25 Dried Cranberry Recipes You'll Crave All Season
Dried cranberries bring tart sweetness and a bit of candy-like chew to recipes. These berries pair well with fall and winter produce like apples, butternut squash, and Brussels sprouts. But spicy sausage, hearty stew, grain salads, and (of course) sweets benefit from a heavy-handed scoop of them, too. Here's how to add dried cranberries to almost anything you're hungry for.
Granny Smith apples and cranberries team up in this tart that reviewer Buckwheat Queen describes as "light and not too sweet." In fact, the Granny Smith's acidic flavor and firm texture make it the ideal apple for baking.
Roasted Carrot Salad
Top peppery arugula with roasted carrots, slivered almonds, crumbled blue cheese, dried cranberries, and a simple cider vinaigrette for big flavor in every bite.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Farro Stuffing
Meaty mushrooms, pearled farro, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries fill acorn squash halves for a vegetarian main worthy of special occasions.
Perfect Cranberry Cashew Fudge
If cranberries and cashews remind you of trail mix, this recipe will convince you that you should have been adding the two to fudge all along. Marshmallow creme, evaporated milk, and butter make this fudge "ultra smooth," as recipe submitter Karen H. puts it.
Maple-Dijon Brussels Leaf Salad
Between dried cranberries, cinnamon-roasted almonds, and maple-Dijon dressing, this recipe has convinced Brussels sprouts skeptics to eat this veg. Plus, the leaves won't wilt under a vinaigrette, meaning you can keep this salad in the fridge for up to three days.
Maple-Roasted Chicken Thighs
"A little maple syrup brings life to chicken thighs and caramelizes Brussels sprouts and sweet potato wedges. Dried cranberries and pecans add tartness and crunch," recipe submitter Jamie says.
Turkey Burgers with Brie, Cranberries, and Fresh Rosemary
Turkey and cranberries basically belong together, so why limit them to one day of the year? Unlike your Thanksgiving bird, however, these easy burgers take just over 30 minutes to prep and cook.
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Is autumn even autumn without pumpkin bread? Pumpkin puree makes this quick bread extra moist. Orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves spice it up.
Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies with Apricots
"I was searching to make the perfect citrus-y cranberry shortbread cookie, but it always felt like something was missing. So on a final attempt, when I didn't have enough dried cranberries to make a full recipe, I threw in some dried apricots and bam! That was it," recipe creator Kim says. "They add the perfect backdrop flavor to these shortbread cookies!'
Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread
Mustard powder and cayenne kick up Cheddar and cream cheese. And if that's not enough, heed this suggestion from reviewer cookin'mama: "It is great with chipotle pepper instead of cayenne for a smoky flavor. For those who want a zippier spread, try a minced jalapeno pepper."
Don't mistake this top-rated recipe for basic granola. Megan's Granola is toasty, nutty, and endlessly crunchy thanks to a mix of oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.
Baked Cranberry Oatmeal
When you want a warm alternative to granola, this cinnamony baked oatmeal makes a very cozy breakfast. Oats soak up milk (or your favorite non-dairy substitute) when cooking, but the liquid also plumps up the cranberries.
This aromatic recipe for Chicken Tagine, a traditional Moroccan dish, calls on a slow cooker to infuse eggplant, onions, carrots, and chicken with warming spices and the sweetness of dried cranberries and apricots.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
Brussels sprouts lose their bitterness when halved and roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar alongside cranberries, garlic, and prosciutto.
Spicy Cranberry Sausage Balls
"These zippy sausage balls use bulk Italian pork or turkey sausage and dried cranberries to use on a party buffet spread, or for watching the game," recipe creator Bibi says. "Add some extra heat with optional red pepper flakes, or dial down the heat and use sweet Italian sausage instead of the hot."
Cranberry Orange Rolls
With a sticky vanilla glaze and cranberry-orange filling, these cinnamon rolls will leave your kitchen smelling like fall. Or heaven.
Linda's Cranberry Cookies
"I just made these cookies, and think I've found an all-time new favorite to replace my old stand-by," reviewer Christy Ziliotto Madden says. "The perfect balance of sweet from the chips and tartness from the cranberries. An absolute keeper!"
Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins®
Roast butternut squash and onions for 25 to 30 minutes before tossing them with dried cranberries, pecans, and spinach. Recipe submitter Marcia notes that the leftovers taste delicious as a cold salad.
Cranberry Pecan Bread
Use a sourdough starter to ferment this rustic Cranberry Pecan Bread. Recipe submitter Janice suggests using it to make French toast.
Holiday Chicken Salad
Scoop this well-balanced chicken salad onto spring mix lettuce or between a flaky croissant.
Cranberry Bread Pudding
"This recipe served as a fabulous base for a wonderful, sweet-tart bread pudding," says reviewer Lucy Anderson, who replaced raisins with extra cranberries. "The lemon zest added great flavor to the pudding — don't leave it out."
Purple Cabbage Salad
This colorful salad would stand out at a potluck or home, even enough to interest your kids. Some reviewers added pomegranate seeds to this already-crunchy salad for an extra pop of sweetness.
Cranberry Lentil and Quinoa Salad
"A very nice salad that tasted better the longer I left it to sit in the fridge. It even pleased the pickiest eater in my family," Buckwheat Queen says. "I mixed up the dressing and let the cranberries soak in it while I prepared the quinoa and lentils, and this plumped up the dried berries so they became nice and soft when the salad was ready."
Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake
"Cranberries and pecans are baked in the bottom of this cake. Turn the cake over for oohs and ahs," recipe submitter Marjorita Whyte says.
Sweetly Spiced Pork
Dried cranberries, tart apples, apple juice, brown sugar, and spices enhance pork tenderloin and butternut squash in this fragrant one-skillet dinner.