9 Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries That Aren’t Cranberry Sauce

By: Foodlets

Thanksgiving may be long behind us, but don’t ditch that extra bag of fresh cranberries yet. In fact, if you’re not ready to get back in the kitchen, throw that bag in the freezer. Cranberries are easy to thaw out, and many recipes allow you to use partially frozen cranberries. From breakfast foods to cocktails, here are nine delicious ways to enjoy cranberries without a turkey in sight.

Desserts

Cranberry Clafoutis

Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Once you start making a clafoutis like this one, you’ll find yourself substituting any fresh fruit you like, year-round.

Ina Garten’s Easy Apple and Cranberry Cake

Any time you see Ina’s name followed by the word “easy,” you know the recipe is a keeper. This delicious cake combines two of my favorite flavors of the season.

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Photo by: Con Poulos

Con Poulos

Cranberry Custard Pie

I love everything about this pie, from its creamy base to its finished presentation.

Cranberry-Pear Crisp

Is there anything more tempting than a fruit crisp? This one combines two of the few fruits that are in season this time of year.

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Photo by: Kana Okada

Kana Okada

Pumpkin-Cranberry Cheesecake

Pumpkin, check. Cranberries, check. Cheesecake, check! This is another fully loaded flavor combination that’s sure to be a holiday hit.

Photo by: Picasa

Picasa

Muffins

Low-Sugar Cranberry Oat Muffins

These easy-to-make muffins have already become an annual tradition in my house. My four kids love them, and because they’re low in sugar and high in whole oats, I feel good about serving them to start the day.

Cranberry Harvest Muffins

Fresh cranberries brighten up a spiced batter studded with crunchy hazelnuts. The result is festive and, of course, delicious.

Drinks

Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail

Nancy Fuller makes a cinnamon-scented cranberry mixture to serve as the base for this big-batch cocktail.

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Fresh cranberries are a too-cute garnish in Tyler Florence’s five-minute cocktail, which features sweetened cranberry juice and bright bubbly.

Charity Curley Mathews is the mother of four small kids; a contributor to The Huffington Post, eHow Food and InStyle; and the founder of Foodlets.com, a blog about cooking fresh food for kids, parenting and coming to terms with wiping the counter 987 times a day.

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