28 Mouthwatering Cranberry Recipes
Cranberry desserts, cocktails, and more
With a special spotlight on cranberries in the fall and winter, it's time to take advantage of this tangy fruit for more than just cranberry sauce. (And you should totally forget about the stuff that comes in a can!) Try cranberries in many forms—like raw, sweetened, or dried. They're not only packed with flavor but also are full of antioxidants that can help your heart, brain, and skin.
Here are 28 ways to squeeze more cranberries into your meals over the coming months.
Cranberry Magic Bars
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Compounds in cranberries may help prevent tooth decay, research shows.
Ingredients: Olive oil cooking spray, graham crackers, pecans, sugar, unsalted butter, fresh cranberries, fresh orange juice, unsweetened coconut flakes, bittersweet chocolate
Adapted from Better Baking (C) 2016 by Genevieve Ko. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Rux Martin Books. All rights reserved.
Try this recipe: Cranberry-Orange-Chocolate Smoothie
Good-for-you chocolate: Cacao nibs, no-sugar-added bits made from cacao beans, are high in fiber, iron, and magnesium.
Ingredients: Oranges, whole-milk yogurt, frozen cranberries, honey, lime juice, cacao nibs.
Try this recipe: Cranberry Salsa
Power up: Cranberries are an antioxidant star, second only to blueberries in disease-fighting compounds.
Ingredients: Cranberries, maple syrup, water, sweet onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper.
Cranberry-Port-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
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Oil change: Avocado oil is excellent for roasting because it has a very high smoke point, and it's healthier than vegetable oil.
Ingredients: Cranberries, cranberry juice, port wine, maple syrup, thyme, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, butter, red wine vinegar, avocado oil, pork tenderloins.
Seriously Orange Cranberry Sauce
Oranges and cranberries have always had a beautiful marriage in the cooking world. The strong citrus flavor in this tangy sauce will make you forget that it's fat free. It goes well on a slice of roasted turkey.
Ingredients: Orange marmalade, orange rind, orange juice, sugar, cranberries
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Simple Cranberry-Citrus Relish
Tart cranberry relish is a great holiday alternative to canned sugary cranberry condiments. Make this recipe up to three days in advance, and store in the refrigerator until Thanksgiving dinner.
Ingredients: Cranberries, water, sugar, orange rind strip, orange juice, cloves, cinnamon stick
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Fresh Cranberry Salsa
This spicy recipe proves that cranberry sauce doesn't have to be sweet. With cilantro, salt, lime juice, and jalapeño pepper to add a touch of hotness to the tart berries, this topping will add a kick to your turkey.
Ingredients: Fresh cranberries, celery, white onion, jalapeño, cilantro, sea salt, sugar, lime juice
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Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Orange rind adds just a hint of citrus while brown sugar and cardamom provide a sweet flavoring. If you're using a sweeter brine for the turkey, then this cranberry sauce will be the perfect condiment.
Ingredients: Frozen cranberries, dark brown sugar, ground cardamom, strips of orange rind
Calories: 58Try this recipe: Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Saucy Cranberry Maple Pudding Cake
Not quite pudding and not quite cake, this crusty and soft dessert can be whipped up easily to please a crowd of guests during the holidays.
Ingredients: Cranberries, maple syrup, water, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, baking powder, egg, 1% milk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, salt
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Rustic Cranberry Tart
Bright red cranberries create a stunning sight in this dessert by James Beard award-winning chef John Besh. A medley of wintry spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom—give it an extra boost of flavor.
Ingredients: Pecans, pie crust, all-purpose flour, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, orange zest, orange juice, unsalted butter
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Pears and cranberries are both at their peaks in fall and winter. Poaching them together creates an elegant dessert when you need something fast and easy. For the best texture, choose pears that are perfectly ripe. Underripe pears don't poach well, and if they're overripe, they will become too soggy.
Ingredients: Pears, water, honey, sugar, orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, passion fruit tea bag, cranberries
Try this recipe:Cranberry-Poached Pears
Pear-Cranberry Pie with Granola
Dried cranberries are featured twice in this tangy dessert: in the filling and crunchy granola sprinkled on top. They provide double the antioxidant power and an extra layer of sweetness.
Ingredients: Pie dough, pears, dried cranberries, sugar, all-purpose flour, lemon juice, nutmeg, salt, cranberry granola, egg white, raw sugar, honey
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Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's easy to be fooled by these decadent, bite-size cookies: they're packed with whole-wheat flour, fiber-rich oats, and heart-healthy walnuts. Plus, each cookie is only 75 calories.
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dried cranberries, walnuts, semisweet chocolate minichips, brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla extract, egg, egg white
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Light and flaky scones aren't just reserved for chilly mornings. Try them with afternoon tea or as a late-night snack. The buttermilk in this recipe adds flavor and tenderness without the extra fat from cream used in some scones.
