Cranberry Recipes for Every Meal
Slightly tart and gorgeously red, cranberries are a great addition to everything from savory roasts to crowd-pleasing cakes. The following recipes, which include everything from simple side dishes to showstopping desserts, highlight the very best of this beautiful fruit.
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Cranberries may be best known as a sauce (and we have those recipes, too!), but they can do so much more. Tart and vibrant in color, these beautiful berries are best between October and January, which makes them a great ingredient for holiday and seasonal meals. You can buy cranberries fresh, frozen, dried or canned, so there are tons of options for both cooking and baking. We suggest starting with this colorful pie, which uses cranberries in various forms: from dehydrated cranberries in the crust, to fresh cranberries in the filling, to beautifully frosted fresh cranberries on top. A gorgeous addition to your dessert table, this pie is creamy, tart and tangy, with just the right amount of sweet.
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Cranberry Harvest Muffins
Ina's muffins are packed with fruit and spices. Be sure not to overmix the batter or they’ll be tough, not tender.
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Cranberry-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Combine cranberry and red currant jelly to make a beautiful glaze for pork tenderloin. With everything ready in less than an hour, you'll want this recipe in your weekly roundup.
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Vodka Cranberry Punch with Apple Cider Ice Cubes
This is dangerously easy and delicious. The ruby-red cranberries cover the surface, and the apple cider cubes are the best additions that amp up the sweet-and-spicy flavor.
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Cranberry Brie Bites
Baked Brie gets the party treatment, stuffed into little golden parcels of puff pastry, along with a hit of cranberry sauce and the crunch of walnuts.
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Orange-Cranberry Bundt Cake
Jeff’s citrus-flavored cake is a showstopper at any dessert table. Coat cranberries in a simple syrup before layering them over and inside the cake — this will ensure they’re not too tart with just enough sweetness.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Trisha says, “My sister, Beth, adapted this recipe from her church cookbook. I like to chop the cranberries and nuts finely so you get lots of flavor in every bite."
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Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf
Toasted almonds and dried cranberries add a festive flair to Valerie’s rice pilaf.
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Cranberry-Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Switch up your traditional cinnamon rolls by incorporating orange zest into the filling and cranberry sauce into the glaze. You’ll have a delicious (and aromatic!) treat that’s sure to please at a holiday brunch or special weekend breakfast.
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Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops
Celebrate autumnal flavor by preparing this sweet and fragrant cranberry-sage sauce. Cut a 2-inch-deep pocket in the side of thick pork chops and spoon the sauce inside before searing the chops in your skillet.
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Make a grown-up slush with whiskey, cranberry and pomegranate juices. Add fresh diced cranberries for over-the-top flavor and texture.
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Cranberry Stuffed Cupcakes with Cranberry Cream Cheese Frosting
If cornbread and cranberry sauce are your favorite sides, you’ll adore Molly’s cranberry-filled cornmeal cupcakes. She incorporates cranberry sauce into her buttercream and the cupcake filling, so there’s tons of sweet, tart flavor in every bite!
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Cream Cheese Log with Sweet-and-Spicy Cranberry Relish
A food processor is the key to Valerie’s cranberry relish — she pulses the berries with jalapeno, scallions and orange zest to make the topping for her cream cheese log.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf
Tart cranberries perfectly balance the earthiness of pumpkin in Molly’s fall-flavored loaf.
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White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake
Sweet white chocolate is the ideal match for tart cranberry, especially when paired inside an indulgent, creamy cheesecake.
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Toasted Gruyere and Cranberry Cups
Nutty gruyere cheese is the perfect complement to sweet-tart cranberry. Served together in a bite-size phyllo cup, they make the perfect party appetizer.
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Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Crisp
The ultimate in fall flavors, Katie’s crisp is full of squash, apple and cranberry. She uses dried cranberries in her filling, but you can certainly swap for frozen cranberries, too.
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This tangy smoothie is a perfect way to use up leftover cranberries from your holiday celebrations. It gets a touch of sweetness from maple syrup, and wheat germ gives it a nutty note as well as a dose of iron, zinc and B and E vitamins.
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Pumpkin-Cranberry Scones with Whipped Maple Butter
Dried cranberries and candied ginger bits add a tartness and spice to balance out Bobby's sweet pumpkin scones.
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Cranberry Cornbread Bites
Nestle cranberry relish and thinly sliced ham between fresh cornbread muffins for an easy and tasty crowd-pleasing appetizer.
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Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Walnut Stuffed Apples
This is the perfect dessert for a crisp autumn day. Be sure to use large baking apples such as Rome or Golden Delicious -they'll have just the right tenderness. Enjoy leftovers for breakfast the next day with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
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Cranberry Lemonade Punch
With plenty of cranberry and pineapple juice, Geoffrey’s punch is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. If you’re hosting a kid-friendly party, this is equally delicious without the vodka.
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Cranberry Pomegranate Crumb Bars
Don’t relegate cranberries as a side-dish only! Valerie layers a cranberry-pomegranate filling between nutty crumb bars for a delicious, packable dessert.
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