Cranberry and Grapefruit Scones

Every Saturday morning I bake something for breakfast.  This past Saturday just happened to be these Cranberry and Grapefruit Scones that were incredibly moist and flavorful.

Cranberry & Grapefruit Scones

Lately, I’ve been wanting scones but really couldn’t come up with a new flavor that appealed to me.  As I was rummaging through my refrigerator Friday night I was looking in my fruit drawer and all that was in it was a leftover bag of cranberries and two lonely grapefruit.  That’s when the idea hit me!  I knew a popular scone was cranberry-lemon, but I figured I could substitute the grapefruit for the lemon (since I didn’t have any lemons and I clearly needed to go grocery shopping).

Cranberry & Grapefruit Scones

As I was preparing this recipe, the smell of the grapefruit zest starting filling the kitchen and brought the kids in to see what I was making.  I think they were expecting cookies or something, because when I told them that I was making scones, their answer was “Oh, smells good.  What are scones anyway?”  I tried to explain it to them but I guess my explanation didn’t sound too appealing because they quickly left, not even asking to lick the spoon and bowl at the end.  Too bad for them!

Cranberry & Grapefruit Scones

When I took the scones out of the oven the kids were waiting for me to ice them so they could see if they liked these things called scones.  Seeing the way they ate them, I think they did!  I’m pretty sure you will too!

Cranberry & Grapefruit Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 scones

Adding cranberries and grapefruit to these scones keep them moist and add so much flavor. Perfect for Saturday morning breakfast!


    For the Dough:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • Zest from two grapefruit
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup 3% milk (or cream, but I didn't have any)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • flesh from one whole grapefruit
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • juice from 1/2 grapefruit


Preheat oven to 350 F and line one large cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, zest, and salt. Stir all ingredients to well.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixtures resembles coarse oatmeal.
In a separate bowl, add milk (or cream), egg, and vanilla and whisk until mixed well.
Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined.
Add cranberries and grapefruit and gently fold into mixture.
On a well floured surface turn out dough and form into a flat disk about 1 inch thick. You may need to add flour to the dough to keep it from sticking to your hands.
Once disk is made, cut into 8 equal pieces, using flour when needed between each piece.
Place each piece on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and brush off any excess flour from the dough.
Sprinkle each piece with sugar and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden.
Remove from oven and let completely on a cooling rack.
While scones are cooling, make your glaze. Use enough grapefruit juice to get the desired consistency you want for your glaze. I like mine pretty runny so the glaze flows over the entire scone.
Once scones are cool, pour glaze over each one and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Pastry Affair
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  1. My kids love scones! I am always searching for yummy new recipes! Will have to try this one!

  2. Love this flavor combination! It’s a perfect light flavor for breakfast!

  3. These scones are so pretty! What a lovely way to wake up to the weekend :D

  4. I can’t believe I’ve never combined cranberries and grapefruit before–sounds like an excellent combo! They both have the sweet-tart thing going for them. Glad your kids got such a great introduction into the world of scones!

    • I had never tried the combination before either but it sounded good! Turns out they were delicious and my kids cleaned them up in no time! :)

  5. What a fun tradition! I love it and I love these. :)

  6. These sound so delicious! My little girl loves scones!

  7. I’ve never made scones! I think I need to remedy that! :)

  8. Wow! What a great idea! I’m going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Liz, these look fabulous. I bake for us every saturday morning too but I’ve never made sones before. The flavor combination is wonderful and something perfect to wake up to on the weekends. :) Yum!

  10. Yum, I love grapefruit!

    • I’m a big fan of grapefruit too! I love cutting them up and squeezing all the juice out. So refreshing :) Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

  11. I love grapefruit and scones!! These are gorgeous. And your dishes are so pretty too Liz!

  12. Oh my these look amazing! My sister is a fiend for super big and super moist scones~ I should totally make these for her! :D

    I found your blog through Joy the Baker’s blog. Hope you are having a super lovely afternoon!

    • Thanks for stopping by Sarah! I checked out your blog too – very cute! You should really make these for your sister – she’ll love you (more) for it :)

  13. Jean Gorecki says:

    Well I wish I had been at your house Saturday morning. I LOVE scones (long o) / scones (short o). Ask your hubbie for the relevance of the pronunciation. P.S. I also love your artistic flare in displaying your goodies.

  14. I need to make scones. I haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker . I hope to see you again there tomorrow night!

  15. Now I wish I had bought grapefruits today! Those look yummy!

  16. These scones look great – I’ll have to give them a try. :)

  17. I love these scones! they really and truly make my mouth water, and I’m not even a fan of Grapefruit! Thanks for Linking up last week at Triple Heart Tuesdays! BTW you were featured this week! Come on by and link up again today and grab your featured button!

    Thanks Again!
    Bethany @

  18. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Oh I love the sound of grape fruit in there! great recipe Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  19. Grapefruit?? In a scone! That’s sorta brilliant!

    Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  20. have a few grapefruit that needs used know what i’m going to do with him now

  21. Looks delicious, Liz. I love scones too. Would love for you to share at my linky party going on right now.

    Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

  22. Could I use craisinfs instead?


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