Monday, September 12, 2011

Almond-Cranberry Scones

Paul and I were actually home on Labor Day this year. We visited his family at the lake at the beginning of the weekend but came back home so that we could both serve at our church on Sunday. It was a much needed day of rest in which I spent most of the day in the kitchen. It was a beautiful day (only in the 50’s when I got out of bed!) So when I got home from the gym, opened the windows and made some French press coffee, I just couldn’t help craving a sweet fall-inspired treat for Labor Day!

There are so many wonderful scone recipes out there but this one loudly called my name when Mother Thyme posted it recently. I love almond flavoring in baked goods and I eat dried cranberries by the handful. They are a pantry staple at our house and they definitely remind me of fall. I loved these. They had a silky texture and the almond flavoring was present but not too strong. I changed up the glaze a little bit and next time I think I will sprinkle a little course sugar over the top as the scones bake. They were truly wonderful and fully worthy of a special breakfast!

I haven’t posted a workout in a while for two reasons: it’s been so nice outside that I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor walks/jogs but when I do hit the gym, I’ve been doing this treadmill workout:

-15% incline at 4.3 mph for 5 minutes
-3% incline at 6.3 mph for 5 minutes
-Repeat 3-5 times
It’s tough but keeps my heart rate fairly steady and it’s a calorie burner!

Questions for today:
-what are you most looking forward to this fall?
-what is first on your “must-make” or “must-bake” list for the fall?

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Cranberry Almond Scones Recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into small squares. (Refrigerate until ready to add.)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup slivered almonds or crushed whole almonds


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add butter and combine with a pastry cutter or two forks until the mixture resembles sand. Add eggs, heavy cream and almond extract and stir until well combined. Add in dried cranberries and stir.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out until the dough is 1/2 inch thick. Shape the dough into a circle and cut in similar fashion to a pizza, creating 8 scones. You could cut them smaller if you wish or use a cookie cutter to cut specific shapes.

Transfer the scones to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 16-17 minutes. The tops will be slightly golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Glaze the cooled scones and top with almonds, if desired.

Adapted from Mother Thyme


46 Responses to “Almond-Cranberry Scones”

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — September 12, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    These are RIGHT up my alley! I love anything almond…YUM! 🙂

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — September 12, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    These look great! Much better than my boring oatmeal this morning 🙂
    My must bake this fall is Apple Pie. It isn't Fall until I've had a slice of home made apple pie. 🙂

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    Curt — September 12, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    These sound very good. My favorite was Cherry & Sultana scones when I was in the UK over Labor Day. I brought back 3 different varieties. Unfortunately, they're all gone now.

    I'll have to try making these for sure!

  4. # — September 12, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    Lovely scones! I haven't been to the gym since I got back from vacation, need to get on my feet asap. I am a fan of interval training so I'll try your workout, need to lose a few ice cream pounds…

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    Alan Cooke — September 12, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Those look great! I have requests for scones a lot, but never seem to make them. Not sure why…lol These just may cause me to take the plunge! 🙂

  6. #
    Bev Weidner — September 12, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    Yuum, girl face!

    I'm not a baker, but you just make MAKE ME A BELIEVER YET.

  7. #
    Nelly Rodriguez — September 12, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Love this combination of flavors in scones! And thanks for the workout, I'm lately loving interval training and should get my butt off to the gym now!

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    dinnerordessert — September 12, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    These look so good and I love that you added a glaze…I wish I was eating one for breakfast!

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    Three-Cookies — September 12, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Never seen scones with a glaze and with cranberries, brilliant idea.

  10. #
    Kim Bee — September 12, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    These would make a lovely breakfast. The taste combo on these is wonderful. I bet they taste out of this world with that glaze too.

  11. #
    carlyklock — September 12, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    These look great, Cassie!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 12, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Wonderful, Cassie! I'm a sucker for a good cranberry scone and yours are no exception! Love that almond glaze drizzled on top!

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    S.V. — September 12, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    The scones look perfect! I also love almond in baked goods. I love the fall, even if that means a ton of rain in Seattle. I love that it's cool enough for mid-day baking and I look forward to wearing sweaters. My must make/bake for fall that I'm looking forward to is mummy cupcakes for Halloween for my son. 🙂

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    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — September 12, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Love scones! But I can never get them just right? Hmmm…I cant wait for fall..but here in So Cal that just means wearing jeans! Ha! I honestly cant wait to do some comfort cooking..soups, stews, cobblers..I love comfort cooking!

  15. #
    Marina — September 12, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    I am first time at your blog and I have to say that you have some awesome recipes. Can't wait to try them!

  16. #
    Erin — September 12, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    This look wonderful! I have yet to make scones, but I really need to soon! These might be one I try. Debating now between these and your cinnamon roll ones!

  17. #
    Beth Michelle — September 12, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I love scones and am always looking to add a new one to the mix. These look so lovely and the glaze is such a nice touch.

