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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Scones

Do you like cranberries and chocolate together? If so, you will love these scones.

I can't recall where I found the original recipe for these. It called for fresh cranberries, which I am not fond of, so I substituted dried. I also changed the baking method and used the format I prefer for scones, which is to pat the dough into a circle directly on the cookie sheet.

These have a great texture and are not overly sweet. They are wonderful as is, or spread with a little butter. Enjoy!

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Scones

1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 TB baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 TB cold unsalted butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 TB raw sugar to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 400-F.

Lightly butter an 8-inch circle in the center of a cookie sheet.

In a large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into pieces then work into flour with a pastry cutter (or grate in the butter with a  cheese grater) until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Stir in cranberries and chocolate.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg and cream. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Pat into an 8-inch circle on the prepared cookie sheet. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into 8 wedges. (Leave the wedges in the circle, do not pull them apart.) Sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Bake for ~20 minutes or until top is lightly brown. Remove from oven. Cut the scones again and serve immediately, or cool and store in an airtight container.

Happy Baking!


  1. Those look really good. My mom loves cranberries and scones of any kind with coffee. I bet she would love these. Thanks for passing along your recipe, and thanks too for visiting my blog today.

  2. I LOVE scones. And cranberries. And chocolate. I want one now!

  3. These look scrumptious Michael Ann! Children are always hungry aren't they?

  4. scone is one of my favorite I don't mind what flavor but I am sure that cranberries is really great

  5. Chocolate and cranberries are such a wonderful combo! My family loves scones so I know I will have to try these soon!! :)

  6. OOOooohhh... I just ADORE coming to your blog! YUM! Happy 2012 Michael A Darling... xoxo

  7. Your scones always look beautiful....I guess I'm going to have to get busy in the kitchen. I've never made scones. But I have half my kitchen in one house and the other half in another....UGH!! I can't wait till it all comes together.

  8. I do like cranberry and chocolate together:-) Really I like anything that goes with chocolate. Thank you so much for sharing these delicious scones on Trick or Treat Tuesdays.

  9. I Love cranberries and chocolate!! Just as perfect as strawberries or raspberries with chocolate - made in heaven!! Fabulous treat for breakfast or tea!

  10. oh yum!! I have some cranberry sauce, which while it might not work for this, maybe I will turn it in to a frosting for these!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Delish! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

  12. What a sweet idea for breakfast. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your scones up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweets-for-saturday-51.html

  13. wow I think it is a good combination I love cranberry and I am addicted to chocolate, I hope you are my neighbor so that I could ask for one=)


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