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, unsalted butter, low-fat buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, cranberries, egg white, sugar
Try this recipe:Cranberry-Buttermilk Scones
Want to cut calories from breakfast? Instead of bacon and eggs, make these fluffy muffins, which use a carton of low-fat yogurt in place of added oil or butter.
Ingredients: Cranberries, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, lemon rind, vanilla extract, egg whites, low-fat vanilla yogurt, egg
Try this recipe:Cranberry-Citrus Muffins
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
Why get store-bought bars when you can make your own? The peanuts in these bars may help prevent blood-sugar spikes while the dark chocolate and cranberries offer antioxidants for heart health.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, light brown sugar, peanut butter, eggs, canola oil, vanilla extract, rolled oats, dried cranberries, peanuts, semisweet chocolate chips
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Chocolate, Fruit, and Nut Clusters
Make these simple sweets in less than 10 minutes from start to finish. You won't feel guilty offering guests these make-ahead nibbles because they're low in fat and cholesterol.
Ingredients: Semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pecans
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Apple Pie Tassies
Take advantage of frozen phyllo tartlet shells when you're baking a lot for the holiday season. You can't go wrong when these mini apple-cranberry tarts are just 39 calories each.
Ingredients: Phyllo tartlet shells, apple cider, cinnamon stick, apples, unsalted butter, salt, dried cranberries
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White Chocolate Holiday Bark
Every bite of this festive candy is loaded with heart-healthy dried cranberries and antioxidant-rich almonds. We used unsweetened coconut to save a few calories while adding great flavor and a bit of fiber.
Ingredients: Sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut, rice cereal, dried cranberries, white chocolate, vegetable oil
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Baked Brie with Cran-Apple Chutney
Even a beginner cook could quickly make this appetizer. Simply pour chutney over Brie, bake, and spread on toast. And if the taste wasn't enough, the creamy cheese is also a good source of protein and calcium.
Ingredients: French bread, Brie cheese, apple-cranberry chutney
Try this recipe:Baked Brie With Cran-Apple Chutney
Get valuable energy in the morning from these sweet treats whose ingredient list runs the gamut: whole grains, yogurt, nuts, fresh fruit, and even carrots. Each muffin is packed with 5 grams of fiber and one-third of your recommended daily intake of calcium, protein, and vitamin B6.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat pastry flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, orange, sugar, egg whites, olive oil, fat-free Greek yogurt, carrots, cranberries, pistachios
Try this recipe:Sunshine Muffins
Quick Baked Pears
Fruit is always a great way to end a meal. This easy dessert is cooked in the microwave and topped with creamy frozen yogurt. Make sure your yogurt has healthy probiotics for digestive and immune health by looking for brands that say "live and active cultures."
Ingredients: Bosc pears, sugar, cinnamon, dried cranberries, low-fat granola, apple juice, low-fat frozen yogurt
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Opt for a hearty bowl of oatmeal in the morning. This filling breakfast provides soluble fiber, zinc-rich pecans, and antioxidant-packed cranberries, all of which are good for heart health.
Ingredients: Water, apple cider, rolled oats, salt, pear, dried cranberries, cinnamon, vanilla extract, pecans, fat-free milk
Try this recipe:De-lish Oatmeal
The batter for these muffins takes just 5 minutes to prep. Each muffin is full of healthy oats, whole-wheat flour, applesauce, and dried cranberries. Smear with a tablespoon of almond butter to get 7 grams of protein per serving.
Ingredients: Rolled oats, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, water, oil, applesauce, eggs, dried cranberries
Try this recipe:Oatmeal-Cranberry Muffins
White Cranberry-Citrus Punch
A light and refreshing punch is a great alternative to calorie-laden cocktails often served around the holidays. At only 92 calories a serving, this drink looks extra fancy with the addition of fresh cranberries and strips of orange peel.
Ingredients: Sparkling wine, Riesling, light white cranberry juice, orange, cranberries, orange peel
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This festive cocktail gets its bright color from the addition of cranberry juice. It's only 93 calories per glass and takes a mere 5 minutes to mix up.
Ingredients: Crushed ice, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, champagne, orange slices
Try this recipe:Cranberry-Champagne Cocktail
Fresh Cranberry Mimosas
Your guests will love it when you greet them at the door with one of these refreshing cocktails. They will be even happier when you tell them each glass is less than 150 calories.
Ingredients: Champagne, orange juice, cranberry juice cocktail, cranberries, orange slices
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Corn Bread Stuffing with Cranberries
Revamp your usual stuffing recipe by using corn bread cubes. Festive holiday mix-ins like nuts and dried cranberries add great texture to this traditional side dish.
Ingredients: Corn bread, pecans, olive oil, onions, dried cranberries, parsley, chicken broth, salt, black pepper
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