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Delicious light and fluffy white chocolate & cranberry scones – perfect for afternoon tea!


This delicious recipe is based very closely around my recipe for classic buttery scones. I always believe that once you find a good recipe, why should you change it? (unless of course it is savoury then something so sweet might not be so nice!!)

I find the key to a good scone is using just the right amount of rising agent, and not over working the dough – if you overwork it, it’ll be tough and horrible! I also love a scone with jam and cream, it just has to be done! So getting the scone foundation right is paramount!

White chocolate and cranberry

It might seem like I have an obsession with white chocolate, and don’t get me wrong, I do love it, but I love all chocolate! I just think that white chocolate and cranberry goes together SO well its rude not to experiment with that wonderful combination!

I use my favourite white chocolate in these scones but you can use milk or even dark chocolate if you prefer! As I said, I love the marriage of white chocolate and cranberry however you can adapt the recipe to suit you! Maybe try a different dried fruit? Different flavours of jam always taste delicious on scones so I don’t see why different dried fruits within the scone wouldn’t be delicious too!

Alternative flavours

I am the same with scones, I love all scones, but I thought the marriage of them and some chocolate and fruit would be the best thing on earth – and my family said they were! The perfect afternoon treat if you ask me!If you prefer the more traditional fruit scone rather than a chocolate flavour, try my fruit scone recipe or even my luscious lemon and blueberry scones but be sure to have a cup of tea ready and waiting to have with them. 


These are perfect to serve for afternoon tea, but honestly I still eat them for breakfast, lunch and dessert at dinner! As I said, I love serving mine with clotted cream and strawberry jam, but that is clearly down to you! I also just LOVE a warm scone, it doesn’t get much better then that does it? I think I will be dreaming of scones tonight…enjoy!

White Chocolate and Cranberry Scones!

Delicious light and fluffy whitechocolate & cranberry scones - perfect for afternoon tea!
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Category: Afternoon Tea
Type: Scones
Keyword: cranberry, White Chocolate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 scones
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 90 g unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 350 g self raising flour plus extra for dusting
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 175 ml milk I used semi skimmed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g white chocolate chips
  • 100 g dried cranberries
  • 1 egg beaten (to glaze)


  • Heat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/430F and line 1-2 baking trays
  • Tip the self raising flour, salt, baking powder and unsalted butter into a food processor and pulse until it resembles bread crumbs
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the caster sugar
  • Add the lemon juice to the dry mixture
  • Heat the milk in the microwave or on the hob so its warm but not hot –microwave will take about 1 minute
  • Add the vanilla extract to the milk and mix
  • Make a well in the dry mixture and add the liquid
  • Stir with a spatula as it will be very wet – it will form a relatively wet dough when it is all combined
  • Fold in the chopped up chocolate and dried cranberries
  • Dust the work surface with some flour and tip the dough onto it
  • Fold the dough over a few times so it is smooth but do not over work it! 
  • Roll the dough out till it is about 4cm thick
  • Dip a 5cm round cutter into the spare flour and cut out the scones – you will probably get four out of the first go
  • Roll out the dough again and cut the rest out until the dough is all used up
  • Carefully place the scones onto the baking trays and brush the tops with the beaten egg so its glazed
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then leave to cool slightly
  • Serve with clotted cream and jam for the stereotypical delicious scone!


  • You could easily make this mix and use a smaller cutter so that the scones are more delicate which I often do – I then usually get 12 out of the mix.
  • I often find these are delicious when still warm as it makes them lighter and fluffier!
  • Be careful not to mix the white chocolate in too early, or the heat of the milk that was poured in will melt it - which may not be a bad thing, but it might change how light the texture is, and I love the chocolatey chunks running through!


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  1. Lisa Phillips on December 8, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Can you freeze these and how long for. Also what do you put them in to freeze

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 9, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Hiya! Yes absolutely, these can freeze for up to 3 months, i just put them in some regular tupperware! Hope this helps x

  2. Claire Miller on November 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Hi I absolutely love your recipes, this is definitely my go to blog when I bake. Was planning on using these scones for a Christmas themed afternoon tea ( along with lots of your other recipes), can I bake and freeze these scones? Thanks so much 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 23, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Hiya, Thank you so much! Yes you can freeze these for up to 3 months. Hope this helps, enjoy! x

  3. Sarah on June 9, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Hi do you put your tray in the oven to pre heat with these as you do your other scones?

    Can’t wait to give these ones a go

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 10, 2020 at 9:11 am

      For these, I didn’t, but you definitely can do!

  4. Alison Taylor on June 2, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Hi Jane , myself and my daughters have recently found your great blog and have tried some fabulous recipes . One of my daughters is gluten and dairy intolerant and i wonder if you have any special recipes or can we just switch out things .. i am still learning about all this and how it sometimes changes recipes . .many thanks xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Hiya! So I don’t have a scone recipe – but I have a great gluten & dairy free chocolate cake (which you can swap to vanilla)! Some recipes are easy to swap to both, but I have never tried scones like that! It’s worth a go though! x

    • Alison Taylor on June 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you for that . I didnt just mean scones , i mean everything. Great you have some recipes posted . We have tried Red Velvet cookies GF/DF and although mixture was sticky they turned out well .Thanks and keep up the good work .

