38 Cranberry Desserts That Deserve a Spot on Your Holiday Table
With the holidays on the horizon, odds are you’re already dreaming about all the pumpkin, apple, caramel and cinnamon treats you’re going to bake. But there’s one fruit that always gets overlooked, despite its sweet-tart flavor and striking color: the cranberry. Believe it or not, it can do so much more than cranberry sauce. Make this the year that you let this underrated produce in on the fun with 38 cranberry desserts that are bound to impress.
1. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies
Whether you’re serving a crowd, participating in a cookie swap or looking for a weekend baking project, these nutty handhelds are sure to be a hit. Save time by using store-bought jam (although the homemade version will make your house smell like Christmas).
8. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites
Want to up the dessert ante? Dust the pie dough with cinnamon sugar instead of salt and pepper.
14. Cinnamon Spiced Dutch Baby with Cranberry Butter
Wanna see a magic trick? Plop this beauty in the center of your holiday table and watch it vanish before your eyes in ten seconds flat.
15. Cranberry Orange Custard Pie
We love the idea of leaving the cranberries whole because they’ll burst with sweet-tart juice with every bite. Bonus points for topping the pie with a cranberry-shaped pie crust cutout.
16. Orange-Cranberry Patties
BRB, gifting these to everyone on our holiday list. Think a simple chewy filling studded with candied orange peels and dried cranberries, all enrobed in dark chocolate.
18. Cranberry Orange Cake
Sour cream in the cake batter ensures an impossibly moist crumb. (BTW, the two-ingredient citrus icing on top is a breeze to prepare.)
29. Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake
Dairy-free? Check. Refined sugar- and flour-free? Check. All the honey-oat crumble? You bet.
34. Creamy Cranberry Bars
This recipe is especially for those who are diehard cranberry stans. The cranberry curd spiked with fresh lemon juice doesn’t shy away from its signature sour flavor.
35. Cranberry Cream Cheese Banana Bread
Even without the cream cheese-white chocolate frosting, this bread is a crowd-pleaser…though you’d really be missing out by nixing it.
36. Cranberry Crumble Pie Bars
These babies are prime for both transporting and freezing, so feel free to prepare them a few days ahead of serving.
38. White Christmas Cranberry Layer Cake
Your guests will be totally wowed by this centerpiece-worthy confection, from the homemade jam to the white chocolate buttercream to the sugared rosemary garnish.
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