Combine first 6 ingredients; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add buttermilk and dried cranberries, stirring just until moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 or 6 times. Pat into an 8-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges, and place 1 inch apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with milk, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until scones are golden brown.
I have been making these scones since this issue came out 17 years ago! They are FANTASTIC! better than any scones you'll buy in a bakery. The great thing about them, is that you can do lots of variations. I actually love to make it with fresh blueberries (i generally add more than the 1 cup that it calls for...about 1.5 to 2). I also like to separate the dough in to 2 rounds, and then cut in to 8 for a total of 16 scones. I feel like the smaller scones lend themselves better to a brunch, since there's normally so much other food. Enjoy!
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