Lemon Cranberry Scones Recipe

April 1, 2022

A lemon cranberry scone, garnished with a lemon twist sits next to a morning cup of coffee.

Lemon Cranberry Scones

Add the perfect balance of sweet and zing to your day with a Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins favorite: our Lemon Cranberry Scones. It’s one of the many morning treats we enjoy making for the 3-course breakfast included with every stay. You’ll love that this simple recipe makes ~10 scones because when you have leftovers, it’ll also pair nicely with your afternoon coffee or tea.

Before You Start

Oven  Preheat oven to 400º

Prepare  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Serves  10



  • 3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cranberries or white chocolate chips
  • 1 stick cold, unsalted butter cut into 1/2” cubes
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus up to 2 tablespoons more
  • 1 whole egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt


In a large bowl or food processor, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. Add butter and pulse in food processor or cut with pastry knives by hand until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in 1 cup of cream and stir to incorporate. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of cream or milk until the dough just comes together.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Form into a ball and flatten into an 8-inch round. Do not overwork the dough. Slice into 8 – 10 wedges. Transfer to a baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 10-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes on the sheet tray before glazing. 
For the glaze, combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the lemon juice 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. When the scones are cooled, drizzle with glaze serve.

Find more of our BnB morning favorites on our Breakfast page.

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