25 Dried Cranberry Recipes You'll Crave All Season

roasted Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and almonds in a bowl
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

Dried cranberries bring tart sweetness and a bit of candy-like chew to recipes. These berries pair well with fall and winter produce such as 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.

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Apple-Cranberry Tart

apples and cranberries in an open-face pastry shell

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.

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Roasted Carrot Salad

salad topped with roasted carrots and slivered almonds

Top peppery arugula with roasted carrots, slivered almonds, crumbled blue cheese, dried cranberries, and a simple cider vinaigrette for big flavor in every bite.

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Farro Stuffing

two plates of roasted acorn squash halves with farro stuffing
Allrecipes Magazine

Meaty mushrooms, pearled farro, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries fill acorn squash halves for a vegetarian main dish worthy of special occasions.

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Perfect Cranberry Cashew Fudge

pieces of fudge with cashews and cranberries on a white plate
Melissa Goff

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 cream, evaporated milk, and butter make this fudge "ultra smooth," as recipe submitter Karen H. puts it.

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Maple-Dijon Brussels Leaf Salad

a salad of Brussels sprout leaves, dried cranberries, and toasted almond slices served in a white ceramic bowl

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.

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Maple-Roasted Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes roasted on a sheet pan
Carson Downing

"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.

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Turkey Burgers with Brie, Cranberries, and Fresh Rosemary

87957 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 Day bird, however, these easy burgers take just more than 30 minutes to prep and cook.

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

loaf of cranberry pumpkin bread topped with crushed walnuts

Is autumn even autumn without pumpkin bread? Pumpkin puree makes this quick bread extra moist. Orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves spice it up.

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Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies with Apricots

cranberry-orange cookies
Kim's Cooking Now

"I was searching to make the perfect citrus-y cranberry shortbread cookie, but it always felt like something was missing," recipe creator Kim says. "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! They add the perfect backdrop flavor to these shortbread cookies!'

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Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread

Cheddar and cranberry spread in a blue dish with crackers

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 jalapeño pepper."

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Megan's Granola

A shallow white dish with a scoop of homemade granola with dried cranberries
Alberta Rose

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.

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Baked Cranberry Oatmeal

baked oatmeal with cranberries in a pink can

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.

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Chicken Tagine

A shallow bowl of chicken tagine with couscous.

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.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

roasted Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and almonds in a bowl
Buckwheat Queen

Brussels sprouts lose their bitterness when halved and roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar alongside cranberries, garlic, and prosciutto.

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Spicy Cranberry Sausage Balls

cranberry and Cheddar 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."

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Cranberry Orange Rolls

cranberry and orange rolls with icing

With a sticky vanilla glaze and cranberry-orange filling, these cinnamon rolls will leave your kitchen smelling like fall. Or heaven.

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Linda's Cranberry Cookies

basket of cranberry and white chocolate cookies in a basket

"I just made these cookies, and think I've found an all-time new favorite to replace my old standby of white chocolate macadamia cookies," reviewer Christy Ziliotto Madden says. "The perfect balance of sweet from the chips and tartness from the cranberries. An absolute keeper!"

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins

spinach, butternut squash, cranberries, and pecans
Allrecipes Magazine

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.

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Cranberry Pecan Bread

slices of cranberry and pecan sourdough bread
Henry Hunter

Use a sourdough starter to ferment this rustic Cranberry Pecan Bread. Recipe submitter Janice suggests using it to make French toast.

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Holiday Chicken Salad

chicken salad with cranberries and parsley garnish in a white dish

Scoop this well-balanced chicken salad onto spring mix lettuce or between a flaky croissant.

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Cranberry Bread Pudding

cranberry bread pudding in a glass dish

"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."

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Purple Cabbage Salad

Purple Cabbage Salad
Buckwheat Queen

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.

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Cranberry Lentil and Quinoa Salad

bowl of lentils, quinoa, and cranberries
Buckwheat Queen

"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."

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Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

a slice of cranberry- and pecan-topped coffee cake on a white plate with the rest of the cake in the background
Scott M.

"Cranberries and pecans are baked in the bottom of this cake. Turn the cake over for oohs and ahs," recipe submitter Madge says.

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Sweetly Spiced Pork

14776 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.

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