Scones are great with butter, Nutella, jam or just plain! They are perfect for dipping in tea or with a poached egg on for breakfast… who wouldn’t want one?! You are going to love these white chocolate cranberry scones. They are my favourite easy scone recipe because they combine two of my favourite things!
There is something about the cranberry and white chocolate combo that makes these white chocolate cranberry scones so addictive!
I make scones often because they are extremely easy to make and don’t take many ingredients. Plus a basic scone recipe is very easy to change up with whatever fruit, chocolate or cheese you have on hand.
The best part is they make your house smell amazing! What is your favourite flavour of scone? Or is it too hard to pick just one?
This cranberry white chocolate recipe might be my favourite flavour, but I like to change things up sometimes. Savoury cheese and mustard scones are also amazing, or choc chip ones! The list could go on and on. A good easy scone recipe is so versatile.
Scones Around the World
These biscuit-like pastries are typically rolled into rounds then cut into quarters. They can be baked in the oven or cooked on a griddle. The first scones were a Scottish bread, made with oats then cooked on a griddle. They were around in the 16th century. Modern scones are typically made with flour and baked.
It’s believed the word comes from ‘schoonbrot’ which is Dutch for beautiful bread. Another possibility is that the name comes from Stone of Destiny. That’s where the Kings of Scotland used to be crowned. We know the origins of an easy scone recipe, but maybe not the true reason behind the name.
Scones later became an important part of ‘taking tea’ in England. Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, ordered tea and sweet breads from her servants one afternoon a couple of hundred years ago! She loved the scones so much she would order this every afternoon.
In modern England, scones are round in shape. They are topped with jam and clotted cream, and served with a pot of tea.
White Chocolate Cranberry Scone Recipe
White Chocolate Cranberry Scones
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Using large holes of a grater, grate frozen butter into the flour. Use fingers to work in the butter until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in white chocolate chips.
- In separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth and incorporated.
- Use a fork to stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large clumps form. Gently stir in cranberries. Use hands to form dough into two even sized balls.
- If dough is sticky and needs to firm up a bit, wrap dough balls tightly and chill until it's easier to work with, about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set oven to 400 degrees F.
- On a lightly floured, flat surface, pat each dough ball evenly into an 8 inch circle, about ¾ inch thick each. Cut each circle into 8 triangle wedges. Place triangles on lined baking sheets, 1 inch apart.
- To make the egg wash, lightly beat the egg and water together. Brush the egg wash on top of each triangle. Sprinkle tops with coarse sugar.
- Bake about 14-17 minutes or just until tops are light golden.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Tips for Perfect White Chocolate Cranberry Scones
The best thing about this recipe is the wonderful blend of flavours. The tart fresh berries contrast so well with the rich white chocolate. If you are looking for a fresh cranberry recipe to use up some berries, this one is great. Don’t use frozen berries, or you will lose some of the wonderful texture and flavour.
You will need frozen butter for making the dough, which will grate easily, so pop the butter in the freezer before doing anything else.
Similarly, the dough will need to be chilled for a bit to hold it together. Chilling it makes it a lot easier to work with. Give yourself chilling time with this fresh cranberry recipe, so the scones come out perfect.
If you aren’t a white chocolate fan, and don’t really want a cranberry white chocolate recipe, use milk chocolate instead. Either bittersweet or semisweet will work, or perhaps dark chocolate is more to your taste.
These parchment paper sheets are perfect for baking scones. No sticking and (hopefully) no burning, plus easy clean up. They are a trusted brand and good quality. Poor quality parchment paper just tears too easily, which can be so annoying.
Why I Love a Fresh Cranberry Recipe
There are more fresh cranberry recipe ideas to choose from, if you have a lot to use up. You could try cranberry bliss bars or cranberry lemon pistachio cookies. What about making some cranberry sauce and roasting some juicy turkey to go with it?
Another reason I love white chocolate cranberry scones is because cranberries are healthy. This berry is native to North America. Cranberries offer a wealth of health benefits, such as being high in antioxidants and nutrients.
They are also believed to improve immune function, decrease blood pressure, and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. So you might want to make a cranberry white chocolate recipe and enjoy these benefits!
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, there are plenty of fresh cranberry recipes. You can add sugar or another sweetener for a sweet taste.
Let me know if you try these white chocolate cranberry scones recipe. They won’t last long, because they are so good!