Now that the holiday season is upon us, we’re in full Christmas cooking mode! We’re pretty avid DIY kitchen enthusiasts and we’re used to make Christmas dinner for our families, but we realized recently that there’s one element we’ve never tried making from scratch before: the cranberry sauce! That’s why we’ve been on the hunt for awesome and unique homemade cranberry sauce options lately. We didn’t stop there, though. Once we’d started searching for cranberry sauce recipes, we remembered just how much we love cranberries in general and decided to try all kinds of different delicious cranberry dishes and treats!
Are you feeling just as interested as we were, if not more, in the idea of making your very own homemade cranberry recipes this year? Check out these 15 awesome recipes and flavour combinations that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Traditional homemade cranberry sauce
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make cranberry sauce from scratch this year, are you pretty convinced that you’d prefer to keep things classic? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Simply Recipes made this traditional homemade cranberry sauce! We like that they show you how to keep your berries quite whole for a really satisfying texture.
2. Cranberry orange pecan butter
If you’ve never heard of the concept of making your own custom flavoured butter before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something very delicious indeed! Put a holiday spin on your butter this month by making something like this flavour packed cranberry orange pecan butter outlined step by step on Wives with Knives!
3. Perfectly textured cranberry cobbler
Perhaps you’ve always been more of a baker than anything else and you’re looking for some awesome new sweet treat ideas to try? Well, if you’ve ever been a cobbler fan, then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Martha Stewart made this delicious and fragrant cranberry cobbler that’s got a texture we can only imagine is perfection.
4. Cranberry orange fruit bars
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about cranberry orange flavour combinations but you’d rather make a sweet treat than a flavour custom butter like we showed you before? In that case, we’d suggest considering these awesome cranberry orange fruit bars instead! Eating Well shows you how to make them happen with a crumbly oat bottom and a sweet and fruity top layer.
5. Classic cranberry loaf
Have you always been the kind of person who does like desserts but prefers primarily recipes that are a little less sweet than some bars and cobblers? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’re a fan of dessert loaves! If that’s the case, you can combine that will your love of cranberry flavours by making this classic cranberry loaf featured in detail on Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet.
6. Cranberry and rosemary stuffed pork loin
Are you still thinking about how much you like the idea of making a cranberry dish that you can serve as part of your holiday meal but you’re mostly interested in savoury flavours, even though you’d rather get a little more experimental than traditional cranberry sauce? Then maybe you’ll get a kick out of the way Eating Well made these cranberry and rosemary stuffed pork loin!
7. Cranberry bliss cookies
Are you still thinking about how much you like the idea of making a cranberry based dessert but you really are the kind of person who loves sweet flavours? Then we’d definitely recommend taking a look at how Cookies & Cups made these fantastic tasting cranberry bliss cookies! They even show you how to ice and drizzle them to perfection.
8. Cranberry white chocolate chip muffins
Are you feeling torn somewhere between making something very sweet and making something a little more dense, but you’ve made a lot of loaves lately so you’re still looking for something different? Then maybe muffins are the way to go! We’d suggest hitting a flavour mark somewhere in the middle by making these delicious cranberry white chocolate chip muffins outlined in detail on Will Cook for Smiles.
9. Glazed cranberry pecan orange rolls
Just in case you’re still on the hunt for a cranberry orange recipe because that’s a flavour combination you love but you haven’t felt convinced by the ideas you’ve seen so far, here’s another suggestion that we’ve tried in real life and totally adored! Take a better look on this tutorial from Caramel Potatoes to see how they made these glazed cranberry pecan orange rolls in just a few surprisingly simple steps!
10. Cranberry almond French toast casserole
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make some kind of cranberry dish from scratch would you rather create something packed with rich flavour that’s a little closer to being gourmet? In that case, we have a feeling you just might be the perfect person to give this delicious cranberry almond french toast casserole a try! Get the full details for making a batch of your own on Beyond Good Intentions.
11. Sparkling cranberry cups
Have you actually been looking for a recipe that’s super easy to share because you’re planning on hosting friends for dinner and you’d like them to be able to socialize while they eat? Then perhaps some bite sized finger foods would be the best option for you! We’d suggest taking a better look at these scrumptious sparkling cranberry cups outlined in detail on Caramel Potatoes.
12. Cranberry fluff salad
If you’ve never tried fluff salad before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something totally awesome and perfect for the holidays! There are all kinds of fruity and berry based fluff salads you can make for different seasons but for the holidays, we’d encourage you to take a look at how Flavor Mosaic made this sweet cranberry version!
13. Homemade cranberry orange nut bread
Did you really love the idea of making dessert bread and the idea of making something cranberry and orange flavoured but the recipe we showed you before just felt like it was missing something? Then we’re pretty sure this recipe from Simply Recipes has just what you’re looking for! They show you step by step how to make a delicious homemade cranberry orange nut bread.
14. Jellied cranberry with fuji apple
Have you actually been scrolling through our list and thinking about how you’d prefer to make something a little more unconventional that your holiday guests have probably never tried before? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of this next idea from Food & Wine! Check out how they made this jellied cranberry with fuji apple for a little extra fruit flavour.
15. Cranberry relish
Just in case you’re still feeling pretty intrigued by the idea of making something slightly less common and a little fruity but the jellied idea doesn’t appeal to you, here’s another option for your consideration! We’re huge fans of the way Simply Recipes outlines the steps for making this impressive cranberry relish.
Do you have another favourite cranberry recipes that’s always a hit in your house but that you don’t see here on our list? Share it with us in the comments section so we can try it out as well!