife, cut the dough into 10 wedges; making sure not to cut all the way through.

  12. Brush the lemon glaze over the dough.

  13. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden or until a tester comes out clean.

  14. Serve warm, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 170.49kcal
  • Fat: 4.30g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.45g
  • Trans Fat: 0.14g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.13g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.34g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.95g
  • Fiber: 1.13g
  • Sugar: 8.70g
  • Protein: 3.71g
  • Cholesterol: 28.25mg
  • Sodium: 158.43mg
  • Calcium: 125.23mg
  • Potassium: 65.75mg
  • Iron: 0.58mg
  • Vitamin A: 39.12µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.17mg
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