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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cranberry Ginger Scones

Cranberry Ginger Scones by The Sweet Chick
I was so upset this morning when my donut recipe failed.  I had to make something to cheer myself up.  Scones are so easy to make, they seemed like a reasonable solution.  I scoured the pantry for what to put in them.  I have made a variety of scones in the past, Maple Bacon Scones, Lemon Cranberry Scones, Biscoff Chocolate Chip Scones, Mini Maple Strawberry Chocolate Chip Scones, Dulce de Leche Stuffed Scones, etc.  The flavor combinations are endless. 

I had some leftover crystallized ginger chips that I used in my Pumpkin Gingerbread Cupcakes.  These chips have a little bit of sweetness and a lot of ginger sassiness.  They add so much flavor to  baked goods.  I have never mixed ginger and cranberry before, but I like to take risks.  I also added some honey for extra sweetness.  For a little texture, I threw in some quick oats.

Sometimes I roll out the dough to make triangles, but today I was already frustrated, so I kept it simple.  I grabbed the biggest scoop I had and just placed the scoops onto a cookie sheet.

I wanted to add a little sugar coating to these, so I brushed the dough with milk and sprinkled them generously with sugar.

Ginger Cranberry Scones by The Sweet Chick
These scones came out looking perfect.  The were a nice golden color.  (Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot sugar.)  I love the way they cracked.  You can see all the nooks and crannies.  I couldn't wait to try one. 

Cranberry Ginger Scones
But I had to add just one more thing.  A little bit of glaze.  I didn't want a heavy glaze, just a drizzle to finish off these beauties.

Cranberry Ginger Scone @The Sweet Chick
I love how the outside is a little crispy from the sugar, but the inside is soft and fluffy.  The ginger and cranberry DO taste amazing together.  And the honey was the perfect choice for that added sweetness and it doesn't compete with the other flavors.  I am definitely using honey again in my scones.

Ginger Cranberry Scone @The Sweet Chick
These Cranberry Ginger Scones just made my day.  I can now forget about my dry donuts that stuck to the pan and took forever to clean.  I am going to go dip my scone in my coffee now and think happy thoughts!

Cranberry Ginger Scones

by The Sweet Chick
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 13-15 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast dessert snack cranberries quick oats ginger chips honey scones American
Ingredients (12 scones)
    For the scones
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
    • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger chips
    • 6 tablespoons cold butter
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup honey
    For the topping
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
    For the glaze
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    For the scones
    Preheat oven to 425° F.
    In a stand mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, oats, cranberries, and ginger chips.
    Cut up butter and add to flour mixture, mixing on low speed for 1 minute.
    In a small bowl mix egg and milk until blended and add to the flour mixture.
    Then add honey and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. The batter will be a dough like consistency.
    With a large scoop, place dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Do not flatten.
    For the topping
    Brush the tops and sides of each scone with milk and sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon or less of sugar.
    Bake for 13-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
    Remove from oven and carefully place scones on cooling rack with wax paper underneath. (Scones will be extra hot due to the sugar.)
    For the glaze
    In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
    Using the whisk, drizzle the scones with as much or as little glaze as you prefer.
    You can wait for the glaze to set or go ahead and eat one!
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    1. Okay, I have never made scones! I have got to try making these! Thanks for stopping by Friday with friends! Hugs! Linda

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