Cranberry Orange Scones Starbucks Copycat Recipe

These copycat Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones have just a hint of orange and are stuffed with delicious cranberries and a light drizzle of orange glaze.

One of my favorite scones is inspired by a discontinued Starbucks Scone.  Just a pinch of orange zest and delicious chewy cranberries make this Copycat Starbucks scone the perfect tea accompaniment.

Try them with some of my Afternoon tea recipes.  Scones may seem intimidating when you first try them, in fact, the first few times I got very frustrated.

When you get used to the cold butter and the texture you know what to look for and they become super easy.

They are not too sweet and they almost have that healthy feel and taste to them, but they are super delicious. For more scone recipes and baking tips get the Ultimate collection of scone recipes.

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Copycat Cranberry Orange Scones

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Why these Scones Are So Popular

These Cranberry Orange Scones that are a copycat recipe from Starbucks are so delicious and even though you can’t buy them at Starbucks anymore, you can still make them at home.

There are also many things you can add to them to put on top. I have made an orange glaze for these cranberry scones which is in this recipe, or an orange zest clotted cream, and even orange curd goes perfectly with these.

My favorite thing I use is this scone pan that made it so easy to make. I have the small one, but there is a larger scone pan also. Starbucks scones are big, but I like the small size.

You can freeze these scones and pull them out when you want them. You can heat them for  10 seconds in the microwave. Since Starbucks discontinued its Cranberry Orange Scone you can still enjoy these delicious snacks at home.

Whatever way you like to eat them, you can make them quick and serve them at your next get-together and everyone will be raving about them. Another fun idea while you are enjoying your scones is to read this inspirational Teacup Story. 

If you enjoy this Cranberry Orange Scone recipe try these also:


  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Cranberries
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Orange Zest
  • Orange Juice

Easy Preparation Steps

Sift the Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and Sugar.

Add the Cubed Butter and Blend with a Pastry Blender.

Add Cranberries and Orange Zest to the flour-butter mixture and using a dough hook in a Stand Mixer blend until fully incorporated. (Optional, you can add zest in this step or use it in the filling instead)

Create two discs with dough and slice into 6 pieces each.

Slice scones in half and add a spoonful of cranberries mixed with zest and maple syrup, inside all 12 scones. Place scones on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake for 13 -15 minutes until light golden brown.

When cooled, mix remaining zest, powdered sugar with orange juice, and drizzle across scones.

Copycat Scone Recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones with orange slices
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Cranberry Orange Scones Starbucks Copycat Recipe

These copycat Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones have just a hint of orange and delicious cranberries with a light orange glaze. These scones are the perfect tea accompaniment. 
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry orange scones, cranberry scones, Scones
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 scones
Calories 333kcal
Author Candi Elm


  • 3 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 Cup cold butter Cubed
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Cups dried cranberries , divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup


  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ⅓ cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add butter cubes and mix in with a pastry blender until dough becomes coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in buttermilk until just moistened. Mix and fold in 1/2 of dried cranberries and orange zest. Mix until completely incorporated. You can use a Kitchen Aid with a dough hook. This is the easiest method.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead gently until dough is no longer sticky.
  • Divide dough in half and form into a circle and flatten out with palms of hands. Cut into 6 triangles.
  • Take remaining cranberries and maple syrup and combine in a small bowl. Slice scones in half and add a spoonful of cranberries in the middle and then replace the top of the scone. Do this for both discs.
  • Add scones to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • When cooled make the glaze and drizzle on scones on some parchment or waxed paper. Enjoy


Don’t be intimidated when making scones. They are simple to make. The key is not to handle for too long and make sure the butter is cold.
When you incorporate it into the dough make sure to have chunks or little bits of butter that you can see. This will make it lighter and so delicious. 
You can omit the glaze if you prefer them without. 
Add a dollop of clotted cream (optional) 
Serve with a cup of hot tea. 


Serving: 1scone | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg

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What the best way to eat scones?

  • You can freeze scones by wrapping them in a paper towel and placing in a freezer bag. Then take them out as needed. You can reheat in the oven on 250 degrees or microwave.
  • Serve them with your favorite jam or condiment.
  • Eat them with your favorite hot tea or coffee.
  • Enjoy them as a snack or for brunch.

What other scone recipes do you like? Leave me a comment and I may add the recipe.

This recipe has been updated since April 2014.

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  1. I haven't had scones i forever! I would love a special occasion to give these a shot!!

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    1. Hi…I will be making these today, they look great. Two questions though, the recipe says the amount of cranberries, then divided but I don’t see this reflected in the instructions…is there something missing? And does this recipe make 8 or 16 scones? I’m not sure.

      Many thanks.

  2. I stopped buying these scones because they became so expensive. I love that I can make them myself! This post has been Stumbled!
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  3. I've never tried cranberry orange scones but they sound really good – I'm a fan of the plain and the cheese varieties!
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  4. Those look delicious! Thanks for linking up last week to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned it to the Bloggers Brags PInterest Board.

  5. Candi,
    I had the most tender cranberry orange scones, bought on a whim, with my tea at a recent book group meeting in a local coffee shop. I never knew scones could be so light!
    These look terrific, and I think I’ll use a piece of parchment paper instead of a cookie sheet, since it’s my secret to success with pizza.

  6. I am obsessed with baked goods at Starbucks – it is a struggle to resist them. I can’t wait to try this recipe – they look delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    The cranberries along with the orange together in these scones are absolutey delicious! Will definitelymake again!

  8. 5 stars
    I love scones! These are actually even better than the ones you buy! Thanks for the tip on how to freeze them too – that really came in handy.

  9. 4 stars
    I agree that your instructions need tweaking in a couple of places. But the scones were delicious with substituting 1 cup of craisans. I will use less sugar next time – and less maple syrup as it’s just a tad too sweet for me.

  10. Regarding the Cranberry Orange Scone recipe, what do you do with the 2 tsp maple syrup? The recipe does not indicate when/where to add the syrup? Thank you!

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