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As a kid, I absolutely couldn’t stand cranberry sauce. My mom wasn’t a huge fan so she didn’t bother with it for Thanksgiving. She always opted from the prepared cran-raspberry sauce from the canned goods aisle. Her thought was that the raspberry diluted the cranberry flavor enough to make it palatable.
One year, our family purchased a catered Thanksgiving meal package that came with a homemade cranberry orange relish that has gained total infamy in our family lore. That recipe was DIVINE and completely changed my opinion of the traditional Thanksgiving side dish forever after.
I have spent the last 20 years trying to duplicate that cranberry relish magic. I’ve come close and I’ll share the recipe soon but in the meantime wanted to round up some of the very best fresh cranberry recipes just in time for the holiday season.
If you think you don’t like those gorgeous little tart fruits, you should give this list a chance. Pairing cranberries with vanilla, orange, lemon, or a variety of liqueurs can completely transform the experience. I can almost guarantee something from this list will be a match made in heaven!
Did I miss your favorite?? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to add it to the list.
Fresh cranberry recipes for the holiday season:
These Thanksgiving side dishes work just as well on your Christmas table! The flavor accents make your leftover options amazing.
- Cranberry orange relish made with Cointreau from The Novice Chef
- Cranberry jalapeno chutney from MealHack
- Vanilla bourbon cranberry sauce from Far from Normal
- Crockpot cranberry butter from Dessert for Two
- Cranberry apple crunch cobbler, a perfect side dish for kids!
Amazing leftover cranberry sauce recipes to save for after Thanksgiving:
I think the very best part about cranberry sauce is the instant condiment you have at your disposal for mind blowing after-holiday lunches and treats. Don’t miss these great ideas:
- Swirl some prepare sauce into our favorite cranberry cinnamon rolls
- Turkey sliders with cranberry Sriracha sauce from Food Fanatic
- Cranberry brie and prosciutto grilled cheese sandwiches from Baker by Nature
- Cranberry cheesecake streusel bars from Peas and Crayons
Don’t miss these awesome recipes for baking with cranberries:
These are the best ways to introduce cranberries to kids — bury them in a sweet baked good paired with another flavor they love.
- Orange cranberry bread from Two Peas & Their Pod
- Cranberry almond coffee cake from Delightful E Made
- Glazed lemon cranberry muffins from Bake. Eat. Repeat
- Gingerbread cranberry scones with brown sugar glaze from The Gold Lining Girl
- Cream cheese cranberry tartlets from The Cozy Cook
Perfect cranberry desserts for Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season:
And for the final festive touch, these gorgeous cranberry desserts make such a pretty picture on your holiday table:
- The prettiest holiday garnish: sugared cranberries
- Cranberry upside down cake from Simply Recipes
- Cranberry Christmas cake from Barefeet in the Kitchen
- White chocolate cranberry fudge from Mom on Timeout
- Cranberry eggnog cheesecake from Carlsbad Cravings
- Creamy frosted cranberry dessert from Tastes of Lizzy T
And quick, before you go . . .
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