My Favorite Cranberry Recipes


Cranberries (the fruit, not the group) have been a part of holiday celebrations for hundreds of years. I enjoy the lively tartness of cranberries all year round and have featured them in a variety of foods here on Inspired By Charm. In this post, I’ve pulled together my favorite cranberry recipes for your convenience.

A collection of my favorite Cranberry Recipes perfect for the holiday season! #cranberry #recipes #thanksgiving #christmas #dessert #cocktail #holdiay #baking #appetizers

My Favorite Cranberry Recipes:

Gleaming, plump, red ripe cranberries are beautiful to behold and useful for adding color as well as a distinct tart flavor to appetizers, libations, and sweet treats. Today’s collection offers many easy-to-prepare crowd-pleasers.

We’re covering appetizers, baked cookies, breakfast treats, cocktails, and more!  Which cranberry recipes will you serve this holiday season?

Want more tasty Christmas treats and ideas? Try these:

Let’s get into these delectable cranberry-inspired recipes!

Top Tips for Making These Cranberry Recipes

While I go into details on the instructions in each individual post linked below, I wanted to give you all some quick tips for how to have the best baking experience possible.

  1. Read the instructions fully before you begin. It’s best to be prepared ahead of time so you can pace yourself and be ready for what step comes next. I highly encourage any baker to read the entire recipe through at least once before getting started!
  2. Use the best ingredients possible. I really want everyone to be successful with any of my recipes.  That starts with the ingredients. Use the very best ingredients that you can get your hands on, especially when it comes to flavoring agents (such as vanilla extract ) and things like fresh spices, leveling agents (yeast, baking powder, baking soda, etc.). It really does make a difference! I also prefer using fresh cranberries whenever possible.
  3. Measure your ingredients precisely. If you start guestimating and tossing in random amounts of flour and sugar, you are probably going to be disappointed. Pull out your measuring cups and measuring spoons and be precise!
  4. Have fun! Cooking and baking, especially at the holiday season, should be an enjoyable process. Turn on some holiday music (you can find all of my best Christmas playlists here), take a few deep breathes, and just enjoy!

With all that said, let’s get into the kitchen and make some delicious cranberry-inspired recipes!

Cranberry Recipes: Appetizers

Cranberry Meatballs for an easy holiday appetizer recipe #christmas #holdiay #recipe #appetizer #meatball

Cranberry Meatballs
It’s the tangy-sweet sauce that takes these meatballs to the next level. Simply combine jellied cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice, spoon the mixture on meatballs, and bake them in the oven. You’ll be looking for lots of occasions to make this cranberry recipe.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Cranberry Bacon and Walnut Cheeseball
You can’t miss with the flavor combination in this festive cheeseball. It looks stunning amidst small pretzel sticks, hearty crackers, and purple grapes. Best of all, it’s simple to create.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #HorsDoeuvres #recipe

Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
I’m one of those people who can’t resist anything bacony, including this classic hors d’oeuvre. In my take on the traditional, I use whole water chestnuts, thick-cut bacon, and a cranberry-infused chili sauce. That burst of tartness with the bacon crunchiness is mouth-wateringly good!

Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups #appetizer #rollups #pinwheels #cranberry #turkey #bacon #snack #recipe #easy

Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups

If you’re looking for a simple but flavorful appetizer that’s easy to make, you need to try these Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups. They make the perfect tasty treat for any occasion.

Cranberry Recipes: Libations

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail - Holiday / Christmas Cocktail Recipe #cranberry #bourbon #maple #holiday #chirstmas #cocktail #recipe

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
Bourbon has become a go-to liquor at my house, and this is a drink I recently made to mark the start of the holiday season. The maple and cranberry play together so well! Even if you’re not yet a big fan of bourbon, this cranberry recipe will let you explore the medley of flavors as you sip and celebrate.

This Warm Cranberry Thanksgiving Sangria perfect for entertaining in the fall. #sangria #holiday #christmas #cocktail #slowcooker

Slow Cooker Holiday Sangria
You know I LOVE Sangria. (I’ve featured it many times on IBC.) This version is ideal for the holidays because it’s resplendent with the colors of the season. Plus, it stays warm in the slow cooker, and your guests can serve themselves.

Cranberry Old Fashioned - 10 Christmas Cocktail recipes #cranberry #oldfashioned #cocktail #recipe #christmas #holiday

Cranberry Old Fashioned
I recommend having a signature cocktail for a Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or Christmas celebration. And this fabulous drink is one I often suggest. You can mix one up in a flash with cranberry simple syrup (I’ll show you how to make that, too.), a quality bourbon, and a splash of bitters.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail #cranberry #bourbon #cocktail #recipe #christmas #thanksgiving

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
The base of this cranberry recipe is equal parts bourbon and cranberry juice. I fancified it with a rosemary sage simple syrup (Directions are included.) and a little lemon juice. If you haven’t decided what cocktail to serve before the turkey and trimmings, this might be the one.

Naughty but Nice Christmas Cocktail #christmas #holiday #cocktail #easy #recipe #cranberry #drink #ChristmasCocktail

Naughty but Nice Christmas Cocktail

I wanted to create a holiday cocktail recipe that would work with a few different types of alcohol. This Naughty but Nice Cocktail does just that. You can use the liquor you love the most! I know that everyone has different preferences, so it’s nice to have a drink recipe that suits as many people as possible. Plus it looks so cute!

