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White Chocolate Cranberry Scones

These White Chocolate Cranberry Scones are crispy at the edges, yet have a moist ‘n tender crumb throughout.  Fresh cranberries make these scones festive for the holidays.

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We’ve got lots of white chocolate raspberry love in this space, but it’s the cranberry’s time to shine right now.

I’ve been making fresh cranberry sauce every year (a must do!) but once I discovered baking with fresh cranberries, there’s no turning back.

White chocolate and cranberries have long been in cahoots, particularly in cookies, but typically recipes call for dried cranberries. We eat our Craisins by the handful, so no qualms with that.

But baking with fresh cranberries is a completely knock-your-socks off way to get your cran-goodness in every luscious bite…

White chocolate cranberry scones

The tart juiciness of fresh cranberries combined + the sweetness of white chocolate = strikingly awesome.

These White Chocolate Cranberry Scones have an unbelievably moist and tender crumb, encased in a crispy exterior.

Festively sprinkled with coarse sugar on top and drizzled with more of my favorite white chocolate.

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Thanks to my wise foresight, I managed to set aside a couple scones this time for myself and Hubby.  We happily savored them because that’s all we got.

Scones simply don’t last long around here.

The rest of this batch was polished off by our Littles with lightening quick speed.

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Red, white, and festive.

Crispy exterior, moist center.

Perfect for gifting and sharing and simply enjoying.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Scones

These White Chocolate Cranberry Scones are crispy on the exterior and super moist throughout. They are tender without being dry at all. The tangy juiciness of fresh cranberries melds perfectly with the sweetness of silky white chocolate.

Yield: 16 scones 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 2 sticks (16 TB) salted butter, frozen
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, plus 1/2 cup for drizzle
  • 1 cup whole sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 2 tsp water, lightly beaten together (for egg wash)
  • coarse sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using large holes of a box grater, grate frozen butter into the flour. Use fingers to work in the butter until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth and incorporated.
  3. Use a fork to stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large clumps form. Gently stir in cranberries. Use hands to form dough into two even sized balls. (As you work the dough, it will come together and form balls; don’t overwork dough.)
  4. If dough is sticky and needs to firm up a bit, wrap dough balls tightly and chill until it’s easier to work with, about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set oven to 400F, with rack on lower-middle position.
  6. On a lightly floured, flat surface, pat each dough ball evenly into an 8-inch circle, about 3/4 inch thick each. Using a very sharp knife, cut each circle into 8 triangle wedges. Place triangles on lined baking sheets, 1 inch apart.
  7. Brush the egg wash on top of each triangle. Sprinkle tops with coarse sugar.
  8. Bake one sheet at a time, about 14-17 minutes or just until tops are light golden. Do not over bake.
  9. Allow scones to cool completely to room temp.
  10. Melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and drizzle over the top. Serve immediately, or store in airtight container for up to 2 days. Baked scones are best within first 24 hours. If they are very slightly under baked, they will stay moist longer.
  11. *Note: If you want to make the dough ahead of time, simply wrap the two dough balls in cling wrap and chill up to 2 days in fridge. Then, shape and bake as directed.
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: breakfast/brunch

 Source:  Chew Out Loud

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    • Jeanette H Hamrick

    Your recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Scones sounds delicious! Could I freeze the half of the dough and bake it later or could I freeze the scones? I live alone and there is no way I can eat 16 scones by myself so I am trying decide what to do with so many. I may need to just bake on Saturday and take some to my Sunday school class.

      • chewoutloud

      The dough (as well as baked scones) can be frozen. Sounds like a great idea to share with your class! Enjoy and happy baking!

    • Liz Berg

    Besides looking irresistible, your photos are gorgeous! I’m ready for bed, but I’m craving scones now!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for the kind compliment, Liz! I love your recipes, too 🙂 Oh, and yes… it’s an occupational hazard, this foodie stuff late at night. 😉

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Hans! Happy holidays 🙂

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