I can’t seem to start my morning without one of these tea buns. I freeze a whole batch of these and in the morning I pop one into the toaster oven and it comes out tasting like its fresh baked. The best part about making these tea buns is not having to roll out the dough. I find when I handle the dough too much it creates a tougher Tea Biscuit.
Awesome with tea or coffee. Oh I almost forgot to mention, these are so easy to make.

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5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Tea Buns

Course: Biscuit


  • 2 cups flour
  • cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Sugar for tops


  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mix well. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. You can also use your fingers and rub the butter with the flour into small pieces. Stir in the cranberries and lemon zest.
  • Mix the egg, milk and lemon together, pour all at once into dry ingredients. Stir just enough to combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Scoop out a heaping tablespoonful of mixture and drop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Gently press down top and sprinkle with white, brown or raw sugar.
  • Bake at 400°F for 15 – 20 minutes



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  1. Never had a cranberry tea bun. It looks so good I would try one!

  2. Suanlian Tangpua says:

    5 stars
    It looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing the ingredients and instructions. I would love to try for my children this weekend.

  3. Nice recipe. These look tasty. never had them with cranberry before.

  4. Samantha Smart says:

    Oh my word. These look delicious. Definitely saving to make for the kiddos!

  5. These look almost like a scone! I’m going to have to try them for one of my kids tea parties I think!

  6. Makes me want to go to an English Tea room! Yummy!

  7. These look very similar with scones. I like that you’ve added cranberry and lemon zest, these flavours go so well with tea.

    1. Yes you’re right, Scones, tea buns and biscuits are basically the same. Scones are usually cut into wedges. Biscuit are cut into rounds. These Tea Buns are scooped out right onto the baking sheet. I also think it depends on where people live, different countries have variations to most recipes.

  8. Ooo I like cranberry scones and these look similar, I bet these are tasty!

  9. Prakhar Kasera says:

    I am gonna try the recipe firsts thing in the morning. They seems to be delicious and a good breakfast option.

  10. These looks lovely, I’d never think to use cranberries instead of raisins.

  11. Looks yummy and pretty easy! Always looking for something to have with my tea – will have to try it out!

  12. Nursery rhymes girl says:

    5 stars
    Hi, Thank you for sharing this with us. Cool um gonna try!

  13. Jessie Adams says:

    I am pinning this!!! This looks sooooo good and I love love love to bake so this is going on my list!

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