If you’re wondering about the adorable bottle brush tree cocktail stirrers, they are a DIY! I have an entire post teaching you how to make them HERE.

Holly Jolly Christmas Punch Cocktail Recipe #christmas #punch #holiday #cocktail #easy #recipe #cranberry

Holly Jolly Christmas Punch

When it comes to holiday cocktail recipes, a Christmas punch is always a go-to for me. In this post, I’m sharing a new favorite: my Holly Jolly Christmas Punch. It’s incredibly easy to make and wonderfully delicious. Let’s stir up a batch.

Cranberry Recipes: Breakfast

This Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe makes the perfect holiday breakfast! #breakfast #recipe #frenchtoast #cranberry #mascarpone #holiday #christmas

Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast
This cranberry recipe is likely to become your new favorite breakfast for the holiday and winter season. The creamy mascarpone and fresh juicy cranberries make this French toast appealing to both the eyes and the palette. And when life is even busier than usual, you can put this dish together in advance. Just refrigerate it overnight and bake the next morning.

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal - Fall Breakfast Recipe #apple #cranberry #bakedoatmeal #oatmeal #breakfast #recipe #applecranberry

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

When the air outside turns crisp and cool, this Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal is a hearty and flavorful way to start your day. Packed with fresh apples, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and seasonal spices, this seasonal breakfast dish is also easy to make.

Cranberry Recipes: Sweet Treats

This Apple Cranberry Tart make a delicious and beautiful holiday dessert. #cranberry #apple #tart #dessert #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas #holiday

Apple Cranberry Tart
In this delicious dessert, cranberries are the star and apples and walnuts are supporting players. Bursting with cheery red color and warm, sweet, and tart flavors, this cranberry recipe is my seasonal take on a traditional apple tart. You and your family and guest will love it.

Crock Pot Monkey Bread Recipe Cranberry Orange #cranberry #orange #monkeybread #recipe #breakfast #dessert

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread
Whether you’re planning a small brunch or a big gathering, this monkey bread is the kind of sweet yumminess everyone loves. Drizzled with icing and full of seasonal flavors, this gooey cranberry recipe will be gobbled up in no time.

Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies for the Holiday #christmas #cookies #cranberry #recipes #tassies #orange #walnut

Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies
The look and taste of these small tarts will wow your family and friends. Although this cranberry recipe appears time-consuming, it comes together pretty quickly once you’ve made the cookie dough and the filling has had time to chill.

How to make Cranberry Pecan Pie #cranberry #pecan #pie #dessert #recipe #christmas #holiday #thanksgiving

Cranberry Pecan Pie
Something tells me this is a cranberry recipe your dear ones will be begging you to make! The cranberries offer the perfect counterpoint to the traditional rich and sugary pecan filling. And their ruby color gives this pie a holiday touch.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious. #apple #cranberry #slabpie #pie #dessert #recipe

Apple Cranberry Slab Pie
The secret to this dessert is the puff pastry crust. Once it’s rolled out and filled with a mixture of dried cranberries, sliced apples, cinnamon, and sugar, another layer of pastry goes on top. After the pie is baked and cooled, you drizzle it with icing. I promise it will get rave reviews!

Sugared Cranberries #sugared #cranberries #dessert #holiday #christmas #thanksgiving #recipe

Sugared Cranberries
To make these shimmering beauties, you coat fresh cranberries in simple syrup and then in sugar. After the sugared berries are dry, use them for snacks, garnishes, and décor. I recently decorated a Black Walnut Christmas Cake with them. You can find that recipe here. Also, check out my Gingerbread House Cake where I used these cranberries to garnish that too.

Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake

This Black Walnut Cake is a delicious Christmas Cake perfect for the holiday season! #blackwalnut #cake #recipe #christmas #christmascake #cake #dessert #recipe

I hope this collection of cranberry recipes from IBC inspires you. Enjoy your holiday preparations!

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  • Julie at

    I have made the cranberry pecan pie and even added mini chocolate chips – DELISH! Thank you for a great recipe and one that is requested this time of year as well!

  • Olivia at

    Amazing Blog !!!

  • site at

    They all look so sumptuous!

  • vex 3 at

    The secret you shared about cooking is wonderful and rewarding to me. Thanks for sharing these tips with us. I look forward to your new updates.

  • Anna at

    Mmmm thank you for this really adorable compilation, Michael! Cranberry is my big love: it evokes the best memories of my childhood in the North: I picked these berries in the woods with my grandparents. It was really lovely up there!
    I like the way cranberries go with meat and poultry. I even have my own recipe of cranberry sauce (thinking about posting it btw). I add cranberry in pastry from time to time. This exquisite sweet and sour taste… Perfect!
    I would like to try your Sangria: I bet it is exactly what we need at the beginning of winter! Just about to try my new slow cooker!

  • Shirley Orfanella at

    Oh Michael, you had me at cranberry! These recipes all look amazing, can’t wait to try them.

  • Sabrina at

    yay for cranberries, cranberry old fashioned is an especially great pairing, thank you

  • Rikki at

    I am sooooo happy that I discovered you! You are a breath of fresh air and I am loving all the recipes and beautiful ideas. Thank you so much Michael! I needed to find a blog to follow that was full of the loveliest things imaginable and I hit the jackpot!!

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