Savory and sweet scones with subtle notes of cranberry tea flavor and juicy pops of pomegranates. Crisp on the outside and super tender on the inside, these Pomegranate Cranberry Scones are perfect for your holiday breakfast or brunch!
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Hi friends! And just like that we are into the month of December.
I feel like I have been saying this a lot the past two months, but where the heck has the year gone?!
Anyone know Father Time’s email address? I have a few (possibly choice) words I’d like to say to him. Politely of course. 😇
On the real, we are now only a little over THREE weeks away from Christmas!! Like, the holidays just got real, folks!
I’d say now is the time to bust out your favorite fuzzy slippers, pour yourself some (spiked) eggnog and get your holiday bake on.
In case you are having company over for the holidays, I have THE perfect festively fun baked treat for you today! And, BONUS, you can serve these jeweled splendors for breakfast, brunch, and snack time or ANYTIME in between.
But, before I get into describing these holiday scones, I want to let you in on a little secret.
These scones are NOT your average tea scone. No sir-e-bob.
These scones are made with actual TEA!
AND, not just any-ole run of the mill tea. No ma’am.
These merry and bright beauties are made with THE one and only, best of the best, Celestial Tea.
*I feel like there should be the sound of muffled cheering in the background going on right about here, but I’m not tech savvy enough to insert the sound. So just pretend like you hear it, mmm ‘kay?
Pomegranate Cranberry Scones
If you have been reading along, you already know there is ACTUAL tea in these scones, but I didn’t tell you what flavor of tea.
I used Celestial Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland Herbal Tea Bags in these scones, and let me tell you, the tea adds the perfect amount of cranberry and vanilla oomph. The flavor isn’t over powering, it is just the right amount of je-ne-sais-quoi.
These tea scones have a crisp exterior with a super tender, perfectly crumbly interior. And, as far as taste is concerned, they are savory and slightly sweet with notes of subtle cranberry and juicy pops of pomegranates.
But, every scone needs a little schmear of Cranberry-Vanilla Butter
You know how I used tea in the actual scones? Well, I also used it in the butter. 😜
Let’s just say I could use Celestial Tea in pretty much ALL the things.
This butter is bomb dot com, friends.
It is rich, decadent and bursting with vanilla and cranberry flavor. Not to mention this butter is oh-so pretty with the speckles of tea lovingly scattered throughout.
Notes, Tips & Tricks for the best Pomegranate Cranberry Scones recipe:
- Great news – these tea scones can be made in advance! High five. ✋ To do so, simply follow the instructions in the recipe below, and make the dough through step 6. You will knead the dough into a rough disc about 7-8’’ round, but do NOT cut the disc into wedges. Simply wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate it overnight. Then cut it into wedges, brush with cream and proceed to bake.
- The Cranberry Vanilla Butter can also be made well in advance. Simply form it into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Baked tea scones can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Unwrap the flavors of the season with Celestial Tea and these Pomegranate Cranberry Scones! And don’t forget to smother them with Cranberry Vanilla Butter!
Warm, freshly baked scones + flavorful butter = holiday breakfast (Or brunch. Or snack time. Or dessert) of champions!
Until next week friends, cheers – to ‘The Magic of Tea’!
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How to makePomegranate Cranberry Scones at home👇
Pomegranate Cranberry Scones
- ½ Cup Heavy Cream
- 3 Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland Herbal Tea Bags
- 1 ¾ Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- 6 TBS Unsalted Butter – frozen and grated
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ heaping Cup fresh Pomegranate Arils (seeds)
- 1 TBS Heavy Cream
- Coarse Sugar
- Tea Butter:
- 1 stick of Unsalted Butter , at room temperature
- 1 tea bag
- Infuse the cream with the tea: In a small saucepan add heavy cream and tea bags. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Immediately remove from heat and let tea steep for at least 20 minutes or until cream is completely cool. Remove the tea bags and discard*.
- Make the tea butter: Open the tea bag and pour the grounds into a medium bowl. Add in the soft butter and mix together. Shape the mixed butter into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap. Transfer it in the fridge to firm back up.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Adjust baking rack to the middle position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the grated butter and combine it with your fingers (or a fork) until it resembles coarse meal. Gently stir in the pomegranate arils. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of the cooled cream, egg, sugar and vanilla. Add it to the flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to stir the dough together until everything is JUST moistened and combined. (Add a splash more of the cream if dough seems dry)
- Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface and knead it a couple of times* (make sure your hands are floured as well). Press the dough into a 7-8’’ disc, about ½’’ thick, and cut into 8 equal wedges with a sharp knife.
- Place scones at least 2’’ apart on the prepared baking sheet. Brush scones with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until lightly golden and cooked through.
- Serve: Remove from oven and serve with tea butter.
*When removing the tea bags from the cream after steeping, use the back of a spoon to gently push the bags against the saucepan to release some of the tea into the cream.
*The tea butter can be kept, stored in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks.
