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Easy Scones with Cranberries and Chocolate

This easy scones recipe is made with cranberries or cherries, chocolate and whipped cream. Kind of like a sundae in a scone form!

Easy Cranberry Chocolate Scones

Who doesn’t love an easy scones recipe laden with dried cranberries or cherries and lots of chocolate?

The best part is that making these scones doesn’t even require a mixer. 

One key component of this scones recipe is heavy cream that has been lightly whipped. This helps make the scones a bit airier and certainly richer.

I’ve used whipped cream before in one of my favorite biscuit recipes, much as it is used in this scone recipe.

Cranberry Cherry Chocolate Scones on white dish with butter

Not only does the whipped cream make a rich scone, it also makes a lighter scone that leans more towards a cake, than a bread.

I’m always looking for recipes to brighten my morning or on the odd chance that I might actually find time for a cup of tea, this scones recipe would be perfect.

Whether you make this into a cranberry scone or a cherry scone, doesn’t matter. And though I love the use of cranberries or cherries during the winter season, one could also use orange peel or even blueberries.

The point is that this easy scones recipe is so adaptable. 

Scones with dried cherries, cranberries and chocolate

These melt in your mouth breakfast pastries keep well in the freezer and merely need to be wrapped in foil and heated at 350 for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with some whipped butter or honey butter or clotted cream, if you are lucky enough to find it.

Add a spoonful of cherry jam and you have a breakfast worthy of company.

Not that I will be getting any company this season, but perhaps I will treat my husband as the honored person he is.

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After all, this year has been a good year to practice kindness, and though it hasn’t always been easy, I find food to be one way in which I try to show my love.

Though Manservant will often say perhaps I should find a more lo-cal way to do it!

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Easy Cranberry Chocolate Scones

Easy Scones with Cranberries and Chocolate

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes*
  • Yield: 12 scones 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This easy scones recipe is made with cranberries or cherries, chocolate and whipped cream. Kind of like a sundae in a scone form!



2 c all purpose unbleached flour

1/4 c granulated sugar

1 T baking powder

1/2 t kosher salt

3/4 c heavy whipping cream, chilled and lightly whipped to the consistency of pancake batter

1/2 c salted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes and chilled

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/2 c dried tart cherries

Sparkling sugar for sprinkling


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Toss the butter cubes in the flour mixture to coat, then press the cubes flat using your fingers. Add the chocolate and dried fruit of your choice and toss until well coated.

Add the whipped cream and rake through the dry ingredients with fingers spread wide on one hand while rotating the bowl with the other. Keep mixing, scraping clumps off your hand as needed until all the dry bits are moist and have formed large, shaggy clumps.

Gather small handfuls of the dough, about 1/4 c each and gently roll into 12 balls. Place on prepared baking sheet, about 2″ apart.

Sprinkle with sugar and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool, about 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Thank you NYT.


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mimi rippee

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I've had scones, in England and elsewhere, and they're just always too dry for me. Now, I'm not against slathering on the butter, which helps a lot, but when it's necessary, it's not as fun. I'd rather have something moist, and then add butter!!! but I love the recipe with the fruits and chocolate!


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I'm with you. I don't like dry crumbly scones. Thanks heavens, these are not!


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

these sound fabulous abbe. gotta love a scone with heaps of whipped cream on top!


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Well, not quite on top, but you can if you'd like! This whipped cream is part of the batter of the scone. Yum!


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

We LOVE scones, esp. my husband, who can have them for every single meal. These look fabulous with cherries and chocolate.


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I think your husband and I would get along quite well!

John / Kitchen Riffs

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

I like scones, although I rarely make them. Scratch that -- I never make them 'cause I always leave that up to Mrs KR (she's the baker!). We happen to have a bunch of cream in the refrigerator, and although we have plans for some of it, we need to find something to do with the rest of it. This would be perfect! These look super -- thanks.


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

It's time John. It's time!