Tuesday, December 20

Recipe: Easy Christmas Cranberry Scones with Dried Cranberries and a Touch of Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Christmas Cranberry Scones Recipe with dried cranberries and freshly grated nutmeg- FarmgirlFare.com
They're moist on the inside, with a nice light crunch on the outside (recipe here)

Beautifully golden brown and dotted with jewel-like dried cranberries and optional chopped pecans, these cute little scones are sure to brighten any holiday table. I named them Christmas Cranberry Scones the year I baked them all afternoon at a kitchen store holiday open house, but they're tasty any time of year. Buttery and crumbly and rich, try them for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea.

And to round out your easy scone repertoire, I suggest my popular Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones with Feta, which are made with softened cream cheese instead of butter. Add them to your holiday bread basket, serve them for breakfast, or split and toast them to make satisfying little leftover turkey or ham sandwiches. Both of these recipes also freeze beautifully. Enjoy!

Still hungry after stuffing yourself with scones? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

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  1. Happy Holidays.

    I'll be out until Jan. 3rd. Will catch up after the 1st of the year.

  2. Your scones are beautiful! I love using dried cranberries in cookies and breads this time of year! :)

  3. I would like to make these scones and take them to a Christmas lunch but I would need to make them a day earlier since we will be in the car the whole morning. Would that be possible?

  4. with all the beautiful fresh cranberries in the market now it seems a shame not to use them - how do you think they would work in these? too moist?

    another unrelated - but still baking question - would you know how steel cut oats would compare to old fashioned oats in baking? i'm wondering about a cookie made w/ steel cut oats ....

  5. Hi SowandSo,
    Making these scones a day ahead of time should be fine. They do taste best warm, so it would be ideal if you were able to reheat them for 5 to 10 minutes in the oven before serving, which will nicely crisp them back up - and help the butter melt. ;) But they taste good at room temperature, too!

    Since dried cranberries (craisins) are sweetened, and fresh cranberries are very tart, I'm not sure how these scones would taste made with fresh cranberries. If you like that tartness, you might try using them and adding a little more sugar to the batter. If you do try it, I hope you'll let us know how they turn out!

    As for baking with steel cut oats, I'm afraid I have no experience with that. But the texture of the oats is so different, I'm not sure you could successfully swap them out in a cookie recipe. I seem to recall that most recipes for bowls of oatmeal made with steel cut oats call for long cooking times and/or soaking the oats first, which isn't necessary when using old-fashioned oats.

  6. I made these and your savory cheese scones today. I could not resist and had to try them both. YUM I have been wanting to try to make scones and never had the nerve. Now I know that I can do it. I have loved every one of your recipes that I have tried.


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