Cranberry Orange Scones in the Coastal Christmas Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Scones in the Coastal Christmas Kitchen

Welcome to my home away from home… my mom’s house! It’s a gorgeous Victorian house that my parents designed and built nearly 20 years ago on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Last week we got together for some mommy-daughter time and spent the afternoon adding a few red and white Christmas decorations to her coastal kitchen and baked up some delicious Cranberry Orange Scones.

Victorian Beach Home

Everyone wave hello to my mom, Ms. Linda (pictured below)!  Mom’s kitchen is the main hub of the home, where our family loves to gather and visit around the bar. All of her grand babies have grown up crawling on these oak floors, playing with cousins, and building sandcastles on grammy’s beach. This house is full of memories!

Mom's Christmas Kitchen

Sunlight floods the main floor (which is the 2nd story) and the pretty white cabinets and counters with yellow walls creates such a cheerful space. The kitchen is a large gallery kitchen, complete with food pantry, dumb waiter, and a butler’s pantry. Needless to say, but it is storage galore! Oh how I envy her storage space!

Beach Home Christmas Kitchen Tour

To decorate a bit for Christmas, we clipped some branches of juniper from her yard and added them to the windowsills. They instantly gave the room a holiday smell! We pulled out the holiday red and white Suzani Bird printed tea towels and pot holder.

Beach Home Christmas Kitchen Tour 2

A cute little red chalkboard easel from World Market lists our Christmas teatime menu for the afternoon. (We ladies like to EAT WELL).

Christmas Kitchen Tour

I love this hanging herb garden that mom created! She simply tied ribbon to a few light weight glass vases and hung them from the top of the cabinets. She placed large clippings from her outdoor herb garden and allows them to sprout roots in the water. This is a fabulous idea to maintain fresh herbs all winter long!Hanging Herbs in the Kitchen

White Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Scones

I’ve turned on some Christmas music, donned my Christmas apron,  pushed up the sleeves, and I’m ready to share with you a favorite recipe that our family makes each year, Cranberry Orange Scones. They are tender, sweet and studded with jewel like dried tart cranberries drizzled with a delicious orange glaze. (printable recipe below)

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Cranberry Orange Scones
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Serves: 8
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest (one large navel orange)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup half & half cream
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • a few tablespoons of orange juice
  1. Zest one large navel orange, then cut the orange in half and juice the entire orange. Set zest and juice aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
  3. With a pastry cutter, cut in the cold cubed butter until it resembles a crumbly mixture.
  4. Add in the dried cranberries and mix.
  5. In a separate small bowl combine one beaten egg with ¼ cup orange juice, ¼ cup half & half cream, and 1 tablespoon orange zest.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined and a soft dough forms.
  7. Pour onto a floured surface and pat or use a rolling pin to form the dough into an 8 inch diameter circle.
  8. Cut the dough into 8 equal wedges and place on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool a bit.
  11. Mix together approximately ⅓ cup of powdered sugar with a few tablespoons of orange juice (adding one tablespoon at a time) and stir to make a glaze.
  12. Drizzle orange glaze over the scones and serve.

The first step it to gather your ingredients, mixing bowl, and rolling pin and preheat your oven to 425° F.

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Scones

Zest one large navel orange. It will yield about 1 tablespoon of zest. After zesting, cut the orange in half and juice it. This will usually yield between 1/4- 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice.

Orange Zest

In your batter bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut 1/3 cup of cold butter into small cubes, then with a pastry cutter, cut in the 1/3 cup of cold butter into the flour mixture until well combined. Icy cold, hard butter is very important. It ensures that your scones are light and tender.

Next toss in the dried cranberries and mix.

Cutting butter into flour

In a smaller bowl mix together all your wet ingredients: orange zest, orange juice, half & half and one beaten egg. Add these wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Dump out onto a floured surface and gently press or roll out the dough into an 8 inch circle.
Making Cranberry Orange Scones

Divide the circle of dough into 8 wedges. Use a floured pizza cutter or large knife.
Preparing Cranberry Orange Scones

Place onto a parchment lined or holiday red silicone mat lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

baking cranberry orange scones

Allow to cool a bit and drizzle the cranberry orange scones with the orange glaze.

