Lemon Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

I love scones! Especially the home-made ones, which put those things that a certain ever-present coffee shop sells to shame!  Scones are very easy to make, so I don’t know why I even bother with the store-bought ones. Yet every once it a while, I’m tempted while getting my morning caffeine fix and I buy one. In a moment of doubt as I’m reaching for my cash, I even think back to the last baked good I purchased there and how it really wasn’t worth the calories, much less the money. But then I convince myself that it was probably just a fluke last time and that the one that’s in the display case today look fresh. It will be different this time. But it’s not. Sad to say, the scones are always sort of stale and sickeningly sweet. What a disappointment. I should have waited til I got home, or bundled up one of my good home-made scones to take along with me for the road. I guess hope springs eternal.

I promise you these Lemon Cranberry White Chocolate Scones will not disappoint. They are just chock-full of favourites of mine, namely cranberries and white chocolate. The lemon zest gives them a wonderful fresh zing as well. Slathered in butter, clotted cream and topped with strawberries…pure heaven!

One taste of these lovelies and you’ll be ruined for the coffee shop scones. They’ll still have you for their coffee elixirs, so you shouldn’t feel but so bad for them. And one day maybe I’ll learn.

Lemon Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

recipe adapted from: The Sweet Chick

yield: 8 scones


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • heavy cream to brush over tops of scones
  • Demerara sugar to sprinkle over scones


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place flour, sugar, and baking powder in bowl of food processor. Whirr a few times to combine. Add butter to flour mixture and process until mixture resembles coarse sand. Place flour/butter mixture in large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl mix egg and milk until blended.  Add to the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Don’t overmix. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, cranberries and white chocolate chips. Mix gently. The batter will be a dough like consistency.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Divide into two equal sized portions. Roll dough out into circles which area about an inch thick. With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each of the dough circles into four equal sized  triangles.
Separate the triangles and place on prepared cookie sheet. Brush the tops of each scone with cream and then sprinkle with Demerara sugar.
Bake at 425° F for 15 minutes or until tops are golden.

5 Responses to Lemon Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

  1. Skuggs says:

    I read the first few lines and totally related. Even the best coffee shop scones always taste a little dry, dusty and stale. Maybe they freeze them?
    I also absolutely adore a good scone. I made my first batch in years just last week. My memory is of hours spent crumbing the butter into the flour. I would have been about 6 years old. Now I just use my pastry crumber and adult elbow grease and it took all of 30 seconds. Less than 5 minutes to get them in the oven. Fantastic!
    As soon as I’m allowed back on dairy, I’ll be trying this with white chocolate and real butter. Sadly at the moment mine are made with sunflower spread (long story) but this post has inspired me to zizz them up with cranberries and dairy free dark chocolate as a 2nd best alternative!🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoying your recipes and gorgeous photos!

    • liadh1 says:

      I almost always use my food processor to “rub” butter into flour. Muuuuchh quicker than my childhood memories as well! I hope you are reunited with butter soon and thank so much for complimenting my photos. Those are much harder for me than the actual baking!

  2. Selfmanic says:

    Reblogged this on Cooking Asides and commented:
    I have been looking for a good scone recipe. Know what I am going to be making this weekend🙂

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