  5. Martha on May 1, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    How would I adapt this recipe for raspberry and white chocolate? Do you recommend fresh or frozen raspberries?

    Thanks in advance xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 1, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Yes you can! And theoretically you can use either, but I personally use fresh!

  6. Lauz on April 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I love making these. The white chocolate and the cranberry, just lush!

  7. Karen McClean on December 27, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Hi, could you use fresh cranberries with this recipe? Thanks Karen

  8. lottie on May 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    i tried making these and they look fab, its an easy to follow recipe and i think your website is great .

  9. hopeandserendipity on May 28, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Have always wanted to try baking scones but never knew which of the million of scone recipes are good! Yours look like it will be the one I’ll try! 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Ohh thank you so much! I love scones so baking them at home is even better 😀

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  11. cookingwithteamj on May 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I love scones, this is great! How do you manage to eat everything that you bake!?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you! I struggle myself, so i usually try and base it around birthdays and such, and I and my family take it all to work!!

    • cookingwithteamj on May 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Your friends, family, and coworkers must all love you! You’re like the sugar plum fairy that blesses everyone with sweets 🙂

      I actually do the same…. I can be sure that if I bring my baked goods to work that they’ll be devoured instantly. A great way to get brownie points and not have food go to waste!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Exactly! I despise food going to waste so if it’s just an experimentation I will give it away or take it to a charity bake sale! 🙂

  12. athousandtimestooshort on May 11, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Help! I have brownies in the oven as I’m reading this – now I feel I have to make these delicious-sounding scones, too! Heading to the shops in a minute to buy ingredients for spicy chicken pasties – I can’t be held responsible if a packet of white chocolate chunks falls into my basket at the same time…

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Well I hope your hand accidentally grabs the bag of white chocolate! Haha no, I hope you do like them if you try them ☺️ x

  13. Spring Tomorrow on May 10, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Looks yum!

  14. Whisked Away on May 10, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I think I’ve pinned almost every single one of your recipes- ha! Seriously, these look ridiculously good.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Awwwwh thank you! What’s your Pinterest? And thank you again!

    • Whisked Away on May 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      It’s https://www.pinterest.com/jamie1young1/, I’ve just pinning directly from your site, but it would be easier to just follow you- ha! I’m going to go follow you right now 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Followed back! Haha thank you though, sometimes I forget to pin my own stuff so it’s handy!!

    • Whisked Away on May 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Looking forward to being blogging and pinterest buddies 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Definitely! ?

  15. More Than A Dash Of Salt on May 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Why didn’t you post this a few days ago? It would have been PERFECT for Mothers Day! Haha oh well, i’m still happy with what i’ve already made i’ll have to make this for a different occasion :).

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Haha sorry, Mother’s Day is in March in the UK soo I had no idea! Haha and oh good!

    • More Than A Dash Of Salt on May 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      It’s tomorrow (well technically it is today if you are pedantic about the whole am thing) here. I never understood why half the world celebrates Mother’s Day at different times to each other!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Ohhhh I see! Neither do I haha, when I posted a recipe in March for Mother’s Day I got a lot of confused comments ?

  16. Jo Blogs on May 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Oh would you look at that shot of the scone filled with jam and clotted cream. Perfection! It looks magnificent Jane 😀

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      I just love jam and clotted cream haha and thank youuuu!!

    • Jo Blogs on May 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      I’ve noticed lol 😉

  17. Claire Huston on May 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Lovely, as always! We’re off to the Cotswolds on hols soon and this has made me add afternoon tea to our list of “must do” activities. 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      I honestly adore afternoon tea SO much, and in the Cotswolds it’ll be utterly splendid! 🙂 and thank you!

  18. Gingerbread Jenn on May 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Scones are by far the best thing about afternoon tea. These look beautiful!

  19. Jess on May 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Mmmm, yum. It’s breakfast time here and I could REALLY go for some of these Jane- they’re BEAUTIFUL, especially those golden brown tops.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks, Jess! They’re perfect for breakfast haha! Bake some ?

  20. This Cake is Desi on May 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Every single recipe you upload looks so good. Im glad I found your blog 🙂

  21. WhenISayFriend on May 9, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I can’t wait finally to try one of your absolutely amazing recipes, and I think it will be THIS one. Possibly even today!
    If that’s all right with you I’ll post my results on my blog and link to yours 🙂
    I really love lots of your work, and you’ll certainly hear from me again! Keep up the brilliance! 😀

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Ohh thank you SO much!! 😀 That means the world to me! And yes definitely post away and tag me 🙂 I hope you like them! x

    • WhenISayFriend on May 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

      I’ll let you know!!! And thank you! 🙂

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