Scones Recipe – Cranberry Walnut Scones for Breakfast

Last Updated on June 4, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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This Cranberry Walnut Scones Recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day that you want to make a special breakfast. Scones are an English or Scottish breakfast treat that are similar to a biscuit but usually contain dried fruits or nuts. They are slightly sweeter than a biscuit but not as sweet as many typical American breakfast treats. I chose dried cranberries because of the red color and will be making these on Valentine’s Day morning. However, you could easily use any type of dried fruit including raisins, chopped apricots, dates or even citrons.

Cranberry walnut scones recipe


Scones Recipe – Cranberry Walnut Scones

When I was growing up, my mother had a fondness for anything British. She loved watching British movies and was fascinated with British royalty. Tea was a ritual and it generally included scones of some type and fancy teacups.

Don’t be afraid to change up the flavor of this scones recipe. You can easily substitute chocolate chips for the cranberries if you prefer. Or you can use raisins, chopped apricots or any other type of dried fruit you have on hand. Toss in a handful of blueberries for a blueberry scones recipe. Or, don’t put anything extra in for a plain scones recipe.

Cranberry Walnut Scones Recipe for breakfast

Now if you’re wondering what to put on scones, it’s traditional to add clotted cream. Clotted cream is a thick cream that you can make at home if you want to. I haven’t ever found any at the stores here in my area. If you want a substitution, try jam and butter.

Scones are believed to have originated in the early 1500s and are traditionally triangular shaped.  In Scotland, they are often made with oat flour but can also be made with wheat or barley flour as well.   Normally, scones are sweet however they can be made savory with additions of cheese, finely chopped onions and crumbled bacon.

Cranberry Walnut Scones Recipe for breakfast

Traditionally, scones are served with tea as the main part of a Devonshire tea. A Devonshire tea involves splitting your scone in half and covering it with clotted cream and strawberry jam and is a British tradition dating back to the eleventh century. I find using a mini scones pan helps keep them uniform in size and shape.  Have you ever tried a scones recipe before? What did you put in yours?

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Yields 12

Serves 12 pieces

Cranberry Walnut Scones Recipe

You are going to love this easy scones recipe. Customize it with the add ins you like most!

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, chilled & diced
  • 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 to 1 cup half and half, divided
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray mini scone pan or line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix flour and baking powder. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  3. Add cranberries and walnuts.
  4. Add half and half and lemon juice slowly mixing regularly until dough comes together.
  5. Fill mini scone pan or form into two rounds and cut each into 6 wedges.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden and tester comes out clean.

27 thoughts on “Scones Recipe – Cranberry Walnut Scones for Breakfast”

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious. These scones would be good to have with my coffee. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out some of my family favorite recipes at: Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author
  2. I've never made scones, but it's one of those things I have been thinking of making for a long time. I'm always happy with anything with cranberries, so yours look great to me! Thank you for linking up to the Weekend Kitchen Party...I hope you'll come back and link up another recipe  or kitchen craft this weekend.
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  4. Scones are my go-to breakfast to make when I have unexpected guests in the morning. They're so quick and easy to whip up and are always a hit. I will have to try this variation.
  5. I do love scones, but I've never tried making them before. I have some half and half to finish up, so this sounds like the perfect use for it!
  6. Hello fellow Pinterest Recipe Club member :) I just pinned this image and thought I'd check it out... thanks for hosting this great link up, I can't wait to check out a few more recipes :) Happy Monday!!
  7. I had my first scone in Scotland, from very wonderful friends of ours, and I never looked back (love them now!).  Putting cranberries in it sounds ideal, and you're right this would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

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