Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones


Theres not much I love more than rich and buttery scones, but this version of Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones is a nice, healthy alternative when the craving strikes.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones dusted with powdered sugar

If youre looking to lighten things up this holiday season, these scones might be a good place to start. Theyre made with less butter than a classic recipe for scones, and theyre made with low fat buttermilk in place of cream. Whole wheat cranberry scones are dusted with powdered sugar, but you can always add a sweet glaze if you prefer more of a sweet topping.

These scones are made with a combination of white and whole wheat flour. The combination is perfect. I wouldnt try making them with all whole wheat flour as theyll come out too dense, and the flavor wont be ideal.

making whole wheat cranberry scones

How to make Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones:

Whisk together the dry ingredients, and then cut in cold butter until the mixture is crumbly (similar to the way you make pie crust). Then youll mix in dried cranberries and orange zest then egg and buttermilk. Youll handle the dough ingredients gently by stirring the ingredients together with a fork. Next youll gather the dough into a ball, pat it into a circle and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

The circle of dough is cut into wedges, just like a pie. You wont pull the wedges apart- just leave them be. And then youll bake it for 20 minutes. After baking, youll sprinkle with powdered sugar and then take a serrated knife and slice the scones into individual wedges.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones dusted with powdered sugar

Topping for these scones:

Theres a simple dusting of powdered sugar on these scones to keep them very light. If youd like to sweeten things up, you can add a glaze to the tops of the scones. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of powdered sugar with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk. Drizzle the vanilla glaze on top of the scones and let them sit until the glaze has firmed up a bit.

stack of Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones

If youre following Weight Watchers, theyre a bit of a splurge but theyre do-able counting 8 points per scone. With so many indulgent things around us during the holidays, its nice to have a slight reprieve from all of the guilt. That being said, I do prefer to add the icing option to the top of these!! But thats part of my sugar addiction, I guess. Happy holidays, and enjoy!

Here are a few more recipes for scones you might like to try:

Whole Wheat Cranberry Scones

Lightened up version of a favorite scones recipe!

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 large egg, (lightly beaten)
  • 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (through salt). Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly (or use clean fingers to work it together). Add the cranberries and orange zest and stir with a fork. Add the egg and buttermilk and stir with a fork until the dry ingredients are just moistened.

  3. Gather the dough into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Pat into a 7-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges with a knife dipped in flour. Do not separate the wedges.

  4. Bake until golden brown- about 20 minutes. Transfer to a baking rack to let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm. Cut through the wedges with a serrated knife and serve.

  • Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints per scone: 8
  • If youd like to sweeten things up, you can add a glaze to the tops of the scones. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of powdered sugar with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk. Drizzle the vanilla glaze on top of the scones and let them sit until the glaze has firmed up a bit.

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