35 Festive Cranberry Desserts That Are Perfect for Thanksgiving

Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta
Photo: Carson Downing

We've got delicious cranberry dessert recipes perfect for any occasion. Whether you're making your first pie or you're a baking pro, try any of these cranberry sweets for a holiday get-together or special weeknight dinner.

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Apricot-Cranberry Panettones

Apricot-Cranberry Panettones
Carson Downing

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 ($45, Williams Sonoma) to create a mini dessert for each guest.

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Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Galette

Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Galette
Brie Passano

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.

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Cranberry Pie with Honey Meringue

Cranberry Pie with Honey Meringue
Blaine Moats

As one reviewer shared, "Made this pie for Thanksgiving and loved it." Your guests will rave about the tart cranberry orange filling and the fluffy honey meringue. Just before serving, use a kitchen torch ($50, Williams Sonoma) to lightly toast the meringue.

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Cranberry Walnut Tart

Cranberry Walnut Tart dessert on purple background

The orange zest in the tart crust and fresh orange in the filling give this cranberry dessert bright flavor. Hidden under the sweet cranberry filling are a luscious vanilla cream and crunchy walnuts.

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Cranberry-Chocolate Cheesecake

Cranberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Scott Little

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.

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Bourbon Cranberry Cookies

Bourbon Cranberry Chippers
Andy Lyons

Bourbon and cranberries? Definitely a winning combo. A bourbon chocolate ganache adds even more luxury to the spiked cranberry cookies.

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Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta

Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta
Carson Downing

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.

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Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Spice Cake

Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Spice Cake
Blaine Moats

Mandarin oranges and a ginger-cinnamon combo give an extra dimension to this cranberry cake. What makes the cake so soft? That'd be the 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt. Serve this cranberry orange dessert with a pile of homemade whipped cream.

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Cranberry-Almond Wedges

Cranberry-Almond Wedges
Blaine Moats

Cranberry cakes are a great holiday-season snack. And if you love the dense, rich taste of almond cake, you'll adore this sweet-tart cranberry variation made with a sugar cookie mix.

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Cranberry-Chai Cupcakes

cranberry chai cupcakes
Scott Little

You won't be able to say no to these spicy-sweet treats, especially if you love fresh cranberries. These holiday desserts are topped with sugared cranberries and our luscious chai and cream cheese frosting.

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Crustless Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce

Crustless Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce
Andy Lyons

Skip the crust! This cranberry dessert with cream cheese is enough to get your guests talking. Top off the creamy five-ingredient cheesecake with our luscious homemade cranberry sauce.

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Cranberry-Cream Tartlets

Cranberry Cream Tartlets
Jason Donnelly

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.

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Apple-Cranberry Crisp

Apple Cranberry Crisp
Peter Krumhardt

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.

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Toasted Coconut Cake with Walnuts & Cranberries

Toasted Coconut Cake with Walnuts and Cranberries
Blaine Moats

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?

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Layered Cranberry-Quince Mold

Layered Cranberry-Quince Mold
Andy Lyons

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 ($27, Target). For mini molds, try preparing in 12 individual 3/4-cup molds or ramekins.

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Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring
Blaine Moats

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.

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Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Topped with tart cranberry sauce, this creamy mousse takes only 20 minutes to make and is a light, elegant dessert option for any occasion. Have we proven to you how many easy cranberry desserts exist yet?

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Mixed Berry Crumble

Mixed Berry Crumble
Andy Lyons

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.

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Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters
Kritsada Panichgul

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.

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Cranberry, Pear & Walnut Cake

Cranberry-Pear-Walnut Cake
Blaine Moats

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

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Cranberry Tarts

Cranberry Tarts
Charles Schiller

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.

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Cranberry Crunch Cookies

Cranberry Crunch Cookies
Blaine Moats

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.

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Pear-Cranberry Deep-Dish Pie

Pear-Cranberry Deep-Dish Pie
Andy Lyons

The warm flavors of ripe pears and tart cranberries come together with ginger and nutmeg in this delicious homemade pie. The best part? An extra-deep baking dish ($15, Crate & Barrel) means there's more of this cranberry dessert to love.

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Easy Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie

Easy Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie
Scott Little

Frozen puff pastry is the key to this easy cranberry dessert. We'll show you how to roll and fold the pastry to create delicious, flaky layers. Fill the slab pie with a homemade cranberry-apple filling that's spiced with cinnamon.

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Creamy Cranberry Fudge

Creamy Cranberry Fudge
Blaine Moats

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.

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Cranberry-Pumpkin Gingerbread with Sherry-Cream Cheese Drizzle

Cranberry-Pumpkin Gingerbread
Blaine Moats

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.

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Nuts About Cranberries Tart

Nuts About Cranberries Tart
Blaine Moats

This cranberry dessert lets 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.

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White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

cranberry and white chocolate crispy treats
Blaine Moats

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.

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Cranberry Crackle Bars

Cranberry Crackle Bars
Peter Krumhardt

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.

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Cranberry-Pear Bars

Cranberry Pear Bars
Kritsada Panichgul

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.

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Apple-Cranberry Pie

Apple-Cranberry Pie
Jason Donnelly

Apple and cranberry desserts are both very central to fall, so when served together the combo is a guaranteed holiday knockout. Orange peel and lemon juice add a hint of citrus to the pie.

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Apple-Cranberry Dessert

Apple-Cranberry Dessert
Andy Lyons

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.

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Cranberry Blondies

Cranberry Blondies
Andy Lyons

Turn typical blondies into a festive dried-cranberry dessert recipe. Two-ingredient cinnamon whipped cream (1/2 cup whipping cream, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon) adds a little spice to the sweet treat.

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Cranberry Twist Bread

Cranberry Twist Bread
Blaine Moats

A homemade orange icing takes this cranberry bread recipe from brunch to dessert! Fill a simple yeast dough with pecans, cranberries, and orange zest for a sweet Thanksgiving dessert idea that goes great with a cup of coffee.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread
Andy Lyons

This spiced quick bread recipe "bakes" hands-off in your slow cooker ($17, Target). You'll need just a few pantry ingredients to throw it together including canned pumpkin, pecans, and frozen cranberries. This easy cranberry recipe makes a thoughtful holiday gift.

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