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Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scones

These Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scones are incredibly light in texture but amazingly huge in flavor. 

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scone Recipe

Pair one off with a lovely holiday cup of tea or a piping hot cup of coffee and you have a much deserved holiday break that everyone craves this time of year.

For me, when I think of the holidays I think of red and green.

So when the December #TwelveLoaves assignment of Holiday Bread was handed down, naturally I wanted to incorporate the colors I associate the most with the holidays.

I decided to use the flavors and festive colors of cranberry, pistachio, and another holiday favorite of mine that conjures up the aromas of Christmas in my mind…oranges. 

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scones is available at the end of this post. 

*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2013. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.



It’s time to relax and have a homemade scone. Don’t worry, the shopping, house cleaning, present wrapping, and party planning will still be there when you get back 🙂

Below is the printable recipe for making Cranberry Orange and Pistachio Scones.

Yield: 10 large scones     Prep Time: 15 minutes      Bake Time: 25 minutes

1 cup fresh, whole cranberries
1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons orange zest (from about 3 oranges, divided)
4 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

-In a food processor, pulse the whole cranberries, pistachios and 2 teaspoons sugar until roughly chopped. Set aside.
-In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, baking soda and 2 tablespoons orange zest. Set aside.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and the salt.
-Using a pastry blender (or two forks) cut the butter into the flour mixture until the dough forms coarse crumbles. Stir in the vanilla extract and the cranberry pistachio mixture. *Note – The dough will still be quite crumbly.
-Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until the dough just comes together.
-Form the dough into a large circle (about 10-12″ in diameter) and about 3/4″ thick.
-Cut into 8 wedges and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
-Bake the scones for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the bottoms are light golden brown.
-Cool completely.
-Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, orange juice and 1 tablespoon orange zest.
-One the scones are completely cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of each scone.
-Relax and enjoy with a nice cup of tea or coffee!

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scone Recipe

For all the other mouthwatering Holiday Breads from the talented #TwelveLoaves bakers, check out their recipes and links listed below:


















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Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Aww, what a cute coffee mug and what a wonderful recipe for holiday scones!


Wednesday 4th of December 2013

I love every ingredient in these scones. Just lovely!

Renee Goerger

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Thank you so much, Liz! Coming from you that means a lot!

Renee Goerger

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Thank you Renee. I actually stuck them in the freezer and am giving most of them to a friend for her birthday in a couple of days. I thought they would make a fun and tasty gift.

Renee Goerger

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Thank you Lora! Thank you for the great fun and for starting this group!