Air fryer orange, cranberry and white chocolate scones recipe

These delightful scones are a breeze to make and perfect for those mornings when you crave a delicious and satisfying treat. They come together in under 30 minutes, without any fancy rolling or equipment needed. Plus, they’re bursting with bright orange flavor and tart cranberries for a flavor explosion in every bite.

So grab your favorite mug and get ready to whip up a batch of sunshine!

Yields: 8 Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Dry:

    • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • Pinch of salt
  • Wet:

    • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest (freshly grated from the orange peel)
    • ¾ cup (170g) plain Greek yogurt (full-fat yogurt works too!)
    • 1 large egg yolk
  • Fruity Bits:

    • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped into small pieces (you can also use chopped fresh cranberries)
  • Glaze (Optional):

    • ¼ cup (50g) icing sugar
    • 1-2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Equipment:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Pastry cutter (or your fingers!)
  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Air fryer (or oven preheated to 360°F / 180°C)
  • Wire rack (for cooling)
  • Small bowl (for glaze, if using)
  • Spoon (for drizzling glaze)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your air fryer (or oven) to 360°F (180°C). If using an oven, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or your fingers. You want to achieve a crumbly texture, with pea-sized butter bits.

  4. Stir in the orange zest, yogurt, and egg yolk. Gently mix everything together with a spoon until just combined. Don’t overmix!

  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries.

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Tip

If the dough feels too dry, add a tablespoon of milk at a time until it comes together.

  1. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. You can use a rolling pin to gently flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches in diameter, but this step is optional.

  2. Cut the dough into 8 wedges.

  3. Transfer the scones to your prepared baking sheet (or air fryer basket lined with parchment paper). Leave some space between them for even baking.

  4. Brush the tops of the scones with a splash of milk. This will help them brown beautifully.

  5. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, or bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

  6. Let the scones cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before serving.

  7. While the scones are cooling, whip up a simple glaze (optional). In a small bowl, whisk together the icing sugar and orange juice until you get a smooth, drizzling consistency.

  8. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones and enjoy!

Flavor Twists:

  • Spice it up! Add a ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the dry ingredients for a warm twist.
  • Love nuts? Fold in ¼ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans for a delightful crunch.
  • Feeling fancy? Drizzle the cooled scones with melted white chocolate or dark chocolate instead of the glaze.
  • Don’t have dried cranberries? Chopped dried cherries, raisins, or chopped dried apricots would also be delicious additions.

These scones are perfect for:

  • A quick and easy breakfast
  • An afternoon snack with tea or coffee
  • A delightful brunch treat
  • Sharing with friends and family

Store leftover scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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Enjoy these sunshine-filled scones and let the compliments roll in!

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