Cranberry Orange Scones & Panettone

We stacked two scalloped edged cake stands on a red snowflake placemat and layered them with the Cranberry Orange Scones, shortbread cookies, dark chocolate lace cookies, and panettone, all from World Market.

Cranberry-Orange Scones

The cranberry orange scones were oh so good and the house smelled amazing! We enjoyed the tea time goodies with a cup of hot tea and gazed out at the gorgeous seaside view! It was such a nice afternoon. Thanks mom for letting me share your beautiful coastal Christmas kitchen with everyone!

Coastal Christmas KitchenI hope you enjoyed my mom’s coastal Christmas Kitchen Tour and let me know if you try the scones! I promise you will love them! They make a great Christmas morning breakfast!

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  1. Beautiful red and white theme! The scones look yummy too 🙂

  2. What a lovely setting to bake ! Than you for sharing your mom’s beautiful Christmas kitchen.

  3. I love your mom’s kitchen – wow! And that view too. 🙂 The recipe looks yummy – may have to try it out with my littles this year.

  4. chris aka monkey says:

    that can’t be your mom unless she had you at 8 , love her house and her kitchen what a joy filled place to work thanks for sharing mom xx

  5. Judy Westmoreland says:

    The scones look so yummy. Can’t wait to make them. One question, where did you get the red berry wreath with the darling red bird on it? I love it!❤️ Thanks

  6. Loved this post and loved the coastal kitchen! Thanks for the great recipe. Happy Holidays!

  7. You are beyond adorable and I love that you shared you mamas kitchen! Looks like you had a lot of fun. 🙂

  8. Everything looks great! The kitchen, scones and you & your moma 😉

  9. you are amazing women. Love you all and miss you. Can’t wait to make the scones.

  10. The scones look amazing. LOVE your pretty style!

  11. This is a feast for the eyes! Beautiful colors, beautiful kitchen! Recipe looks so yummy too!

  12. First of all that house is AMAZING!!! And the kitchen looks so bright and cherry and you rocked that apron my friend!

  13. That kitchen is like straight out of a dream… And the view!!!

  14. Your mom’s kitchen and home is gorgeous! What a great place to make memories. Your family scone recipe looks delicious too!

  15. What an absolutely gorgeous home – just my style! I have the same clock that was given to me by my Mother. Enjoy and cherish your wonderful times with your Mother.

  16. What a wonderful place to share memories with your family – it’s absolute stunning! And those scones look delicious!

  17. Um your MOM!? NO way! She looks so young! Her home is gorgeous and so are you both! Love that your still baking together so many years later!

  18. Such a beautiful home, Kim! I love that this is a space the whole family enjoys together. So many great memories in that kitchen, I’m sure!

  19. Kim:

    Just made your recipe with my daughters (14 & 15 months). I think we have a new favorite for our tea parties! Went perfectly with our spiced tea.

  20. Jenny Martin says:

    I really enjoyed your mom’s red and white kitchen!!! I just tried to order the red melamine bowl from World Market, but it is sold out!! Must be a very popular item!!! LOL
    Really enjoy your blog and your beautiful décor, I receive some great decorating ideas every time I visit!!! Thank you!!
    Jenny M

  21. Tina Williams says:

    I am in the process of renovating our kitchen. Found your Mom’s kitchen on Pinterest because I was looking for yellow walls. Love, love her shade of yellow. Can you find out the paint name? Thank-you

  22. Tina Williams says:

    I am the one who just posted about the yellow walls,but unfortunately, typo in my email address. Hope this correction goes through.

  23. I love this recipe!!! Could you please tell me what yellow paint color your kitchen is?? its beautiful!!!!

  24. Hi! I love your yellow and red kitchen! It has been an inspiration for the kitchen in the house we are about to move into. Do you by any chance remember the name of that yellow paint?

  25. Lovely, and I actually DID wave to your Mom! It’s OK, no one else was in the room. hehe


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