Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

Fresh Cranberry Scones with white chocolate chips and a vanilla bean glaze ~

Chilly morning? Cozy up with these Fresh Cranberry Scones ~ they’re moist and flaky, loaded with lots of tart cranberries, and a touch of white chocolate ~ all topped with a vanilla bean glaze.

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Scones are moist and flakey, studded with tart cranberries and creamy white chocoate chips ~

When it comes to fresh cranberries, we’ve been brainwashed!

Somewhere along the way somebody convinced us that fresh raw cranberries are too tart to use in baking, and that we need to sweeten them with tons of sugar and dry them down into shriveled blobs before we use them. Well I’m here to set the record straight ~ fresh cranberries have a bright vibrant flavor and color which is just perfect for waking up winter baking.

Fresh Cranberry Scones with white chocolate chips and a vanilla bean glaze ~

This is a simple and straightforward scone recipe. They’re really one of the easier baking projects to master, and infinitely variable as far as how you want to flavor them ~ you can load them up with chunky bits, enrich them with spices, or just keep them clean and simple.

Scones have been done every which way here on tvfgi, but I do have a few favorites, like my Maple Walnut Scones, which started out as a copycat Starbucks recipe. Ditto my Pumpkin Scones.

Fresh Cranberry and White Chocolate Scones are ideal for a chilly fall morning ~

TIP:  The trick with scone dough is not to work it too much. It’s meant to be scraggly and rough. Embrace the chaos and let it be the boss…if it seems to want to go into a rectangle shape, cut little squares ~ if it wants to form more of a disk, do pie shaped wedges.


Whip us these fresh cranberry scones for overnight guests, or a special brunch. They make a great offering to take to a book club or a pta meeting. But if you’re cooking just for two of you, even better ~ they’ll last a week and make you happy every morning.

These scones turned out even more delicious than I expected, if you like cranberries and you like scones, you should really give them a try. The flavor is lovely and unusual and the texture is perfect.

Fresh Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones ~

Reader Rave ~

I’ve tried another one of your scone recipes before and they were amazing. These scones were absolutely delicious and I loved the combination of the cranberry and white chocolate.” ~Elena

3.39 from 21 votes

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted cold butter cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup possibly a little bit more cold buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk half and half, or cream for thinning


  • set oven to 375F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pulse the cranberries and the brown sugar in a food processor to rough chop the berries. Remove to a bowl.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the processor and pulse to combine.
  • Drop in the pieces of cold butter and pulse about 20-25 times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Remove the mixture to a large mixing bowl and blend in the cranberries, chocolate, and buttermilk until the dough just comes together, it will be crumbly. If it is very dry, drizzle in a little more buttermilk.
  • Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and bring together into a rectangular shape and cut into 9 rough squares. Put the scones in the freezer for 1/2 hour.
  • Arrange the scones 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until just starting to turn golden. Don't over bake.
  • Let cool before glazing with the vanilla bean glaze.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the sifted sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and enough milk, half and half , or cream to make a spoonable glaze..
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • If you don’t like white chocolate, feel free to leave it out, or substitute an equal amount of chopped nuts…I recommend walnuts.
  • You could leave off the glaze and serve these with a luscious homemade clotted cream


Thanks for pinning these fresh cranberry white chocolate scones!

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    December 20, 2020 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is perfect for using the rest of my fresh cranberries I don’t use for thanksgiving. My husband and kids love them, and specifically ask for them on special family weekends together. Tender and flavorful! I will never lose this recipe!

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      December 20, 2020 at 9:56 am

      So glad to hear it 🙂

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    January 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    What can I replace the buttermilk with?

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      January 25, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      You can use milk, half and half, or cream. You can also make your own buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk. Let it stand for 15 minutes before using.

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    November 22, 2018 at 8:58 am

    These were delicious. One note: the glaze was enough for about ten batches–I think we could have dipped the scones in it and still had some left over. Might want to make a half or even quarter batch, just to avoid wasting it.

    Though it IS pretty yummy by itself (if not particularly nutritious!).

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      November 22, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Dipping the whole scones in the glaze sounds like a pretty interesting idea 😉 I’m a self-avowed glaze-a-holic.

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    November 11, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve tried another one of your scone recipes before and they were amazing. These scones were absolutely delicious and I loved the combination of the cranberry and white chocolate.

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      November 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Elena, the combination is unusual but so good, I think Starbuck’s should do one like it!

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    February 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Can dried cranberries be used??

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      February 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Yes, sure.

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    December 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I’m not a white chocolate fan – how do you think these would be with a dark chocolate??

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      December 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      It’s a matter of taste, Tammy, if it sounds good to you then I think you should go for it. You can also just leave the chocolate out, or substitute with nuts of some sort.

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    Jules @ WolfItDown
    December 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my…. I think I need this – s’been a rough week, and these scones would definitely make the mornings a whooole lot better 😀 x

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    November 28, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Gorgeous scones, Sue! I may just dream of these tonight and hope to find them fresh out of the oven in the morning. 🙂

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    November 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

    i was of the mind that i had no use for american scones, but these look great. white chocolate and cranberries get me every time. 🙂

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    November 28, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I made these this weekend and we loved them! Your instructions were perfect, and the scones were divine; even looked like your photo 🙂 . Thanks for the great recipe.

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      November 28, 2016 at 7:26 am

      That’s wonderful news, Becky. I’ve made so many scones that I think I sometimes skimp on the directions, I have to force myself to be explicit! I’m glad you liked these 🙂

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    November 26, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Pinned! I’m having lots of company for Christmas and I plan to have my freezer stuffed with breakfast scones. I have a cranberry lover coming so these will definitely be one of the choices- they look so good! 🙂

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      December 8, 2017 at 4:01 am

      How long can you freeze these? Do they freeze well in a freezer bag?

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    November 26, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Gorgeous scones Sue, love the vanilla bean specks on the frosting, always the mark of amazing flavor.

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    November 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Do you think these could be made with frozen berries?

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      November 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Yes, that would work, Pat, and there’s no need to defrost them before processing.

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    November 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    OOH, BOY! Do these look yummy!!! Thanks for all you do for us foodies out here! Where do the white chocolate chips or walnuts get added in? With the buttermilk? I’ll have to make a choice soon! I’m very anxious to try these!

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      November 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks YOU for following along, Marua <3 And yes, the white chocolate gets folded in with the cranberries and buttermilk. Hope you enjoy them.

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    November 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Pinned..they look and sound delicious..

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    November 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Cranberry scones are my absolute favourite and I always only make them with fresh cranberries. I love the tart with the sweet. So pretty!

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    Virginia Graves
    November 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thank you so much I will be making these real soon

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      November 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Everyone enjoyed them in our house, Virginia ~ hope you do too 🙂

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    November 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I baked some scones a couple of days ago too, but yours looks so much better with that glorious glaze, Sue.

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      November 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Scones can be a little ‘rustic’ looking without that glaze 😉

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    November 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Oh dear, here goes my good intentions…….love cranberries.

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      November 25, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Good intentions don’t come into play until January, Schatzi 😉

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    Chris Scheuer
    November 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I was thinking of starting a diet after Thanksgiving – but I’ve changed my mind! Maybe after I made a batch of these guys!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 25, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I LOVE fresh cranberry scones – and combined with white chocolate sounds terrific. These are very pretty too! And all those vanilla beans in the glaze – how yummy! Pinning!

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