  18. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 12, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Cassie, I am truly honored and flattered you tried these! Thank you so much for sharing these!

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    Jennifer — September 12, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    I also like almond flavoring in baked goodies, Cassie. This sounds like a winner paired with dried cranberries.

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    Maggie @MaggieCooks — September 12, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    I've been dying to try scones! I dont know how do they taste like! :O
    but they sure look yummy!

    -what are you most looking forward to this fall?
    Im looking forward to bake!!!

    -what is first on your “must-make” or “must-bake” list for the fall?
    Cinnamon rolls!!!!! 😀

  21. #
    Reeni — September 12, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    Your scones rock! I eat cranberries by the handfuls too and love them in baked goods. I can't wait to bake pumpkin goodies!

  22. #
    CJ @ — September 12, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    those look better than starbucks!!!
    and i need a pumpkin cookie ASAP! I love when they are moist and dense almost like the outside of a whoppie pie! in fact that might be a great weekend project…any good recipes 🙂

  23. #
    Ann — September 12, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    Cassie…these are incredible! Cranberry and Almond is one of my favorite flavor combinations! What a great job you did on these – they look so delicious and flaky! Any leftovers?

  24. #
    Baking Serendipity — September 12, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    These scones sound fantastic! Waking up to 50 degrees, french press coffee and a day of baking would be wonderful. I am envious! My first batch of pumpkin bread is in the oven as we speak…love fall!

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    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — September 13, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    Cassie, I hear you on almond baked goods and I too am guilty of eating dried cranberries by the handful. Love that you've combined the two in these gorgeous scones.

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    Lizzy — September 13, 2011 @ 6:34 am

    Mmmmmmm….perfect scones!!! What a delicious way to start the day 🙂

    I've made my apple pie and first loaf of bread…I think an apple galette will be next~

  27. #
    Katherine Martinelli — September 13, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    These scones look amazing! I will have to try them. And I'll give your workout a try too! I need to switch things up more 🙂

  28. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — September 13, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Mmm I love cranberry scones (I actually just made another batch yesterday) and I love the addition of the almond flavoring. Delicious!

  29. #
    kitchenarian — September 13, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    I love scones and haven't made them in ages. I am so inspired after seeing your beautiful pictures.

    I'm looking forward to baking with pumpkin soon!

  30. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — September 13, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Ooo Cassie these scones look delicious, love your pictures!! Also, just wanted to let you know that I'm passing on the Butterfly Award to you and your fabulous blog, have fun! xoxo

  31. #
    Courtney — September 13, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    These look so yummy!! ps I hope to see you soon also 🙂

  32. #
    Leslie — September 13, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Your scones look fabulous! I love scones of all sorts! I am looking forward to being able to be outside without sweating to death!!!

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — September 13, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Cassie….you do such a beautiful job with scones! These look fabulous! I just bought a bag of dried cranberries today…but only needed a handful. I think you are such an amazing baker! As for me this fall…I am going to work to perfect my apple pie!

  34. #
    Sandra — September 13, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    Sending you a buzz for these yummy scones.

  35. #
    Baker Street — September 13, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Love the combination of flavors! Your scones look perfect C!

  36. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 14, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    I used to love blueberry scones and almost always order it. But ever since I discovered cranberry scones… I'm really in love. I don't know why I didn't try it before. Adding almond only makes it even better. I wish I have this for breakfast tomorrow morning with my coffee. I love the glaze and they look beautiful!

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    Parsley Sage — September 14, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    I'm so envious of your weather right now! I'l love an excuse to break out a sweater (which I pretty much never get to do.) These scones look absolutely lovely! Buzzed

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    Dulce Dough — September 14, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Great recipe! I love scones but don't make them often. I'm going to have to add this to my "must bake" list!

    I am looking forward to the beautiful fall colors! I have a long list of things I want to make. I'm especially looking forward to soup and stew type recipes this fall.

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    kita — September 14, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    I already started my fall baking (which goes against all my seasonal rules of waiting until its actually the season! but I couldn't help it!!!) I am looking forward to tons of apple and pumpkin posts. I can already smell the yumminess! Cranberries are another one of my favorites and these scones sound out of this world tasty!

  40. #
    Peggy — September 14, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I'm definitely looking forward to the comfort foods of fall! These scones sounds amazing – and once I stock up on some cranberries – they'll be in my oven for sure!

  41. #
    Juliana — September 14, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    The scones look beautiful and I like the flavors of it. Great paired with a cup of coffee 🙂
    Hope you are having a great week Cassie!

  42. #
    Sarah — September 14, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    these look fantastic. i made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins today. i love fall!

  43. #
    Taste and Tell — September 15, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    These look like the perfect way to ease into fall!

  44. #
    Val — September 16, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Almonds are incredible when baking. I love their edition to your scones plus the cranberries. This really reminds me that I should be baking more scones!

  45. #
    Christine's Pantry — September 17, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    These sound great. Love scones.


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