Best Christmas Cranberry Torte

This recipe is my all-time favorite dessert! We serve it every year at Christmas and I always devour many helpings! Its frozen cranberry filling is almost like an ice cream cake, and the graham cracker crust is simply luscious.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 10 mins
1 8-inch torte


Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, ground

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 pasteurized egg whites

  • 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup whipping cream

Cranberry Glaze:

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries

  • cup water

  • 1 orange, sliced, or as needed


  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar, and butter in a mixing bowl for crust. Press into the bottom and up the sides of an 8-inch springform pan. Chill.

  2. Meanwhile, combine cranberries and sugar for filling in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add egg whites, orange juice, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat using an electric mixer on low speed until frothy. Beat on high until stiff peaks form (when the tips stand straight), 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Whip cream in a small mixing bowl until soft peaks (or until the tips curl over); fold into cranberry mixture. Turn into crust and freeze until firm, 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Stir sugar and cornstarch for glaze together in a saucepan. Stir in cranberries and water. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, just until cranberry skins pop, about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes; do not chill.

  5. Remove torte from the pan. Place on a serving plate. Spoon cranberry glaze in the center; place orange slices around the outside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

494 Calories
26g Fat
65g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 494
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 142mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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