They’re not just for Thanksgiving. 

By F&W Editors
Updated June 02, 2017
Brown Butter–Cranberry Tart
Credit: © Con Poulos

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but it’s not the only great way to use the delicious red fruit. Here, nine excellent ways to use cranberries this season.

1. Cranberry Panna Cotta

Cranberry Panna Cotta

Use buttermilk instead of cream for a healthier version of this easy, five-ingredient dessert.

2. Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

Hard cider and Aperol complement cranberries in this fun cocktail.

3. Cranberry-Glazed Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry-Glazed Pumpkin Pie
Cranberry-Glazed Pumpkin Pie
| Credit: © Dana Gallagher

Store-bought gingersnaps make quick work of the crust for this festive pie.

4. Brown Butter-Cranberry Tart


Pastry chef Katherine Thompson’s holiday desert is a terrific cross between a tart and cake.

5. Cranberry and Orange Pavlovas

Cranberry and Orange Pavlovas

This Pavlova features whipped cream on top of the crisp meringue shell, which tastes a lot like a Creamsicle.

6. Cranberry-Almond Flour Bread

Cranberry-Almond Flour Bread
Credit: © Ian Knauer

Can’t decide between savory or sweet? This quick bread could go either direction depending on what you spread on it: mild cheese, jam or honey are just a few options. Plus, it's equally delicious on its own.

7. Cranberry-Pecan Bread Pudding with Bacon

Cranberry-Pecan Bread Pudding with Bacon

A good loaf of cranberry-nut bread from a bakery has so much flavor that there's no need to trick it up with lots of ingredients. As the pudding bakes, the bread becomes almost custardlike, with a crispy brown top.

8. Double Cranberry Muffins


With tart colorful cranberries both inside and atop these muffins, they are the perfect morning treat for cranberry fans.

9. Big White Chocolate, Almond and Cranberry Cookies


Almond flour and toasted almonds give these crispy, chewy cookies doubly nutty flavor.

10. Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples

Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
Credit: © Petrina Tinslay

Perfect for fall, this strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves.

11. Cranberry-Chia Seed Scones

Cranberry-Chia Seed Scones

The cranberries give these scones such a bright pop of color and flavor.