13 Festive Cranberry Recipes We’re Making This Christmas

Cyd Converse

There's just something about the humble cranberry that sings of the holidays - cranberry recipes from cocktails to cookies pop up just about everywhere!

I love adding cranberries to roasted Brussels sprouts along with pecans or using them to make a sweet and spicy cranberry jalapeño jam

From the bright burst of red color to the sweet meets tart flavor, here are 13 cranberry recipes we're making this Christmas. 

1. Orange Cranberry Cookies Recipe

These orange cranberry cookies are like a taste of Christmas from the very first bite! Worthy for a front row seat at your holiday parties or on your annual cookie trays, these soft and chewy cookies are drizzled with a sweet orange glaze that's out of this world. This simple cookie recipe will quickly become a staple in your Christmas cookie rotation.

2. Cranberry Mule Recipe

It turns out that this recipe for our favorite cranberry mule may just become your favorite festive holiday drink. It goes down so easy and I seriously adore this merry take on the mule. It is still just as easy to make, simply swapping out cranberry vodka for regular and the addition of mint. It immediately tastes like the holiday season but with all the lime and ginger beer of the original.

3. Cranberry Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe

Our beloved cranberry walnut coffee cake makes the perfect breakfast treat for the holiday season. Drizzled with sweet icing, this coffee cake studded with cranberries and chunks of walnut makes an incredible addition to your holiday season brunch. Christmas morning never looked so good!

4. Bourbon Ginger Cranberry Sauce Recipe

It's hard to imagine the holiday season without a good cranberry sauce recipe made with fresh cranberries. (That's correct - I am not a fan of the canned cranberry sauce!) This bourbon ginger cranberry sauce recipe takes the classic to a new level with the kick of bourbon and lots of dark brown sugar, fresh ginger zest and orange.

5. Cranberry Gimlet Recipe

Another seasonal twist on a classic cocktail, our cranberry gimlet recipe is one of my personal favorite cocktails for toasting the holiday season. Gin, cranberry juice, lime juice, simple syrup and fresh cranberries result in a fresh, tart yet sweet cocktail that's as pretty to look at as it is delicious to sip!

6. Lemon Cranberry Bread Recipe

The fresh sweetness of citrus pairs perfectly with cranberries, which is part of why I love this lemon cranberry bread! This quick bread recipe can stand alone as breakfast with a cup of tea, but it's also great served with brunch or even as a sweet and simple dessert this holiday season. It's filled with tart cranberries in a sweet, lemon flavored bread with a lemon glaze.

7. Cardamom Cranberry Clusters Recipe

These cardamom cranberry clusters make a delicious snack with almonds, cranberries, orange, and cardamom combining to create an irresistible treat! Made with creamy almond butter and maple syrup, they're not overly sweet, which is my favorite part. They are tangy, sweet and spicy in the best way.

8. Cranberry Apple Walnut Tarts Recipe

These cranberry apple walnut tarts make the perfect addition to your holiday dessert table, especially if you serve all individually portioned desserts! I also love them served along with dinner, because why not? It's the holidays after all! Puff pastry shells are stuffed with apples and cranberries tossed with sugar and spices like cinnamon then baked and sprinkled with chopped walnuts.

9. Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash Recipe

Our cranberry orange bourbon smash is one of those delightful cocktails that packs a taste of winter in every sip. Delicious! Simply smash that leftover tart cranberry sauce you have hanging around after dinner with a swig of bourbon, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a sprig of fresh rosemary. The flavor combination is bright, cherry and perfect for the holiday season.

10. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe

Our fan favorite dark chocolate cranberry cookies are the best cookie for celebrating the holidays! Sweet, chewy, and utterly delicious, make a few batches of this cookie recipe for adding to your cookie trays or gifting in a sweet little boxes to neighbors and co-workers. I love the combination of the cranberries along with dark chocolate and I love that this cookie recipe is so simple. No mixer required!

11. Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe

Our cranberry eggnog cheesecake recipe is one of those truly special Christmas desserts that makes a major statement. The mountain of sugared cranberries piled on top of the super thick, creamy eggnog cheesecake is truly special. Add this one to a spread of desserts at a holiday party or serve it alone after Christmas dinner and let it steal the show.

12. Cranberry Pistachio Avocado Biscotti Recipe

I love biscotti both for pairing with coffee or tea in the morning on a crisp winter day, but I also truly love gifting it in a mason jar with a sweet little tag and ribbon. Our cranberry pistachio avocado biscotti recipe is perfect for both! Pops of cranberries, crunchy pistachios, and sweet white chocolate make for a flavor combination that pairs perfectly with coffee.

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