*Scones are best eaten right away, however they will keep at room temperature, or in the refrigerator, for 2 days.
*Baked scones can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before eating or heating. *Nutritional Information is for scones only.
I love cranberry for its nutritional value. What a recipe! Thank you.
That butter does look like the bomb dot com! I am not a huge scone person, but these are compelling me to try again. It is such a lovely combination. YUM!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Cheyanne – am with you – this year has flown by for sure! Actually, time in general seems to be flying by – and if you manage to get Father Time’s email – I will sign any petition you plan on sending him about sowing things down 🙂
Btw – as for these scones – Girl – I ADORE scones! They make me weak in the knees and these – wow – these are gonna haunt my dreams tonight – I tried scrolling thru those mouthwatering pictures qickly – but ended up scrolling back and drooling! I need help!
Alma @ Freelance Content Writer says
These are pretty much best with tea, like the tastes. So extremely festive and stunning, Cheyanne. I enjoy that you utilized some pomegranate seeds therein. I like that tea flavoured butter as well.
Where the heck has this year gone? This one totally flew by. Pomegranates are in season, and I’m looking for any excuse to cook with them, I see great minds think alike Cheyanne 🙂 I’ve never used tea in any recipes; I like pretty much all Celestial Teas, so I can only imagine how tasty these Scones are.
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
One of these scones with a huge cup of tea sounds like heaven on earth right about now.
Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen says
Love buttery scones, Cheyanne – and I love the cranberry pomegranate flavoring in these – so good! I’m pretty excited for the Holidays since I’ll be spending it with family – can’t wait! I need to printout this recipe so I make these scones when I’m with them!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
These cranberry pomegranate tea scones look tea-licious, darn pretty and festive. Oh my gosh! And that tea butter? Wow! That’s an incredible idea girlfriend. The flavors and textures everything sounds and looks fabulous, Chey. Wish you a lovely weekend. Pinning it. 🙂
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom says
Omg, I can’t believe the year is almost over! Where does the time go?! Well I know a good portion of it goes to gawking over your recipes (I’m more than ok with that) 🙂 So first off, LOVE scones! I will unapologetically eat an entire tray. And two… tea butter?! How freakin’ cool is that?! What a way to compliment that morning cup you have along with these beauties!
Keri @ Fashionable Foods says
If you find out where the year went, let me know. 😉 Cheyanne, these scones are, legit, the coziest looking holiday treat everrrr. You know how much I love me some scones, so I’m all over these! I have to go get some of that tea – it sounds scrumptious! As do these scones, of course 🙂 Pinned! Have a great weekend!
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
I looked at my calendar yesterday and screeched when I saw how many weeks were left until Christmas and how few gifts I have purchased for my friends and family. Can we talk about how cool these scones are?! I’m so impressed with the tea being INSIDE the scones!! And that flavor sounds absolutely fabulous. Basically the honorary flavor of the holidays 😀 I don’t make scones as often as I would like, but you’ve got me hankering a good ol’ batch of scones right about now…
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These are pretty much perfect with tea, love the flavors 🙂
Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health says
Wow these looks really fantastic! So crispy and festive. Perfect for upcoming holidays. And vanilla butter, I mean.. common 😀 I can imagine myself with these beauties on xmas morning + big cup of black earl gray flavored tea. Sharing this! Cheers C. 😉
I can’t believe it’s December already too! These festive scones are perfect for baking season!! Especailly with some tea! The sugar cookie teas from Celestial are our favorite and now I’m going to check this one out next! 🙂
Ben Maclain says
It’s not a secret, Chey! All your food, even seemingly simple things like Brussels sprouts (well, in your case especially Brussels sprouts) are special. These scons with all the flavors and textures going on, are fantastic too. And this butter? Great! And please find that e-mail and ask a few important questions (of course in a polite form). I’ve got a few too, but I’m delegating them to you to address:)
I’ve baked with pomegranates before and loved it, and think adding them to scones is a phenomenal idea! I have not baked with tea, and that sounds really intriguing to me — plus the flavor you used sounds delicious! These would be the perfect holiday breakfast, and I need to try them!
karrie @ Tasty Ever After says
These scones look so yummy girl! So many delicious flavors and so festive for the holidays. I do a huge Christmas breakfast and I’m going to include these scones this year. p.s. I’m totally not ready for Christmas other than knowing I’ll be eating these scones that day 🙂
Oh the sound of that butter!! Scones are just the best brunch recipes!!
Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cotted says
These scones are amazing and I love that there is tea flavoring baked right in. And I can’t forget to mention that luxurious cranberry butter, also with tea, just waiting to be spread all over. I’ve never baked with tea, very cool. These are seriously delicious and exactly what this rainy weather calls for 🙂 . Take care.
