Cranberry, White Chocolate & Toasted Walnut Scones

I want to make pancakes. Right now, this instant, on this Friday afternoon.

Would this be appropriate right now? (Sorry, I love that - gets me everytime.)

I'm dying to make and eat blueberry pancakes, because I just watched this blueberry pancake throwdown on Food Network.

Bobby Flay challenged Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman of (Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant (4 Clinton Street, between East Houston & Stanton)
to a blueberry pancake throwdown because their pancakes were voted best pancakes in New York City, as well as best breakfast in the city.

The pancakes they made were light, fluffy, and aerated by whipped egg whites. Then they were cooked on a hot, buttered griddle, topped with fresh blueberries, and doused with homemade maple butter.

Bobby's looked good too; he topped them with a blueberry compote, blueberry syrup, and fresh ricotta cheese.

I love the idea of a lemony-vanilla-pancake topped with blueberry compote and ricotta. So into the kitchen I go, to try and create a pancake that could compete with Bobby's.

If he were to arrive on my doorstep and challenge me to a scone throwdown, he might have some regrets. I'm pretty darn good at making scones, if I do say so myself.
Or maybe I'm not? Why don't you try these scones and let me know...

I love cranberries, white chocolate and nuts together, and I thought they would go perfectly into a scone. These scones are topped with a sprinkling of sparkly crystallized ginger, for some additional sweetness and texture.

I'm transitioning my recipes into more fall-appropriate flavors now, and I am so, SO excited about that. Nice warm and comforting flavors. Expect apple, pumpkin, cranberry, pomegranate, sweet potato, oatmeal, cinnamon, butterscotch and maple posts in your future.

Cranberry, White Chocolate & Toasted Walnut Scones 

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (spooned into cup & leveled with knife)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, soaked in hot water
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3 large eggs, divided use
1/4 cup yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; whisk in 6 tablespoons sugar until combined. Knead in butter, using fingertips, until well incorporated and mixture starts to clump together, forming pea-sized lumps. Gently stir in cranberries, walnuts and white chocolate chips until combined.
In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, yogurt and vanilla until combined; sprinkle into flour mixture and toss together using a fork.

Turn shaggy dough out onto a floured surface, and gently pat and knead until it comes together, handling as little as possible. Form two (6-inch) rounds. Insides of the rounds should be thicker. Slice each round into 6 equal triangles and place on cookie sheets. Whisk the additional egg in a small bowl and brush evenly on scones; pat crystallized ginger into the tops and sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks until ready to serve.

Makes 12 scones


  1. That was a rather interesting transition. We start with pancakes...

    ...and end up with scones.

    I'll cede the scone title to you. I'm sure you could beat me in a throwdown. You may be in a pancake mood, but you just put me in a scone mood.

  2. Haha. I agree. I just really want some pancakes right now.

  3. These scones...yuuuuummm. I've been too lazy to bake, wish you lived next door! I did watch that throwdown awhile back, also made pancakes last night as an after-dinner snack :).

  4. it's hard when you see goodies like this when you haven't eaten breakfast yet. I want to take a bite out of my screen..

  5. Yummy, scones! You'd SO win if Bobby Flay challenged you to a "scone throwdown." :) I want a scone...but now I want pancakes too.

  6. Mm... I love cranberries and cinnamon in scones or muffins. They go perfectly with a bold cup of coffee or an Americano.

    Can't wait to try these.

  7. Bring on the jam and cream, these scones want s to be eaten.....maybe a nice cup of java on the side!!!

  8. Scones are a good pancake substitite it they are studded with chocolate and cranberries.

  9. Lookout, Bobby Flay!! He's got nothing on you with those scones; and he wouldn't win with pancakes either ;)

  10. yummy, I need to try to make scones once in my life. Why not start with these?

  11. scones? not for me. pancakes? i'll take 'em any time, anywhere, ESPECIALLY if blueberries are involved. maple syrup and bobby flay on the side would be peachy keen. :)

  12. Hmm, I've always wondereed, does unbleached flour make a difference? I want to try this recipe, but all I have is bleached.

  13. oh yest!! please can I have six for breakfast? delicious!

  14. okay, this sounds really good. There was this little cafe in Cape Cod that I used to go to..Caffe E Dolci I think...that had the most amazing cranberry scones. MMM-I am sure this would be just as good..maybe better!

  15. Congrats on half a million views since you got sitemeter! Shalom!

  16. Anon, recently I switched over, but I don't think it makes that much of a difference. Bleached is fine. Do it!

    Eric, oy vey!

  17. the flavor combination sounds amazing!

  18. That picture makes me want one of those scones now! I have never made scones before and definitely want to give it a try. I will try your recipe first since they look so good and I've made some of your recipes before and they have always been good!

  19. Sigh. This post just had to be about scones. We're making pancakes here right now, but I'll take a scone>pancakes anytime. And those are perfect scones!

  20. How do you not weigh 600 pounds? I don't get it. And scones are my favorite, so keep 'em coming!

    With the link in the beginning, I really thought you were going to rickroll us with that link, haha... (I'm guilty of that. but at least I made it obvious).


  21. MMMMMMMMMMM,....Your scones look FABULOUS!!

    I am currently in a " scones " mood!

  22. Your scones do look perfect, BF would be in big trouble! Can't wait to see all your Fall recipes :)

  23. Sorry I haven't checked your blog in so long. I've missed reading your posts and how talented and creative you are with your recipes! Blueberry pancakes make me think of No Reservations. Yum!

  24. These scones look incredible. I wanna eat them right off the screen.

  25. Those look like the queen of scones!!! May I suggest against using NESTLE white chocolate chips? They smell bad...

  26. Yum. I'm a newer scone convert. These look de-lish!