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30 Sweet-Tart Cranberry Recipes

Fresh cranberries, dried cranberries and cranberry sauce add zing to our recipes for desserts, main dishes, muffins and more.

Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti

Dried cranberries (or dried cherries) add a bit of texture to these crunchy chocolate biscotti. Dip in melted white chocolate or drizzle with powdered sugar icing for a sweet finish.

Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti

Anita's Cranberry Scones

Coarsely chopped cranberries spread the sweet-tart flavor throughout this tender scone, a winner at the Warrens Cranberry Festival recipe competition. A sweet almond frosting complements the berries.

Anita's Cranberry Scones

Not Your Ordinary Brie

Apple-cranberry chutney adds a spicy kick to this warm, baked brie appetizer.

Not Your Ordinary Brie

Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

Savory sage in the stuffing mix meets cranberries in this easy pork chop recipe.

Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze

Sweet bread balances tangy cranberries in this winning recipe from the 2009 Wisconsin State Fair. Wrap and store it overnight to make it easier to slice and less crumbly.

Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze

Cranberry-Apple Sweet Potatoes

A new mix of pantry ingredients results in a sweet side dish with a crunchy pecan topping.

Cranberry-Apple Sweet Potatoes

Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake

Invert this moist cake while it's still warm to reveal a fall kaleidoscope of glistening, tart berries and sweet mandarin oranges.

Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry-Pecan Tarts

These tiny tarts mix cranberries and orange peel into a delightful pecan tassie recipe. Butter and cream cheese make the crust rich in this state fair blue-ribbon recipe from Sheila Bethia of West Allis, Wisconsin.

Cranberry-Pecan Tarts

Dark Chocolate-Walnut-Cranberry Mousse Pie

Bernice Janowski of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, puts tart cranberries in her chocolate pie. Be sure to thaw the cranberries ahead. If you don't, you may have to bake longer, giving the crust a chance to burn. 

Dark Chocolate-Walnut-Cranberry Mousse Pie

Cranberry Candy-Bar Cookies

These gooey bar cookies start with a German chocolate cake mix. Melted caramels and cranberry sauce form a moist middle layer.

Cranberry Candy-Bar Cookies

Blue Ribbon Cranberry Chicken

Just three ingredients make the sweet-tart sauce for this super easy chicken. While it's baking, cook rice and a frozen vegetable mix for a quick-and-simple dinner.

Blue Ribbon Cranberry Chicken

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Chocolate and sweet potato batters are swirled together to make this moist, tender spice cake from Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. Wrap and store the cooled cake overnight for easier slicing. (It’s a great alternative to coffee cake for brunches.)

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Rise and Shine Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Spiced coconut streusel adds crunch to healthy apples and berries.

Rise and Shine Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Cranberry Cashew Salad

Sliced apples, roasted cashews and dried fruit combine with mango chutney, spinach leaves and curry for an exotic, fresh-tasting salad. The recipe comes from the New Albany (Ohio) Cooking with Friends community cookbook.

Cranberry Cashew Salad

Luscious Cranberry-Chocolate Cake

Midwest cooking school guru Liz Clark added cranberries to this recipe from a friend in Chicago who develops recipes for restaurants. The dense, chocolatey layer cake is featured in Liz's cookbook, The Cranberry Companion.

Luscious Cranberry-Chocolate Cake

Turkey-Cranberry Fingers

Cranberry-orange relish, sliced turkey and fresh watercress or spinach leaves make a colorful appetizer-size sandwich. The recipe includes instructions for making focaccia, but purchased bread works fine, too.

Turkey-Cranberry Fingers

Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti

Dried cranberries (or dried cherries) add a bit of texture to these crunchy chocolate biscotti. Dip in melted white chocolate or drizzle with powdered sugar icing for a sweet finish.

Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti

Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

Sweet apples balance the tang of cranberries in this fall favorite.

Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberry-Orange Relish, from chef Richard Fisher of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, goes well with meats, including deli turkey, bratwurst and grilled pork chops. Another favorite cranberry mix: Crimson Cranberry Chutney, which combines fresh cranberries with chopped apples, raisins, orange juice, sugar and minced ginger.

Cranberry-Orange Relish

Crimson Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

There's just a hint of cinnamon in the streusel for this moist cake.

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake  

Sour Cream-Cranberry Muffins

Brown sugar, pecans and pumpkin pie spice create both the filling and topping for these muffins. Dried cranberries add a hint of tang and texture.

Sour Cream-Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry-Sour Cream Pound Cake

Dried cranberries and dairy products star in Cranberry-Sour Cream Pound Cake, created by the Midwest Living® Test Kitchen to celebrate the state of Wisconsin, the nation's leading producer of cranberries.

Cranberry-Sour Cream Pound Cake

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Chicken-Romaine Salad

Dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries or currants are among the bursts of fruit in this easy-to-fix recipe that starts with rotisserie chicken.

Chicken-Romaine Salad

Pear-Cranberry Shortcake

The all-American summertime dessert -- strawberry shortcake -- dons a different personality in this recipe. The shortcake is a spiced sour cream version dotted with currants; you'll use pears or apples and cranberries instead of strawberries for the topping.

Pear-Cranberry Shortcake

Cranberry-Chocolate Cheesecake

An easy sauce made with fresh cranberries, sugar and cranberry juice blends with chocolate and cream cheese for the bottom of this creamy layered cheesecake. Serve the remaining sauce as a topping on Cranberry-Chocolate Cheesecake.

More delicious cranberry cheesecakes: Crimson Cranberry Cheesecake, which was a favorite at the old Marshall Field's State Street store in Chicago; and Scarlet Swirl Cheesecake, with a cranberry-orange juice swirl inside the cheesecake and a cranberry sauce on top.

Cranberry-Chocolate Cheesecake

Crimson Cranberry Cheesecake

Scarlet Swirl Cheesecake

Luscious Fruit Parfaits

Layer a cranberry-applesauce mixture with fresh pineapple chunks, mandarin orange slices and yogurt for a refreshing fruit dessert. The recipe comes from a restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan.

Luscious Fruit Parfaits

Badger State Muffins

Shredded apples, chopped cranberries, shredded carrot and nuts pack this cinnamon- and coriander-spiced muffin from the M&M Cafe in Monticello, Wisconsin.

Badger State Muffins

Touch of the Wild Rice

Dried cranberries, peas and hazelnuts speckle this side dish, created to feature naturally grown wild rice from northern Minnesota lakes.

Touch of the Wild Rice

Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

Wild rice may seem like an unusual breakfast ingredient, but it adds chewiness to this fruit-nut hot cereal. Dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries also cook into the porridge.

Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

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