Festive Cranberry Desserts

Whether you're making your first pie or you're a baking pro, we've got the recipe for you.


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Cranberry-Pear-Walnut Cake
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Cranberry-Pear-Walnut Cake

    This party-worthy dessert is chock-full of classic fall ingredients; homemade caramel sauce adds a special touch.

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Alan's Apple-Cranberry Pie

    Two traditional fall fruits come together in this cozy, piled-high pie recipe from pastry chef Alan Carter.

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White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

    Classic crispy rice cereal treats get a holiday makeover with white chocolate, dried cranberries, a dash of nutmeg, and some toasted pecans.

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Nuts About Cranberries Tart

    A sweet mixture of pears, cranberries, almonds, and pistachios fills this gorgeous tart. You can make the rich and buttery pastry crust yourself or use a store-bought one.

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Cranberry-Almond Wedges

    If you love the dense, rich taste of almond cake, you'll love this sweet-tart cranberry variation made with a sugar cookie mix.

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Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn

    Almonds, dried cranberries, and orange juice give this crunchy caramel corn recipe a festive twist.

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Fruit and Nut Chocolate Sticks

    Dark chocolate sticks are dipped in peanut butter and coated with dried cranberries and nuts. For a crunchier treat, use pretzel sticks instead of the chocolate.

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Steamed Pudding

    Made with creamy milk chocolate, this easy cakelike dessert is topped with cranberries and kumquats.

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Scarlet-and-Cream Cheesecake

    Fresh berries, stirred into creamy traditional cheesecake filling, give this American favorite a holiday-worthy twist.

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Cranberry Poached Pears

    Team fresh cranberries with low-cal juice for this breakfast side or elegant dessert.

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Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

    This sweet-tart mousse takes only 20 minutes to make and provides a light, airy dessert option.

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Cranberry Sorbet

    Nothing could be easier than this light and refreshing concoction -- just cook and puree the cranberries, strain, then freeze. It's also the perfect palate pleaser to serve between courses at a brunch.

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Santa's Pear Pouches

    If it's a one-of-a-kind festive finale you're after, serve these little pouches packed with pears and a cardamom-infused caramel topping.

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Mini Cranberry Phyllo Tarts

    A creamy blend of light lemon yogurt and whipped cream, topped with warm cranberries and fresh sprigs of mint, fill these buttery pastry shells.

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Maple Creme Brulee with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

    Every bite of this dessert will bring you closer to sweet-tooth satisfaction. Arrange sprigs of fresh rosemary and cranberries around the cups for a lovely holiday garnish.

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Cardamom Cranberry Rice Pudding

    Evaporated fat-free milk makes rice pudding taste rich and creamy without adding fat.

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Apple-Cranberry-Hazelnut Pie

    So full of sweet, juicy fruit that it outgrew a standard pie plate, this dessert bakes in a springform pan. Hazelnuts in the pastry and a crumb topping add elegance to homey apple pie.

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Cranberry Cake

    A sweet-tart cranberry topping makes this buttery vanilla cake sing.

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Cranberry Strudel Rolls

    Paper thin and exquisitely delicate in appearance, phyllo dough is actually quite easy to work with. To keep the dough from drying out, cover the stack with plastic wrap and remove sheets only as needed.

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Cran-Crazy Cookies

    Lemon peel adds fresh flavor to these whole wheat cranberry cookies.

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Dried Fruit Tea Cakes

    Chock-full of your choice of dried fruit and drizzled with a bourbon glaze, these cakes are a fun, easy update to traditional fruit cake.

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Mixed Berry Crumble

    For a sweet indulgence that's festive enough for a holiday party -- but simple enough for a weeknight dessert -- try this tart treat. For extra texture, stir in a cup or two of frozen cranberries at the end of cooking.

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Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

    Topped with poached apples, pears, cranberries, and warm caramel sauce, this decadent cake makes a beautiful -- and delicious -- sweet ending to any meal.

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Orange Cranberry Cake

    Antioxidant-rich cranberries are a native crop in Montana, the home state of Barb Pyper, R.D.

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Fresh Pear and Cranberry Pie

    Fresh cranberries and pear slices are piled high in this irresistible pie. Warm caramel sauce adds a touch of sweetness.

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Cran Crackle Bars

    These salty-sweet bars feature mixed nuts, dried cranberries, white chocolate, and pretzel bits. To give them as gifts, put a few on a pretty plate and tie a bow around them.

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Deep-Dish Cranberry Pie

    This down-home cranberry pie is best served warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Apple-Cranberry Crisp

    With a brown sugar-cinnamon topping, and lots of fresh fruit, this comfort dessert is ideal for entertaining out-of-town guests.

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Pear and Cranberry Panettone Pudding

    Make a versatile panettone bread pudding that can double as dinnertime dessert or a brunch entree.

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Cranberry Pear Bars

    A layer of cranberry infused with pear nectar fills these hearty, nutmeg-spiced oat bars.

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Cranberry Blondies

    Made from fresh, simple ingredients, these festive cranberry-and-vanilla brownies will shine on any holiday table. White chocolate and cinnamon whipped cream add extra sweetness.

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Cranberry-Apple Pie

    Savor the flavors of fall in this multilayer dessert of dried cranberries, fresh Fuji or Granny Smith apples, and ground nutmeg.

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Harvest Pumpkin Trifle

    Layers of vanilla pound cake, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, and creamy whipped topping make an irresistible, easy dessert.

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