Cranberry Orange Scones with Ground Flax

cran-orange scone with flax

I saw a giant bag of ground flax at Costco and decided it would be great for adding fiber, protein and omega-3s to my family’s diet. Of course, it’s a 3 POUND bag of ground flax. Um, yes, that’s a whole lotta flax!  So how am I going to use it?

Last night as I was getting ready to make scones I decided to add some to my recipe. They turned out great! There is no noticeable difference in the flavor or texture. And I like the fact that the scones have a little more nutritional value.

Yield: 16 scones

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes per batch, 30 total


3 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

2 TBSP baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

8 TBSP (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into cubes

2/3 cup dried cranberries

zest of one orange

1 cup milk

2 eggs



  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Get out two baking sheets and a pastry mat (or flour a smooth work surface).
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, flax, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add cranberries and orange zest.
  5. Lightly beat eggs, add to milk and then pour into the dry mix.
  6. Mix until dough comes together, turn out onto floured pastry mat and knead a few times.
  7. Divide dough in half. Working one half at a time, pat out into a disc 3/4″ thick. Cut into 8 wedges (like a pizza). Place 8 scones on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
  8. Move to cooling rack, store in a sealed container when cooled.


Basic Scones & Variations


Blueberry - Lemon Scone

I love scones.  Really, I think I could have a scone with my coffee for breakfast nearly every day.  There are several fun mixes available, and my favorite pre-packaged mix is Sticky Fingers English Scone Mix and comes in a variety of fun flavors.  You just add water and bake, pretty simple.

But I have to tell you that making scones from scratch is very easy and much cheaper than buying a mix.  The basic recipe goes like this:

  1. In a large bowl, measure out 2 cups of flour
  2. Add 3 TBSP of sugar
  3. Add 1/4 tsp of salt.
  4. Add 1 TBSP of baking powder. Stir.
  5. Cut in 6 TBSP of butter.
  6. Measure 1/4 cup half and half (can substitute cream or whole milk)
  7. Beat one egg and mix with the milk
  8. Pour milk/egg into the dry ingredients and mix with a fork
  9. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead a few times.
  10. Pat out into an 8-10 inch disc and cut into triangles
  11. Bake for 15 minutes in a 400° oven.
You can jazz it up a lot by adding the following mix-ins.  Fruits and nuts should be mixed with the dry ingredients after cutting in the butter.  Extracts should be mixed with the milk & egg before adding it to the dry.
Next time try one of these combinations:
  • Dried Cranberry (1/3 cup)
  • Orange zest (1-2 TBSP)
  • Dried blueberries (1/3 cup)
  • Lemon Zest (1 TBSP)
  • Lemon Extract
  • Dried Tart Cherries (1/3 cup)
  • Sliced almonds (1/4 cup)
  • Almond Extract (1 TBSP)
  • Fresh blueberries or raspberries (1/2 cup)
  • Vanilla extract (1 TBSP)
  • Chopped dried apricots (1/4 cup)
  • Chopped pitted dates (1/4 cup)
  • Bacon bits (1/4 cup)
  • Maple Syrup (1 TBSP)
Use your imagination and own tastes to come up with your unique flavor.  For more exotic flavors, consider things like fresh peaches, figs, macadamia nuts, currants or chocolate chips.