This ruby-colored super-food is a hallmark of the holidays but, this year, freeze a few extra bags so you can enjoy our sweet and tart cranberry recipes year round.
We won't deny that the majority of our annual cranberry cooking takes place around the holidays with seasonal cranberry sauces. But, some of our favorite cranberry recipes can easily be transformed from a holiday treat to an everyday delight. From muffins and pie to margaritas and salsa, these cranberry recipes will make you realize this sweet and tart ingredient is more nimble than you might think. The versatility of our Cranberry-Pepper Jelly will transform cranberries into a condiment you crave while our Mini Banana-Cranberry-Nut Bread Loaves will offer you the perfect hostess gift for any gathering, no matter the season. Our Cranberry-Almond Coleslaw just might become your new favorite dinner side dish, and you definitely have to try our Cranberry Roasted Winter Vegetables – it’s a delight. Taste these delicious dishes, and be ready to fall in love with cranberries outside of the holiday season with our best cranberry recipes.
Molded Cranberry Salad
Recipe: Molded Cranberry Salad
We'll admit it: We wouldn't want to revisit many of the congealed salads we published in the sixties, but rediscovering this jewel of a recipe was like finding a timeless dress at a vintage store.
Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Muffins
Sprinkle the tops of the glazed muffins with coarse sugar to add texture and a little sparkle.
Wine-Spiked Cranberry Cheese Log
Recipe: Wine-Spiked Cranberry Cheese Log
Use this succulent, syrupy fruit as a topping for pound cake or ice cream. You can also spoon it over a softened log of goat cheese instead of cream cheese.
Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Recipe: Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Here's our new go-to condiment to use on everything from tamales to turkey sandwiches.
Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
Recipe: Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
Stir together the cranberry mixture up to 3 days ahead of time. Assemble the canapés the day of your party.
Recipe: Cranberry Margaritas
From the kitchen of Shawnda Horn, Houston, Texas, jasonandshawnda.com
"Who says margaritas are just for the summertime? Mix up a beautiful batch of this sipper for a festive holiday party pleaser."
This bracing and fresh all-purpose condiment pairs well with any holiday pork roast or turkey. Look for refrigerated prepackaged pomegranate seeds in the supermarket this time of year, or buy whole fruit for the recipe and garnish with any extra.
Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie
Recipe: Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie
Use slightly firm pears and crisp, tart apples here to achieve the best texture in the filling, and let this mountainous pie cool and settle for at least two hours before serving.
Recipe: Sparkling Cranberries
From the kitchen of Marina Delio, yummymummykitchen.com, Santa Barbara, California
Serve them with baked Brie or as a pretty garnish for cakes or pies.
Cranberry Roasted Winter Vegetables
A medley of roasted vegetables including carrots and turnips combine with Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and a drizzle of molasses in one delicious side dish.
Recipe: Cranberry-Pepper Jelly
We love the versatility of Cranberry-Pepper Jelly. This peppery-tart condiment is just as good with cream cheese and a cracker as it is topped on pork tenderloin.
Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Pilau
Delicious as a weekday side or worthy of a place on your holiday sideboard.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apricot Sauce
Keep the canned stuff on the shelf and serve this instead with your ham or as a topping for a turkey panini.
Turkey-and-Spinach Wraps with Cranberry-Walnut-Cream Cheese Spread
A pound of leftover roasted turkey is all you for these bite-sized Thanksgiving favorites.
Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
Dried cranberries give a slightly sweet flavor to crispy, buttery Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers.
Mini Banana-Cranberry-Nut Bread Loaves
Cranberries and a citrus glaze add a sweet-and-tart note to this delicious bread. The recipe makes five mini loaves—great for hostess gifts!
Recipe: Cranberry-Almond Coleslaw
Smoked almonds and dried cranberries give this sideline favorite just the right amount of flavor.
Orange-Cranberry Braised Cabbage
Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Braised Cabbage
Add some zip to braised cabbage with a delicious mix of cranberries, orange juice, honey, and nutmeg.
Recipe: Cranberry-Pistachio Scones
Brew a cup of tea and enjoy this variation of a classic afternoon treat.
Cranberry-Almond Chicken Salad
Recipe: Cranberry-Almond Chicken Salad
This easy chicken salad recipe is perfect for showers, luncheons, and friendly gatherings. Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl for a beautiful display.