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Cranberry eggnog scones are tender, scrumptious and spiked with eggnog! My go-to scones recipe is made with rich, heavy cream.

For a festive change of pace, I swapped out the cream for eggnog and made this tender Cranberry Eggnog Scones recipe for the holidays!

Cranberry Eggnog Scones on a square white plate

Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Knowing my family would look suspiciously at anything I made containing both eggnog and cranberries, I had to bake up these scones for someone outside this house (though I think they’d indulge if I served this Cranberry-Eggnog Cheesecake!).  I meet with a group of knitters every other Friday morning, so they’ve gotten used to being my guinea pigs.

Cranberry Eggnog Scones in a white ceramic bowl

A Twist on an Easy Scones Recipe

They swooned when I shared my raspberry cream scones, so why not substitute dried cranberries for the raspberries and eggnog for the cream? One word: delectable! Just as tender as those made with cream, plus you get just a nuance of the eggnog flavorings.

A subtle hint of rum and nutmeg.  These cranberry eggnog scones would be a fabulous addition to your holiday brunch.  Perfectly delicious plain or go ahead and splurge by serving with clotted cream and jam.

A few tips for making scones:

  • Make sure your baking powder is fresh.
  • Keep your eggnog and butter cold.
  • Do not over work the dough or your scones will be tough. You’ll want little bits of butter throughout, not a perfectly smooth dough.
  • If you feel your butter warmed up during the mixing process, pop your cut scones into the freezer to chill. They will rise much better with cold butter.
  • Bake and enjoy! Scones taste best on the day they’re baked.
Cranberry Eggnog Scones on a square plate with fresh cranberries

A couple of things you’ll need to make the cranberry eggnog scones recipe:

Silicone Baking Mat

Stainless Steel Pastry Blender

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Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Cranberry Eggnog Scones

A festive holiday scone recipe adapted from America's Test Kitchen

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 8 scones


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup eggnog


  1. Preheat oven to 425ΒΊ.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Cut in butter with pastry blender until it looks like coarse corn meal with a few slightly larger lumps. Stir in dried fruit and mix in. Add heavy eggnog and stir with spatula or fork till dough begins to form.
  3. Pour out onto counter top and knead by hand till comes together into a slightly sticky mass...only about 5-10 seconds. Pat into a round about 1 inch tall. Cut into 8 wedges.
  4. Place onto ungreased or Silpat lined baking sheet. May brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake 12-15 minutes till light brown. Cool on rack 10 minutes before serving. May serve warm or at room temperature. These freeze well.
  5. You may also make these in the food processor. Be careful not to over process.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 38mg Sodium: 390mg Carbohydrates: 40g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g


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83 comments on “Cranberry Eggnog Scones”

  1. The scones look fantastic! I love that you combined eggnog with cranberries. This would be wonderful on Christmas morning!

  2. Oh man I could totally get into these scones! Eggnog & cranberries included, yes please! They look beautiful too. πŸ™‚

  3. Great challenge, Lizzy…you always come out a winner! Love the scones, the way it turned out. It’s the cranberry season, and you made the “best of it”…Big hugs!!!

  4. Wonderful job Lizzy. I love the presentation on it too. So pretty.

  5. scones are such a great idea for this ingredient combo

  6. Ahh scones! So perfect with those ingredients! Great job! These look wonderful!

  7. i made this yesterday and they were absolutely amazing!! loved them loved them loved them, they were so so good!

  8. Suspicious of cranberries? I love them! You can just send any more challenges my way πŸ˜‰

    These scones sound killer.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. I made these last week for a family gathering and they were fantastic! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  10. What do ya know I have eggnog in the fridge, just have to get my hands on some cranberries. Thanks Liz these look delicious.

  11. Beautiful scones, my hubby is the same wouldn’t touch a scone that wasn’t plain! His loss these really do sound lovely.

  12. These sound fantastic! I never thought to pair cranberry and eggnog together.

  13. I’m making extra to freeze for later!

  14. I haven’t had scones for the longest time, let alone make some. These look delicious. I am loving all of the eggnog recipes. I have yet to have a glass this year.

  15. What a great idea, I love eggnog and cranberries and scones are just the perfect snack food. Having them with clotted cream also sounds wonderfully decadent.

  16. What a great way to use eggnog in your baking! I’d love to serve these for brunch over the holidays.

  17. These look delicious – great that you have a test group for things your family is more wary of so you still get to enjoy them!

  18. I love cream scones and these look blissful!

  19. What a simple way to add extra flavor to scones! Great idea.

  20. The cranberry/eggnog combination sounds amazing and these look perfect!

  21. Oh my goodness, these just sound so delicious!! I have to make some soon, Liz!! Happy Holidays to you!

  22. I made these scones because I wanted to use up some leftover eggnog and they are fabulous. I prepared them in my food processor and didn’t over process them, but the cranberries weren’t evenly distributed. Next time I make them, I’ll pulse the butter into the dry ingredients in the food processor, pour that mixture into a bowl, stir in the cranberries, and then work in the eggnog with a rubber spatula. Oh, I also added some freshly grated nutmeg to enhance the eggnog flavor. Highly recommended!!

  23. These scones are perfection. The perfect mix of flavors and I love the little bites of cranberries throughout. These would be perfect for Christmas morning!

  24. This is great, made it this morning. Total hit, thanks!

  25. I just made these for a girl’s brunch and they were such a hit! Great tips for making the recipe!

  26. Wonderful holiday scones!! Such a great flavor combination!

  27. I usually can only handle a cup of eggnog, but boy I can inhale a plate of these. So yummy!

  28. Made these for my tea party with friends and they were the hottest items there!

  29. The flavor is out of this world!

  30. We love these scones so much!

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