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Our Best Cranberry Recipes for the Holidays and Beyond

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Cranberries, with their strong, tart flavor, are right at home on our autumn plates. Move over, apples and pumpkins; it’s time for cranberries to take center stage! Try some of our favorite cranberry recipes—from breakfast to dinner and dessert—and put this traditional North American ingredient to good use.

Favorite Cranberry Recipes

Apple and Cranberry Puffed Pancake

Why not start your day with something a tad indulgent? Tangy cranberries and tart apples (or sweet, if you prefer) add loads of flavor to this fluffy pancake. It’s great for using up cranberries from holiday cooking, too. 

Cranberry Puffed Pancake
Apple and Cranberry Puffed Pancake

Cranberry Waldorf Salad

This salad has the perfect balance of crunch, tartness, and sweetness. It makes for a great holiday meal side dish.

Cranberry waldorf salad. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Cranberry Waldorf Salad
Photo by Sam Jones/Vaughan Communications

Cranberry Dream Pie

This chilled Cranberry Dream Pie is sure to be a hit at any table. Made ahead of time and waiting in the freezer, it’s like having an ace up your sleeve.

Cranberry Dream Pie. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Cranberry Dream Pie
Photo by Sam Jones/Vaughan Communications

Apple-Cranberry Crisp

You’ll enjoy the hint of cranberry tartness in this blushing fall fruit crisp.

Cranberry apple crisp. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner
Apple-Cranberry Crisp
Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

If you’ve never made biscotti, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is! Drizzle white chocolate on top for a festive, flavorful touch, and serve with coffee or a sweet wine after dinner (or any time)!

Cranberry-pistachio biscotti. Photo by Irina Mos/Shutterstock
Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti
Photo by Irina Mos/Shutterstock

Cranberry Sauce

Most will agree that cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving necessity. Sure, you could buy it canned, but why not try making it yourself this year? Try this simple recipe if you do; it has a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Cranberry Sauce. Photo by Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock
Cranberry Sauce
Photo by Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock

Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Kids and adults both love this—be prepared for lots of requests for the recipe! Serve it with coffee, of course, but also as a snack or dessert.

Cranberry swirl coffee cake
Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Cranberry Chutney

In this recipe, exotic spices take the place of all that sugar that’s usually added to cranberry recipes, without overwhelming the rest of the meal. It’s heavenly on a sandwich of leftover sliced turkey!

Cranberry chutney. Photo by Elena Shashkina/Shutterstock.
Cranberry Chutney
Photo by Elena Shashkina/Shutterstock

Pair the recipes above with any number of our Thanksgiving recipes or Christmas recipes to make a memorable meal! 

What is your favorite cranberry recipe? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Sarah Perreault

Senior editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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