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Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Scones

These easy Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Scones are perfect for the holidays! Each scone has hints of orange zest mixed with tartness from the fresh cranberries. It’s the best recipe for homemade Cranberry Orange Scones!

If you love scones as much as I do, be sure to also try these Easy Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Scones and these Apple Cinnamon Scones.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Scones

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did you get any Christmas shopping done?

This weekend was a blast from the past for me. And by past, I mean the artic chill of Wisconsin weather. Thursday was 80 degrees here in Texas and then Friday came in with a high of 41 degrees. What?!? All weekend it has been freezing cold with rain on and off.  Definitely reminded me of my midwestern roots, but at least I didn’t have to shovel snow!  🙂

What do you do when its cold outside? Do you still brave the cold to run errands or become a hermit inside?

These Scones Are Perfect For Breakfast Or Dessert

Well, I stayed inside! I cooked up my Three Bean & Beef Crockpot Chili and then baked up a storm! I’m sure that my son and husband appreciated the baking because it doesn’t happen to much around here. 🙂  But what can I say the cold temperatures and Holiday season just begs for baking, right!

One of the things I baked up a couple of weeks ago were these Cranberry Orange Scones. You know that I’m all about the quick breakfast treats! I just adapted this recipe from my Lemon Blueberry Scone recipe and subbed in the Orange and Cranberries. It worked out perfectly… oh… minus the fact that when my husband and I were making them he read the recipe as 1 cup of flour instead of 2 cups. Soo… I started with a sticky mess on the counter and ended up having to add more and more flour until it was the right consistency. Ooopps. 🙂

This Easy Scone Recipe Is Great For The Holidays

Needless to say, they still turned out absolutely delicious. There is a slight hint of orange with a tinge of sweet and then you get a bright tart bite from the cranberries. I will definitely be making these for our Christmas Day brunch with family! 🙂

How To Make Cranberry Orange Scones

To get started, Preheat the oven to 400º. In a bowl, combine the 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of orange zest,  2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

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Use a pastry blender, or two knives, to cut 6 Tablespoons of unsalted {chilled} butter until it resembles small peas and add the butter to flour mixture. Next, stir in the 1 cup of fresh cranberries to flour mixture.

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In a small bowl, mix together 1 egg and 1 cup of vanilla flavored greek yogurt. Add the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. {mixture will still be crumbly}

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Dump the dough onto a work surface/counter and “knead” 3-4 times. {as much as you can with the crumbly consistency} Pat the dough into a circle about 1/2 an inch thick.

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Next, cut dough into 10-12 wedges and transfer wedges to a baking sheet. Bake the scones 12-14 minutes.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

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Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Scones

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Total Time: 24 mins
  • Yield: 10-12 scones 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: English


Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Scones are easy to make and perfect for the holidays! Each scone has hints of orange zest mixed with tartness from the fresh cranberries.


  • 1 cup All- Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. of butter {chilled}, cut into small pea size pieces
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of vanilla flavored greek yogurt
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Use a pastry blender, or two knives, to cut butter until it resembles small peas and add the butter to flour mixture.
  4. Stir in the cranberries.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and yogurt.
  6. Stir the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  7. Dump the dough onto a work surface and “knead” 3-4 times. {as much as you can, it will be very crumbly}
  8. Pat into a circle about 1/2 an inch thick.
  9. Cut into 10-12 wedges and transfer to a baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1 scone
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Protein: 5g

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44 comments on “Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Scones”

  1. I tried making this a few times but I never get a crumbly dough. Mine is very wet. They taste lovely though.

  2. These were delicious!! Thank you for an easy, healthy, and yummy recipe. I will definitely be making these again!

  3. THE BEST scone recipe! I’ve tried a LOT of scone recipes but will search no more. Flaky, light, perfect texture–not too dry or too moist. And already has wheat flour and yogurt so I didn’t have to adjust on my own (did add a bit less butter, maybe just 4 Tbl) and they were still perfect. Never seen a scone recipe w/ egg but it works! I put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before baking and baked them a little longer (probably because of the chilling). PERFECT SCONES! I sent this link out to all my baking friends to share this one. So happy with this recipe. Thank you!

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    Stephanie Isaacson

    I can finally stop looking for a go-to “healthier” scone recipe—have tried a lot and this is the best!! Delicious, flaky, light. I made mine smaller (got 16 scones) and had to bake about 25 minutes. I even used just 4 Tbls butter. and white whole wheat flour (subbing 1/3 cup with almond flour) and turned out great! Didn’t have vanilla Greek yogurt so used plain and added 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp almond extract. Thank you and excited to try more of your recipes!

  5. Probably the worst recipe I have tried. No instructions how to mix, combine: spoon, whisk, spatula?! What does chilled butter mean? No vid or pics to follow along… my dough was not crumby at all, super sticky… thumbs down for this one.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that. I will test it out again and see if there are any changes I can make.

    1. Hey Sean, it is about 165 calories per scone. 🙂 I will also update the other nutritional info in this. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi Krista,
    I’m throwing a birthday tea party tomorrow (I’m turning 39!) and would love to make these scones. I don’t have greek yogurt, though…can I replace it with something else, like milk? Or should I go to the store to buy some?

