16 Sweet-Tart Cranberry Recipes

Roasted Cranberry-Grape Sauce
Photo: Con Poulos

From roasted cranberry-grape sauce to biscotti to scones, a collection of cranberry recipes that are perfect for the holidays.

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Cranberry and Orange Pavlovas

Cranberry and Orange Pavlovas

This Pavlova has a secret: The whipped cream on top of the crisp meringue shell tastes a lot like a Creamsicle.

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Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie

Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie
© Con Poulos

Instead of making a traditional two-crust pie in a pie plate, Food & Wine's Justin Chapple makes this free-form, fruit-filled, ginger-laced pie on a baking sheet.

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Jellied Cranberry Sauce with Fuji Apple

Jellied Cranberry Sauce with Fuji Apple

A classic take on cranberry jelly is updated with tart sliced apples.

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Cranberry Mostarda

Cranberry Mostarda

This jammy, mustard-seed-spiked condiment from chef and butcher Chris Eley is terrific served alongside everything from grilled sausage to roast turkey.

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Cranberry Vinaigrette

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Sweet-tart dried cranberries add color and texture to a basic salad dressing.

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Cranberry-Glazed Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry-Glazed Pumpkin Pie
© Dana Gallagher

This super-simple crust is made with store-bought gingersnaps and ground walnuts and filled with silky pumpkin filling and a cranberry compote topping with more crunchy walnuts.

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Dried Cranberry and Chocolate Cookies

Dried Cranberry and Chocolate Cookies
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Adding cranberries and rolled oats to buttery chocolate chip cookie dough makes the cookies crunchier and more substantial.

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Cranberry Caipirinha

Cranberry Caipirinha
© John Kernick

In this version, chef Marcus Samuelsson muddles cranberries along with the usual lime and replaces the Brazilian spirit cachaça (made from sugarcane juice) with Scandinavian aquavit (an infused spirit).

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Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Because brussels sprouts are slightly bitter, Michel Nischan likes to pair them with something sweet: dried cranberries that have been plumped in off-dry Riesling. "I don't like to overdress vegetables," he explains. "It takes just one counterpoint to bring the sprouts to a place where people say, 'This is really good.'"

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Cranberry, Ginger and Orange Chutney

Cranberry, Ginger and Orange Chutney
© Con Poulos

This chunky cranberry chutney is super-fresh-tasting because the cranberries are simmered briefly and the orange sections are added near the end of cooking.

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Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples

Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
© Petrina Tinslay

This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.

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Chunky Cranberry Sauce

Chunky Cranberry Sauce
David Malosh

Gary Vaynerchuk prefers "real cranberry sauce" with chunks of whole fruit over the smooth canned-and-jellied kind.

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Orange-Cranberry Scones with Turbinado Sugar

Orange-Cranberry Scones with Turbinado Sugar
© Tina Rupp

Mani Niall's pleasantly dense cranberry-studded scones, for instance, get a toffeelike flavor from light brown turbinado sugar, which has large, crunchy crystals. Sugar in the Raw is a good brand.

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Port-Cranberry Sauce

Port-Cranberry Sauce

Traditional cranberry sauce gets a sweet, dark glug of port wine.

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Cranberry-Almond Biscotti

Cranberry-Almond Biscotti

Chewy cranberries meet crunchy almonds in this classic biscotti pairing.

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Cranberry-Licorice Compote

Cranberry-Licorice Compote
© Tina Rupp

This sweet-and-tangy compote pairs perfectly with fresh goat cheese.

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