Cranberry Chocolate Scones

Me_160x182Greetings! I’m Jen and I’m thrilled Ruthie asked me to come back and share with you another favorite recipe of mine from my blog Bakerette.com! I love to share really cool recipes, trends, insights, and ideas I come across every day. I’d love it if you stopped by to “taste” a little of what Bakerette’s all about.

Cranberry-Chocolate-Scones by bakerette at www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

cranberry chocolate scones
 

Can I just tell you that I went nearly 2 years without refined sugar? You’re laughing, right? I’m being serious! I never felt cleaner nor leaner. I had a few relapses now and again, but for the most part I remained firm. And then this Thanksgiving all of the sweet aroma of things I was baking was waaaaay too much for me and I caved. I’m not eating it on an every-day-basis (although it might seem like I am–okay, maybe I am. Oye!) but it’s just so dang addictive! It’s also really comforting to mindlessly eat some sweet treat as I’m typing out these posts.

I will admit that I am thoroughly enjoying baked goods I haven’t eaten in a very long time–like these cranberry chocolate scones! Ya, they do have chocolate! Can I remind you that I can’t make anything without chocolate! (Or cheese. It’s gotta be one or the other!)

As I type this, I can still taste the sweet cranberry and hint of chocolate with each bite. Add a drizzle of orange icing and, well, there’s just one word for them–amazing. I double-dare you to stop eating at one and if you can, I want to hear your secret how!

My blog is really dangerous for me. I just want to make all of these goodies to share with you and in the meantime, I’m spreading!! Argh!

Cranberry Chocolate Scones
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup chopped dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • ¼ cup pecans, finely chopped (optional)
  • Orange icing
  • Orange Icing
  • Mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. If icing is too thick to drizzle, continue adding orange juice ½ teaspoon at a time until you get the right consistency.
  • Instructions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add softened butter and with a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until it resembles course meal.
  4. In a separate bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, mix together eggs, ¾ cup whipping cream (set aside the remaining cream), cranberries, and orange zest for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in mini chocolate chips and finely chopped pecans, if desired.
  6. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until blended and moist.
  7. Dough will be sticky.
  8. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and gently knead the dough until the dough is smooth.
  9. Divide the dough in half and form into two large balls.
  10. Press down each ball into a large 6-inch circumference and cut the dough into 6 wedges.
  11. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart.
  12. Lightly brush the tops of each wedge with the remaining whipping cream.
  13. Repeat with the other dough half.
  14. Bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  15. Let cool and drizzle with orange icing and a light dusting of powdered sugar.
cranberry chocolate scones

It’s been amazing being here and sharing with all of you today. I hope you’ll take a minute to knock on my door at Bakerette! Or stop by to see me at Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Happy Holidays!

Jen

*Recipe adapted from BHG Special Interest Publication, Holiday Recipes 2011, p. 35

Oh my goodness.  Don’t those scones look simply amazing!  I love Cranberry and Chocolate together- lovely brunch idea for this time of year too.  Thanks so much to Jen for sharing them with us today… here’s a look at a few other delicious recipes from Bakerette!

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Stop on over and visit Jen to get more delicious and fun recipes.

I can’t believe Thursday is here again… the week is almost over!  Have a wonderful day :)

Love,

Ruthie

 

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  1. December 20, 2012
    Jeni

    Thank you, Ruthie, for inviting me to post today! You have a beautiful blog! Happy holidays!