Tis the season for cranberries…and I don’t just mean cranberry sauce! These tart little berries are wonderful in all kinds of recipes from sauces to marmalades, cakes, loaves, drinks and even crafts! Here are 11+ Delicious Cranberry Recipes and Crafts to try.
I used to think cranberries were really only meant for cranberry sauce served with turkey at Christmas. But I have actually grown quite fond of these hardy little tart berries (they’re actually false berries). Fresh cranberries last foreverrrrrr in the fridge, so I now keep a bag of them around during the holiday season to add to loaves, cakes, marmalades, ice cubes, drinks and even as decoration. What a little marvel! Here are 11 delicious recipes to try…I’ll keep adding to this list as I make new ones! I’ve included Sweet Recipes, Savoury Recipes and Non-Edible ideas.
Cranberry Desserts, Cakes, Cookies, Jams + More
Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake
A Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake is perfect for brunch or snacking! This tender vanilla cake is rich with flavours of orange, and bites of tart cranberries. Delicious!
Cranberry Orange Marmalade
This Cranberry Orange Marmalade is a sweet, tangy and flavourful spread. Delicious with cheese (especially Brie or goat cheese and crackers), spread as jam on toast or scones, stirred into yogurt and so many other ways! Ready in 30 minutes.
Cranberry Orange Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies
These Cranberry Orange Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies are a delicious slice and bake Christmas cookie! A rich and buttery brown sugar shortbread with tart cranberries and sweet orange zest.
Cranberry Orange Loaf
Cranberry Orange Loaf is a delicious and festive holiday bread, especially when drizzled with a sweet Orange Glaze! This cranberry cake is perfect for brunch, snacking or dessert!
Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney
Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney is a simple and festive holiday appetizer! The sweet and tart of the cranberries pairs perfectly with creamy Brie cheese. Serve with bread or crackers.
Rhubarb Cranberry Gin Cocktail
This Rhubarb Cranberry Gin Cocktail is delicious and festive! A perfect signature drink for guests during the holidays! Garnish it with fresh cranberries too.
White Cranberry Punch
White Cranberry Punch is the most simple drink recipe ever (just 2 ingredients: cranberry juice and soda)! And it’s a punch both kids and adults can enjoy. Make in just minutes and serve with pretty ice cubes with frozen cranberries and apple slices.
More Sweet Cranberry Recipe Ideas:
- Fruit and Berry Christmas Bread (a bread machine recipe)
- Add fresh cranberries as decoration on this Christmas Pavlova Wreath.
- Substitute the raisins in this Coconut Barley Pudding with dried cranberries.
- Make sugared cranberries for decorations on cakes. I’m going to try this soon!
- Toss them in smoothies.
- Mince them and add them to salads.
- They’re good with ice cream too.
- Top oatmeal with chopped cranberries, walnuts and honey or maple syrup. Yum.
- Juice them.
- Make a simple syrup.
Cranberry Recipes for dinner, appetizers and sides.
Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast
Serving up a small crowd? This Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast is a simple and easy way to enjoy Christmas dinner (or any dinner and time!)! Ready in just over an hour.
Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms
These Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms are a delicious holiday appetizer! And they are quick and easy to prepare.
Classic Cheese Ball
This Classic Cheese Ball is made with cream cheese, old cheddar and a crust of dried apricots, cranberries, bacon and green onion. So good. I use dried cranberries in this recipe.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Once you try Homemade Cranberry Sauce, you’ll never reach for canned again! This recipe makes a delicious, sweet & tart sauce that is perfect served with your turkey.
More Savoury Recipes with Cranberries:
Cranberries for Crafts
Use fresh cranberries in these adorable Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles for your holiday table! They come together in just minutes with a few simple supplies.
Stovetop Christmas Potpourri (Simmer Pot)
If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe to make your home smell like Christmas, this Christmas Stovetop Potpourri is simple and smells so good! I like to add cranberries to this potpourri…they look so pretty!
Easy Mason Jar Christmas Candles
This is another really simple way to add cranberries to your Christmas decor! These floating candles in mason jars are so easy to make and look really pretty on a Christmas table setting.
A Gift Wrapping Idea
Use fresh cranberries to make a mini cranberry wreath to decorate your gifts with. So simple and cute.
More Ways to Use Cranberries:
- Toss clean cranberries into punches and sangria (as decoration). They look pretty when sliced in half horizontally.
- Add them to garlands for the tree. They look especially pretty strung along popcorn garlands.
- Use them as decoration/garnish on different dishes.
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I hope all these cranberry recipes and ideas have you looking at cranberries in a new way! They really are such a versatile (false) berry!
Have a delicious day!