20+ Festive and Fresh Cranberry Recipes
If the only cranberries you've ever eaten were shimmied out of a can in jellied form, you're in for a treat. Cranberry bog farmers harvest these tart but tasty fruits in autumn, making fresh cranberries perfect for enjoying during the holiday season. From cocktails and cakes to muffins and main dishes, cranberries add bright flavor and color to a wide variety of delicious recipes.
Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter
This Cranberry-Pear Butter is a nice change of pace from the usual pumpkin or apple butter, and is just as delicious spread on your morning biscuit or slice of toast. You could even serve it on a cheese plate, alongside toasted baguette slices or crackers. (It would pair wonderfully with goat cheese.) Made with apple cider, cranberries, and pears, the fruit butter has a subtle kick from fresh ginger and a hint of spice from ground cinnamon.
Surprise your guests with these cute and delicious tartlets. Fresh or frozen cranberries can be used to make the tangy filling. If using frozen berries, don’t defrost them. Frozen cranberries act more like fresh cranberries than thawed ones do; the skins burst at a similar rate and they are less juicy.
Cranberry Fluff Salad
While it might not be the best-looking dish on the holiday table, it will be incredibly popular. Super sweet and creamy, this dish will work just as well as a side as it will as a dessert. We guarantee there won't be leftovers.
Cranberry Cookies With Orange Glaze
Oh, so festive! These cakey cranberry cookies are a perfect Christmastime snack, dessert, or even breakfast.
Sweet and tart meet vodka in this refreshing holiday cocktail.
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
This powerful cranberry-apple sauce carries enough flavors to make it go far. Keep it traditional and serve with turkey, or think outside the box and use a dollop on this Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup. Although it's quick and easy to make, we'd suggest prepping it a few days in advance—this Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce only gets better with time.
Cranberry Sangría Punch
This wintry, ruby-red spin on sangría is a staff favorite but comes with a warning: It goes down easy. Make it a day ahead, and add the Champagne right before serving.
Transparent Pie with Whipped Crème Fraîche and Sugared Cranberries
Cranberry Relish and Goat Cheese Toasts
Top slices of rustic sourdough bread with goat cheese and homemade cranberry relish for a colorful appetizer featuring a satisfying crunch and tasty flavor combo of salty and sweet.
Balsamic Cranberry-Onion Jam
This stovetop jam is tangy, tart, and sweet and pairs perfectly with a variety of meats and cheeses.
Cranberry-Apple Slab Pie
This gorgeous pie calls for three different types of apples and fresh cranberries, baked together under a perfectly woven lattice crust.
Cranberry Tequila Punch
Freeze layers of orange slices and fresh cranberries with a mix of apple and cranberry juices in a bundt or ring mold, then serve with more of the juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and sparkling wine for a show stopping holiday party cocktail.
Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Freeze the shortbread dough, and then grate it in a food processor to get the most tender crust.
Cherry Spice Cake Trifle
Impress holiday guests with this beautiful spice cake trifle. Sweet cherry preserves and fresh cranberries lend festive color and flavor to the pillowy layers of cake and homemade whipped cream. To make ahead, thaw the spice cake layers, and prepare the recipe through Step 3. Assemble trifle the morning of, and refrigerate. Remove 1 hour before serving.
Cranberry-Orange Tart with Browned Butter Crust
For a pretty presentation, top the tart with sugared cranberries: Steep whole berries in simple syrup in the refrigerator 8 hours, then roll in sugar and let stand 1 hour to dry.
Cranberry-Balsamic Glazed Pork Rack with Fennel, Apples, and Pears
This deeply flavorful glaze can be made up to 1 day ahead of time.
Halibut with Cranberry-Lime Chutney
All you need is 35 minutes to prepare this company-worthy fish entrée.
Roasted Cranberries and Grapes with Rosemary
This simple but elegant side pairs tart cranberries with sweet grapes. Toss the fruit with maple syrup and spices, then broil for just a few minutes to slightly caramelize. Drizzle with oil and red wine vinegar and serve.
Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Pecans
Featuring cranberries, wild rice, toasted pecans, and scallions, this salad is full of fall flavor.
Cranberry Oat Bars
Kids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture.
Wine-Spiked Cranberry Cheese Log
Use this succulent, syrupy fruit as a topping for pound cake or ice cream. You can also spoon it over a softened log of goat cheese instead of cream cheese.
It's hard to beat the classic combination of oranges and cranberries. Sprinkle the tops of the glazed muffins with coarse sugar to add texture and a little sparkle.