35 Festive Cranberry Desserts That Are Perfect for Thanksgiving
Panettone is a traditional Italian sweet bread often made with dried fruit. We made a few swaps to create a tender, moist cake including a sweet orange glaze. Bake the panettones in a popover pan to create a mini dessert for each guest.
Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Galette
This homemade apple and cranberry galette is best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! For easier slicing, let the finished pastry cool slightly before cutting.
Test Kitchen Tip: Toast your pecans ahead of time and let cool before chopping and adding to the dish.
Cranberry Pie with Honey Meringue
Cranberry Walnut Tart
Classic cheesecake gets a decadent makeover with a little help from rich chocolate swirls and a sprinkling of beautiful ruby-red cranberries.
Test Kitchen Tip: Take this Thanksgiving dessert over-the-top with a sprinkle of sugared cranberries. To make, roll frozen cranberries in granulated sugar and serve.
Bourbon Cranberry Cookies
Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta
Layers of sweet cream and cranberry-ginger sauce star in this showstopping holiday dessert. Pour the prepared fillings into 5-ounce glasses and chill up to 24 hours before serving. Finish each glass with sugared cranberries and fresh mint.
Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Spice Cake
Crustless Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce
With a gingersnap crust and a cranberry cream filling, these cute mini tarts are a fun personalized dessert. The recipe calls for both dried and fresh cranberries, which means the cranberry flavor really comes through. To make a single tart, use a 10- or 11-inch tart pan instead of individual pans.
One part apple dessert, one part cranberry dessert, plus a brown sugar-cinnamon topping and lots of fresh fruit, this comfort dessert is ideal for entertaining out-of-town guests. We like to serve this cranberry crisp with a scoop of vanilla or lemon yogurt.
Toasted Coconut Cake with Walnuts & Cranberries
Show off your baking prowess with a delectable cake filled with walnuts, dried cranberries, and luscious homemade coconut frosting. Top with flaked coconut for a stunning presentation—aren't cranberry cakes beautiful?
Layered Cranberry-Quince Mold
If you’re looking for easy cranberry desserts, canned cranberry sauce is your guy. Dress up the sauce by pairing it with creamy lemon, quince, and walnut in an elegant mold. For mini molds, try preparing in 12 individual 3/4-cup molds or ramekins.
Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring
Store-bought dough makes this a surprisingly easy-to-bake cranberry dessert. Dried cranberries, orange peel, pecans, and lots of spice combine into this delicious tea ring that's perfect for any fall party.
Fluffy Cranberry Mousse
Mixed Berry Crumble
For a sweet indulgence that's festive enough for a holiday party but simple enough for a weeknight dessert, try this dried cranberry dessert recipe. For extra texture, stir in a cup or two of frozen cranberries at the end of cooking.
Cranberry cookies are surprisingly addictive. Keep a stash of these vanilla, nut, and dried cranberry no-bake treats on hand for unexpected guests—or for yourself.
Cranberry, Pear & Walnut Cake
These mini fresh cranberry desserts are great for brunch or dessert. If you like to plan ahead, you can place the tarts in freezer bags and freeze for up to 4 months.
Cranberry Crunch Cookies
If you're a cookie lover, these chewy and crunchy cranberry cookies are for you. The secret ingredients? Crunchy cereal with cranberries and almonds. They're easy to make and a treat to eat.
Pear-Cranberry Deep-Dish Pie
Creamy Cranberry Fudge
Pistachios, dried cranberries, and orange peel lend super-sweet white chocolate fudge some much-needed fall flavor. The seven-ingredient sweet is the perfect example of an easy cranberry dessert that’s not just centered around cranberries.
Cranberry-Pumpkin Gingerbread with Sherry-Cream Cheese Drizzle
Sure, cranberry cakes are delicious, but so are pumpkin cakes and gingerbread—this treat boasts all your favorite fall flavors in one bite. A rich drizzled frosting infused with sherry and cream cheese tops off this fall dessert.
Nuts About Cranberries Tart
This cranberry dessert let's other ingredients share the spotlight—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 crust.
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. Simply mix the ingredients together, scoop into a greased pan, and let stand—your easy cranberry desserts are ready to be eaten.
Cranberry Crackle Bars
These salty-sweet bars feature mixed nuts, dried cranberries, white chocolate, and pretzel bits. To give them as gifts, put a few of these cranberry sweets on a pretty plate and tie a bow around them.
A layer of cranberry infused with pear nectar fills these hearty, nutmeg-spiced oat bars. We promise these cranberry sweets look a lot more difficult to make than they actually are.
As far as cranberry desserts are concerned, this sweet casserole might win an award for the best underdog. Fall staples—fresh or frozen cranberries, apples, and walnuts—combine in a perfect-over-ice-cream treat.