11+ Delicious Cranberry Recipes

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! 

a top down view of a Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake sprinkled with sugar. The pan is resting on top of a plaid napkin, and is surrounded by slices of oranges and cranberries

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.

a close up of a jar of cranberry orange marmalade with two halves of sliced oranges and cranberries in the background

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.

a tray of cranberry orange shortbread cookies

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!

a close up of a slice of cranberry orange loaf. In the background is a tree with Bokeh lights

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.

a slice of brie with a dollop of Cranberry Balsamic Chutney on top

Cranberry Drinks

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.

a coupe glass filled with Rhubarb Cranberry Gin Christmas Cocktail. the cocktail sits on a wooden table with fairy lights and fresh greenery

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.

a top down view of a punch bowl of white cranberry punch. the punch bowl also has floating apple slices and ice cubes with frozen cranberries

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. 

a turkey breast glazed with cranberry sauce, cut into slices and placed on a white plate

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.

a wooden tray with stuffed mushrooms garnished with parsley

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.

a cheeseball with a scoop out of it. sitting on a plate of crackers

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.

a top down view of a bowl of cranberry sauce with a spoon on the side

More Savoury Recipes with Cranberries:

Cranberries for Crafts

Christmas Candles

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!

a pot of Christmas stovetop potpourri. filled with an orange slice, a slice of apple, fresh cranberries, cinnamon bark and bits of fir tree

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.

a Christmas gift wrapped in brown paper with white lettering. decorated with a blue and green plaid ribbon, sprigs of fir and a mini fresh cranberry wreath

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.
two jugs and a mason jar full of red wine sangria. set against a black background

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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!

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