Cranberry Desserts You Have to Try

Cranberry Tart with browned butter crust

With Thanksgiving around the corner, cranberry-inclusive recipes are definitely in order. Get festive with these satisfying cranberry desserts during this holiday season.

Apple Cranberry Pie

Of course, apple pie is an all-time American favorite – but have you tried it with cranberries? Take this dessert to a whole new level using this simple recipe.

You’ll need: Pie crust (one lattice crust for the top and one crust for the bottom), 3 large apples (Sliced. Equals about 6.5 cups), 1 1/2 cups of cranberries, 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of orange zest, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tablespoon of ground nutmeg, 1/4 tablespoon of ground cloves, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (cold and cut into cubes), egg wash (1 egg beaten together with 1 tablespoon of milk)

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Mix the apples, cranberries, sugar, orange zest, cornstarch, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Set aside until the oven reaches the appropriate temperature.

Step 3: Spoon the pie filling into the crust. Be sure not to overfill the pie. (If you have any excess filling, set it aside and use it for another baked creation instead).

Step 4: Dot pieces of butter over the top of the filling. (If you are preparing a lattice crust, place the pie in the refrigerator until you are done.)

Step 5: Cover the pie with the lattice crust or with a 12-inch pie dough crust.

Step 5: Brush egg wash over the top of your pie crust.

Step 6: Place your pie on a large baking sheet and bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 30-35 minutes.

Step 7: Allow your pie to cool completely. Then, serve with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and enjoy.

Sugar Coated Cranberries

This quick twist on cranberries is both simple and delicious. You can use these little guys to decorate a baked dessert, or eat them individually as little candied treats!

You’ll need: Sugar, water, cranberries

Step 1: Combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a small pan. Heat on medium-low and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 2: Add the cranberries to your mixture and stir until they are all coated.

Step 3: Take a spoon and transfer the cranberries to a wire rack. Allow them to dry for about an hour until they become tacky.

Step 4: Empty out about 1 1/2 cups of sugar and roll a few cranberries in it at a time. Allow them to dry overnight.

Step 5: Eat the Sugar Coated Cranberries individually or enjoy them alongside cake, pie, or ice cream.

Other Cranberry Recipes

Try out these other cranberry recipes we found online.

Cranberry Pound Cake

Cranberry Hazelnut Tartlets

Cranberry Swirl Bread

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Crisp

Cranberry Chocolate Cake


Are you interested in making these cranberry desserts yourself? Hop into a vehicle from Hendrick Honda Bradenton and head out to the store nearest you to pick up the ingredients you’ll need.