    1. Hey Marina,
      Well Happy 39th Birthday… love that you are throwing a tea party.. too fun! 🙂 You could sub sour cream for the greek yogurt but it wouldn’t be as healthy.. but if your ok with that the go ahead and make that sub. {its for a birthday so the calories don’t count.. right?} Otherwise I would go grab some yogurt. 🙂

  7. Hi Krista,
    I’ve been eyeing these for a while. I think I just might make them! Quick question, when you say Greek yogurt, do you use full-fat, 2%, or non-fat? Thanks.

    1. Yeah, so glad you are giving in. You wont regret it! 🙂 I use the 2% greek yogurt. Hope they turn out Teresa!

      1. I didn’t actually end up making these until today. They are amazing. I used frozen unsweetened cranberries because fresh aren’t readily available now. I also used Cabot brand vanilla bean greek yogurt. They are delicious, and well worth the wait. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

        1. Ohh… love the cabot brand vanilla bean yogurt!!!!! Yeah, i’ve had to use the frozen ones before too, cranberries have only a short time on the shelf and then its frozen the rest of the year. So glad you enjoyed these scones girl, makes my day! 🙂

  8. Dear Krista, These scones look so delicious. Perfect breakfast treat! Just stopping by from Best of the Weekend. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Thank you so much Catherine, you are too sweet! 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try them. Thank you for stopping by for the Best of the Weekend! Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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    Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

    Hi Krista,
    I saw your beautiful scones at Show Stopper Saturday and had to come see more! I love the combination of cranberry and orange and these look so delicious and healthy too. Your photography is fabulous. So glad I found your blog. Have a great weekend.

    1. Your so sweet! Thanks Robyn! Love this recipe, and it is so easy to adapt depending on the type of scone you want to make. 🙂 The yogurt in it is awesome and makes the scones so moist. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments, you made my day!

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    Erin {Delightful E Made}

    Hi Krista!! I really love scones and amazingly so does my 5-year-old, Harrison! These look especially delicious – can’t wait to try them out! I will get Harrison to help me make them – he would love that! Thanks so much for hosting Show Stopper Saturday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~Erin

    1. Sounds like your son and my son would have a blast together…. baking and eating together. hehe 🙂 We love scones over here too, great way to start the morning! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Show Stopper, you always have amazing looking treats!

  11. We just love scones and I really like the combination of Cranberry and Orange for your delicious scones. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks Miz Helen, this are quickly becoming a favorite at our house. The tartness from the cranberries definitely wakes you up in the mornings. 🙂 Thanks for linking up!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh so yummy!! And festive. I love the tart cranberries and white chocolate combination. Always amazing 🙂

    1. Thanks Zainab 🙂 The Cranberries are definitely awesome in this! 🙂 No white chocolate in here, but come to think of it, it would be quite amazing in these scones! YUM! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Krista, how did you know that I have leftover cranberries in my fridge waiting to be used? And that cranberry orange is my favorite combination ever? This posts was written for me I think so thanks!

    1. haha… well what can I say. I have a special talent for knowing what people need. I hope you enjoy these scones Britni, thanks so much for your fun comment. Made my day!

  14. It was cold here too but I did end up braving the cold for a few hours here and there to get some errands done and then hid inside like a hermit for the rest of the weekend and baked up a storm too 🙂 Yum, we love scones and these look wonderfully moist and fluffy Krista! I love the greek yogurt in here and cranberries and orange are always a wonderful combination especially during this time of year! Would definitely love a plate of these for our breakfast 🙂

    1. Yeah for hermits from the cold! 🙂 hehe.. the greek yogurt in these is my favorite part, so moist! You and your fam will love these!

    1. Thanks Sarah! Definitely a Christmas morning treat! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Sarah, and the pin!

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef

    these sound delicious!! i love orange and cranberry, and haven’t made scones in SO long. one question though, when you say 1 cup of vanilla greek yogurt, do you mean 8 ounces or one of the individual cups (usually 5-6 oz)? thanks 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah. This is my second time making them and I love it! Especially the greek yogurt, makes them nice and moist. And yes, when I say 1 cup I mean 8 oz. 🙂 Enjoy your scone making or I should say baking!

    1. Thanks Linda, if you love scones then you totally need to try these. 🙂 Perfect with a cup of coffee, thanks for the pin!

    1. Thanks Paula, thats my favorite thing about these scones. Most scones tend to be a little dry but the addition of the greek yogurt in these make them crazy moist! 🙂

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    Anne Byerley

    Hi Krista,
    Yum, yum, yum, will definitely be going to try these, hubby loves scones, and this is something different and special.
    Thank you so much.
    I am following you in all ways I can, love your blog and learn so much from it. Thank you very much.
    I hope that you have a fantastic day.
    Love and best wishes.

    1. I know thats why I love them, because they feel special or fancy. But seriously so easy!

      Anne, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for becoming a follower, love to meet the people that are following! {well, virtually meet that is}