Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones: Holiday Treats to Share

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Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones, a cozy treat throughout the holidays, made perfect with a cup of tea. Or coffee… or for breakfast. Or… for a snack. Filled with the flavors of the season, each bite is like a taste of the holidays.




Obviously, you can tell I’ve thought this through. Because I find endless excuses to nibble on one.

Filled with holiday flavor, these scones are easy to make and freeze well. I know. I have a couple of batches in mine right now.

They make thoughtful gifts and will please guests, friends, and co-workers at all your holiday gatherings.

If you’re making a batch… make two. One to bring, one to freeze. Perfect for impromptu girlfriend or neighbor visits, or as an afternoon pick-me-up with a favorite blend of Christmas tea. From experience… 5 minutes with a cranberry scone and a cup of tea — and I’m ready to conquer the rest of my day.

Preference note: I love the texture and flavor crystalized ginger gives these scones. But if you’re not a fan of ginger, eliminate it, they’re still delicious. Also, swap out the pecans for your favorite nut, or again, eliminate it if you prefer. The crunchy texture of these scones, however, is what makes them extra special to me. But make it your own!

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Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones

Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones: Holiday Treats to Share | 31Daily.com

Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones, a cozy treat throughout the holidays, made perfect with a cup of tea. Or coffee… or for breakfast. Or… for a snack. Filled with the flavors of the season, each bite is like a taste of the holidays.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, cut into halves
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon half-and-half, light cream, or milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Cut in the cubed butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chopped nuts, cranberries, and ginger. In a separate small bowl combine the egg, 1/2 cup cream or milk, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes nearly smooth. Pat into an 8-inch circle and cut into 10 wedges. Separate the wedges and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Brush the scones tops with 1 tablespoon cream or milk and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

Bake in a 400° oven for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Glaze scones if desired.



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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.

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