These cranberry recipes highlight the best ways to use this sweet tart fruit: dried, fresh and frozen! Try appetizers, muffins, cakes, and more.
Got cranberries on hand? You’re in luck. This sweet tart berry is incredibly versatile: and it’s not just for cranberry sauce. Bake up this berry into quick breads and muffins, blend it into smoothies, or even make it into tasty appetizer recipes like salsa and brie bites. This list features both dried, frozen, and fresh cranberry recipes. Below you’ll see favorites from this website and selections from top recipe developers around the web. Let’s get started!
And now…20 tasty cranberry recipes!
Cranberries and salsa aren’t the most likely pair: until you’ve tried this Cranberry Salsa recipe! This fun fall appetizer is zingy and bright, pairing tart berries with fresh cilantro, onion, and jalapeno for a sweet tart dip. Trust us: once you try it, you’ll fall head over heels! Sugar balances out the tart flavor, and the hint of heat from jalapeno is just right for pairing with the berries.
Here’s a cranberry recipe that shot to the top of our favorites list: these Cranberry Orange Muffins! They’re soft and fluffy, scented with zingy orange zest and pops of sweet tart cranberries. The best part? A sweet orange icing glaze brings in just the right extra pop of sweetness to balance the berries.
Looking for a cranberry recipe that's a quick and easy appetizer? Try Cranberry Goat Cheese! This festive appetizer is perfect for parties, pairing the flavors of cranberry, pistachio and fresh rosemary with the tangy cheese. Drizzle honey over the top before serving for a sweet pop. It’s fast to put together and ideal for snack tables, scooped up with crackers or crostini.
This cranberry bread recipe has just the right crunchy sugar outside and fluffy interior. It’s not too sweet, punctuated with tart cranberries. The best part? A hint of vanilla and bourbon seals the deal. There’s a bit of a healthy spin, but it’s every bit a treat!
Got frozen cranberries? Here’s a great way to use them: a Cranberry Smoothie! This bright crimson puree is frosty and tangy, with bold berry flavor. Sweeten it to taste with maple syrup or honey, so this drink can range from very tart to mildly sweet.
Cranberry clusters are a fun and easy treat! Melt dark chocolate, add dried cranberries and pistachios, and cool in refrigerator. The result is so so delicious, especially with a quality dark chocolate. With the contrasting red and green of the pistachios, they’re fun and festive looking too.
Need a great cranberry punch recipe? Try this Cranberry Punch! The flavor is fruity and delicious, with a little sparkle from ginger ale. You can make it with rum for a punch with alcohol, or omit it for non alcoholic. Either way, it tastes incredible! The best part? Garnish it up with sliced citrus, rosemary branches and fresh cranberries.
This apple and cranberry appetizer recipe are a wonderful blend of sweet and savory. Apples and cranberries are sauteed with red onion, fresh sage, and for some complexity: a little brandy! Top it off with Parmesan shavings for a uniquely delicious snack or appetizer.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
The most classic cranberry recipe? Cranberry sauce! It's flavored with citrusy orange juice and the perfect amount of sugar. This sticky-sweet sauce is a must-have at the holidays. via Grandbaby Cakes
This classic cranberry pudding is a stunner! Top this bittersweet spongy pudding in a dreamy, creamy butter sauce and prepare to be amazed. It's 100 percent worth the effort and the perfect dessert to impress everyone around the table.
Cranberry Orange Pound Cake
Got fresh cranberries? Bake them into this cake recipe! It's deliciously moist and flavorful, studded with berries and topped with a zingy orange glaze. via Grandbaby Cakes
Orange Cranberry Waffles with Cranberry Compote
Want a breakfast cranberry recipe? Try Orange Cranberry Waffles! They're speckled with a beautiful burst cranberries and a subtle hint of orange for a flavor that tastes like sunshine. Top it off with a zingy maple cranberry compote. via Jessica in the Kitchen
Cranberry Orange Scones
One of our favorite baked cranberry recipes? Scones! These sweet tart, melt-in-your-mouth scones are the perfect breakfast or snack. Cranberries and orange zest get together for an unforgettable flavor that everyone will love. via Immaculate Bites
Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Tarts
Looking for cranberry appetizers? These cranberry brie puff pastry tarts are sweet, savory, salty, buttery, and flaky. Finished with a sparkle of coarse sugar and flaky sea salt, they'll steal the show at any gathering. via Sally's Baking Addiction
Cranberry Orange Bread
Another classic cranberry recipe: cranberry orange bread? Fresh cranberries make sweet tart pops in this loaf of moist quick bread. Together with the sweet scent of oranges, you’re in for a treat that’s just perfect with coffee or tea!
Soft White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies
These white chocolate chip cranberry cookies are soft-baked and wonderfully chewy! They star the classic combination of sweet white chocolate morsels with tart dried cranberries. via Sally's Baking Addiction
Cranberry Pecan Christmas Cake
Looking for a cranberry recipe that works at dinner or at brunch? This cranberry pecan cake is tender and buttery with brown sugar cinnamon pecan crumble blanketing each bite. via Sally's Baking Addiction
Apple Cranberry Crisp
This Apple Cranberry Crisp is the perfect easy fresh cranberry recipe! It takes just 15 minutes of prep time to make this mix of sweet apples and tangy cranberries with a crispy crumble topping. via Jessica in the Kitchen
Cranberry Crumble Pie Bars
These cranberry crumble pie bars combine a buttery flaky shortbread crust, jammy cranberry filling, and crumbly almond topping. They're easy to eat and transport, and perfect for parties! via Sally's Baking Addiction
Cranberry Swirl Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bites
Last up in our cranberry recipes: cranberry cheesecake bites! This lighter dessert is made with Greek yogurt, cream cheese, homemade cranberry sauce, and a delicious crispy crust. via Fit Foodie Finds
20 Tasty Cranberry Recipes
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
This cranberry salsa recipe is fresh, zingy and spicy! It’s a fun fall and winter appetizer everyone will love.
- 10 ounces (2 ½ cups) cranberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 red onion
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, packed
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- If the cranberries are frozen, bring them to room temperature.
- Cut the red onion into rough chunks. Slice the jalapeño pepper in half, remove the ribs and seeds, and chop the pepper into a few pieces. (You can add back some seeds if you’d like it spicy.) Place both in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to chop.
- Add the cranberries, lime juice, sugar, cilantro, and salt. Pulse several times until a roughly chopped texture forms.
- Taste and adjust flavors as necessary (add more seeds if you’d like it spicier). Before placing in a bowl, strain off any excess liquid. Serve with crackers, chips, pita, or bread. If desired, you can also serve over cream cheese. Stores refrigerated for up to 1 week.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: Cranberry recipes
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