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Ahhhhh!!! That was lighting quick! Weren’t we just talking about how we couldn’t believe fall just started? Like, woah. FT: Don’t make him mad or anything! Or else, next thing you know, we’ll be in 2026. Haha. Heck yeah, it’s time to get our holiday bake on! Woot woot! The second I saw that Celestial tea and your scones, I just knew this was gonna be good! 😉 UM… I can TOTALLY hear the cheering. Especially since it’s coming from me!!! 😉 Love that you made this with tea! How cool is that? These are absolutely gorgeous and should be required baking for every holiday household. Love it! Pinned, of course! Can’t wait to chat this weekend! xo
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So very festive and gorgeous, Cheyanne. I love that you used some pomegranate seeds in there. I love that tea flavoured butter too.
Stephanie Czako says
Girl! Can I just come right through the screen to grab myself a couple (dozen) of these beauties? They look like they have the PERFECT scone texture and what a great idea of using tea to add to the flavor! Love it! And that butter? I’m all over it. I definitely need to make some scones for Christmas (and holy crap, 3 weeks away already?!)! Pinned! XOXO
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
I never met a scone I didn’t like and these infused lovelies would be welcome at my table… right now with THAT but-ta! The photos have me wanting to schmear that atop my scone if only my screen wouldn’t get in the way. 🙂 BTW, I love that shot of the just cut scone dough – beauty!
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These scones look gorgeous and perfect for the holidays. I love the addition of tea in these. I can’t believe only 3 weeks till Christmas..This year just went wayyy to quickly 🙂
Cheyanne!! These scones are GORGEOUS!! Such a fun recipe! Especially this time of year! Love that you added pom seeds! Also- I’m obsessed with Celestial Seasonings tea- just picked up some yesterday! Delicious! Happy December love!
traci | VanillaAndBean says
I don’t even know how it’s possible that it is December already! We’ll be ringing in 2017 so soon, whaaaa??? Scones are an utter weakness and I love tea so I’m completely craving these scones, Chey! Delicious work my dear!
Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction says
Wow, these scones look so festive and delicious! I can just imagine eating one with my cup of tea 🙂
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I can’t believe it’s December either – how did this happen???? Ahhh! So much to do! haha
ANYWAY. I LOVE scones. And I love tea! These sound fantastic! My favorites from Celestial are the sugar cookie sleigh ride and the gingerbread spice – I need to grab this flavor! I haven’t tried it yet!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
You know my love for scones Chey, so they will be whipped up ASAP at my house. I love the flavors. Perfect little breakfast treat during the holiday season! Enjoy the weekend!
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
These scones are genius! At first I was impressed they have pom. arils, and then I was blown away by the tea infusion 😉 & I agree – time is going way too fast. Let’s try to savor the rest of the year as much as possible!
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How festive are these!! Nothing like a beautiful buttery scone to put me in a good mood! And I am all about fuzzy slippers and holiday baking! And twinkle lights….and the smell of evergreen…and… I’ll stop now! 😉 These are glorious, my friend! Pinned! xoxo
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I need to make me some of these scones then bust out my fuzzy slippers, onesie, and some eggnog to enjoy all these things by the fire! That tea sounds fantastic on its own, but I can only imagine how awesome it is in these scones and that butter. I need to BOLO for some of that at the Teeter! Pinned! Cheers! XOXO
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
Woo hoo! Bring on the holidays!! I’m so excited right now and I’ve even already had a glass (or two) of eggnog this past week 🙂 We woke up to snow on the ground this morning….I actually don’t care for the stuff, but it is kinda exciting in one way to see this time of year. These scones look the bomb, Cheyanne! And that butter? I love me some butter and this would be absolutely perfect for the holidays. Genius putting the tea in there!! And how perfect that you can prep in advance? Perfect to wake up , throw this on and make the kitchen smell amazing! Pinned! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I’m excited, yet in awe that we’re officially in December! Time just needs to take a little breather for a while. And now that it’s December, I’m dreading the cold and snow that will eventually happen around here. But until then, I’ll just happily eat my way through all of these gorgeous scones. Such a wonderful flavor combo, Cheyanne! I love that you used cranberry and pomegranate. And made with tea sounds just perfect! It’s been way too long since I’ve made my own scones, so I need to try this out. Sounds perfect to enjoy while gazing at the Christmas tree and indulging in another Christmas movie! 🙂 Pinned, of course!
Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says
How is it December?!?! Ahhh! I guess we’re doing this, huh?
Well, at least we have lots of good eats to look forward to, including these amazing scones! I’m not big on drinking tea, but I do seem to like it IN things (guess I’d rather eat my tea ) so these are perfect for me. Plus that cranberry + pomegranate + vanilla triple flavor threat? SO much yumminess! Pinned!
Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says
Is it really already the 1st of December? If you ever get that Father Time’s email address please pass it on to me! There is soon much to do and I feel I am running out of time – I think I have to go with your very sensible suggestion of pouring myself an eggnog or two to calm down 😉 As for your Cranberry & Pomegranate Tea Scones – oh my gosh – I can see myself enjoying these from breakfast to dinner 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend!